Step Back In Time With Hampton Court Tours

Steeped in Royal history dating back to the 11th Century, we invite you to join us a journey back in time on our Hampton Court Palace Tours where you’ll get an up close and personal experience of life in a Royal Palace.

Hampton Court Palace offers visitors a wonderful experience of British history that includes spans across 500 year. Built in 1515, Hampton Court Palace is marking its 500th anniversary this year, which makes it even more desirable to visit, as there will be a whole host of activities surrounding the celebrations throughout the year, which include Luna Cinema in the grounds and Hampton Court Palace: The Opera and many more.

Located in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace is no longer used as a royal residence, and hasn’t been since the reign of George III back in the 18th Century. However, it was still used by guests of the Royal Family and as grace-and-favour apartments

Originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who at the time was a favourite of King Henry VIII, it eventually became home to Henry VIII, who decided to take the palace as his own residence in 1529 when Wolsey fell out of favour. He lived there with several of his six wives and it was said to be haunted by his fifth wife Catherine Howard, who was beheaded over accusations of adultery.

The expansive history of Hampton Court also includes residents such as Queen Mary I and her successor Elizabeth I, King James I and King Charles I, who have all made their own mark on the Palace throughout their time with additions.

On your journey through Hampton Court Palace you’ll be privy to all of its rich history, including ghost stories and myths that surround it and the significant historical events that have taken place here, including General Eisenhower’s planning of the Normandy Landings in 1944.

With the palace and the magnificent grounds to explore you will be transported to a different time, where you will be able to visualise the history and see what life was like at Hampton Court.

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.

British Museum Tour – Why the British Museum has something for all

Embarking on an exuberant and engaging day tour of London would not be complete without a visit to London’s magnificent British Museum where you can explore a wide array of historical and iconic artefacts from all over the world such as, stunning Parthenon sculptures, as well as a wide variety of relics from ancient Egypt to name a few. Whether you are young or old, a history enthusiast, have a passion for art and design, or enjoy learning about other cultures, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the British Museum.

Visitors touring this world-renowned museum get to experience an up close and personal look at the many historical and cultural items that the world has to offer in an exquisitely architected building.  View various currencies from all over the world, such as coins, banknotes and even shells, some of which that date back as far as 4000 years!

The British Museum hosts a wide variety of fascinating and engaging exhibitions, such as this years “Celts art and identity” exhibition that runs from 24 September 2015 through to 31 January 2016 which is the British Museums first ever major exhibition that examines the full history of Celtic art and identity.

Children of all ages will also find enjoyment at the museum with their various child friendly displays and hands on arts and crafts sessions that will give your children a genuine passion for learning.

While on your tour be sure to take advantage of the museums shop where you can buy anything from kid’s history gifts to stunning museum replicas that will allow you to continue to enjoy your favourite British Museum displays from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn more about what the British Museum has to offer, or if you are interested in finding out about any of their upcoming events or exhibitions then why not get in touch and let us help you plan the perfect trip.

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!