Historic Venues

Highclere Castle

Filming locations linked to Downton Abbey which are great for groups

To mark the eagerly anticipated Downton Abbey film, we’ve picked out five different filming locations across the UK, which are great for group trips. 

Tower of London

Annual VisitBritain survey reveals England’s most popular attractions

VisitBritain’s annual study on the number of visits to different attractions has been released, with two London sites taking first place in the top ten paid and free places to go. 

Kate Ballenger, head of house and collections at Blenheim Palace

My top 10: Blenheim Palace’s head of house & collections shares her favourite paintings to see

Kate Ballenger, head of house and collections at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire has selected her ten favourite paintings for visitors to look out for on a tour of the State Rooms and the Private Apartments.

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Jane Austen attractions to coincide with ITV drama Sanditon

Hampshire may see a surge in interest later when an adaptation of the author’s unfinished novel Sanditon hits the TV screens. Here are some key Jane Austen attractions for inspiration. 

Tintagel Castle's bridge

Tintagel Castle to reopen following the addition of striking new footbridge

Tintagel Castle in Cornwall will reopen on Sunday (11th August) after the completion of a new footbridge, recreating the historic link between the mainland and island.

Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Britain’s very own Sistine Chapel won’t be Greenwich’s ‘hidden gem’ for long

GLT’s Keeley Rodgers has a lie down at the newly restored Painted Hall, the centrepiece of The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. 

Christmas Trails 2019

Festive trails to light up the UK this Christmas

A host of attractions across the UK will stage illuminated light trails over the festive season, allowing groups to literally Step Into Christmas. 

Brodsworth Soundscape

Exhibitions at English Heritage attractions will explore music and art

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens in Yorkshire and Witley Court & Gardens in Worcestershire have unveiled new exhibitions, with groups receiving discounted entry to each attraction.

The gatehouse at Stokesay Castle

English Heritage’s Stokesay Castle reveals final addition to its three year project

English Heritage has just completed the final phase of a three year regeneration project, costing £620,000, in a bid to give a new lease of life to Stokesay Castle in Shropshire. 

Arley House

Arley Hall & Gardens' new TV exhibition features Peaky Blinders' material

Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire has announced its new, permanent exhibition, taking a look at the many films and television shows to be filmed on the site over the last 40 years. 

Christmas carol singers at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill Victorian Town unveils group Christmas offers

Special group rates and festive lunch packages have been announced for the traditional Christmas celebrations at Blists Hill Victorian Town. 

Hull & Beverley Reader Club Trip

Hull & Beverley: A Reader Club trip full of surprise for GTOs

More than 70 group travel organisers headed to Hull & Beverley for a three-day Reader Club trip to explore the area. Keeley Rodgers reports back on our huge familiarisation trip. 

Kew Gardens

A familiarisation trip to Richmond taking in the highlights of Kew and more

Applications have now closed for this Reader Club trip which includes some of Richmond’s most impressive landmarks.

Strawberry Hill House, Richmond

Why I love... Strawberry Hill House & Kew Gardens

In the second part of this new series, featuring group travel organisers’ recommendations, Geoff Allen reports back from a trip to Strawberry Hill House and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

5 reasons why the Houses of Parliament are great for groups

It may have been a place of uncertainty in recent times for politicians, but we’re sure that the Houses of Parliament are great for your group to visit. Here are 5 reasons why. 

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Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire reopens to visitors after major improvements

Groups visiting the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire can now benefit from a newly designed museum, a new coffee shop and a bigger gift shop.

Houses of Parliament

Guided tours of Parliament now available with See Tickets

Ticket operator, See Tickets, has partnered with The Houses of Parliament to offer group ticket packages. 

Longleat House, Wiltshire

Salisbury and Wiltshire: Celebrating landmarks & new attractions

We joined group travel organisers for a two-day trip taking in some of the many highlights in Salisbury and the surrounding area. 

Leeds Castle

Group-friendly events at Leeds Castle this year

Leeds Castle in Kent will host a variety of events and activities this year, with plenty suitable for groups.

Eythrope

Waddesdon Manor launches new garden tour for groups

New for 2019, Waddesdon Manor has announced the opening of a guided tour around the Rothschild Walled Garden.

Coast Scene on the Riviera

Churchill’s artwork to go on display at Blenheim Palace

A new exhibition will open at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire this February, focusing on the artworks of Winston Churchill.

Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar

Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar gets a makeover for 2019

The formerly known Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar will become Salon Privé Classic & Supercar this year as it makes a few changes ahead of the event.

Melrose Abbey

Discover the real Outlaw King in these six Scottish locations

Visitors to the Scottish highlands can now unravel the legend of one of Scotland’s most important historical figures, Robert the Bruce.

Hull Minster

Heading out in Hull & Beverley

Together with Visit Hull & East Yorkshire, we’re inviting readers to join us on a familiarisation trip in May to an area that continues to evolve, offering glitzy entertainment, fascinating culture and more than a few surprises.

New at Beaulieu in 2019

Beaulieu adds new exhibitions and events to its 2019 programme

There will be plenty for groups to enjoy at Beaulieu in 2019, with new special tours and exhibitions.

Bodmin Jail

Be spooked on a paranormal tour at Bodmin Jail

Cornwall’s historical site, Bodmin Jail, has launched some guided tours of the attraction which delve in the history of the jail as well as its paranormal links.

Strawberry Field View from Gates

Strawberry Field to open to visitors for the first time

The Liverpool-based site will open its gates to visitors for the first time in summer 2019.

Corfe Castle

6 spine-tingling locations sure to give groups a fright

We round up of some of the UK’s most haunted locations that are bound to send chills up your spine.

Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire

New group offerings at English Heritage attractions

Inspiration for group travel organisers planning 2019 trips to English Heritage properties including exclusive offers.

Callanish

Top 10 prehistoric sites in the UK for group visits

Stonehenge and other ancient stone circles have gripped the imagination of the public for centuries.

Twilight at Burghley

New ‘Twilight Suppers’ at Burghley House this autumn

Groups will again have the chance, this year, to explore Lincolnshire’s grand Burghley House at twilight this autumn, with the addition of the new Twilight Suppers.

Leeds Castle

Celebrate 900 years of epic history at Leeds Castle

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Little witches at Blenheim

New event at Blenheim Palace combines Halloween and fireworks

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire will be hosting a spooky fireworks display on 3rd November as part of its new Halloween celebrations.

Stokesay Castle tea room

Stokesay Castle gears up for group visits with new tea room

Stokesay Castle has opened a new 44-seater tea room, in order to offer groups more to enjoy during a visit.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon confirms details for winter season

Waddesdon Manor has revealed details of its 2017 winter season, which will include a fair and outdoor light displays.

Festival of Light

Festival of Light to have a storytelling theme

The ‘magic of storytelling’ has been confirmed as the theme for this year’s Festival of Light.

Tatton in winter

Tatton Park reveals theme for festive season

Tatton Park in Cheshire has announced that its Christmas period will be themed by the carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge Exhibition to unveil new Walk of Fame installation

A new permanent installation will open at the Tower Bridge Exhibition on on 24th April.

Beaulieu Palace House

2017 programme unveiled for Treasure Houses of England

The Treasure Houses of England has released details on new events and features coming up this year.

Artist's ipression of the Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome; major refurbishments planned

The Brighton Dome has announced plans to undergo a major refurbishment.