16th - 20th May 2024

Fully Escorted Tours

Small Groups As Standard

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All Breakfasts and Dinners Included

Access to Eminent Historians 

Tour Details

Our most popular tour is running again in 2024! This tour sells out quickly so if this is the one for you, don't delay, click the 'Book Now' button, below.

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

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 Kate McCaffrey will be joining us to deliver fascinating talks on their latest work into Anne Boleyn.

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

  • Visit The Tower of London on the anniversary of Anne Boleyn's execution, 19th May

  • Talks from Tracy Borman, Kate McCaffrey and Gareth Russell

  • Banquet in the Great Hall of Hever Castle

  • Hidden Hever, After-Hours Tour of Hever Castle

  • Expert Guided Tours of Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London

  • 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.

  • Opportunity to Dress as Tudor Royalty at Hever Castle (optional extra)

Hever Castle ©P Brewell

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 16th May

    Welcome Reception. Gareth Russell

    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 talk from historian and suthor, Greath Russell.

    We will then sit down to a 3-course evening meal in our private dining room.

  • Day 2 - 17th May

    Hever Castle. Kate McCaffrey

    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! 

    Our evening begins with a talk from historian, and assistant curator at Hever Castel, Kate McCaffrey about her groundbreaking work into Anne Boleyn's Book of Hours.

    Following Kate's talk, and 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. Tracy Borman

    On arrival to Hampton Court Palace, we will be met by historian and Chief Joint Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman, who will give us a talk followed by a book signing and opportunty to get a photo with her.

    After a breif break, we will be met by the fantastically knowledgeable Sarah Slater for a guided tour of the Palace.

    Our tour historian, Gareth Russell, has written a book about the history of Hampton Court Palace through stories of the people who lived there called 'The Palace', published in September 2023.

    Following our tour the group have free time to explore the remaining parts of the Palace and its grounds.

    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 and a relaxed BBQ on our private lawn at Hever Castle, next to the moat and a private concert from Jay Britton, The Tudor Songbook performing music from the Tudor Court.

  • 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

Memorial at the Tower of London
  • 5* Luxury Accommodation at Hever Castle for 4 nights

  • All Dinners and Breakfasts

  • Expert History Talks from Eminent Historians

  • 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

Gareth Russell

Gareth Russell

Gareth Russell is the author of eight 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 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 is a regular contributor on TV shows and documentaries and also hosts his own podcast “Single Malt History”. His latest book Do Let’s Have Another Drink, a biography of The Queen Mother through 101 anecdotes, is top of the charts! His latest book 'The Palace' looks at the history of Hampton Court Palace through the people who lived there.
Tracy Borman

Tracy 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, Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him and Anne & Elizabeth. 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.
Kate McCaffrey

Kate McCaffrey

Kate McCaffrey is a Historian and Assistant Curator at Anne Boleyn's childhood home of Hever Castle in Kent. Her MA thesis, from the University of Kent, focused on groundbreaking, new evidence she uncovered in one of Anne Boleyn's printed Books of Hours, held at Hever Castle. In 2022 she co-curated the 'Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court' exhibition at Hever Castle, and co-authored the accompanying book, entitled 'Becoming Anne' alongside Dr Owen Emmerson. In 2023 she has done the same but with an exhibition entitled 'Catherine and Anne' which looks at the things which linked and united the two women. Kate will be talking to us about one of Anne Boleyn’s most private possessions, her Book of Hours and what her ongoing research has revealed.

Upgrade to a Superior Room

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Room Upgrades fee covers the duration of the tour.

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Optional Extras Optional Extras

Optional Extras

Room Upgrades £360

Tudor Dress Hire £190

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Photo Gallery

Hever Castle

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman

Gareth Russell at Tower Hill

Gareth Russell - Resident Historian providing talks throughout the tour

Dress as Tudor Royalty

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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