Historic Encounters

Blenheim Palace

Welcome to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
It’s exquisite palace, gardens and parkland sit within the splendour of a World Heritage Site and delivers pure pleasure to UK visitors. Pinpoint Britain customers will enrich their visit with private tours and a menu of themed talks that range from its history, people and places, to famous film sets enjoyed around the world – complimented by traditional afternoon tea.

On approaching Blenheim Palace the view of this 18th century masterpiece is overwhelming, and then as you progress through its majestic rooms you engage with experienced guides who touch on a number of topics to amaze.

Blenheim

This tour is perfect when combined with a visit to the charming, quintessential village of Woodstock with individual shops, tearooms and local pubs. Inn-style accommodation provides the ultimate “English” experience.

And so to bed; The Manor Country House Hotel & The Black Sheep Pub is located in the Cotswold village of Weston-on-the-Green just 5 minutes from Blenheim. Proud of its 900 year old history, the Manor is today a country house hotel, opening its doors to guests who seek a truly relaxed escape, with fine food, fine wine and beautiful surroundings.

Bath

The Romans constructed Bath in the first century on the site of a bathing complex of thermal springs – hence the name! The Georgians used elegant, honey-coloured architecture to further develop this new region into a centre of fun and socialising whilst taking in the waters. With 5,000 historic buildings to choose from, Bath showcases Georgian architecture, novelist Jane Austin Centre, thermal waters in The Roman Baths, plus 17 quirky museums and art galleries to suit all tastes. The best way to see Bath is on foot, so our walking guides take you back in time at No.1 Royal Crescent with its below-stairs servants’ quarters and lead you through the transformation of the city and a world-class collection of changing styles and fashion via the Fashion and Holburne Museums. Bath claims fame from telescope maker and discoverer of Uranus in 1781, William Herschel, and the world’s first postage stamp – the Penny Black. Bath is a fashion mecca for shoppers and has outstanding restaurants and pubs serving local, quality food. Accommodation is varied between grand hotels, townhouses and Inns – yet the standard is never compromised.

And so to bed; Come and experience The Pig Hotel, a 29 bedroom mellow country house perfectly situated near Bath. This is a real get-away location, truly rural, with quintessentially English views of this undiscovered part of Somerset.

The Pig

Designed in the same shabby chic style that has become The Pig’s signature, it features a greenhouse restaurant, a private room for dinner parties, 29 bedrooms and massage treatment rooms.

Woburn Abbey and Estate

This British treasure is home to the Duke and Duchess of Bedford and opened its doors to the public in 1955. With 22 public rooms and also home to over 250 outstanding private art collections, visitors will wander in awe amongst opulent gold and silver collections, striking English furniture, elegant porcelain items and underground vaults. Afternoon tea was first popularised by the Duchess of Bedford in 1840 – and you can enjoy the delights of homemade cakes and scones with fresh cream in the tearoom.
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A private tour of the Sculpture Gallery and 28 acres of garden tranquillity, discovering little havens along the way including the Chinese Dairy, the Kitchen Garden, Camelia House Conservatory and the Hornbeam Maze – all with their famous stories to share.

Animal lovers also have access to 300 acres of parkland and over 80 species of wild animals in Woburn Safari Park.

And so to bed; Woburn Hotel is an intimate hotel located in Woburn Village with stylish furnishings in its 48 rooms and cottages, with public and private dining available in the 2015 Restaurant of the Year.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Discover the home of the British Navy fleet in its glory. 10 attractions all located in one cluster to give you a full and compact tour of our naval history. The 16th century Mary Rose is the only warship on display anywhere in the world and, Lord Nelson’s flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory, demonstrates how so many men fought so many battles whilst enduring life at sea in such confined spaces. Pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet was HMS Warrior, the first ever warship with an iron hull and considered invincible and built for supremacy. There are a variety of museums re-enacting scenes and bringing history to life before a harbour tour to give you unrivalled views of Britain’s frigates, helicopter carriers, buildings and the Portsmouth skyline.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out and ideal for shopaholics wanting premium brands at discounted prices – all under one roof! Gun Wharf Quays host international and traditional brands and within walking distance or short transfer of the Dockyard.
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And so to bed; About an hours drive north of Portsmouth you will find The Barn at Roundhurst, a stunning complex of luxury B&B accommodation with a stylish reception, lounge and dining area for guests within an oak-beamed, lovingly restored 17th century Sussex barn. This six bedroom B&B is in an incredibly peaceful spot and a great place for a quiet weekend retreat. The restaurant prides itself on serving delicious home cooked meals in a beautiful dining area with produce straight from the farm.

Chester

2000 years of heritage make Chester an absolute delight to explore. Take a gentle stroll around the most complete city walls in Britain and explore the largest Roman amphitheatre and oldest racecourse in the country. Stop off at The Cross, where you will find the Town Crier making a midday proclamation. Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained this tradition. Relax on board a leisure boat trip on the River Dee, passing the delightful Grosvenor Park and the Eaton Estate, home to the Duke of Westminster. Visit the majestic 1000 year old Chester Cathedral, featuring the finest medieval carvings in Europe. There’s a fabulous choice of dining experiences in locations like The Rows, ancient cellars and evening river cruises. Chester Zoo made famous by the recent BBC television series, is only a short ride away and offers a wonderful day out. Enjoy some retail therapy in high street shops, designer boutiques, and independent gems.

Chester

And so to bed; Best Western Premier Queen Hotel Chester is one of the finest hotels in the North West of England situated in central Chester, next to Chester Railway Station and minutes walk from the Roman walls, historic sites, museums and the wonderful shopping experience of this great historic city. 218 quality bedrooms and a superb range of restaurants await.