Historic England - 8 day Edinburgh to London tour

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS/UP TO 16 GUESTS

ALNWICK, LINCOLN, DURHAM, YORK, WHITBY, CHATSWORTH, CAMBRIDGE • UP TO 16 GUESTS
Are you looking for an unusual itinerary for a week in England? On this 7 day tour, world-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this tour of Eastern England, from the north to the south. We'll travel by river in Cambridge, and road, across the stunning North York Moors and the Peak District National Park, following in the footsteps of Vikings, Roman royalty, and visiting Whitby, the town that was the 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. Accommodation: (The White Swan Hotel) (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 colorful 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. 
    ​Accommodation: (Gisborough Hall Hotel) (B, D)


    Day 3 North York Moors - Ripley - Peak District

    Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it’s our turn to discover the dramatic Ripley Castle – an iconic country house. To complete a day of historic sightseeing, we end at the stunning Peak District. ​Accommodation: (Rutland Arms Hotel)(B)

    Day 4 Peak District - Chatsworth House - Peak District

    Driving through the Peak District with some of England’s finest scenery rippling out around 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 Prejudice. We also visit the world famous Blue John Cavern, a series of caves in the Peak District, before returning to our hotel later on. ​Accommodation: (Rutland Arms Hotel) (B,D)


    Half timbered buildingsDay 5 Peak District - Lincoln

    We say farewell to the picturesque Peak District and journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln and visit the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. Pay close attention as your Tour Leader guides you through the town and make the most of free time afterwards. Accommodation: (White Hart Hotel)(B)


    Day 6 Peak District - Sandringham Estate - Cambridge

    Start the day with a visit to a local creamery for a cheese tasting and guided tour to educate the group on the history of stilton cheese. After our appetite is satisfied, we have a date with royalty as we pay a visit to the Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent stately house with picturesque gardens and even a museum. Our final stop of the day takes us to the iconic town of Cambridge. ​Accommodation: (Anstey Hall Hotel) (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. ​Accommodation: (Anstey Hall Hotel) (B, D) 

    Day 8 Cambridge - Newmarket - 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 in London, where we say farewell.. (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 included to: Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Blue John Cavern, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Ripley Castle, Chatsworth House, Sandringham Estate and Newmarket National Stud.
  • This tour commences from Roxburghe Hotel 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.

2018

Historic England Take 5% off until Dec 31, 2017 2018
Starts  Edinburgh Ends London Price per person USD
Wednesday 28-Mar-18 Wednesday 4-Apr-18 3069
Wednesday 4-Apr-18 Wednesday 11-Apr-18 3069
Wednesday 18-Apr-18 Wednesday 25-Apr-18 3069
Wednesday 2-May-18 Wednesday 9-May-18 3099
Sunday 6-May-18 Sunday 13-May-18 3099
Wednesday 9-May-18 Wednesday 16-May-18 3099
Sunday 13-May-18 Sunday 20-May-18 3099
Wednesday 16-May-18 Wednesday 23-May-18 3099
Sunday 20-May-18 Sunday 27-May-18 3099
Thursday 24-May-18 Thursday 31-May-18 3099
Wednesday 6-Jun-18 Wednesday 13-Jun-18 3099
Wednesday 13-Jun-18 Wednesday 20-Jun-18 3099
Friday 22-Jun-18 Friday 29-Jun-18 3099
Wednesday 27-Jun-18 Wednesday 4-Jul-18 3099
Wednesday 11-Jul-18 Wednesday 18-Jul-18 3099
Wednesday 18-Jul-18 Wednesday 25-Jul-18 3099
Wednesday 8-Aug-18 Wednesday 15-Aug-18 3099
Wednesday 15-Aug-18 Wednesday 22-Aug-18 3099
Wednesday 22-Aug-18 Wednesday 29-Aug-18 3099
Wednesday 29-Aug-18 Wednesday 5-Sep-18 3099
Wednesday 5-Sep-18 Wednesday 12-Sep-18 3099
Wednesday 12-Sep-18 Wednesday 19-Sep-18 3099
Wednesday 19-Sep-18 Wednesday 26-Sep-18 3099
Wednesday 3-Oct-18 Wednesday 10-Oct-18 3069
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