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23 British Experiences for 2023

There's so much to do in England, Wales, and Scotland - start dreaming now!


Imagine yourself walking in the footsteps of kings in a romantic castle. Or hearing traditional Scottish tunes played by a lively band. Or visiting a traditional farm and watching the sheepdogs show off their herding skills. Check out our list of experiences below to whet your appetite for travel and give you something to dream about! And start your planning. You could be lifting a pint in a historic pub or strolling the cobbled streets of an ancient coastal town before you know it! 

1. See the smallest house in Britain on a visit to Conwy in Wales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Take a walk along the town walls and see the many medieval buildings. Recommended tour: Highlights of Britain

2. Marvel at priceless artifacts and furniture on a tour of Glamis Castle. Glamis Castle has been home to the Lyons family since the 14th century- it's famed as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, and was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Recommended tour: Scottish Dream 

3. Walk in the footsteps of royalty at Kensington Palace, the former home of Queen Victoria and other young royals for over 300 years. Recommended Tour: Gems of Southern England 

4. Explore the fascinating heritage of Orkney as you tour the spellbinding Neolithic sites at the Ring of Brodgar and the village of Skara Brae. At 5,000 years old, these are among the most important prehistoric monuments in Europe. Recommended tour: Scottish Isles & Glens 

5. Tour the coastal town of St Andrews and spend a little time exploring. Not only is it world-renown as the home of golf (they've been playing it here since at least the 16th century!), it's also got the third-largest university in the world. Recommended tour: Irish & Scottish Sampler

6. Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens as you tour Edinburgh Castle - and see the glories of the Scottish Crown Jewels. The castle is perched high above the city on volcanic rock, so you can't beat the view. Recommended tour: Taste of Scotland & Ireland 

7. Take a drive through the Cotswolds - a picturesque region of rolling hills, charming villages and historic houses. The Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a scenic drive, with winding roads and beautiful countryside that will take your breath away. Recommended Tour: Gems of Southern England 

8. Watch sheepdogs strutting their stuff as they display their herding talents at a local sheep farm. Recommended tour: Scottish & Irish Gold

9. See one of Europe’s finest art collections, with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian, and Dali when you visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. Built on industry, Glasgow is now known for its stunning Victorian architecture and creative cultural scene. Recommended tour: Scottish & Irish Dream 

10. Visit the Tower of London – once a royal residence and an infamous prison. See the Crown Jewels, the Beefeaters keeping guard in their Tudor-era regalia, and the ravens that tradition says protect the Crown and the Tower. Recommended tour: London Daytripper

11. See St George's Chapel, where Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle, as you tour Windsor Castle. At over 900 years old, it's the largest inhabited castle in the world. The King often spends weekends here, and it's an official Royal residence for formal duties. Recommended Tour: Taste of Britain 

12. See the fascinating sights of Cambridge as you ride down the Cam in a traditional punt, a flat-bottomed boat dating back to medieval times. Your guide will steer the boat and regale you with tales of the colleges that surround you. Recommended tour: Gems of Northern England 

13. Delve into nautical life in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Once the world’s greatest naval port, it’s today home to a fascinating collection of some of the most important ships of the past. Recommended tour: Gems of Southern England 

14. Marvel at the magnificent stained glass windows of York Minster, a medieval cathedral renowned for its beauty. Recommended tour: Best of Britain 

15. Enjoy a vintage train ride through rolling hills and charming countryside departing from the real Hogsmeade Station of the Harry Potter films. Recommended tour: English Odyssey 

16. Walk the cobbled streets of St Ives - an old fishing town beloved by artists. See its quaint cottages, art galleries, and surrounding sandy beaches. Recommended tour: Highlights of Britain

17. Kick up your heels as you enjoy a traditional Scottish evening. You'll dine on Scottish foods and be entertained by a lively Scottish band.  Recommended tour: Taste of Britain & Ireland 

18. Visit Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and take a sightseeing tour of the city before visiting Cardiff Castle, located on the spot where Romans built a fort way back in the first century AD. The castle keep dates back to the 11th century, and much of the medieval castle was fabulously renovated in the opulent Victorian Gothic style.  Recommended Tour: Highlights of Britain

19. Visit prehistoric Stonehenge – and marvel at these vast monoliths mysteriously erected 5,000 years ago. Recommended tour: English Odyssey 

20. Tour the historic Blair Athol distillery in scenic Pitlochry, at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. When you sample a dram you'll see why the distillery's whisky has been so popular since it opened in Victorian times. Recommended tour: Irish & Scottish Sampler

21. Savor a traditional Sunday roast for lunch in an authentic English pub. This beloved weekly ritual has its roots in the tradition of serving meat to the royal guards - still known today as "Beefeaters".  Recommended tour: English Odyssey

22. Spend a little time in Hay-on-Wye and see why this Welsh community is known as "the town of books" and a haven for bibliophiles. With over twenty bookshops - many specializing in rare, vintage, or historic books - it would be hard to beat it as a reader's paradise. Recommended tour: Highlights of Britain

23. Take a stroll through Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, one of finest gardens in England. Recommended tour: English Odyssey


 Ready to start planning? Check out the tours below and find your perfect trip! 

Scotland,England & Wales Tours

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Taste of Britain

Starting from $2,095

7 Days

Sample the highlights of England and Scotland on this week-long adventure, covering the bustling cities of London and Edinburgh, the history of Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the charming…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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Best of Britain

Starting from $2,645

9/10 Days

This fast-paced tour is the perfect introduction to England, Scotland and Wales, showcasing the very best historical and scenic spots, alongside vibrant cities. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Highlights of Britain

Starting from $3,815

14 Days

Go off the beaten path as you traverse the whole of Britain to see Devon and Cornwall in England’s Southwest, the medieval heritage of Wales, and Scotland’s delights.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $250 on land & airfare. Use code: air23

English Odyssey

Starting from $4,475

14 Days

See the England of your dreams on this sweeping tour, discovering castles and cathedrals, scholarly Oxford and Cambridge, Bath’s Georgian splendor, the Lake District, and so much more.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Gems of Southern England

Starting from $2,895

8 Days

Journey through the ancient cities of England’s historic South: palaces, castles, cathedrals, and gardens await you.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Gems of Northern England

Starting from $3,035

9 Days

Head north to discover some of England’s most fascinating places: the romantic Lake District, the scholar’s life in Oxford and Cambridge, and York’s medieval charms. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

London Daytripper

Starting from $2,015

6 Days

Enjoy the perfect combination of stay and play. On this innovative tour, make yourself at home in London, then venture out on incredible day trips to must-see attractions and experiences in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Britain & Ireland

Starting from $3,845

14 Days

Get a great introduction to two great countries on this lively trip to England, Ireland, and Scotland. Enjoy a generous helping of the essential must-dos, with a hint of the unexpected. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Irish & Scottish Sampler

Starting from $2,095

7/9 Days

This short-and-sweet combination Ireland and Scotland tour visits all the top highlights, mixing in historic cities with iconic sights.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Scotland

Starting from $1,215

5/6 Days

Explore the very best of Scotland's gorgeous scenery and bustling cities on this short-and-sweet introductory tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $250 on land & airfare. Use code: air23

The Scots Irish Tour

Starting from $3,295

11/15 Days

This fast-paced Scotland and Ireland tour focuses on their rich history, with plenty of castle tours and museums to help bring the past to life. It's the perfect trip for those interested in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish & Irish Dream

Starting from $3,795

13/14 Days

This great combination tour covers essential parts of Scotland with dreamy castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, skilled sheepdogs and the capital city of Edinburgh. Your adventure…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish & Irish Gold

Starting from $4,095

15/16 Days

This great combination tour covers the same itinerary in Scotland as on the Scottish & Irish Dream with romantic castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, and Edinburgh. In Ireland…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish Dream

Starting from $2,145

8/9 Days

Check the must-sees off of your wish list on this good-value Scotland tour, which is an ideal introduction to the bustling cities and breathtaking landscapes.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $250 on land & airfare. Use code: air23

Scottish Clans & Castles

Starting from $2,765

10/11 Days

Revisit the past on this leisurely Scottish tour filled with castle ruins, ancient battlefields, and colorful stories from the country's rich history.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish Isles & Glens

Starting from $3,425

12/13 Days

Head a little off the beaten path on this tour of Scotland's rugged Highlands, coastal byways, and the archaeological treasures on Orkney and the Isle of Skye.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

2024 Tours: Save $250 on land & airfare. Use code: air23

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Starting from $2,545

10/11 Days

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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