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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Annual survey reveals England’s most popular attractions during 2019

The annual attractions survey by VisitEngland has revealed the most popular free and paid-for attractions visited during 2019. 


Picture this: some of the most beautiful places to visit in autumn

A selection of attractions which are perfect for autumnal walks, seasonal displays and beautiful photo opportunities.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

8 of the most beautiful places in… Somerset

Here is what Somerset has to offer to groups who appreciate a scenic view, in the city and the countryside.

Bodmin Jail's Dark Walk Entrance Day

Bodmin Jail to reopen following £8.5 million redevelopment

Cornwall’s Bodmin Jail is set to reopen on 1st October after undergoing a major £8.5 million redevelopment, bringing new features to the historic prison.

Kensington Palace

Historic Royal Palaces: alive with history and wonder

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Groups are welcome again at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Hillsborough Castle & Gardens as Historic Royal Palaces reopens its gates.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

English Heritage reopens sites for pre-booked groups

English Heritage has now reopened six more of its most popular attractions for pre-booked group visits including Dover Castle and Osborne House.

Bowood House

TV & film locations to visit along the Great West Way route from London to Bristol

Here are some of the intriguing TV & film locations for your future visits along the Great West Way, a 125-mile touring route between London and Bristol. 

Buttermere, Cumbria

8 of the most beautiful places in… Cumbria

Forest sculptures, rambling hillside views, Lake District gems and Elizabethan mansions; here are some of the most aesthetically-pleasing spots in Cumbria.

RHS Garden Wisley

Gardens, museums & country houses were among most popular visitor attractions last year

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has released its 2019 visitor numbers with gardens, museums and historic properties seeing an especially successful year. 

Arley Hall & Garden's Herbaceous Border

GLT’s top picks: outdoor attractions in Cheshire

A look back at some of the GLT editor’s highlights on a visit to the county earlier this year. 

Salisbury Cathedral's online exhibition

Salisbury Cathedral celebrates 800th anniversary with remarkable online exhibition

Salisbury Cathedral has marked its 800th anniversary with a virtual version of its largest contemporary art exhibition for nearly two decades. 


Where groups can celebrate Mayflower 400 this year

The Mayflower ship sailed from Plymouth 400 years ago, marking a wave of celebrations this year both in the port city and far beyond.

Bristol Old Vic

GLT’s top picks: 5 spooky spots in Bristol

Engineering feats and a thriving art scene aren’t all that awaits in Bristol – it has its fair share of dark tourism experiences too, to inspire an alternative trip.

Emma at the Eden Project

Some of the places the GLT team have visited in 2019

The Group Leisure & Travel team have been here, there and everywhere in 2019. We’ve picked out a handful of our favourite visits to help inspire your next group trip. 

Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire

A familiarisation trip to Wiltshire exploring parts of the Great West Way

Applications have now closed for this Reader Club trip which includes some of Wiltshire’s top attractions.

Second State Room at Blenheim Palace

Step into the roaring 1920s at Blenheim Palace’s new exhibition

Let’s Misbehave – Blenheim Palace in the 1920s will run from 15th February to 13th April next year.

New Guy Fawkes immersive experience

Tower of London and War of the Worlds experience creators team up for new attraction

The creators of The War of the Worlds immersive experience have announced they’re opening a major new attraction in London. 

Longleat's Festival of Light in 2018.

Longleat’s 2020 line-up features light festival, sky safari and foodie events

The stately home and wildlife park in Wiltshire has announced its line-up of key events taking place throughout next year, featuring a range of different festivals.

Belsay Hall art instillation

Contemporary art returns to Northumberland's Belsay Hall

Visitors to Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens in Northumberland can once again experience a contemporary installation by composer Arvo Pärt, and UK designers Arup.

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 some 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.


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.


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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“The loveliest castle in the world” invites you to celebrate its 900th anniversary…

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.