Take a nosey inside the walls of the castles and houses where the Kings and Queens of the past lived and played. A tour filled with English Heritage properties and royal stories of love, riches and defeat. Image: Witley Court © English Heritage
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* Holiday Inn Birmingham Bromsgrove Hotel

A modern Bromsgrove hotel with easy access to Birmingham, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a spa. You can relax in the steam room, swim laps in the heated indoor pool, and pamper yourself at the on-site spa. Enjoy meals in the Cow on the Hill restaurant, or a refreshing drink in the lounge bar. Relax in a stylish air-conditioned room with a TV show or stretch out in the bath. There's free Wi-Fi and a desk and a choice of pillows to help you sleep.

• Iron & Ironing Board • Safe • Heating • Air-Conditioning • Black-out Shades • Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Telephone • Swimming pool • Sauna & Steam room • Beauty rooms (supplements apply) • Gymnasium • Restaurant • Lounge Bar • Lift •

Price Includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course buffet menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • English Heritage property: Entrance to Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden with Tea/Coffee & biscuits

  • English Heritage property: Entrance to Boscobel and The Royal Oak with Cream Tea

  • English Heritage property: Entrance to Witley Court and Gardens

  • Escorted throughout

Image: Witley Court © English Heritage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900-year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings. The Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth is a recreation of the garden built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, for Elizabeth I's visit in 1575. A remarkable eyewitness account survives of its appearance, written by Robert Langham, an official who sneaked into the garden one day while the queen was hunting. His description was used to reconstruct the garden.

Day 3

Boscobel and The Royal Oak
Boscobel House and its Royal Oak tree became famous as hiding places of King Charles II after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. After Charles's visit Boscobel remained a working farm, and today you can visit the lodge, farmyard, gardens and a descendant of The Royal Oak.

Day 4

Witley Court and Gardens
Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties. Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors. Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland to the unique adventure play area. Witley Court has something for everyone to enjoy.

Day 5

After breakfast, we depart our hotel and head back home.

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