1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Gatehouse @ English Heritage
During the anniversary year of the battle of Hastings, British Tours will be offering specialist tours of Norman and medieval historical sites. These tours will feature sites such as Battle Abbey, the religious site founded by William the conqueror to commemorate the fight. The abbey marks the place of one of the most decisive battles in English history, and one that founded a line of Kings and Queens that extends to current Queen! Other sites visitors can see, such as the White Tower of the Tower of London, are part of the large scale roll out of Norman culture in England, an impressive building project that was a sign of William’s new control over the country. Alternatively, visitors will have the chance to visit some medieval locations such as Bodiam Castle, a 14th century moated castle which was built to defend the south from the French in the hundred years war! It also passed through several hands during (and survived) two of England turbulent periods – the War of the Roses, and the English Civil War!
For more information about this tour and other historical tours we provide, get in touch with us via the contact us page on our website
Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey on a tour with British Tours
As Downton Abbey’s final season prepares for broadcast in the States, many will undoubtedly be on the edge of their seats as we say goodbye to the Crawley family, who have kept us entertained these past few years with stories of love, loss and hope in their continued efforts to adapt to a changing world. While the series may be ending, rumours of a spin off movie arose this year, and Julian Fellows is supposedly working on a prequel, focusing on Robert and Cora’s meeting and marriage! Hopefully then it won’t be a goodbye to Downton just yet! With British Tours, you’ll be able to re-live the drama of Downton by visiting the filming locations, such as the real castle that features as Downton Abbey! Don’t worry if you weren’t able to purchase tickets online, as our guides are able to help you purchase tickets at the gates. You’ll be able to see such rooms as the library where the family resided throughout the series, and the kitchens were their loyal servants such as Daisy, Mrs Patmore, Anna and Mr Bates share their meals with scheming servants such as Thomas. After visiting the castle, you’ll be able to visit the village where the outside scenes were filmed. The village contains not only the village green where war memorial was built in series 5, but the church where many of the wedding scenes are filmed. It’s also the sight of Isobel Crawley’s house in the series!
Get in touch with British Tours to book your private Downton Abbey tour to walk in the steps of the Crawley family!
Downton Abbey Matthew Good and Lady Mary Downton Abbey filming RAC club
St Mary’s church, the location of wedding scenes throughout Downton’s history.
On Christmas day, as a sleigh descends in the North Pole after a busy night of deliveries, your private driver-guide arrives at your central London hotel ready to take you on a festive tour! With no public transport and a quieter atmosphere, it’s the perfect time to take a panoramic tour of London, seeing the sites light up from the comfort of your private car. You can also stop off at one of the open pubs, and try a festive drink or British Christmas lunch, complete with the (almost) obligatory Christmas cracker containing cheesy ‘dad’ jokes to share with your family.
While London sites won’t be open for sightseeing, cathedrals and abbeys in London will be open for worship. Southwark cathedral will be organising a sung Eucharist, and both Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral offer Eucharist and choral evensongs on Christmas day, so you’ll be able to take in the atmosphere and decorations of the churches will enjoying the services.
Outside of London, Salisbury cathedral will be open at midday for sightseeing, and your guide will be able to take you through its beautiful gothic interiors while exploring the country. One of our popular sites for touring, Avebury, will also be open on Christmas day. Avebury has the world’s largest stone circle, and you can even walk amongst the stones! Both of these sites can be visited in an 8 hour tour from London, so you’ll be back in time to open your presents and enjoy a lovely family dinner!
British Tours offer private tours on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in London and beyond. Please contact us directly to plan your tour!