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‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ Tour - 2021
Enjoy a fabulous five-day tour following in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.
What is the ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ Tour?
In 1535, Anne Boleyn accompanied Henry VIII on an historic three-and-a-half-month progress. It was an epic journey through large swathes of picturesque, English countryside. Shockingly, it would also be Anne’s last summer on earth. 

Having extensively researched this progress while undertaking the writing of the best-selling book, ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’, one of its co-author’s, Sarah Morris, now invites you to join her on your adventure in time. Together we will retrace part of this historic progress.  

Our itinerary has been crafted to follow the journey taken by the royal couple as they progressed from Sudeley Castle in the north of Gloucestershire to Acton Court in the south. Over five days, we will visit seven locations visited by the royal couple as part of the progress.  

Along the way, you will enjoy stories of the progress, see where Anne and Henry visited and lodged, as well as immersing yourself in the beautiful Cotswold countryside that they travelled through along the way. You will also hear from a renowned guest speaker and enjoy an audience with Anne Boleyn. This will be your itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive in the afternoon. Pick up point in central London.

Day 2 - Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey. Guest Speaker - Jonathan Foyle.  

Day 3 - Tewkesbury and Gloucester (the Abbey Churches). 

Day 4 - Berkeley Castle and Thornbury Castle. 

Day 5 - Acton Court and Depart. Drop off in central London.

For the duration of our stay, we will be 'lodged' at the Greenway Hotel, an Elizabethan, luxury, country spa near Cheltenham. This location places us in easy reach of all of our tour locations and yet has all the facilities to allow you to relax at the end of each day.

Your Detailed Itinerary

Day One: Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey.

Our itinerary will start at the gorgeous Sudeley Castle; it was also the first place in which Anne and Henry lodged in Gloucestershire. The honey-coloured castle still retains much of its original footprint and includes the beautiful ruins of the state apartments, which once housed the royal couple. No visit to Sudeley would be complete without a stroll through its picturesque gardens, once enjoyed not only by Anne and Henry, but by the likes of Lady Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth I and Katherine Parr. We will also visit the latter's tomb in the pretty chapel and hear about the shocking afterlife of this popular, Tudor queen. 

While in the area, we will take a trip to the nearby ruins of Hailes Abbey, one of the first abbeys to be visited by Cromwell and his men as part of the infamous 'visitations'. The haunting ruins of monasteries like Hailes are a poignant reminder of the devastating schism resulting from Henry's break with Rome.

Day Two: Tewkesbury and Gloucester

On the second day, we will visit the medieval town of Tewkesbury, and in particular, the church, which was originally part of Tewkesbury Abbey. Anne and Henry lodged in the abbot's lodging there, part of which still survives to this day. We will visit the abbey church and also see, (from the outside), what remains of the place where the royal couple stayed. 

From there, it is a 20-minute ride southwards to Gloucester. You will learn about the ceremony involved in greeting the couple at the entry into any Tudor town or city, and follow in Anne and Henry's footsteps as they approached Gloucester and were welcomed at the abbey.  

You will stand in the abbey porch, where Anne and Henry knelt on cushions and 'kissed the cross', before we follow their progress inside. Here, the royal couple would have heard Mass before being taken to their lodgings. You will have a chance to explore the church and view the tombs of Edward II and Abbot Parker; the latter was the abbot to greet Henry and Anne on their visit to Gloucester.

Day Three:
Berkeley Castle and Thornbury Castle

On the third day, we continue our progress southwards and visit the mighty Berkeley Castle. We will have a general guided tour of the castle. Afterwards, I will take you to the part of the castle in which the royal couple lodged. This part of the tour will be our opportunity to see a sequence of public and private rooms that were typical of a high-status building.  

In the afternoon, we will make our way to Thornbury Castle to enjoy afternoon tea. Although some parts of the sixteenth-century castle are gone, the privy lodging range remains and Thornbury is now a hotel. We will enjoy a very English afternoon tea and an audience with Anne Boleyn herself!

Day Four: Acton Court and Depart

On our final day, we will travel to Acton Court in the morning. This is simply a fascinating Tudor building, augmented especially for the visit of the king and queen in 1535 by Sir Nicolas Poyntz. The building is unique. It remains largely in its raw state and is rarely open to the public. However, by special arrangement with the owner, we will be able to explore the rooms created for the visit, which include a rare, painted freeze in what was once the royal, privy chamber. 
On Monday afternoon, we will say goodbye, sharing incredible memories of our time on a royal progress. For those needing it, there will be a coach taking people back to a convenient, central London drop-off point. 
Want to join us? 
Click on the button below to be taken to the British History Tours website, where you may download the relevant form to reserve your place. (Please note that room sharing may well be possible. If you are interested in this option, please contact Philippa Brewell at British History Tours via philippa@britishhistorytours.com to enquire further).

Your Unforgettable Journey in Time...

  • Your tour is based on rigorous research of the 1535 progress: You will enjoy the unique chance to follow in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn as she progressed through Gloucestershire during her last summer on Earth.
  • ​Learn from an expert in the field: Sarah Morris has written extensively about Tudor locations, visited by Henry VIII and all of his six wives. The output of her research is captured via The Tudor Travel Guide blog and her two non-fiction books; ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ and ‘In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII’.
  • ​Learn more about Tudor progresses and the magnificent properties they stayed in via our guest speaker, renowned architectural historian, TV presenter, author and Tudor expert, Dr Jonathan Foyle.
  • ​Get behind the scenes and visit two properties well off the usual tourist trail, including the incredibly special Acton Court, remodelled by Sir Nicolas Poytnz, specifically in anticipation of the royal visit in 1535.
  • Enjoy luxurious travel and accommodation throughout your trip. Travel in comfort and style and stay in the gorgeous four-star Greenway Hotel and Spa. This Elizabethan manor house, which is close to all our locations, makes the perfect place to relax and unwind after drinking your fill of wonderful Tudor history.
  • See some of the most beautiful countryside in England and immerse yourself in talking about the Tudors with people who just 'get you'. Bliss!
Your Accommodation for the duration of your stay: The Greenway Hotel and Spa

Ticket Prices
£2,100*

per person with Double Occupancy, Single Person Supplement Applies Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire

  • 4 nights Accommodation at a 4* Elizabethan Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds.
  • ​Breakfast
  • ​3-course evening meals each night with drinks*
  • ​Private Guided Tour at Berkeley Castle.
  • ​Tour of the rarely open, Acton Court.
  • Expert History Talks from Top Historians, Jonathan Foyle and Lesley Smith
  • ​Resident historian for the tour - Dr Sarah Morris
  • ​Philippa as Tour Manager
  • ​All Admissions as stated in the itinerary
  • ​Luxury Coach Travel from pick up to drop off
Want to join us? Click on the button below to be taken to the British History Tours website, where you may download the relevant form to reserve your place. (Please note that room sharing may well be possible. If you are interested in this option, please contact Philippa Brewell at British History Tours via philippa@britishhistorytours.com to enquire further.)
Meet Your Guides
Dr Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris, also known as The Tudor Travel Guide, lives in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. She has written two novels of Anne Boleyn, Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn: Volumes 1 and 2, plus co-authored two non-fiction books; ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ and ‘In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII’. 

In 2018, Sarah established The Tudor Travel Guide: your visitor’s companion to the houses, castles and manors of sixteenth century. She has appeared on several TV shows as a Tudor expert and was central in the rediscovery of the ‘Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels’ with Jonathan Foyle. Sarah also produces a monthly podcast, The Tudor Travel Show, exploring Tudor places and artefacts.
Dr Jonathan Foyle
Dr Jonanthan Foyle is one of the most respected historians today. 

  Jonathan was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years, and took his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's Palace. 

He has presented numerous television series including BBC4's often repeated 'Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?'. His most profound interest is in the origins and meaning of the rich court culture of Henry VII and recently played an important role in the identification of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's wedding bed and the Anne Of Cleves's Panels.
Philippa Brewell
Philippa is well respected within the history and travel industries for creating historical experiences which consistently exceed expectations. 

Philippa entertains thousands each week with her videos and stories from across the UK and British History. This ability to engage an audience in British history as well as being an expert in travelling the historical sites of the UK, makes her the perfect tour manager. 

Her aim is to provide once in a lifetime experiences but which you'll want to repeat.
Lesley Smith
M.Phil, M.Univ. (Hons.), F.S.A. (Scot.)
Lesley has been the Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000. She is a medical historian holding an M.Phil in Tudor medicine, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and is also a Member of the Society of Medical Writers. 

She has also appeared in over 120 television programmes some of which have been broadcast to 38 countries. Lesley is also well known for her highly entertaining and informative costumed portrayals of a variety of historical characters.
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