Our day excursions to towns and cities are a great way to explore locations at your own pace.
Built for relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a well-being destination since Roman Times. It's the famous spa waters that draw visitors from far and wide, so we include a visit into the Roman Baths where you can walk around the Great Bath where people bathed nearly 2000 years ago
Since opening in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is one of London's most iconic music venues. Having hosted performances from Sinatra, The Beatles and Adele as well as being home to the celebrated BBC Proms, the magical Grade I listed building holds stories like no other. On arrival, join the Grand Tour which offers a fascinating journey into the Hall's rich history, astonishing architecture and legendary performances.
A memorable day that commemorates and honours all who served, supported or suffered in the bombing campaigns of WWII. Visit the UK's tallest war memorial - The Spire - which was the last sight of Britain seen by the 58000 names on the surrounding Walls of Names.
Enjoy a fabulous afternoon of top class Cockney entertainment on board the 'Tereza-Joanne' moored in the Royal Docks in London's East End. This beautifully appointed venue has level access to the bar, performance area and dance floor with fantastic city skyline views. Enjoy a warm hearted and fun afternoon with a multi-talented Cockney singer !
Discover the magic that breathes life into one of Britain's most loved and most enduring TV shows, at the popular Emmerdale Studio Experience. Take an exciting journey behind-the-scenes at the former ITV studios at Burley Road, Leeds. Hear about the production process, see full scale set reconstructions and preserved props and costumes, and learn the secrets behind stunts and special effects on the Fully-Guided Tour.
Discover Georgian London and the history of when the gin craze took hold. Painter William Hogarth created the "Gin Lane" series voicing his concerns regarding the mass consumption of gin in the 1750's. Follow in his footsteps, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, to discover the old haunts depicted in his art.
It's time for some 'ginspiration!' Although a relatively young distillery, Chase uniquely produces its spirits from potatoes, from its own farm. Discover William Chases' story with over 20 years of local history, starting as a potato farmer to then producing the brand of Tyrell's crisps before finally diversifying in to the manufacturing of Chase gin and vodka. Our expert guide will talk you through everything!
Visit London and see its historic attractions including the iconic landmark building The Shard, which is the highest building in Western Europe, offering a 360 degree view over the city, the Tower Bridge Exhibition, HMS Belfast or the London Dungeon.
The day begins in Gunwharf Quays at the harbour front location in the heart of Portsmouth. A leading designer shopping outlet set on the historic waterfront, with over 30 bars, restaurants and coffee shops, it's the ideal place to explore, shop and dine before we take you to our next stop of the day at Jenkyn's Place Vineyard.
Our visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hanger at RAF Coningsby to see the Flight's historic aircraft at close quarters, and to observe the BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition, is a favorite with Johnson's customers.
Liverpool's Albert Dock area offers an interesting array of waterfront shops, cafes and museums, together with many reminders of its past. We start the day with a fascinating boat trip on the River Mersey, followed by free time for lunch. We then join a local guide to commence our on-board Musical History Tour which includes passing the childhood homes of famous stars, pausing at well-known TV and Film locations, as well as Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and the birth places of The Beatles.
Discover the Albert Dock area offers an interesting array of waterfront shops, cafes together with many reminders of its past. The Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum and the 'Beatles Story', a shrine to the legendary pop group, are all found here.
London's canals have a fascinating past however you may not know that they are linked with the city's ice industry. London Canal Museum is, first and foremost, a water-ways museum where you can learn about the people who lived and worked on the water, the history of the canals, the cargoes carried as well as the horses that helped transport and pull them.
Middleton Hall and Gardens is a little-known historic site set on 42 acres of estate. Tour the manor house, which has a history spanning over 900 years and which has been home to many interesting characters including a commander of the Battle of Hastings and a Tudor explorer.
The River Severn loop in Shrewsbury is one of the most stunning river journeys in the UK. We join 'Sabrina', a modern day triple deck passenger boat for a forty five minute sailing from the port at Victoria Quay, near the Welsh Bridge, to the English Bridge and back. Our cruise includes live commentary and tea/coffee.
Live the beach life in Southport; with 22 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches, it's a perfect place to relax and unwind. This classic seaside resort has scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping and numerous traditional seaside amusements. Stroll down the award-winning promenade and onto the UK's oldest iron pier and try the old penny slot machines in the Pavilion at the far end.
The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway recreates the Golden Age of Steam with an enchanting 28-mile round trip through the Cotswold Hills with glorious views across the Vale of Evesham. Departing from Broadway, we journey via Toddington, Winchcombe, the Greet Tunnel and the Dixton Cutting to Cheltenham Racecourse. Here our coach is waiting to take us into Cheltenham for a few hours before returning to the station for the return journey.
Sit back, relax and take a nostalgic journey through some of Wales' most spectacular scenery. We travel to Aberystwyth where there is free time for lunch before we board the train and travel through wide open fields, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, climbing to a height of 700ft before arriving at Devils Bridge.
West Bay is a charming fishing village on Dorset's Jurassic Coastline. West Bay has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years while playing host to ITV's smash hit drama Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman. It's not hard to see why the location was chosen -West Bay offers some stunning landscape to explore with breath-taking views from its dramatic coastline.
Whitby's skyline is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey. This traditional maritime town, with its old cobbled streets and alleyways that run down to the bustling quayside, picturesque houses and award winning West Cliff beach lined with traditional huts, make this the perfect place to spend the day.
For 900 years, Windsor Castle has been continuously inhabited and has been improved and restored by successive Monarchs. Known as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, it is, today, one of the official residents of The Queen and her favourite weekend home. Step inside St Georges Chapel, the location of many royal weddings, including Prince Harry to Meghan and Princess Eugenie to Jack.
Windsor is a town full of history and charm as you will discover when you visit. The town is dominated by Windsor Castle, family home of British Kings and Queens for over 900 years. If you decide to visit then make sure you see Queen Mary's dolls' house, designed by famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924.