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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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