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This 9-day luxury tour, led by Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society and Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours, will take you from the royal palaces of Windsor, Hampton Court Palace and Hatfield, to the magic of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
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Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Hatfield House, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare's Schoolroom, New Place, Shakespeare's Grave, Kenilworth Castle, Bosworth Battlefield, Charterhouse, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tudor Gallery at the National Portrait Museum.
A Brother's tour of Charterhouse, where Elizabeth I stayed for 5 days on her return to London as Queen, a Bankside tour of the Tudor theatre district in London, a tour of the Globe theatre and a special talk on Elizabethan dress.
Harte & Garter, Windsor
The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
The Doubletree by Hilton, overlooking the Tower of London
Philippa Brewell from British History Tours and Claire Ridgway from the Anne Boleyn Files, The Tudor Society and author of many books on Tudor history.
Meet at Victoria Station in London before being transported by coach to Windsor where we will be staying for 3 nights at the 14th century Harte & Garter hotel, directly opposite Windsor Castle. This hotel is full of historic character whilst still boasting up to date facilities such as Wifi throughout and a beautiful restaurant with views of the castle.
Our welcome dinner will be followed by a talk from our expert guest speaker, Claire Ridgway.
Windsor Castle, the oldest and biggest occupied Castle in the world, is in fact the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Highlights include:-
St Georges Chapel Spiritual home of the Order of the Garter and the resting place of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Henry VI, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Charles Brandon Duke of Suffolk, Charles I and many more.
The State Apartments – In these magnificent state apartments you will find paintings by masters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough, and many other fine pieces from the Royal Collection.
For the remainder of the day you will be able to explore Windsor town before meeting again for dinner and an evening of informal discussion.
Our private coach will pick us up and take us to enjoy a day at the iconic Tudor palace, Hampton Court Palace. Our privately commissioned guide will explain the history of the palace and give us a Tudor-focused tour of the palace, including the Great Hall, the Haunted Gallery, the Tudor kitchens and the wonderful portraits. After lunch, you will have the option of a tour of the gardens and state apartments of William and Mary, or free time to do your own thing before making our way back for our final night at the Harte & Garter for dinner and a relaxed evening.
After checking out of the Harte & Garter we say farewell to Windsor and travel north to Hatfield House, childhood home of Edward VI and Elizabeth I. It was at Hatfield House where, on 17th November 1558, Elizabeth I discovered she was Queen of England. She held her first council meeting in the Great Hall which still survives. The main house was rebuilt during the reign of James I and houses an extraordinary collection of artefacts belonging to Elizabeth I as well as famous portraits including the Rainbow and Ermine portraits.
For those of you will any energy left we will be taking a walk into the grounds to find the oak tree which marks the spot where Elizabeth was sat on that fateful day in November 1558.
Following our visit our coach will take us onward to our hotel for the next three nights, the award-winning luxury 4* Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon.
After you’ve settled into your rooms we will meet for dinner and an evening talk from the fabulous Leanda de Lisle.
Today we take a step away from the Tudor monarchs and look to an equally as famous man from Tudor England, William Shakespeare. During our day in Stratford upon Avon we will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace including the actual room in which he was born, his schoolroom where he grasped latin and grammar, the wonderful New Place where he died which is now a garden reflecting Shakespeare’s works and his grave at Holy Trinity Church. Along the way we will learn more about Shakespeare’s story, some of which may take you by surprise!
We will spend the evening in Stratford, eating locally.
Our coach will take us first to Kenilworth Castle to spend a morning at this significant site in the life of Elizabeth I. Kenilworth Castle could be described as the bricks and mortar behind Elizabeth’s greatest love story, that of her and Robert Dudley.
We will then travel up to Bosworth Battlefield where the Tudor story began in August 1485.
On our return to the hotel you will have time to change before our expert speaker, Elizabeth Goldring, entertains us with a talk on Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley (very apt followingour visit to Kenilworth Castle) before dinner in our luxury hotel.
After breakfast we will be taken by coach to London and to our final hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton, overlooking the Tower of London. In the afternoon we will be taken around Charterhouse where Elizabeth I stayed for 5 days prior to her coronation. Our guide will be one of the brothers who lives at Charterhouse, now an alms house and will tell us the fascinating history of this house as well as show us the room in which Elizabeth held court whilst staying here.
In the evening we will enjoy an evening meal and informal discussion.
For our final day together we have a really special day planned.
We will spend the morning with a Shakespeare’s Bankside and Globe Theatre Tour followed by a talk for our group on Elizabethan dress. We will then have lunch at the Swan Restaurant next The Globe theatre and overlooking the Thames River.
Our final stop is the Portrait Gallery. We will visit the Tudor Gallery where you will come face to face with some of the most important characters from the Tudor period including the ‘cartoon’ of Henry VIII for the famous Whitehall portrait.
Our farewell dinner will be a lovely informal affair at a pub where we can relax and talk as much history as we want!
After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and say our goodbyes.