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  • Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, England
    Roman Baths in Bath
  • Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, England
    Glastonbury Abbey Ruins
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (near Oxford), England
    Blenheim Palace
  • Castle Combe, Cotswolds, England
    The Cotswolds
  • Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales
    Conwy in Wales
  • Tyn Llwyfan Farm, Wales
    Welsh Sheep Farm
  • Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Wales
    Wales' Caernarfon Castle
  • Bodnant Garden, near Conwy, Wales
    Bodnant Garden
  • Lake District, England
    Lake District
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • York Minster, York, England
    York Minster
  • London

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Best of England in 14 Days Tour

from $4,195 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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Our two-week tour of England offers a delightful mix of big-city thrills and thatch-happy village charm. Your Rick Steves guide will welcome you in the elegant Georgian town of Bath. From there you'll tally-ho to King Arthur's Glastonbury, flower-boxed Cotswold villages, opulent Blenheim Palace, Welsh Conwy, and Caernarfon Castle. You'll also be treated to the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, historic Hadrian's Wall, and medieval York — ending with the must-see sights of energetic London. Join us for the Best of England in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2022

What's Included

You'll get at least 26 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of England tour:

  • Bath walking tour
  • Roman Baths
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Wells Cathedral
  • English beer tasting
  • Avebury stone circles
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cotswolds loop drive
  • Stanway House and grounds
  • Cotswolds country walk
  • Local folk music
  • Stokesay Castle
  • English cream tea
  • Welsh sheep farm
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Snowdonia National Park scenic drive
  • Bodnant Garden
  • Lake District boat cruise
  • Castlerigg stone circle
  • Hadrian's Wall walk
  • Vindolanda
  • York walking tour
  • York Minster
  • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour
  • Thames River cruise
  • Westminster Abbey

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of England come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Bath to London
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to England

The beautiful Georgian city of Bath is a 90-minute train ride from central London. We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel for a "Welcome to England" get-together. Then we'll take a short neighborhood orientation walk and get acquainted over a traditional roast dinner.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Bath. 

Day 2: Roman and Georgian Bath

Our day begins with a walking tour of Bath's charming streets, including its medieval abbey square and the imposing sweep of its Royal Crescent. Next we're off to tour the town's remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, where you'll have a chance to drink from these natural mineral springs in the Pump Room. The rest of the day is free to make your own discoveries in this historic town. You might visit the colorful Fashion Museum or — as Roman travelers did — bathe in a mineral spa.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Bath.

Day 3: Glastonbury and Wells

Today we'll explore and learn about mystical Glastonbury, the legendary resting place of King Arthur, where we'll also enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the abbey ruins. Later we'll tour England's oldest completely Gothic structure — the graceful Wells Cathedral — before returning to Bath in the late afternoon.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Bath.

Day 4: Stone Circles and the Cotswolds

This morning we'll take a walking tour through Avebury's mysterious prehistoric stone circles. Then we'll drive north to Blenheim Palace, touring this gilded mini-Versailles that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. We'll end our day in the charming, flower-boxed Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Day 5: Cotswold Villages

Today we'll take a scenic Cotswolds drive, stopping to explore an ever-so-English village and to tour Stanway House, home to the local aristocracy. This afternoon you'll have free time to explore more picturesque market villages on your own — or join your guide for a leisurely country walk past cottages and sheep, through fields and kissing gates. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner together at a country pub with the sounds of local folk musicians, where you can try a sip of scrumpy, the local farmhouse "hard cider."

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Day 6: Wonderful Wales

We'll begin our day visiting Stokesay Castle, a fortified manor house, where we'll learn about the feudal system and the perks of the well-born. After a lovely cream tea we'll bid cheerio to England and drive into wonderful neighboring North Wales toward the castle-topped harbor town of Conwy. You'll have time to wander through town and walk the city walls overlooking the Irish Sea before our dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Conwy.

Day 7: Sheepdogs, Castles, and Highlands

This morning we'll head to the Carneddau Mountains, where we'll visit a working farm and get to know their talented sheepdogs. Then we're off to Caernarfon to tour the impressive Caernarfon Castle, part of the system of English garrison castles that Edward I built to enforce English rule over North Wales 700 years ago. After lunch, we'll head up into majestic Snowdonia National Park for a drive through some of the most gorgeous scenery North Wales has to offer. The rest of your day is free to roam along Conwy's multi-towered city wall, historic houses, and laid-back harbor.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Conwy.

Day 8: Gardens and Lakes

We'll begin our day by exploring the manicured lawns, terraced beds, and extensive botanical collection of Bodnant Garden. Then we'll cross back into England and wend our way through the spectacular peaks and valleys of the Lake District, a favorite haunt of poets and painters. After an orientation to the town of Keswick, we'll end the day feasting on fish and chips together at a traditional English chippy. 

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Keswick.

Day 9: The Lake District

Today we'll explore the natural beauty of the Lake District. You can join your guide for a leisurely boat cruise on the island-studded Derwentwater — or strike out on a little expedition of your own 'twixt lakes and mountains, thanks to a wealth of hiking opportunities along well-marked trails. This afternoon, you'll have the chance to join your guide for a walk up to Castlerigg Stone Circle for sweeping views of the valley.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Boat: ½ hour. No bus. Sleep in Keswick.

Day 10: Hadrian's Wall

We'll travel back in time today with a walk along Hadrian's ancient Roman wall, once considered the boundary dividing civilization and barbarity (though the Scots might disagree), followed by a tour of the Roman auxiliary fort, Vindolanda. We'll have lunch before heading to the bustling cathedral city of York. Upon arrival, we'll take a walking tour beneath the leaning, half-timbered houses of The Shambles in the city's marvelous medieval center. Tonight we'll indulge in England's favorite ethnic food with a tasty Indian dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in York. 

Day 11: York Minster and the Medieval City

We'll begin our day marveling at York Minster's stained glass windows on our tour of the largest Gothic church north of the Alps. You'll have the rest of the day free to explore more of this enchanting city. It's a great night to enjoy an ethereal evensong choir performance in the Minster.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in York.

Day 12: Westminster Abbey and Regal London

Today we'll board a train and make a beeline past the Midlands for London. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy an entertaining guided bus tour, hearing tales about Big Ben, the river Thames, St. Paul's Cathedral, and more. Then, led by a local guide, we'll visit Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. Later this afternoon, we'll check into our hotel and get oriented to our neighborhood and London's Tube. Tonight is a perfect evening for the theater (book something in advance from the Colonies or pick up a ticket in London).

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Train: 2 hrs. Bus: 2 hrs. Sleep in London.

Day 13: Tower of London and the River Thames

This morning we'll begin our day of sightseeing with the medieval Tower of London (the first "skyscraper" of its time), where you can join a tour with a witty Beefeater and get a close-up look at the UK's majestic collection of crown jewels. Then we'll take a panoramic cruise on the river Thames. We'll disembark at Westminster, where you'll be free to explore the Churchill War Rooms, tour the British Museum, or take a walk through one of the city's wonderful parks. Tonight we'll meet for a final group dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Cheers!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hr. No bus. Sleep in London.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train, or taxi from our London neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other exciting destinations. Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of England in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Be able to climb many flights of stairs in and out of the London Underground system.

Reviews

Cynthia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fourth Rick Tour and another great bunch of people who interacted with each other very well. Mark was a terrific guide and all the local guides were informative, funny and entertaining! I should also say that our bus driver, Joseph was amazing and got us through what looked like some impossible tunnels! I felt the hotels on this tour were generally nicer than the previous, but I really have no complaints about the hotels. We had a really great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is always hard to pick one thing but I super enjoyed the sheep farm and meeting Gareth and his family. They were lovely and gave us a lot of information and delicious food."

Thomas

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Here is how good we felt about our tour of England (our fourth RS tour): during our first week home, we booked a RS tour of Ireland! Mark was an excellent primary guide as were all of the local guides- we appreciate interacting with people who can describe, i.e., teach, with a sense of humor, as was the case in this tour. We liked both the openness of the small cities and towns and the hustle/bustle of London. We even became quite functional on London's underground!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep ranch. Gareth (and his family, dogs and sheep) was an experience that I will long remember! The ride to his farm on his "gaiter", his love of the land and land ethic were a pleasure to see. He truly is "larger than life"."

Robert

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. We combined Scotland and then England and had two back to back great tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As noted in my evaluation of the Scotland tour, I think looking for a "wow" moment can be counterproductive. Each segment (guide, locations, etc) combined to make a "wow" tour. To try to find one event at least for me detracts from the overall tour experience."

Heidi

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Mark is an amazing guide. He has just the right balance of giving us information when it's wanted/needed, and also allowing us to independently travel as well, and explore on our own, armed with what we need to know to make the most of our time. I've done 4 Rick Steves tours now, and Mark was the best guide so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the afternoon on the sheep farm. This was not only fun, but super interesting and educational. Gareth is a fascinating guy and very interesting and engaging. We had a fun time, and enjoyed the lamb barbeque very much as well! Hightlight of the trip, for sure."

Beverly

Tacoma Wa, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All great. Had a wonderful experience at the sheep herder's home where the family provided dinner."

John

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour made possible by great people, great itinerary and a great guide. It is not easy to distill England into 14 days, but this tour pulled it off. A good blend of large cities and smaller towns brought this experience together. Good hotels and a great bus driver (Joseph). I'm amazed, when I look back, at what we packed into those 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say I had a wow moment except at the end of the tour I when put all the history together and realized what an effect 2000 years has on a country. England has such a rich history and this tour really explores that."

Rebecca

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the longest of the four RS tours we've taken and I was happy with the pacing of bus vs. overnight stays vs. activities vs. downtime. Each day was different and full of surprises. I especially enjoyed the time in Wales, the Lake Country and Northumbria but it was all-in-all a great itinerary and nice balance between city and countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOWs for me on this trip. If I have to pick one, it would be standing on Hadrian's Wall and later exploring the excavations and museum at Vindolanda, imagining thousands of Roman troops braving the weather and terrain of Northumbria, so far from their homes and literally on the brink of what was then civilization. Perhaps it was the weather that day-intermittent rain, wild wind and a double rainbow--but the ghosts came up from the ground and told me their stories that day."

Carolyn

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The tours are always a great combination of structured time and free to do your own thing time. The time spent together was interesting and insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the varied countryside."

Priscilla

Stouffville, ON

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced tour of a beautiful part of England. Good combination of villages and larger cities. I would certainly return to do another tour based on this one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales, Gareth, his family, his sheep farm in Snowdonia and the Carneddau ponies. A beautiful and wild place and a very interesting and thought-provoking afternoon with this farming family. We talked agriculture, sustainable farming, EU controls, Brexit, and the importance of community in this farming district. The sheep herding display was, of course, hilarious and our volunteers were stand-up people for getting out there and getting the job done! Special thanks to Mark."

Mikie

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm--so fun and interesting!"

Lisa

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The English countryside was amazing! I loved the smaller quaint villages. Each day was filled with unique experiences that I will remember for a lifetime. I also enjoyed the travelers in our tour group. Everyone was friendly and I enjoyed getting to know them better during our group meals and gatherings!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick just one "wow" moment! Perhaps my favorite town was York for its history. The Minster Cathedral was beautiful and the town was enjoyable to stroll and wander. I was very impressed with the fall Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Talk about getting "lost" in so much beauty. I was struck by the beauty of the Wells' Cathedral as well."

Stephen

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great! It had the right amount of guide support, tickets , transport, lodging, restaurants and free time to do other things and explore on our own. The group size was fine. The places visited included ones I have always wanted to go to ( Cotswolds and Lake District) and others I did not know about and liked immensely (Bath, York, Castlerigg stone circle.) The activity level was about right. A little more walking would not have hurt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: there were 2! The first was a spontaneous visit to St Margaret's Church Bodelyddan Wales. A small church compared to the ones we had toured. It is a gem. Gorgeous stained glass windows and many stone carvings. The second was Evensong at York Minster. 45 minutes of choral performance and organ music. Glorious. I was surprised and pleased at how at peace I was at the end."

Mary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jeanie was a fantastic leader. She was organized and had so much information that she shared in an interesting way. Just loved her! The sights we visited were such a good combination of old architecture, history, nature and modern day UK. We had a good group with no stragglers and all got along well. Loved visiting the sheep farm! Also really liked hearing how the current Brexit situation would affect various groups of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm that had been in their family for generations in Wales. They were so interesting and was astounded to hear that the wool from a sheep was valued at less than a bottle of water."

Ann

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it was terrific! My husband and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and we could not have been more pleased with the experience. We loved everything about it, including the knowledgeable tour guide, the small group of pleasant and interesting travellers, the fun bus driver, and the places we visited in the Best of England Tour. We appreciated the fact that we had both time on our own, as well as lots of preplanned tours and visits. Perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great moments, hard to choose! I liked wandering around places like Stokesay Castle and seeing how the Mill worked at Stanway Manor. I was thrilled to touch Hadrian's wall! And I esp. enjoyed the evening tour of York."

Jeff

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and only organized tour I've taken. I've been told not all tours are like Rick Steves. Apparently I've now been spoiled. Really liked the organization - planned events with behind the scenes access, plus free time to explore, with suggestions for things to see and places to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you compare Glastonbury to Bath to York Minster to Hadrian's Wall? The most intriguing tour was of the working flour mill at the Stanway House, and (off-tour) the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick. Most scenic was the boat ride on Derwentwater."

Carmen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed being able to see parts of England that I've never seen before and experience the culture. It was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was my most favorite activity, which was visiting the sheep farm. Watching the sheep dogs do their work and listening to the farmer discuss how the farm works was absolutely fascinating."

Linda

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would have said "outstanding" but our schedule was altered a bit due to heavy rain. We were unable to drive into Snowdonia National Park and I feel like we missed a few things? This may also be why we felt rushed at Westminster Abby. That being said, we had a fantastic group and an awesome vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Stokesay Castle and could easily imagine living in the manor house!"

Melody

Grand Terrace, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour provides an excellent overview of some of the highlights of England. I enjoyed learning the history and seeing ancient sites, but particularly loved the scenery that we drove through each day. There is a lot of variety packed into this tour - castles & cathedrals; gardens & national parks; small towns & cities; bus, boat, & train travel; picnics, pubs, & personal food choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting an elderly man during my solo walk out of, and back to, Stow-on-the-Wold. I asked him for directions and we ended up sharing a very special visit for about 30 minutes as we strolled back to the village together."

Marylee

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my eighth Rick Steves tour and I can't say I've ever had a less than good experience. We had almost daily rain but the group followed the rule of "no grumps allowed" and we carried on and had a fine time.

Brenda

Fayetteville, AR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the countryside focus of the majority of this tour. All the places we stayed were nice and comfortable. I especially enjoyed learning so much history. As everything unfolded so smoothly, I increasingly appreciated how well-planned and organized everything was. And everyone associated with the Rick Steves tours seems remarkable friendly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop had a "wow" moment. One of my favorites was Bodnant Gardens. Every place we walked there seemed to have a surprise beauty waiting for us. And Stanway House was a great pleasure. The storyteller there gave us a morning to remember forever as he related the histories of people who have lived there. York Minster took my breath away."

Anne

Randolph Center, VT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour, the itinerary, pace, activities and people. Good ratio of scheduled vs free time. Especially liked the more rural spots but also enjoyed the museums and excitement of the cities. Was very glad to get acclimated in Bath rather than London. Very lucky to enjoy unusually sunny, warm weather in late September.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being inside the sheep fence, issuing commands to the (extremely well trained) sheep dog to round up Gareth's ninja sheep. Definitely never pictured myself in this position, and it was a blast. Even taking a tumble in the pasture when losing my grip on the isolated ewe's fleece on her way to the shearing barn didn't dampen my fun."

Joy

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour! We saw a lot and Dave was very informative about all of it. Our tour participants were interested and interesting folks. Good group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the "Tolken"door in Wales. Magic! Loved all of Wales that we saw! Want to see more. The sheep farm was interesting and loved getting to know the owners personally was an experience. Eye opening about econimics of the sheep industry for sure."

Eric

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This year I was looking for a tour that included small towns and cities, nice country walks and smaller crowds. This tour accomplished all of that. This is a really nice itinerary. History, scenic beauty, decent (sometimes great) weather, surprisingly good food and an excellent guide. The group of travelers was also very good. We bonded well and enjoyed each other's company. While I had been to London previously, it was a bit of a shock to hit the big city after 12 days of smaller places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the traditional music night in Stow-on-the-Wold. I was hoping to encounter some local folk music and the group was a lot of fun. I also went to the folk music club in Conwy as they were meeting the night we were in town. Other wow moments included the visit to the sheep farm, the visit to Bodnant Gardens (despite the rain), the sunny walk near Stow to Upper and Lower Slaughter. And of course, Keswick, my favorite town on the tour. Beautiful boat trip on the lake and walk."

David

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good level of time at each spot. Everything was well coordinated.

Kim

Weatherford, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Let me preface by saying we did this exact same tour 5 years ago because we loved it so much!! And we loved doing it all over again!! The Rick Steves tours are seamless and well organized - everything comes together as if by magic. Local guides appear to walk you through gorgeous cathedrals, awesome castles, charming country manor houses and streets filled with history. Our guide, David, could not have been more wonderful-so knowledgeable, very hands on with the group, funny & kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! I know so many have mentioned the visit to the sheep farm but it was really wow!! Of course the farm was beautiful and the sheep and dog were charming but Gareth was a larger than life character. The experience was eye opening and life changing. So glad to be a part of it! Loved Stokesay Castle and having cream tea and loved our boat ride on Derwentwater and walk to Lingholm Garden - the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's Mr MacGregor's garden! So in love!"

Rebecca

Loomis, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything we wanted in this trip and so much more. First and foremost our guide was wonderful. Knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He was always one step ahead of the game and did everything in his power to ensure things went smoothly. Also our coach driver Joseph was competent and delightful. Most importantly, the other travelers made the trip do special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The Lakes District was especially lovely, and experiencing the inspiration for my favorite authors and poets made this do memorable."

George

Randolph, VT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything! The view from the coach – fields of rhubarb, sheep, pheasants, gorgeous vistas, chalk horse ...; places that were wonderful treats because of excellent docents – Wells Cathedral, Stanway House, York Minster, St. Paul's; strolls in special places – Avebury's stone circle, Lake Derwentwater, Bodnant Gardens, Hadrian's wall ; Food – tea, Gregg's sausage rolls, nan, sticky toffee pudding ...;affable traveling companions including David & Joseph who (misleadingly) made it all look easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"York Minster. Wow at first sight and many more wows throughout the visit."

Michael

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we hoped for. It was our first Rick Steves tour and we are happy we chose it. Previously we have traveled much of Europe and some in England on our own, but wanted to try a longer comprehensive approach this time and that's what we got. Having all of the arrangements like hotels, transportation and venues all made and paid for in advance was terrific. The tour leader, Mark, made it so easy, all we had to do was manage our luggage and show up on time for activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best part of the trip, outside of all of the sites and places was the historical commentary of Mark, our tour leader. His extensive knowledge of all of the places and people connected to our journey made the tour so special and worthwhile. Thank you Mark!"

Stephanie

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We can't. Every day was excellent !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There isn't just one."

Don

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. Overall it was even better than anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sheep farm experience in Conwy Wales"

Cynthia

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Mark was an excellent guide with much to say about everything. I learned a whole bunch about the history, architecture, culture, food and politics of the UK and the "Brits". I went on this tour knowing barely anything about the UK or what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! Mark had some excellent "optional" walks and always provided multiple options for free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have multiple favorites ...Stokesay Castle was like a walk back in time, hiking the Cotswolds, oh so charming and the city of York...so much to offer the visitor, would have loved to spend a few more days in York!"

Linda

Charlevoix, MI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything about this tour. There was a good mix of rural and urban locations. The lodgings were great and the mix of group time and on your own time was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments could be "wow" moments, but for me it was the experience of actually walking on Hadrian's wall. It gave me such a wonderful feeling of being connected to ancient history."

Patricia

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed everything! I am an inexperienced traveler so all was new but I think everything flowed together. I felt the expenses were minimal on the actually tour so good value too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several since this was "a trip of a lifetime". The ancient ruins and listening to the Stones. Just about everything was a "wow" as I have wanted to see and be there."

Iyla

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mark is a dinamo..very knowledgeable, always providing a comic twist. Because of his prior work experience he provided us with generally unknown facts about construction and architecture,which i found interesting. I enjoyed the group hike up to Castelrigg Stone Circle and the information he provided to enhance the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the hiking around the Lake District to peaks fora spectacular views. I also enjoyed the Evensong services in Bath Abbey and York Minster"

Jeffrey

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely enjoyable educational experience. We enjoyed the balance of guide led and free time. This allowed us to get to interact with the locals. This was consistent with our past Rick Steve's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The realization that you can hike almost anywhere around the beautiful English countryside, and learning about Welch hill farming from Gareth Wynn-Jones. Rounding sheep up from 20k acres and the mountains seems very daunting."

Rhonda

Eagle, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, agenda and guide. I would definitely take another Rick Steve's tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Caernarfon Castle and the sheep farm."

Catherine

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So great. Couldn't ask for a better trip. Liz so professional but personable as well as knowledgeable. Steps steps and more steps. Too bad couldn't have help if needed but was perfectly clear when booking there was not going to be. The change in itinerary leaving out Westminster Abbey caused us to miss charging of guard because of time conflict.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey we did on our own. Bath and York favorite cities. Loved sheep farm and Garreth. Lacock and Churchill's grave. Evensong at Minister. Not in any order."

Mike

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end the tour was organized, interesting, educational and FUN! Our guides Elizabeth and Paul were engaging, knowledgeable and eager to not just play their role as guides but come to welcome and know us as a friend from across the "pond" The hotel and accommodations were as expected, clean, quaint and quiet. Our bus was spacious modern and very comfortable. Our driver Jim brought a measure of levity to the group and fit in perfectly. Our meals were more than adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps among many moments our time at Vinterlanda and Hadrians wall was that "wow" moment. But being a part and seeing so much historical structures and places filled my expectations for for many years to come."

Sue

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour. It is the first guided tour that we have been on. I work full time and wanted to have a break from making plans and decisions. It was great having the vid box telling me where to be with thorough explanations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep farm, hike in Cotswold and the stone circles."

Stephen

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz is an outstanding guide. She made England and Wales come alive. The places we saw gave us a great introduction into England and Wales. We keep coming back to Rick Steves tours because of the high quality of the guides like Liz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one "wow" moment. I was impressed with all of the places we stopped especially the impromptu stop in the little hamlet of Lacock."

Barbara

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was fun, so it's hard to pick the best one. If I have to pick one, i'd Say it was our morning on the Sheep farm in Wales. Gareth is such a character that we could picture the generations of sheep farmers before him, each loving the land and their animals. It was impressive watching him work with his dog to herd the sheep. It was fun watching our fellow tour participants trying to herd the sheep with their rudimentary skills with the dog commands."

Marilyn

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were fabulous, pleasant, good sense of humor and informative. I felt that they really cared about our enjoyment and their enthusiasm about showing us their country was quite apparent. The extra perks, like walking through the fields, sharing ice cream later and learning so much about the customs of their county. Liz was generous with answering our questions and anticipated some things we were interested in but didn't ask. Of course, Brexit was a big topic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where to start? How can I compare the history and age of the relics and buildings to the USA. Loved watching the people and the small villages where they live."

Bruce

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have gone on three tours with your company. Of the three, I would rate this one as the best overall. While all three have had their good points, I was impressed with the tour of England. One of the things that made it best in my humble opinion, was Liz and Paul. The group dynamic was pretty good, but the tour guides really made it special for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the sheep farm in Wales."

Mary Jane

Canby, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, great group, and wonderful tour guide. We were lucky to have great weather as well. All of the stops were interesting from stone circles, to cathedrals, to ruins. Nice mix of city and rural sites. So much history to absorb. We are already looking forward to our next RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stone circle up on the hill complete with grazing sheep and panoramic views."

Betty

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was very well prepared for us. We always felt comfortable and relaxed. The places we went to were very well selected. It gave us a good overall introduction to England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening Liz planned for us at the tavern with local entertainment and the visit to the sheep farm. Interacting with local people is what we really enjoy."

Pam

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liz,our tour guide, was fantastic and Paul was a bonus! The trip was wonderful. It was organized and Liz was exceptionally knowledgeable and informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!! Glastonbury & Wells Avebury & Castlerigg Hadrian Wall Sheep farm Bath Abbey York Minster Wordsworth and Churchill's grave sites"

Carl

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group and great guides and driver. A full schedule of sights and experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Churchill's grave"

Rebecca

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fantastic from start to finish. Liz and Paul were wonderful. They were both warm, knowledgeable, gracious and accommodating. Some surprises were added to our tour that were optional and added to the fun. Our accommodations were ready when we arrived and, as always, clean and beautiful. Our bus driver, Jim became part of the touring family and kept us safe. Our private tours were excellent and as promised, we walked for miles. We will do another tour when we can.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Grandfather was born in Wales, and when we crossed the border I was very moved. The time in Wales was "wow" from start to finish."

David

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful experience. Very nice group of travelers to be with. Really enjoyed the countryside. Bus driver was excellent. Tour guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sheep farm with Gareth. Great educational experience of the type people need to see and hear. Glad he has this opportunity to educate people about the real world."

Donald

Poynette, WI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was very well organized. The hotels were great and the hosts very friendly. The areas visited made for an interesting trip. Our driver was quite excellent at navigating the narrow streets we covered and was very engaging with the group as well as an excellent organist. Our guide was well versed in English history and the local customs of the towns and cities visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to the local folk music group"

Benjamin

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RST and like the previous two we throughly enjoyed ourselves. By the time the tour was over you feel like one big family. England in 14 days has a good mixture of activities ranging from diverse towns, landscape, castles, churches, hiking, demonstrations, and music. The tour is active but allows individuals the time to relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have seen great scenery, architecture, and demonstrations like sheep herding, but you don't expect to see a young coach driver play the organ in a 12th century church. Turns out Joseph is a classically trained organist and he graced us with his talent and passion that left you in awe and in my case tears. These are the type of surprises that I have come to expect from RST."

Catherine

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was GREAT. Had all the elements of what a tour should be. Great guide. Good balance of History, stunning scenery, ruins (I happen to love ruins) AND, a surprise to me, great food!. Everything ran smooth and seamless. Our fellow travelers were a wonderful group. We moved at an easy pace, ( with lots of walking) which is typical of a Rick Steve's tour. Gillian, our guide, is a highlight in and of herself. England is everything you imagine it would be. Every place has epic history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales and Lake District were absolutely stunning. Bodnant Gardens! This is the way the earth is meant to be. I always imagined England to be green with rolling hills, sheep etc, but didn't expect it to exceed my imagInation! I have to say the food was fantastic. I didn't expect to love the food so much. If your guide suggests a place for dinner, just go there. Gareth Wyn Jones's Sheep farm was an wonderful educational experience. Loved it."

Anne

Cordele, GA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third fabulous Rick Steves tour. Fun people on our tour with a wonderful guide and great driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrians's Wall and Vindolanda were awesome. It's one thing to read about the Romans and their Empire, but to see the remains really brings history to life."

Christopher

Newtown, PA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were interested in history and the food. We were very satisfied on both fronts! Our tour guide, Gillian kept us on track but was also an incredible source of knowledge. She also leveraged the local tour guides very effectively. We loved her musical interludes as we traveled on the bus. Plenty of time outside the formal tour allowed us to really explore the real England- we met wonderful and colorful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two for us. Surprisingly, we really loved the sheep farm visit in Wales. Fun and a great message about sustainable farming. We'll be special ordering Welsh lamb in the future! Our second was an impromptu organ recital in an ancient church by our coach driver Joseph. The sound echoed through the dark church and really set the tone for our trip."

Antonia

Moline, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Avebury Stone Circle"

Karen

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To have a great overall tour experience , you need to have a great guide and great fellow tour members, which I did for sure. Then you need a fun, interesting, challenging itinerary and this RS tour met that. I learned so much about the England |Wales history while seeing beautiful cities and countryside. Gillian even made sure we had fantastic weather! Gillian felt like your best friend to each one of us, very informative, fun and fed us "biscuits" on the bus! A perfect RS Tour experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but being on the Welsh countryside with Gareth on a beautiful sunny day watching him work his sheepdog rounding up the sheep. Then he talks to us about the future of his farm. Four of us were lucky to be able to ride down the mountainside on his ATV stopping to see an incredible view. A special WOW moment!!"

Darlyn

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Learned a lot of history and saw some beautiful country Gillian was a great guide very knowledgeable and great sense of humor Everything went smoothly. Hotels and food were great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all"

Richard

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour. It was excellent. Guides Bill and Ben made the trip rewarding, informative and just plain fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The sheep farm in Wales 2. The evening with dinner & folk music."

Mary

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were knowledgeable,helpful, and friendly. The places we visited were amazing. The other people on the tour were interesting and sociable. We had a fabulous time. We had wanted to sample as much of English life and history as we could and I believe we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was climbing the Catbells in the Lake District. It was a vigorous hike but the panoramic vistas were spectacular and well worth the effort."

Cynthia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of variety, as usual: gorgeous scenery; ancient ruins; wonderful architecture; beautiful cathedrals; amazing castles, gardens, the sheep herding demo. I especially liked our private folk music concert, personal tour of Stanway House, and seeing the lovely, quaint villages filled with stone houses and flowers. I very much enjoyed speaking with the people digging at the archaeological ruins at Vindolanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing Abbey ruins at Glastonbury (why couldn't we have the free guided tour being offered there every hour?); Wells Cathedral; the wonderful city of York -- 2,000 years of architecture in such a small area; the stunning Bodnant Gardens; the beautiful countryside with stone houses and lovely gardens"

Carl

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour or tour of any kind. We've always made our own way using Rick's books. We are getting older and weren't feeling up to tackling the driving in England so we tried this tour. Our experience was outstanding! I enjoyed England far more that I believe I would if we had been on our own. The tour was very well organized the leaders, both Bill and Ben were absolutely wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the sheep farm in Wales. It was really a thrill."

Theresa

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I were very tired after our tour. Probably because we didn't want to miss out on any of the side jaunts. So consequently there was very little time for shopping, especially when the shops close at 5pm. I needed another sweater because we were outside a good deal of the time. Beautiful gardens, all the castles, palaces, and manor homes were breath taking. Would have loved to have spent more time in the Cotswolds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many to choose from so the first would be Evensong at the Bath Abby, #1 Royal Crescent, the little village of Stow-in-the-Wold, the farm of O.Jones and Sons, Vindolanda and the archaeological dig that was in process, the Shambles and snickelways, St. Paul's Cathedral."

Sandra

Jefferson, MD

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip for me. The group was lots of fun with everyone getting along. I personally think it is because Rick Steves tour people are usually PBS watchers and that gives them some commonality to begin with. We saw a nice variety of churches, castles, gardens, and scenery (and sheep). We walked a lot (which I love) and spent a good deal of time outside. The weather was great, only one rain cancellation. We had plenty of time to explore each area and I did not feel rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stokesay Castle was a really great place. But so was Bodnant Garden, And then there was Wells. It is hard to pick one."

Carolyn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was great. Great group of people & itinerary. I enjoyed the combination of scheduled and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got a kick out of going to the sheep farm. Gareth and his wife were fabulous. Who doesn't like sheep dogs?! Having a couple of folks in our group help round up a sheep for shearing was hilarious and we teased them for days afterwards because the dog could not figure out what they were telling her to do. Come By!"

Robert

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable tour. To see first-hand many of the places I have read about, and seen on Rick Steves videos, was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "moments," mostly related to the history of the Romans in England. It was fascinating that so many of the places we visited were built on ruins of the Roman civilization. The most significant was our visit to Hadrian's Wall and a guard post, then to the fort of Vindolanda."

Sharon

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the tour was amazing and covered all facets of life in England and showed us the history, ways of life throughout the long history, the aristocracy, architecture, etc. I also appreciated the exposure to the food typical of the various areas and the small treats Bill and Ben would share with us throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the English country side viewed from our bus and also the country side in north Wales. The visit to the sheep farm and demo with the dog was one of our favorite memories. Garrett's passion and personality were an inspiration and enlightening."

Tracy

Roy, UT

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Born and raised in the UK, visited friends and family before and after the tour. Saw parts of the UK that I had never seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin point just one, they were all "wow" moments. Incredible trip"

Lori

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to England. Our tour guide David was a lot of fun - we always appreciate learning the local slang and customs from the guide and the coach driver. The tour was well planned and interesting - we appreciate all of the effort in planning for a worry free trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Bath was my favorite Wow moment - the Roman Bath and the Georgian Architecture are amazing !"

Deborah

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour!! Great variety, travel companions, tour guide (thank you David), and surprisingly good weather!. I'll be back!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Again, it was the great variety from the Roman ruins, the awesome cathedrals, the architecture, and perhaps my favorite, the English countryside."

Michael

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! i got everything i expected, which included pretty much daily surprises...learned a lot, saw a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman ruins- Bath, and Hadrian's wall, and others. Georgian and Victorian architecture."

Cheryl

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first tour. Nice to have someone else take care of the arrangements and details. Good pace and variety. Enjoyed group activities and also free time with suggestions. Appreciated extra space on Coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beauty of Lake District."

Nancy

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the bus and driver, Jim. He was friendly and able to maneuver the bus in very tight places. The bus was comfortable and roomy. Our tour guide, David, was also nice and had a wonderful sense of humor. He gave us a morning update on Boris Johnson and Brexit, and how Boris' hairstyle looked that morning based on what had happened the previous day. Very amusing. We got to see a wide variety of sites, although we often had too little time to really experience some things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Cotswalds. They were very beautiful and we had a nice walk on a public path with a stop for ice cream."

Patricia

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of the trip was so well organized and orchestrated. From the motor coach, to hotels and our dinners as a group, we were well-cared for and hospitably received. I was impressed by the variety of places we visited, from rural sheep farm to bustling city. Everything we saw was steeped in history and each guide made that history come alive for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" for me wasn't just a moment, but rather it was coming face to face with antiquity and experiencing the events and places that helped shape a nation and its place in the world. Fortresses and castles to Parliament; ruined Abbeys to York Minster and Westminster; lush country-sides and sheep farms to Buckingham Palace -- each offered a piece of a magnificent history."

Christy

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour guide, David, was outstanding. He has a wonderful, congenial personality, and combined a command of knowledge with the areas we visited with a great sense of humor and fun. We would definitely want to take another trip with him as our guide. Our coach driver ,Jim, was also very sweet and a great driver. The tour was very well organized as we went from place to place with nice accommodations that were centrally located. We learned so much about each place we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite time was in Conway, Wales, during our visit with Garreth and his sheep farm. I was able to get out with the sheepdog and actually give commands to get the sheep from the bottom of the pasture to the gate. We then had to keep them cornered so Garreth could grab one for sheering. I then had to grab the sheep by the wool and lead it to the barn. We then watched it get sheered. This was one of the things I most looked forward to, and so it was a great experience for me."

Denis

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it. Lorraine is great, and most other guides were excellent and memorable, Stainway house... York... Caernarforn Castle. Food, the pubs and cask ales, the pies, company, culture. Music performance in Stow was a treat, too. Just extraordinary number of memories made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the mill near the Stainway House was that for me and my wife. The story behind it, and the care that modern people take of the heritage, the depth of craftsmanship that was conveyed to us is outstanding, and to see the mill work... wow!"

Karen

Corbett, OR

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable tour, our 2nd RS. Lorraine is an exceptional guide. Always hard to move on from place to place as there is so much more to see/do. Hotels were comfortable, breakfasts exceptional, and fellow travelers fun to travel with. So enjoyed seeing the countryside and the small towns we drove thru. Seems that Roman ruins, abbeys, & castles are everywhere! Kudos to Joseph, our professional (and fun!) coach driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No knock your socks off "wows" but so much satisfaction from moments like soaking up Glastonbury & Wells. Or standing by Churchills grave then visiting Blenheim Palace. If only we had more time at Vindolanda or in York! We stayed extra days in London so no complains on not enough time there! Loved the Wales farm & Bodnant Garden."

David

Corbett, OR

Tour: 08/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good uneventful transportation experience due in part to my wife's planning and studying the literature. Sure saw a lot of castles and cathedrals. The extent and remains of the Roman Empire were certainly awe inspiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow ! Joseph got this wide bus through that narrow gate and other driving fetes."

Leonard

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were attracted by the Rick Steves philosophy, and we were not disappointed. The priority was on experiencing a place, not getting to as many tourist attractions as possible. We were in each town either 2 or 3 days, allowing for both guided tours and personal exploration. The tour is built around RS's priorities, and I was completely satisfied with those choices. The level of activity is well publicized, and if, like me, you want to augment the activity level, there is opportunity to do that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Conwy, Wales, was an unexpected "wow." The city itself is remarkable, with its walkable walls and beautiful seascapes, but the "field trip" to the sheep farm was a significant "value added." It was exactly the kind of thing that one would not get traveling alone."

Laurie

Renton, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nigel was a very good guide and knowledgeable. The pace of the tour seemed a bit rushed though. I would recommend going to the Roman Bath Tour as soon as it opens, at the time we went it was so crowded it was hard to move around. Would have liked more time in Blenheim Palace. Food and hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the variety in the places we stayed. Especially loved Blenheim Palace (have seen a lot of cathedrals and Palaces and this one was probably one of my favorite). Loved Bodnant Gardens, it was a day that was not raining."

Michael

Livingston, MT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Maureen and I were overwhelmed by our tour experience. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and our 24 tour mates were absolutely wonderful. Hotels, meals and stops were over the top and we hated to see it all end. It was particularly pleasant to not have worries of driving, (especially on the OTHER side of the road. Paul, our bus driver handled everything with professional ease, and Nigel Howes, or guide kept and held everything together for our two weeks together on this fabulous trip. Super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London and Beef Eater tour was the best. Our tour guide was funny and the time just flew. We learned a lot and the experience was unforgettable."

Nancy

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour and well worth the money. Having arranged my own vacations to Europe in the past, I was so happy with the absence of anxiety on this tour. Nigel became like a friend and showed concern and patience for each of us. He kept us informed about the day's events, the schedule for the next day, and options during our free time. Our locations of interest included those I would not have known about, or would not have considered seeing in this short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Access to one of the archaeologists at Vindolanda, who explained the findings at the site and make herself available was amazing, and something I would not have had on my own. I have been interested in Vindolanda for a long time, having come across the information serendipitously on the internet. To actually be there and hear from an archaeologist who knew the site so well was fabulous."

Daniel

Osceola, WI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was great. Nigel, our guide, did a fantastic job keeping everything moving along. Being dropped off close to the day's group activity and having tickets in hand, made site-seeing easy and relaxed. Local guides did a fantastic job of giving us information and we enjoyed the story-telling. We had just the right mix of group activities and free time. We enjoyed the walks in the countryside and around the villages. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the country side of Wales and the tour of the hill sheep farm. We would have liked to have had a few more stops in the countryside to take pictures and enjoy the fresh air. The camaraderie of the group was enjoyable and we made new friends that added to our tour experience."

Sharon

Goshen, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the mix of guided tours, city orientations, and time on our own to explore. We visited so many places where we'd love to spend more time in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was an unexpected delight! We loved the sheep farm. Loved Conwy and our hotel. Evensong at York Minster was incredible!! Learning more about Churchhill when the group visited Blenheim Palace, and in the Churchhill War Rooms and Museum where we went on our own, was definitely a high point for me. I'm a history buff about World War II and the events leading up to it, so all the information was a dream come true. I couldn't believe I was walking through that bunker where Churchhill worked!"

Paul

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that the UK was a lovely and historically fascinating place to visit. The tour was very well done and the guide facilitated each step of the way very well, but was not intrusive in our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I rather likes seeing the Rosetta stone and the British Museum."

Marcela

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 4th RS Tour and we had an overall lovely experience. It was a wonderful balance of visiting cities and the charming countryside, truly beautiful locations and landscapes. For me, 3 days in Bath felt too long. It would seem that an extra day in York or London would have been much more interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments: the beautiful English countryside, Stanway House, Bodnant Gardens, the roman ruins & archeological excavations at Vindolanda, the Welsh sheep farm and our walking tour of York."

Stewart

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Nigel was excellent , very organized, and had a very friendly and approachable personality. Our driver Paul was also very professional. I would say we got more than our monies worth. We are planning on doing the 14 days of Ireland next year. I have absolutely not one negative comment to make. Loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got to participate in a sheep dog demonstration, made my day"

Diane

Belleville, WI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well planned and nice hotels. The guide Nigel was great. Nigel was on top of everything, going above and beyond to try to retrieve my lost cell phone, answer the groups constant questions and meet challenges with good humor. The small villages were charming, the historical sites incredible, the adventures and sights surpassed expectations. I wish we would have booked the southern England small village tour besides this one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Cathedral and history of Westminster."

Christina

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I am amazed by how many layers of history exist in Great Britain. In one picture I took in London, there is a Roman wall, the Tower of London and the Shard. We got to have a variety of experiences and learned about many periods of history. But, the tour did not feel rushed. Roy is an excellent guide. I appreciated his expertise and enjoyed his sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby was incredible. Outstanding art and architecture as well as being full of history. I could have spent a lot longer looking at the tombs and reading all the memorials. So, much to learn about those buried there."

Sheri

Silverton, ID

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I appreciated the pace of the tour there seemed to be sufficient down time and individual time alternated with group activity. I was disappointed we did not get to stop and hike in Snowdonia but the weather did not cooperate. Not a fault of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment (of many) was when we went for a stroll through a Cotswold village and we got to see everyday life with the beautiful and historical cottages and small english gardens along a lovely stream. We purchased ice cream from a local vendor and then strolled among the fields with sheep."

Jeffrey

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my eighth Rick Steves tour. Overall very good. Excellent guide. The hotel and bath was uncharacteristically far from the city center. Very on Rick Steves like. Most of us felt we could do with less bath and more of the rest of England. Perhaps the longer walk to and from town contributed. This was a subtle thing but it made a difference. Everything else was very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really was no wow moment this time. Not to take away from the overall tour which was a great experience."

David

Silverton, ID

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and for me the least exciting. There are probably several factors: health issues, weather, and less local guides than in the past, instead we used more audio devices when touring some building. I believe all the people in our group were friendly, cordial, and for the most part got along well together, which always makes traveling with people you don't know go a lot smoother.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not have a "wow" moment when I was with the tour group, but my wife and I went on the 90 minute Thames river cruise in London and that was one of my favorite activities we did. The weather was hot and sunny that day so it made for some great photo opportunities"

Patricia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was fantastic. I don't travel very much, and this was my first foray into solo travel(if you call, being with 24 other people, solo travel). The descriptions online are very accurate. I was even able to handle the "strenuous" days, which I was apprehensive about completing. Overall, it was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Baths; the sheep farm in the stinging rain, following by the sheep shearing; Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London."

Flavia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a lovely time. It was well paced, active, learned lots, found London easy to navigate. My travel companions were a delight. We all got along and were cheerful even in the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on Hadrian's Wall"

Larry

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a very memorable tour through places I'd only read about before. Tourguide Jamie very knowlegable, and kept up a running commentary on the bus filling in the history and details of the places we visited, which really added to the overall enjoyment and appreciation. This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour (did Best of Italy last year), and one thing we learned is that we really enjoy a more exotic experience. England was just too much like home. Next year Greece or Turkey!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments - playing Cricket and going to the Wales sheep farm (in the driving rain!)"

Janice

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was immensely enjoyable, fun, informative of England in many ways and I'd love to see more of England and London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day at the sheep farm in Wales is memorable in that we spoke with local farmers, learning what it's like to run a sheep farm with the challenges of the marketing, weather, politics, and the sheer (sorry!) energy and planning it takes. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota in the 60's; I have some idea of what it takes to run a farm. Jamie taught us to play a great game of cricket after touring Stanway House and a restored mill. Evensong at Westminster Abby."

Karla

Duvall, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. Lorraine knowledge of the area and the history is amazing. She adds her own experiences to make the tour come alive. Her calm demeanor was greatly appreciated in our situation. I became ill and needed to go hospital. She and Paul not only help get me there for the care I needed but gave us excellent directions that enabled us to join the group a few days later. Can't say enough about how great they were to myself and husband

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down the Cotswolds were my favorite area. Beautiful quaint towns with the peaceful English gardens that I love. However the Lakes Districts were amazing too. Natural beauty is just hard to beat."

Robert

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My goal was to be immersed in the history and culture of England and my Welsh Jones ancestry that moved to Granville NY to cut slate. Two weeks with Lorraine and Paul exceeded all expectations. I am at a loss as to what other experience could provide such an intimate peek into the history and culture of a country. From Gareth Jones hill farm to Westminster and the Celts and Romans to Winston Churchill and what's his name. WOW! The tour was efficient, respectful, fun, educational, enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One, You gotta be kidding! This will be an affront to all the rest. Maximum goose bumps were the history, luminaries, memorials, quirks, stories, spirituality and pageantry at Westminster cathedral that really brings much of the character and essence of this small island together, an emotional and inspiring conclusion to our tour."

Debra

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third RS tour, and once again wonderful! The accommodations were comfortable and the group meals were delicious. A good mix of structured activities and independent time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong at York Minster. Not a group activity, but one that was recommended by our guide. Attending the service gave me the opportunity to feel like I was part of the community, not just visiting the church as a tourist."

Katherine

Rochester, NY

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent overview of UK history. Very fascinating.As usual, the hotels and group meals were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Westminster Abby tour. I had no idea that so many important UK people are buried inside the Abby. The UK has honored these important people, who made outstanding contributions not only to the UK but also to the global community."

Allen

Chicago, IL

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent sightseeing. Fine guide. Very good lodging placement and rooms. Food was not great, but as good as expected for England.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the folk singing in Stow. I always want music in your tours, and you finally provided some. Lorraine also directed us to some good music on our own in Conwy."

Kathy

Deming, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good mix of experiences...great guides....fun fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What can I say....I love hedge rows! The countryside in the UK is beautiful."

Carolyn

Murfreesboro, TN

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The sites we visited were wonderful. My only complaint would be that we were frequently rushed through them. For example, we had 1 hour and 15 minutes to visit Stokesay Castle and enjoy our first cream tea. The service was slow for the cream tea so we had about 10 minutes max to down our tea and scone. We had no other appointments that day, only our drive to Conway, so being 30 minutes or even an hour later to Conway would have still given us time to see Conway before nightfall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2- Blenheim Palace and Bodnant Gardens. Again, more time in both would have been appreciated. We had little more than an hour at Bodnant Gardens-- barely enough time to walk to the furthest garden and back again, must less time to see the other gardens in between."

Guy

Duvall, WA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour and it was fun, educational, and gave us a great overview of the geography, history, and culture of England. We also were able to meet and enjoy conversation with the residents of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rustic beauty of the Cotswolds and Lake District, was the idyllic backdrop to the man-made beauty of Wells Cathedral, and the Roman and prehistoric archeological sites which are a particular interest of mine. The Vindolanda excavation was a rare chance to see archeological work being performed."

Katherine

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip and leader. I enjoyed the west coast and small towns the most. (I was glad to see London, but it is too busy and loud for me to enjoy for long

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wales was a surprise. I did not expect it to be so mountainous and beautiful."

Robert

La Verne, CA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative. Great balance between free and encumbered time. Great guide. Good itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient cathedrals and ruins. Re-appreciation and respect for our ancestors' skills and knowledge related to science, construction, physics, etc. These folk were really sharp!"

Marie

Arlington, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was completely enjoyable. It met our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass restoration at the York Minster - amazing."

Lucinda

Orem, UT

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy and Kevin made our tour a wonderful experience. Roy's knowledge of and ability to share that knowledge of all our sites was first rate. Our tour group were all easy to be with and we enjoyed getting to know them. All of the guides that took us through specific sites were fun and made it memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cotswolds, Lake District, and Wales were a feast for the eye. There were many "wow" moments but one of my favorites was walking through a gate and having the Wells Cathedral right in front of me."

Sidney

Orem, UT

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great tour guide. Quality of hotels was poor, almost worth not going on the tour they were so poor. Sites visited were fun, but I would recommend taking a poll to see whether people want to spend on a whole day seeing museums in York (for example) or if they would rather go out to Castle Howard. I would also spend less time around Hadrien's wall and devote that time elsewhere. I would have loved for Cambridge or Oxford to be included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around the corner to see Wells cathedral."

Jennifer

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was great but there were some memorable negative experiences due to the older hotels. There were a few hotels that were uncomfortable due to lack of air conditioning (In Keswick we had our windows open and were invaded by gnats) and lack of hot water (cold shower in Stowe On The Wold). I would appreciate a more mixed age group. Our last tour had more young adults which made things more interesting, I think.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the experience of walking the narrow path that led to the stone circle in Keswick. Toasting our ancestors with our guide Roy and his assistant, Kevin was a nice touch."

Neil

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Roy, was an expert guide and humorous to keep you entertained while you learned about the culture and history of the areas we visited. There is a good mix of guided tours and time on our own to explore the places of interest to us. The hotels are small with a lot of character so you don't feel overwhelmed by large numbers of people in large hotels. The sites we visit are very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked The city of York with its ancient walls one can traverse around most of the city. York minster was fabulous."

Ron

San Jose, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting tour sites. Gillian, our tour guide was information and efficient. I like the *;45 am departure time. Most hotels were not large enough rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hadrian's Wall. Plus, I liked the water wheel mill tour."

Pamela

Sharon, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

How can I put a trip of a life time in a short paragraph? It was a beautiful experience. It was pleasing to not only the mind in a historical sense but also delightful at every stop along the tour. Such a gorgeous country. Lovely people!Coming from the Boston area, it gave us a sense of our own country's beginnings. Gillian was smart, charming and informative! Mary was delightful, smart and we are very fond of both ladies! They made our trip wonderful! Thank you Gillian and Mary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into West Minster Abbey!"

Martin

Sharon, MA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience in England. Our tour guide Gillian and her assistant Mary were outstanding. Gillian had a world of knowledge and ensured that we received pertinent information in a timely fashion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 'wow" moment came when we saw the beautiful landscape of the lake district in Keswick. Such amazing views!"

Martha

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw breathtakingly beautiful abbeys and castles; enjoyed picturesque scenes of the countryside and quaint villages; visited historical sites and learned history of England's settlement; heard talented local musicians; ate interesting and delicious food (including scrumptious, beautiful, bountiful breakfasts); had ample free time to explore; and enjoyed the camaraderie of the guide and members of the tour group. Continue to be overwhelmed by the wonderfulness of the whole experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a retired English instructor, I was thrilled finally to visit the country of writers I taught for many years. So my side trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon and to Grasmere, as well as the tour visit to Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, were definitely highlights. The entire tour was excellent, but the event standing out most in my memory is our visit to the sheep farm in the Carneddau Mountains, where we actually participated in herding the sheep and had the opportunity to watch a shearing."

Elizabeth

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves trip and as always, it was a well planned and well [INVALID]d tour. We enjoyed meeting and having Mary on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband's wow moment was Westminster Abbey. Mine, Liz Jackson, was Gareth's sheep farm, I adored the entire two and 1/2 hours!"

Tim

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the English countryside, especially going on a walk through villages in the Cotswolds. The tour is a good mix of rural villages and big cities. I thought the tour gave a good sample of the many facets England has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Lake District was one big WOW moment. The view of Lake Derwentwater from the hotel was great. We enjoyed the free time to take a hike along the lake. Seeing part of Hadrian's Wall was another big moment for me."

Christine

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it did not disappoint. Our tour guide Mark was engaging and knowledgeable about all things British. His commentary on our tour made History come alive for us. There was plenty of down time to explore each town or just relax. Most of hotels had bigger rooms than we expected which was nice. The breakfasts provided at each hotel gave lots of options from Full English Breakfasts to Porridge with Sultanas at out Hotel in Keswick ( my favorite of the tour).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments on the tour. Every single abbey and cathedral we visited had its own story and charm. I particularly enjoyed our local guides at these locations. And then there was Wales- so much more than I ever imagined. What a thrill to walk on the ancient city walls in Conwy and walk on a trail in the Snowdonia National Park. Then there was Gareth's sheep farm. What an amazing experience watching his sheep dog work, sheep shearing, and lamb barbecue whilst listening to harp music."

Henry

Aurora, CO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience learning about English history with a small group of like minded tourists. Varied context from sheep farming to Hadrian's Wall to cathedrals and architecture, stained glass, Druids, Avebury, and Stanway House. Good tour mates and our tour guide was a wealth of information. Good use of the whisperers to maintain communication.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheep shearing and BBQ in Conwy. A different experience with real local people on their farm and way of life. Wonderful time overlooking the Irish Sea while talking with the locals over a beer and BBQ while listening to a harpist."

Ed

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good overview of English countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one in particular. Loved seeing iconic sites in London."

George

Dalton, MA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Only rain dampened an otherwise outstanding tour. The tour was a good mix of big cities and small villages. Roy was, as expected, an excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lake District was a totally unexpected WOW."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and October is a good time to visit England. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering fewer crowds, mild weather, and the full range of tourist fun. Summer has its advantages, with long days and the best weather (though never guaranteed).

England / London

England / York

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London's Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) airports. To get to Bath, where the tour begins, there are direct trains available from London's Paddington Station, reachable from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express. Alternatively, you can travel from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports on a direct National Express coach (bus); schedules can be found at the National Express website.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook.