The Anne Boleyn Tour 2023

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Tour Details

Stay at Hever Castle for 4 nights of history and luxury on 'The Anne Boleyn Tour', run by British History Tours.

This is THE perfect tour for Tudor History lovers and those who want to stay in a castle!

As part of a small group, you will explore the life and death of Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated second wife of Henry VIII and mother to Elizabeth I. We explore places key to her story and are joined along the way by eminent historians and expert guides.

Gareth Russell, best-selling author accompanies Philippa, your dedicated Tour Manager, as resident historian and co-host. 

Historians Tracy Borman and Dr Jonathan Foyle will be giving talks to the group. Jay Britton, The Tudor Songbook, will be giving a performance of songs from the Tudor Court, exclusivley for our group.

Our itinerary includes a visit to Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London where we are taken around by expert guides. During our time at Hever Castle you will have the opportunity to dress as Tudor Royalty before getting 'behind the ropes' during our after-hours 'Hidden Hever' tour, followed by a 3-course banquet in Hever Castle's Great Hall! 

Enjoy exclusive access to the Astor Wing including the music room, billiard room, lawns, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool!

You will arrive everywhere in comfort and style in our luxury air-conditioned coach, included for the duration of the tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Co-hosted by best-selling author and historian Gareth Russell

  • Talks from Tracy Borman and Dr Jonathan Foyle

  • Hidden Hever, After-Hours Tour of Hever Castle

  • Banquet in the Great Hall of Hever Castle

  • Expert Guided Tour of Hampton Court Palace

  • Visit The Tower of London on the anniversary of Anne Boleyn's execution

  • Private use of the Astor Wing of Hever Castle including our own Private Lawn next to the moat, Tennis Court, Billiards Room and Outdoor Heated Pool.

Hever Castle ©P Brewell

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 16th May

    Meet at the designated, convenient pick-up point in London where you will board our private coach, bound for Hever Castle. On arrival at Hever you will be shown to your beautiful room and you can begin to explore your home for the next few days.

    You will have exclusive access to the entire Astor Wing of Hever Castle where you can take advantage of our own private heated swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room and lawn next to the moat.

    Enjoy a welcome drinks reception on our private lawn before a 3-course evening meal in our private dining room.

  • Day 2 - 17th May

    Hever Castle.

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before spending the day exploring Hever Castle and its grounds. You can choose to take the short walk to St Peter's Church where the Boleyn family worshipped and see Thomas Boleyn's tomb.

    Dress as Tudor Royalty for the Day! (Optional Extra) After being dressed you can wear your outfit for the day, take as many photos as you want with Hever as a backdrop! 

    In the afternoon we meet for a talk from Dr Jonathan Foyle

    After the Castle is closed to the public, we have an exclusive 'behind-the-ropes' tour of 'Hidden Hever'.

    The evening is topped off by a banquet in the Great Hall of Hever Castle.

  • Day 3 - 18th May

    Hampton Court Palace

    We will be greeted by Tracy Borman, Historian, Author and joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, at Hampton Court Palace. Tracy will be giving us a talk based on her book (released on 19th May) on Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn. She will be speaking to us in a room not available for public viewing, the room in which Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward VI!

    Our talk by Tracy is followed by a guided tour of the Palace by the fantastically knowledgeable Sarah Slater before the group have free time to explore the remaining parts of the Palace and its grounds at their own speed.

    We return to Hever for a 3-course meal with wine, in our private dining suite at Hever Castle.

  • Day 4 - 19th May

    The Tower of London - Anniversary of Anne Boleyn's Execution

    We pay our respects to Anne Boleyn at the site of her final imprisonment, execution and resting place, the Tower of London on the date of her execution.

    Following a morning private guided tour with William Mitchell, there will be free time to explore other parts of the Tower and the waterfront. You then have the option to take a walk up to the Tower Hill execution site, where the men who fell victim to the events of 1536 were beheaded, with Gareth and Philippa.

    We return to Hever Castle for our final evening talk, given by Gareth Russell, and a relaxed BBQ on our private lawn at Hever Castle, next to the moat, whilst enjoying a private concert by Jay Britton, The Tudor Songbook.

  • Day 5 - 20th May

    Wake up for one final time in the magical Hever Castle.

    After a leisurely breakfast we board our private coach which will take us back to London where we say our final farewells.


What's Included

  • 5* Luxury Accommodation at Hever Castle for 4 nights

  • All Dinners and Breakfasts

  • Expert History Talks from Eminent Historians, Tracy Borman and Dr Jonathan Foyle

  • Resident historian for the tour - Gareth Russell

  • Exclusive Access to the Astor Wing of Hever Castle including our own Private Lawn next to the moat, Tennis Court, Billiards Room and Outdoor Heated Pool.

  • Banquet in the Great Hall of Hever Castle

  • Dedicated Tour Manager

  • Luxury Coach Travel from pick up to drop off

  • All admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • After Hours 'Hidden Hever' Tour

  • Private Guided tours at Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace

  • Option to dress as a Tudor for the day

  • An Experience of a Lifetime!

Historian Talks

Anne Boleyn May 2023 Speakers

Gareth Russell
Gareth Russell is the author of seven books, including the best-selling “Young and Damned and Fair,” a biography of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard. He studied History at Oxford and Queen’s University, Belfast, where his postgraduate dissertation was on the queen’s household in the 1540s. His most recent book, “The Ship of Dreams,” was named a Book of the Year by The Times and a Best History Read of 2019 by the Daily Telegraph. He was a contributor to the recent BBC series “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” and host of the podcast “Single Malt History”. He is currently working on a history of Hampton Court Palace and the people who lived there.
Tracey Borman
Tracy Borman is a best selling author, historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Tudor period. Her books include Elizabeth’s Women, Thomas Cromwell, The Private Lives of the Tudors and Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. She has also written a fiction trilogy, The King’s Witch, based in the court of James I. Tracy is also joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and an honorary professor at Bishop Grosseteste University. She has presented a number of history programmes for Channel 5 and the Smithsonian Channel, including The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Inside the Tower of London and Henry VIII and the King’s Men. She is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and gives talks on her books across the country and abroad. Her forthcoming book, Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, will be published in November 2021.
Jonathan Foyle
Dr Jonathan Foyle was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years, and took his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's Palace. Having headed a heritage charity for eight years, he is a frequent writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft, a consultant on historic sites and has produced six cathedral monographs. A presenter of numerous television series including BBC4's often repeated 'Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?', his most profound interest is in the origins and meaning of the rich court culture of Henry VII- the meeting place between the Gothic and Classical traditions, at a pivotal point in the nation's history.

Upgrade to a Superior Room

Only 5 Available

Please Request on your Booking form (rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis).

Room Upgrades cost £360 for the duration of the tour.

  • Acanthus Bedroom

    Acanthus - Booked

  • Clover Room

    Clover Room - Available

  • Primrose Room

    Primrose - Booked

  • Tiger Lily

    Tiger Lily - Booked

  • Tulip Room

    Tulip Room - Booked

Optional Extras Optional Extras

Optional Extras

Room Upgrades £360

Tudor Dress Hire £180

Tudor Dress Purchase (custom made dress)

There is space on the booking for to indicate your preferences


Book The Anne Boleyn Tour

This tour is now SOLD OUT!

We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

 

 

Tour Price

£2,990

per person with Double Occupancy,

(Double Room for Single Person Occupancy uplift of 50% Applies)

Upgrades and Optional Extras are available

Photo Gallery

Hever Castle

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman

Gareth Russell at Tower Hill

Gareth Russell - Resident Historian providing talks throughout the tour

Dress as Tudor Royalty

Hidden Hever After Hours Castle Tour

BBQ on private lawn at Hever Castle

Private BBQ at Hever Castle

Luxury Coach outside Hever Castle

Luxury Coach

Expert Guide at Hampton Court Palace

Expert Guide at Hampton Court Palace

Expert Guide at Tower of London

Expert Guide at Tower of London

Dinner in the Astor Wing

Breakfast Table at Hever Castle

Breakfast Table at Hever Castle

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