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.

London to Paris – A Journey of History And Wonder

Paris is a magical city, full of romance, history, culture and an atmosphere that is like no other city in the world. It’s easily reached from London, meaning you can be on the continent, sipping a café au lait in the heart of Paris in a matter of hours.

Why not embark on a journey of history and wonder with our London to Paris tours. We will take you on a unique trip through the city where you can submerge yourself in the culture and history of this wonderful city in style.

Visit Paris’s most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower, which has been standing since 1889 when it was built for the World’s Fair. Climb to the summit and see breath-taking views of the entire city during the day or evening.

Paris tours also include other famous attractions such as the artist district Montmartre, where you can visit the Sacre-Coeur and lose yourself in the pretty winding streets, which have been home to famous artists such as Picasso over the years.

Take a walk down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is famous throughout the world for luxury shops, theatres and cafes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get up close to the Arc de Triomphe too, which stands proudly at one end.

Your journey to Paris isn’t complete without a visit to the Louvre. As one of the world’s largest museums and home to the Mona Lisa, you can take in art and culture that spans across centuries of French and international history.

With so much to see in this expansive city, you can be sure that with a Paris tour you will see all the best that Paris has to offer and get an authentic feel for the history and wonder of this bustling capital city.

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.

Tower of London Tours – History Revealed

The Tower of London as we know it today is a popular tourist attraction that is visited by more than 2 million people from around the world every year, but before that it has served as home for the Crown Jewels, the Royal Mint, a menagerie, a fortress, and most notably one of Britain’s most notorious prisons.

Throughout London’s tumultuous history the Tower of London has played a starring role. One of the most historically significant uses for the tower was during the times that it served as a prison.  The Tower had not only an extensive list of high profile (and presumably innocent) prisoners, it was also known for its brutal and numerous torture chambers housed inside that were used as both punishments and means to interrogate.

Perhaps one of the most famous of those imprisoned in the tower was the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (1546) who was accused of infidelity, incest, and even seducing the king into a cursed marriage. However it is believed that true reason for her imprisonment and eventual beheading was due to her inability to birth a male heir to the throne.

Other well-known high profile inmates of the Tower include; Sir Thomas More (1534), Anne Askew (1546), and second command Nazi party member Rudolf Hess (1941).

Today the mint, the jewels, the prisoners, and the menagerie are long gone, but one thing that still remains is the ravens which legend has it will cause the Tower and the Kingdom to fall should they ever leave. The Tower of London is required to have on its grounds at least 7 captive ravens at all times. It isn’t any wonder that The Tower of London is considered by many to be one of the most iconic buildings in all of London. Tourists and locals alike are able afford themselves the ultimate hands on history lesson when taking advantage of these stimulating and truly moving tours.

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!

London Day Tours – Can You See All of London in a Day

London is a very diverse and interesting city that is packed with character and possibility. The average tourist which turns up in this great European study would struggle to visit everything in a few weeks, never mind just a day! Taking a London Day Tour won’t guarantee covering even a fraction of everything London has to offer, but you can certainly cram the day full.

An advantage of this extremely busy and bustling city is that many of the attractions are close together. If you are willing to do the necessary planning of where you want to go then different sights and attractions can be linked together in the same visit. For example, you can visit Number 10 Downing Street, where the Prime minister lives, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks, Whitehall and the Cabinet Wars within a few roads.

A speciality tour will help to narrow down what you want to get from a sightseeing tour of London. Perhaps you have seen the main sites before or you want to explore a different side to this incredibly diverse and cosmopolitan city. The longer tours of 7 or 9 hours will definitely be able to maximise the amounts you can do in a day around London. A tour includes your own private tour guide and could be focused on one particular location in London such as Greenwich or one place such as the British Museum.

One way of visibly being able to cover the surface of London in a day would be to take a helicopter tour over London city. During a one-hour flight you will see the major landmarks from the air and enjoy a truly spectacular view across the city.

London Tour Guides – Choosing the Best One

 

When you visit London, it can be hard to narrow down what it is exactly you want to see.  London city boasts so many famous buildings, and there are so many different activities you can do.  The first thing to consider is what your focus is; for example, if it is the royal family and the big iconic buildings you are interested in then Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and even Kensington Palace may be just what you are looking for.  Another option for your group is to visit a range of museums and galleries; the British Museum and the National Gallery are both locations where you could spend many hours visiting and will give a true flavour of British history and culture.

For any history fans, the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels and Tower Bridge will definitely impress all those in your group.  Another option is to visit the city entirely from the Thames and stop at locations along this amazing valley river, as there are so many landmarks and iconic sites to see just from the river.  One thing you won’t be short of is things to do and how to fill your time.  The key thing is to focus on what it is you are hoping to get from your day and choose some landmarks to visit.  It is impossible to visit every famous location and attraction, however by narrowing it down to the ones that are preferred, you can always come back and visit other sites another time.

Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre of London there are also many sites of interest such as Oxford, Windsor Castle, Stratford and even a Harry Potter Tour.  Attractions outside the main city centre will require more time however are easily accessible from the city centre.  With so much to choose, one thing is certain; you will not leave London disappointed, as there is so much to see and do for all tastes.