Castles evocatively dapple the English landscape. And with this handcrafted itinerary, you don't merely visit them. You spend each night immersed in their ancient splendor, basking in the luxury of their royal past. On this England castle tour, you sleep in six different castles; each handpicked to reflect a different architectural era and opulent style. On the way, you stop at an eclectic mix of England's premier attractions and connect the centuries with effortless ease.
Amberley Castle – Welcome to Royal Rural England
Amberley Castle is hidden away, 900 years of history surrounded by landscaped gardens and unrivaled tranquility. Enter into its medieval walls and there's an immediate sense of decadence. Welcome to a world of elaborate four-poster beds, opulent gardens, 60-ft high ceilings, and the untamed excess of England's regal past. And this is just the first of your six castle stays. There's plenty more to experience over these nine days. You'll be picked up at the airport by your private transfer and transferred out to West Sussex, and this delightful castle amongst green pastures. A spa bathroom helps alleviate any travel aches, and there are two sumptuous restaurants to choose from. Settle into the grandeur, explore the grounds and enjoy your first taste of England's castles. Consider reading some of our traveler reviews of England, and see how you can further refine and perfect your own itinerary.
Thornbury Castle – Regal Windsor and Hampton Court Palace
Thornbury Castle – Exploring Bath and the West Country
Coombe Abbey – 12th-Century Wonder Besides the Cotswolds
Swinton Park Castle – York Minster and the Yorkshire Dales
Langley Castle Hotel – Medieval Musing in Northumberland
Melville Castle – Hadrian's Wall and Rural Scotland
Melville Castle – Discovering Edinburgh and its Sublime Castle
Edinburgh – Departure
- Spend the night in six different castles, each an ode to England's regal history and a wonderfully luxurious snapshot of yesteryear
- Travel from London to Edinburgh with a private driver guide, stopping off at various sublime historical attractions, like Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, and Bath
- Enjoy intimate visits to Britain's royal residences, including Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Bask in the stunning countryside locations of your castle hotels, with stops in the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland, and the West Country
- Savor a style fit for monarchs with exquisite dining in each of the castles
- Connect the architectural dots as each castle has been handpicked to reflect the style of a different era
The English landscape is liberally dotted with castles. The timeless structures revel in their old grandeur, with the faded stone and stately rooms revealing many centuries of history. Each is sublimely situated, standing alone amidst the glorious colors of the English countryside. They're national treasures. And they're not just for sightseeing. With this England castles tour, you don't merely walk around and explore ancient castles; you spend the night. Wander through the ornate hallways, open the door to an elaborate four-poster bed, and delight in the sense of regal splendor.
Over nine days, you enjoy six different castles; each showcases another architectural era and new narratives on England's royal past. There is an excess of 12th-century medieval charm, ancestral homes of earls and bishops, and fortified 14th-century estates hidden behind curtains of oak trees. Staying in these timeless castles enables you to recreate history, not just glimpse it on a day trip. In most of them, you're amongst a small handful of guests enjoying exclusive access to the vast landscaped grounds and magisterial interiors. These aren't places for the paying public. They're intimate destinations for guests who appreciate being treated like the monarchs who used to visit them.
This handcrafted tour in England takes you from London to Edinburgh with a private driver guide. The castle accommodation is nestled into the countryside, away from the bustle of the cities. However, your journey north weaves past many of England's most iconic attractions. Stop at Stonehenge for Neolithic brilliance, wander the streets of World Heritage Bath, visit the picture-perfect birthplace of Shakespeare and explore Northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral. With the castles providing a serene and sublime evening, the days are spent connecting the stunning dots of England's diverse destinations.
The lifestyle of monarchs is very much a focus on this luxury itinerary, so there are a few attractions that are simply essential. See the splendor of Windsor Castle, the Queen's official home and the largest occupied castle in the world. Admire the flamboyance of Henry VIII by discovering Hampton Court. And complete the trip with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Scottish residence.
It's not just impressive architecture. Discover the kaleidoscopic tones of the countryside as you weave through rural life. Your journey isn't on the motorway. It's mostly along the quiet country roads that reflect classic images of England. Every angle is a postcard, complete with a cute market town, dry stone walls, and a fairytale cottage on the horizon. Head through the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the untamed landscapes of Northumberland, and then into Scotland. The journey finishes in Edinburgh, home to a famous castle and more royal history. You'll be staying close to the city, in a castle surrounded by luscious woodlands.
$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)
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