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England’s Heritage Cities

Tour Highlights

Timeless, ancient and inspiring are just a few words often used to describe the officially designated Britain’s Heritage Cities.
There are 13 cities in England that have been assigned this prestigious designation, and we will explore 9 of them. We will visit the most important heritage sites in each of these cities and listen to the stories that make these cities so special. 

These are cities where you can stroll around ancient city walls, soak-up literary legacy, admire the architecture or delve deeper into the Roman and Medieval history. This tour will take us on an epic journey into the past. 

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tour Highlights:
  • Chester – Roman Amphitheatre
  • Lancaster – Lancaster Castle
  • York – York Chocolate and Railway Museum
  • Lincoln – Lincoln Cathedral
  • Cambridge – The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Oxford – Bodleian Libraries
  • Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s New Place
  • Bath - The Roman Baths
  • London - ‘Everybody’s Favourite City’
  • Greenwich – World Heritage Site

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Manchester - direct from Toronto.
Upon arrival we transfer to Leeds - a Heritage City known for its Victorian architecture - for a 4-night stay.
We enjoy a tour of Chester - a Roman city full of historic treasures, and home to the most complete Roman city walls in Britain. The Roman Amphitheatre here was the venue for circuses, festivals and gladiator fights, and the 700-year-old “Rows” is the only shopping arcade of its kind in the world. We also see England’s oldest racecourse.
We start at 1000-year-old Lancaster Castle, still owned by the royal family. The castle was a fortification as well as a courthouse which held many famous trials over the centuries, including those of the Lancashire Witches who were sentenced to death in 1612. This afternoon we cruise along the River Lune marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks, and the Lune Aqueduct - one of the ‘Seven Waterway Wonders’ - an engineering masterpiece!
No other English city offers the layers of history and beauty that York does. The medieval legacy is seen in the streets, city walls and the charming maze of alleyways. York is also Britain’s Home of Chocolate, and during our city tour we will learn how to make it and have a taste at York’s Chocolate Story. We also visit the National Railway Museum - an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance!
We begin in the Heritage City of Lincoln, and our city tour will take us to Lincoln Castle - built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. Next to the castle is Steep Hill - named Britain’s Best Street as, along with the city walls, it provides the best views over this magnificent city. Later we arrive in Nottingham for a 2-night stay.
Home of Robin Hood and a rich history, Nottinghamshire is one of the UK's top destinations. We will learn about the legendary outlaw hero of English ballads, and visit the Lace Market - the oldest area of the city, which was renowned throughout the world for its intricate lace. The afternoon is free to explore this wonderful city on your own.
Cambridge is an elegant yet compact city with spectacular architecture in the form of colleges, chapels, churches and courtyards combined with green parks and the River Cam which winds through the city. Our city tour takes in King’s College Chapel - a Gothic masterpiece with the world’s largest fan-vault. Its construction took almost 100 years and was completed during Henry VIII’s reign. We see the pub where DNA was discovered, and the Fitzwilliam Museum with one of Britain’s finest art collections. We end with a “punt” down the River Cam. Later we arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon for a 4-night stay.
We visit the Heritage City of Oxford, known for its incredible architecture. Oxford’s streets have been the setting for many films and TV series. Our guided tour will take us through one of the university’s famous colleges and into Bodleian Library - one of Europe’s oldest libraries. This evening we attend an unforgettable performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre.
Our walking tour will give us a taste of Olde England as we wander the streets of Shakespeare’s hometown. We will visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom - where the great playwrite was inspired, and Shakespeare’s New Place - his family home until his death in 1616. Afternoon at leisure.
The city of Bath is a designated World Heritage Site as it hosts some of Europe’s finest architectural sights. Our tour takes in the famous Roman Baths - one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. We will also see the famous Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and more. During your free time you may want to visit Sally Lunn’s, where the legendary young baker Sally Lunn created the Bath bun - a world renowned regional speciality. Dinner will be at a Country Inn.
Our first stop is Woburn Abbey - originally a monastery and now a fascinating ancestral home. The custom of taking Afternoon Tea was popularized here in the 1840s, so it is fitting we take part in this tradition at this location. Later we arrive at our central London hotel for a 3-night stay.
A day at leisure in ‘Everybody’s Favourite City’. The attractions here are endless, and your Tour Manager will be on hand with suggestions.
Greenwich is home to Cutty Sark - a World Heritage Site, London’s prettiest Royal Park and the Prime Meridian of the World - longitude zero. Our tour will include the Royal Observatory, The Maritime Museum and of course the Cutty Sark - one of the last tea clippers built, designed to carry tea from China to England in record-time. In her heyday, the ship circumnavigated the globe and visited every major port in the world! Tonight we enjoy our Farewell Dinner and make a toast to Britain’s Heritage Cities!
We fly home to Canada.

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