The Rich History – Warwick Castle Tours

If you’re after an insight into British history, then why not embark on our Warwick Castle tours, as it definitely won’t disappoint. It has ancient buildings that are home to a marvel of history and myth and have both played significant parts in British history throughout the ages.

Warwick Castle’s rich history can be discovered on the Warwick Castle & Blenheim Palace Tours, where you’ll not only visit these locations, but get a first-hand experience of the wonder and beauty surrounding them too.

With a history that spans over 1,100 years, when it was first built by William The Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle has so much to offer. Sitting at the top of a hill, this medieval castle has been expanded and modified over the centuries by a wide range of individuals, families and monarchs, which is what makes it so unique and fascinating.

For history lovers and kids alike it will have visitors captivated from the moment they arrive. Regular ‘Horrible Histories’ productions are a great and fun way to learn about the history of the Castle, especially for the kids, whilst the tours throughout the castle and grounds give a more insightful look at the sumptuous interiors, stories, myths and magic behind this fantastic structure.

If you can stomach gruelling tales, then the Castle Dungeons provide visitors with a gruesome and realistic account of some of Warwick Castle’s darkest history, bringing it fully back to life with live actors and special effects.

You can also explore the many towers and ramparts of the castle, where you’ll find fascinating architecture that is centuries old, as well as breath taking views of the landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside.

It’s the perfect place for discovery and history in a beautiful setting.

Big Ben Tours – Why Big Ben is the most iconic London sight

A visit to London is never complete without a mesmerizing tour of this lovely and historic city; Big Ben is by no means an exception.  Big Ben’s official name is the Elizabeth Tower, but local residents have affectionately nicknamed her “Big Ben” after the nickname of the Great Bell that is housed within the stunning Elizabeth Tower. This massive clock tower is considered by many to be the most iconic sight in the city, not only for its spectacular view, but also for its colourful and inspiring history.

Guided tours of Big Ben will take its visitors up 334 spiral steps to the top of the 62 metre high clock tower to hear Big Ben strike the hour, as well as a unique opportunity to visit the mechanism room where you can learn about how Big Ben’s clock works. These tours are available free to UK residents, but require to be sponsored by a Member of Parliament or a Member of the House of Lords.

The actual origin of the nickname is not known; however there are 2 theories; one that is was named after the commissioner of works Sir Benjamin Hall who because of his large size was lovingly known in the house as Big Ben. The other theory is that it was named after heavy weight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt who was also referred to as Big Ben. Historians and landmark enthusiasts have argued these theories for decades.

Aside from its timeless beauty, masterwork construction, and unfaltering timekeeping, is the sensational history that surrounds it. Most notably its role in the Second World War, during this time Big Ben’s chimes were heard the world over on the BBC World Service radio. During the blitz people would listen for Big Bens uplifting chimes, it was these chimes that let the world know that Great Britain had not yet been defeated, which offered people a much needed feeling of comfort and hope.

Learn about Political History with House of Parliament Tours

Take an exhilarating step back in time with a guided tour of London’s iconic Westminster Palace and experience all the intriguing and political history that it has to offer.

For over 900 years The Houses of Parliament (AKA the Palace of Westminster) has been the centre of power throughout Britain.  William II completed construction of the Palace of Westminster started in 1097and in 1099; at the time of its completion it was the largest hall in all of England.

Its initial role was to be a royal only residence, but by 1512 a fire destroyed the private quarters of Henry VIII, after that Henry moved out and the lawyers and politicians moved in, it has been the hub for Britain’s political powers ever since.

The Palace of Westminster held numerous high profile treason trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. King Charles I being one of the most notable who in 1649 was tried and condemned as a traitor, tyrant, and murderer, despite the court having no real legal authority over him. In 1606 Guy Fawkes along with his co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot were tried, convicted, and executed.

The Palace has endured a myriad of bombings and other act of violence during it’s over 900 of years of existence. During the Blitz of World War 2 alone the Palace was hit more than 14 times. In 1812 former Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated there, and in 1885 a Fenian bomb severely damaged the Palaces common chamber as well as seriously injuring three people.

You can explore further into the aforementioned as well as many other historical factoids related to the Palace whilst on your House of Parliament tour!