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Our specialist, expert-led tours put you in the footsteps of the figures who made history. Find out more about our forthcoming tours below.

The Cistercian Impact

3 NIGHTS, LED BY DR EMMA WELLS
DEPARTS 16 JULY 2021 | 15 JULY 2022
The Cistercians were a Catholic religious order of monks and nuns, and with their emphasis on manual labour and self-sufficiency, they would support themselves through agriculture and brewing, transforming the landscape in which they settled and turning wasteland into arable fields. Join our small-group tour to visit three of the greatest Cistercian Abbeys in Yorkshire and delve into the lives of this transformative group in Medieval England.

The English Civil Wars (4-night tour)

4 NIGHTS, LED BY JULIAN HUMPHRYS
DEPARTS 19 JULY 2021 | 18 JULY 2022
In the 1600s a series of civil wars between supporters of Parliament and those loyal to King Charles I reshaped the rule of England. Eventually led by Oliver Cromwell, the Parliamentarians executed an English King for the first time and abolished the monarchy.

War in the West Country: The English Civil War

3 NIGHTS, LED BY JULIAN HUMPHRYS
DEPARTS 23 JULY 2021 | 29 APRIL 2022
On this four-day expert-led history tour based in Bath, you'll explore the west country battlefields of some of the most important battles from the English Civil Wars, investigating the tactics, understanding how the landscapes influenced decisions, and putting yourself in the boots of the soldiers and civilians who were there.

The Churches of Middle Ages York

3 NIGHTS, LED BY DR EMMA WELLS
DEPARTS 30 JULY 2021 | 20 AUGUST 2021 | 29 JULY 2022 | 19 AUGUST 2022
Join this expert-led tour through the centre of Christianity in the North to visit a selection of magnificent architectural gems and learn how to “read” a church and discover countless stories of the daily lives, experiences and beliefs of people past, from prince to pauper.

The British Experience on Flanders’ Western Front

4 NIGHTS, LED BY CHRISTOPHER CHANTER
DEPARTS 5 JULY 2021 | 2 AUGUST 2021 | 4 JULY 2022 | 1 AUGUST 2022
Join us on a small group expert-led tour of Flanders to discover the fate of the British Expeditionary Force, which was tasked with halting the advance of the might of the combined German Armies at the early stage of the First World War.

Hadrian’s Wall - a Roman Tour

3 NIGHTS, LED BY JOHN SADLER
DEPARTS 13 AUGUST 2021 | 1 OCTOBER 2021
Secure behind Hadrian’s Wall from troublesome Scots, the north of England became a cosmopolitan outpost on Rome's frontier, with soldiers, travellers and traders sharing gods, goods, culture and food.

Wars of the Roses: Bosworth & Northampton

3 NIGHTS, LED BY MIKE INGRAM
DEPARTS 27 AUGUST 2021
With special access to private sites, you'll discover some of the key battles, events and characters of the Wars of the Roses, when the Houses of York and Lancaster battled for supremacy in England.

Wars of the Roses: War in the North

3 NIGHTS, LED BY JULIAN HUMPHRYS
DEPARTS 3 SEPT 2021 | 27 MAY 2022
Explore the north of England's famous battle sites for unparalleled insight into the action that took place. Plus, you'll visit key castles and take a walking tour of York, the power-base for the House of York and your base for this fascinating short break.

Marlborough's Victories in Belgium

4 NIGHTS, LED BY JAMES FALKNER
DEPARTS 6 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 9 MAY 2022 | 5 SEPTEMBER 2022
Concerned by the prospect of a union between Spain and France, the nations of Great Britain, the Netherlands and the Holy Roman Empire allied to create an army led by John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Our expert-led short break visits the sites of his campaigns in Belgium, where he helped cement Britain's status as a world power, but at what bloody cost?

War of the Three Kings in Ireland

4 NIGHTS, LED BY BARRY HILTON
DEPARTS 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 23 MAY 2022 | 12 SEPTEMBER 2022
The war between William III and James II, backed by Louis XIV in France, led to more than 200 years of British and Protestant dominance over Ireland. We explore the key battlegrounds and uncovers the dramatic, devastating stories of Boyne, Athlone, Aughrim and Limerick.

The Jacobite Risings in Scotland

3 NIGHTS, LED BY BARRY HILTON
DEPARTS 8 OCTOBER 2021 | 4 MARCH 2022
Attempting to put the Catholic House of Stuart back on the throne, supporters of King James II and his descendants orchestrated a series of rebellions in Scotland over more than 50 years.

The Wye Valley Castles of the Marcher Earls

4 NIGHTS, LED BY DR ROB W. JONES
DEPARTS 25 OCTOBER 2021 | 21 MARCH 2022 | 8 AUGUST 2022
The great fortifications of Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech were massive statements of England’s domination over its neighbour, however these were not the first castles built to project English power into Wales. Along the Rivers Wye and Monnow, the Marcher Earls of Pembroke and Hereford studded their lands with stone symbols of lordships and status.

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

In The Footsteps of Pilgrims visits sites that have attracted people in search of redemption and healing for centuries, uncovering the incredible, turbulent and inspiring stories behind such intense hope and belief across the ages. Join our small group tour with Dr Emma Wells as we travel from Windsor to Winchester, exploring the routes of pilgrims along the way.

The English Civil Wars (3-night tour)

3 NIGHTS, LED BY JULIAN HUMPHRYS
DEPARTS 22 APRIL 2022
In the 1600s a series of civil wars between supporters of Parliament and those loyal to King Charles I reshaped the rule of England. Eventually led by Oliver Cromwell, the Parliamentarians executed an English King for the first time and abolished the monarchy.

Medieval Churches of the Cotswolds

3 NIGHTS, LED BY DR SAMANTHA HAPRER
DEPARTS 19 MAY (SOLD OUT) | 17 SEPT 2021 | 25 MARCH 2022
Join us on this expert-led tour of the Cotswolds' Medieval churches to reveal the stories told through their magnificent art and decorations, and discover the messages the deceased left behind.

Hearts of Oak - building Britain’s naval empire

3 NIGHTS, LED BY ANDREW LAMBERT
DEPARTS 10 JUNE 2022
Spend a long weekend examining some of the key locations in Greater London where Britain’s naval empire was built, and exploring the scene of a great naval encounter where the country's great Age of Sail nearly came to an early end.

Thomas Hardy's Wessex

3 NIGHTS, LED BY HARRIET STILL
DEPARTS 24 JUNE 2022 | 23 SEPTEMBER 2022
2022 brings a unique opportunity to see the largest collection of objects from the life of the writer Thomas Hardy ever put on display, in four simultaneous exhibitions across Dorset and Wiltshire. Join our expert led tour to see them all.