Rugged landscapes and Roman treasures; haunting ruins and rocky coastlines; soaring mountains and classic railways.
The charms of England and Wales can dazzle even the most hardened traveller.
In Northern England you’ll be continuously surprised and delighted by the contrast of places to see and visit. There are historic cities and small fishing villages, magnificent coastal castles and Hadrian’s Wall – not to mention the Victorian industrial heritage. Marvel at York Minster, visit Durham Cathedral or walk Chester city walls before enjoying great shopping and dining in those same cities. Explore the rolling hills and lush dales of Yorkshire, the deep lakes and pretty villages of the Lake District and the glorious Northumberland beaches. We’ve uncovered some real treasures for you to discover including classic train tours on atmospheric steam trains and self-drive holidays to one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world.
If big cities are more your thing, where better to visit than the capital? Perfect for a stop-off at either the beginning or end of your holiday, London is one of the most vibrant and captivating cities in the world. We aim to take you beyond the tourist sights and into the heart of the metropolis – our hand-selected luxury accommodation, enthusiastic local guides and personal recommendations will make your London break one you will never forget. If the south of England has captured your imagination, the quieter city of Bath is a breath of fresh air with Roman ruins, cobbled streets and magnificent Georgian architecture.
Crossing the border into Welsh territory, you are met by a wealth of attractions. Steam-powered, scenic railways, imposing medieval fortresses, classic Victorian seaside towns, slate-covered mountains and the UK’s only cable-hauled public-road tramway are just a few of our favourite features to be found in this most fascinating country.
Special mention must be made of the fairy-tale village of Portmeirion. Overlooking the Afon Dyrwyd estuary, this hamlet was laid out by Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1920s and 30s and is a living relic to one man’s vision. Strolling the pastel-coloured streets and piazza in the evening – when daytime visitors have long since returned home – is a wonderfully atmospheric experience. Combined with the unique landscape of the Great Orme Peninsula, the world-class walking opportunities in Snowdonia and the coastal vistas of Beaumaris, Wales is a quite superb holiday destination.
If a tour of both England and Wales have tickled your fancy, why not broaden your horizons even further and embark on a UK and Ireland tour, with our ‘Best of Britain and Ireland’ holiday? No matter what you are looking for, our award-winning team can make it happen.
We’ve discovered some of the UK’s most arresting driving and rail routes, too, as well as a fine selection of accommodation from classic seafront hotels, to cosy B&Bs and hidden country houses. We’ll never recommend anywhere that we haven’t enjoyed ourselves: that way, we can promise that you’ll get the very most from your holiday. Our England and Wales tours can be tailor-made to suit your exact requirements and we will leave no stone unturned in creating your perfect trip.