Britain: Epic Monuments and National Parks
*This experience runs every Friday between April & November 2019
*Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own.
8 day journey of discovering the greatest sights and experiences
Visiting 1 country: United Kingdom
Experience a land of incredible history, rolling hills, and vast culture on this eight day tour of the British Isles. Dive into the past while you encounter quaint villages and beautiful castles. Relive the scenes of fierce conflicts of the past as you wander the Roman divide of Hadrian’s Wall. Understand the immense history of conquests by the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Vikings which have influenced the Isles. By the end, you will become a historian yourself!
Day 1 – Stratford-Upon-Avon and Ironbridge
“Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, and so am come abroad to see the world”- William Shakespeare.
You will depart from London and travel to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The town is the epitome of what someone would imagine a small English town would look like. If you are a history buff, picture yourself living during that time while you explore this historical place. Just don’t do anything that will get you beheaded! After having lunch in the village, we will make our way to the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution” and witness the spectacle of Ironbridge. It is the first ever bridge completely built of iron and because of that it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Just imagine how life was back in the day!
You then wind your way down to the riverside town of Shrewsbury, a pretty county town that lies on the banks of the mighty River Severn. The town is known for its bustling markets and its Tudor buildings, and as the birthplace of famous naturalist Charles Darwin.
Day 2 – North Wales
Today, you are truly in for a treat! Experience life as a king or queen as we make our way to Conwy Castle in North Wales. Built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales, it was meant to create the walled defense town of Conwy. Currently it is considered for another World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe.
Snowdonia National Park
We did mention there would be rolling hills right? Well, that will be very evident when we get to Snowdonia National Park. It is known for its amazing landscapes and you can experience the fight and struggle for Independence and learning about the tale of Owain Glyndwr, the last native Prince of Wales. After this, we will head back over the English border to the hotel.
Day 3 – Vale of Hope
Today we will head to Peak District National Park filled with beautiful villages and scenic routes and the perfect path to get to the beautiful and charming village of Castleton located in the Vale of Hope. Not only does the village have a charming vibe where people can enjoy the local fare, but you can also admire the beautiful Peveril Castle.
Once we have had a picnic in this picturesque place, we will head to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous mansion house and gardens at Chatsworth. Considered to be the UK’s favorite country house, it is home to the Cavendish family known for incredible paintings, historical furniture, and massive grandeur. Once you have experienced life as a Duke, we will travel to the historical city of York, where we will be staying for the next three nights.
Day 4 – York or Knaresborough
Today you have two choices for your day. You can either spend your time learning about the medieval history of York which dates back to the Romans, Vikings, and Normans – just imagine the history while walking down those streets – or you can join a guide on a half day excursion to wonderful market towns of Knaresborough, and like all small towns in England, it is like walking through a history book. After taking in all the sights, you have a free afternoon to dine and relax and see what the city has to offer.
You will separate from the London based tour here and a tour bus heading for Edinburgh will pick you up the next morning. You will receive all the details bright and early so get a good night’s rest!
Day 5 – Yorkshire to Robin Hood’s Bay
You will leave York today and head to Yorkshire where we will stop at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Like all other National Parks in this region, it has the abundance of nature and a scenery that is vast. We will have lunch in Whitby, which is a fishing port that was the inspiration for Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. You will be able to witness where the author spent his time with his writing. Who knows? You may be inspired to write yourself! Our final stop will be to enjoy some free time before going to Robin Hood’s Bay, which is once again a very charming village. We will return to York for the evening.
* The mini coach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. It will drop you off at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village center.
Day 6 – Yorkshire Dales National Park
Today, we will be heading to Yorkshire Dales National Park which is filled not only with wildlife, but rich cultural heritage. After experiencing some relaxation, we will pass through the Northern Dales, which is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty and a center of the cattle trade.
Finally, we will end our day in the market town of Keswick**which is where we will be staying and you are free to explore the area.
**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere instead.
Day 7 – Castlerigg standing stones to Ullswater
After breakfast, you will learn about the incredible history of the area by exploring the Castlerigg standing stones. From there, we will head to the shores of Ullswater, which is known as England’s most beautiful lake. Take a stroll through the forest to the Aira Force waterfall which is a great place to get that Instagram shot.
Kirkstone Pass through Windermere to Hawkeshead
You will then head south over the Kirkstone Pass stopping at Windermere where you can choose between relaxing with a “stick to your ribs” lunch overlooking the beautiful mountains and lakes or you can choose to take a cruise on the lake. Once you’ve had a wonderful experience either way, you will head to Hawkeshead where poet William Wordsworth got his start…
Back to Keswick
After exploring the village, you will truly feel like you’re in a Jane Austen novel, by going through country lanes towards what Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found.” Visit the place where he got his inspiration and possibly get some of your own. We will head back to Keswick for the night.
Day 8 – Hartside Pass
As we leave the Lakes, we exchange one beautiful location with another as we head to Hartside Pass, where you can have your Brave heart moment, with wonderful views of the hills and mountains of Scotland. We will then make our way to Hadrian’s Wall, which dates back to the Roman times when they wanted to keep the Scottish tribes out of Roman Empire.
The Scottish-English border
Your final stop on this wonderful trip is Scott’s View, which has a wonderful view of the Scottish-English border. Once you have had enough of gazing out, you will make your way to the capital, Edinburgh.
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
Places you’ll explore
The birthplace of Shakespeare, home to many Tudor thatched cottages and the gardens of The Bard’s wife, Anne Hathaway.
Ironbridge World Heritage Site
One of the birthplaces of the English Industrial Revolution, this world famous bridge and heritage site marks one of the crucial moments in the rise of the British Empire.
The mountains of Snowdonia
Inspiring historical figures such as Charles Darwin, these mountains offer a sense of scale and rugged beauty rarely matched in the U.K.
Set on a river bank near an impressive pair of bridges, this brilliantly preserved 13th century estuary fortress is a visual treat.
Peak District National Park
Broadleaved woodlands give way to sheltered deep valleys in this geological wonderland.
The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate, famed for its amazing fountains and verdant maze.
York and the Dales
The fiercely rugged Yorkshire Dales are on offer to you, a great verdant expanse with the beautiful Gothic-influenced city of York at its centre.
Robin Hood’s Bay
This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its pretty cottages and rugged cliffside setting.
The verdant expanse is a haven for plant species and hosts some of the UK’s most diverse wildlife.
The home of poet William Wordsworth and the place where he produced some of his greatest works, this cottage is full of the great man’s secrets and truths.
The spiritual home to Beatrix Potter’s fabulous stories, the largest natural lake in England provides historical and natural fascination.
Explore from the ancient boundary of Hadrian’s Wall to the great city of Edinburgh.
Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
Air conditioning as standard
The stories and services of a Rabbie’s driver-guide
Entry fees to visitor attractions
Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own:
- 2 nights in Shrewsbury
- 3 nights in York
- 2 nights in Keswick
- 15 – Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
- 00 approx. – Edinburgh Waterloo Place
- Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
- One 15 kilogram bag per person
How does the accommodation work?
Your tour excludes accommodation; you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations, or contact us for help.
I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.
Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.