We've updated our tour programme for the season ahead

Painting of pilgrims from Canterbury
With lockdown restrictions slowly lifting, we have updated our programme of history holidays to reflect the unique demands of this pandemic. 


Despite the new freedoms, not all attractions are fully open. Sadly, we have had to postpone our July and August walking tours of York because many of the churches we visit do not plan to welcome visitors until later in the year. 

We have also postponed our English Civil Wars tours from Oxford and Bath because we needed more time to assess the most recent announcements and ensure we can run the tours to the highest quality, with the safety of our guests and team the highest priority.

And in light of the difficulties with international travel, we have postponed until 2022 the European tours planned for July and August. We are still hopeful that we can travel to Europe later this year, and we'll keep a careful eye on announcements to make the most appropriate decision and give as much notice as we can to guests. 

For every customer, we'll continue to offer a full refund or to move your booking for free if your tour cannot go ahead.


Updated programme for 2021

With the lifting of many restrictions confirmed from 19 July, we have updated our programme of activity to feature a wonderful array of tours. 

We start with a Roman Tour of Hadrian's Wall, which explores the impact of the Romans on early England (departs 13 August).

Then we travel back to a world of monks and monasteries by investigating the impact of the Cistercian Order on Medieval England, with visits to three awe-inspiring abbeys in Yorkshire (20 August).

For our third August tour, we visit the Wars of the Roses battlefields of Bosworth and Northampton to remember the lives and deaths of two maligned English kings, Henry VI and Richard III (27 August).

We stay with the Wars of the Roses for our first September tour, but this time we go north to investigate significant battles at Towton, Wakefield and Stoke Field, and we take a walking tour of Medieval York (3 September)

Later in the month, we head to the Cotswolds for our second tour of the region's incredible churches (15 September).

We stick with our church theme for a brand new tour in October, when Dr Samantha Harper again leads a small group to discover Herefordshire’s wonderful array of Medieval churches, ranging from the very big to the small, but still fascinating (6 October). 

In October, we go to the Scottish Highlands to learn about the Jacobite Rebellions, when supporters of the Stuarts tried to retake power for their Catholic king (8 October).

Our final tour of the year is again based in Herefordshire, where we enter the world of the Marcher Earls of the glorious Wye Valley, who stood guard on the border between England and Wales (25 October).

This is a snapshot of some of what is coming up in 2021, and we have many more tours planned for 2022. You can see the full programme here:

Picture credit: Pilgrims from Canterbury by an unknown author, in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons