Specialist and Quirky Tours
England Tours come in all shapes, sizes and topics. Here I'd like to feature those that really catch my fancy.
I've always loved books, so the idea of exploring the life of fictional characters in my England holidays greatly appeals to me. When I first came to live in London, you could take a Sherlock Holmes walking tour, starting at his 'home' in 226b Baker Street and exploring all the places mentioned in Conan Doyles' stories.
You could explore film locations, follow famous Britons across the country or trace events in history.
And, of course, there's always food. Many counties now actively promote the traditionald foods they produce, be it cheese, wine, pies, sausages or sweets. So why not spend your England holidays following a food trail round the country?
Ghost hunting seems to be the latest craze, but I'm not sure that this is really my thing. History (and Northumberland) though, are definitely up there, so as my first offering, I'd like to introduce you to a real heritage tour.
Conan Doyle is an eternal favourite with book tour fans. And I'm no exception. I've wandered round Grimspound and Hound Tor - inspirations for the famous Hound of the Baskervilles, have explored the locations of Bernard Cornwell's Alfred the Great novels, wandered Jane Austen's Bath. And there's plenty more where that came from.
If the idea of following a fictional character doesn't bother you, then why not make film locations the theme of your holiday? You could visit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, explore the lair of the Sherriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood's hideout. Visit Fawlty Towers Hotel or imagine yourself dancing at Netherfield Park. And what about King Arthur? In my mind, the mythical king makes a great theme for your England holidays.
Famous Britons Tour
Some people prefer historical fact to fiction, and if that's you, then you could follow in the footsteps of famous Britons such as Winston Churchill or Charles Darwin. You could explore the works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, or trace the influence of Capability Brown through the landscape parks of England.
These are my favourites. I love to pick a period or an event and explore in detail. Why not follow the Roman invasion across the country? Or William the Conqueror? Explore the time of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth visiting Tudor houses and palaces across the country. Or trace England's World War II history from Dover Castle to the Cabinet War Rooms.