Historic England - 8 day Edinburgh to London tour

World-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this tour of Eastern England, from the north to thesouth. We'll travel by river and road, across the stunning North York Moors and the Peak District National Park, following in the footsteps of Vikings, Roman royalty, and the town that was inspiration for Dracula.

The Lynott Tours Difference
  • Call in at Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen
  • Drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt in Cambridge (the Venice of England)
  • Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
  • Day 1 Edinburgh - Lindisfarne - Alnwick

    It may only be day one of our tour, but by nightfall we’ll have visited walled towns, isolated islands and magnificent castles. Depart Edinburgh, travelling south, we cross the border into England providing the weather is on our side, we take the causeway at low tide to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and discover the dramatic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. When we arrive at Alnwick (pronounced annick) Castle, we’ll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland, where we see inside the state rooms, spot the sets used in episodes of Downton Abbey and hear tales of crusades and chivalry. The gardens at Alnwick have some spectacular displays, and feature a magnificent treehouse. (D) 

    AlnwickDay 2 Alnwick - Durham - Whitby - North York Moors

    The Normans made their mark on this part of England, and possibly the finest example ofthis is in Durham. Today we’ll step inside the Cathedral, a magnificent achitectural monument now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our route carries us to the water, with a stop-off at Staithes once the north east’s largest fishingport. But our destination is Whitby. This pretty-as-a-picture harbour town is where we find colourful cottages and boat sails nodding in the breeze. Looking up at the shadowy abbey, you’ll see what inspired the first chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But he’s not the only famous name to have a history entwined in Whitby. Our final port of call is the museum that chronicles Captain Cook’s training as a novice seaman, before he embarked on his epic voyages of discovery. After all that sea air, arriving at a warm and welcoming country house on the fringes of the dramatic North York Moors is wonderful. (B, D)

    Day 3 North York Moors - Fountains Abbey - North York Moors

    Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it’s our turn to fall for the dramatic North York Moors this morning as our journey takes us through a sprawling patchwork of heather-clad hills and as-far-as-the-eye-can-see countryside. That brings us to Hutton le Hole and Helmsley, a scenic village and market town respectively, where we’re briefly immersed inlocal life. But it’s a short sojourn, as we’re spending the afternoon at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Strolling around the remains of the abbey, the light-dappled Georgian water gardens and deer park makes for an afternoon like no other. (B) 

    Day 4 North York Moors - York - Peak District

    We’re heading for the Peak District now. But not before a must-do detour to York where we’ll leave you to discover a city steeped in heritage with awe-inspiring architecture at every turn. You could uncover the treasures at the world-famous York Minster, climb the Central Tower for panoramic views, or museum hop on the trail of Romans and Vikings.(B)

    Half timbered buildingsDay 5 Peak District - Chatsworth House - Blue John Cavern - Peak District

    Driving through the Peak District, with some of England’s finest scenery rippling outaround us, is a real joy. We stretch our legs on a morning stroll at Chatsworth House, infused with Elizabethan history and contemporary culture. See the stunning architecture said to have inspired Jane Austen and the rooms that featured in the film Pride and Pejudice. Afterwards we head to Blue John Cavern, an enchanting network of caves.(B) 

    Day 6 Peak District - Sandringham Estate - Ely - Cambridge

    We have a date with royalty today as we pay a visit to the Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent statelyhouse with picturesque gardens and even a museum. No less majestic is Ely Cathedral, which is our final stop toda. Marvel at the serenity of the light-filled Lady Chapel, admie the kaleidoscopic stained glass windows or take a deep breath and climb to the top of one of the Cathedral’s towers for staggering views. (B) 

    Day 7 Cambridge

    Admire the beautiful 'Backs' of Cambridge University, spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs, as we drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt (boat). Your afternoon in the city is all yours until we meet again for our final evening dinner. Step inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries. (B, D) 

    Day 8 Cambridge - Newmarket - Lavenham - London

    There’s time for one more behind-the-scenes tour so we delve into England’s sporting heritage at Newmarket National Stud. At this working thoroughbred stud farm we may see stallions in the paddocks and, occasionally, foals in the nursery. We’ll see in the end of our tour at Lavenham, a medieval village in rural Suffolk where streets of timber-framed buildings have us feeling as though we’ve stepped back in time. (B)

    The Holy Island of Lindisfarne causeway is only accessible at low tide. So please be aware that the time we visit and spend here will depend on the daily tidal variations. 

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (B)
  • Three evening meals (D)
  • Punting in Cambridge
  • Entrance fee included to: Lindisfarne Priory, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Chatsworth House, Blue John Cavern, Sandringham Estate, Ely Cathedral and Newmarket National Stud.
  • This tour commences from Nira Caledonia Edinburgh 10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF at 8.30am, returns to Grange Hotel, Westminster 530PM
Where will be stay? Elegant, comfortable hotels, inns and castles which give you always reflect character and charm, A true feeling of the country that you are in. Not purpose built cookie-cutter hotels, each is unique and exudes its own charm.

For example: The Rutland Arms Hotel dates back to 1804 and is set in the majestic Peak District National Park in the picturesque town of Bakewell. The Rutland Arms has played host to several celebrated guests in its long history.  Jane Austen stayed in 1811 using her room as a background for two scenes in her book ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  In 1850 Charles Dickens used the hotel for a scene in his short story ‘The Warilows of Welland’.  Turner, Byron and Coleridge also stayed whilst visiting Chatsworth.  The Rutland also boasts the creation of the world famous Bakewell pudding.

Bakewell is both an exciting place to visit and relaxing market town to explore, and it is full of history and sits in a stunning countryside setting.  The Breathtaking scenery is magnificent, a true walkers paradise.

Historic England    
Start Edinburgh End London Nts USD per person
6-Jun-17 13-Jun-17 Fully Booked  $2,995
13-Jun-17 20-Jun-17 Fully Booked  $2,995
20-Jun-17 27-Jun-17 7 $2,995
27-Jun-17 4-Jul-17 7 $2,995
11-Jul-17 18-Jul-17 7 $2,995
18-Jul-17 25-Jul-17 7 $2,995
15-Aug-17 22-Aug-17 7 $2,995
29-Aug-17 5-Sep-17 7 $2,995
5-Sep-17 12-Sep-17 7 $2,995
12-Sep-17 19-Sep-17 7 $2,995
19-Sep-17 26-Sep-17 7 $2,995
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