Enjoy a mix of the classical and the contemporary on this day trip to one of Britain’s great heritage destinations. With 2,000 years of history the beautiful walled city of Chester is brimming with quirky architecture and endless shopping opportunities. Located in the North West of England, in the county of Cheshire, this unescorted train tour offers a fantastic taste of Chester’s unique character and memorable landmarks.
Round-trip train fares
Great overview and orientation of the city
Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to visit one of Britain’s great heritage cities.
You will be met at Euston Station and provided with all your travel documents for the day. Check-in is at 07:40 and your train arrives in Chester at 10:15am.
On arrival hop aboard one of the City Sightseeing buses for a one hour circular tour that offers the perfect way to get your bearings. There are 16 stops around the City and frequent departures.
Chester is a city full of historic treasures, including the most complete City Walls in Britain, dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago.
You can walk right around the city along the walls, crossing over ancient gateways and exploring its magnificent towers.
A bustling market town since the Middle Ages, Chester continues to offer the best in shopping opportunities, and the unique Rows galleries offer a literally different level of retail therapy.
As well as stores at street level there’s an upper tier of shops sheltered from the elements, offering a perfect vantage point for people watchers. Check out too the ancient cellars below street level, where bars and restaurants flourish – and look out for the oldest shopping façade in England, on Bridge Street.
There’s time to visit the majestic 1,000 year old Chester Cathedral, with its fine collection of Medieval carvings, enjoy the black and white Victorian architecture of Northgate, and make an obligatory photo stop at the Eastgate Clock, probably the most iconic clock in England after Big Ben, built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Your train from Chester departs at 17:35 and returns to London at 19:40.
07/07/2017 | de Koker
Enjoy faster entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London’s most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and explore this mighty complex, established in 1066. Check out the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536; visit the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels; and see the legendary ravens.
Once inside, explore independently, or take a complimentary Yeoman Warder ‘Beefeater’ tour or audio-guided tour (own expense).
Upgrade to include admission to two other London palaces: Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.
All entrance fees included
Ideal choice for families
Make your own way to the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames River. With your entrance ticket, Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and head through the group entrance and security into this imposing palace-fortress.
Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the Tower has a dark 1,000-year history as a royal palace, prison and execution place, as well as a royal mint and armoury. Today, it still stores the British monarch’s Crown Jewels, just as it has done since 1303.
Once inside, explore independently or choose to take an optional audio-guided tour (own expense) or complimentary tour led by a Yeoman Warder or ‘Beefeater’, one of the ceremonial guards. The 1-hour Yeoman-led tours leave from inside the entrance every 30 minutes until the mid-afternoon, and offer a compelling insight into the tower’s history and sites.
See the brooding ravens as you walk around and be swept up by the grim but fascinating stories of the turrets, chambers and buildings around you. Visit the main, White Tower, to see its Royal Armouries exhibits, and enter the Bloody Tower, reputed to be where the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered by an unknown hand in around 1483.
See Traitors’ Gate, through which the arrested Anne Boleyn was brought by boat from the Thames River. Then, walk to Tower Green where she was beheaded in 1536 on the orders of Henry VII, and where a string of monarchs and traitors also met a grisly end.
Step back to Tudor times at the Medieval Palace, where recreated medieval interiors detail comfortable lifestyles of Tudor monarchs such as Henry VIII, and stretch your legs with a Wall Walk, strolling along the massive encircling walls to discover more sites.
Lastly, don’t miss the Crown Jewels, the royal regalia and gems that symbolize the British monarchy. Join the separate queue to gaze at these sparkling exhibits, including St Edward’s Crown, used at coronations since 1661, and the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond, the 105.6-carat diamond given to Queen Victoria in 1849.
Having explored as much as you wish, take your leave and make your own way back home or to your hotel.
Royal Palaces Pass Upgrade
Want to uncover more of London’s fascinating royal history? Then, upgrade to a Royal Palaces Pass that gives you a priority entrance ticket to the Tower of London together with admission to London’s Hampton Court Palace and gardens, and Kensington Palace, the former royal home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.
Your Royal Palaces Pass entitles you to one visit to each of the three attractions and is valid for two years, so you’ll have plenty of freedom to experience each site and discover its enthralling past at your leisure.
17/04/2017 | de Koker
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter™ film series with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy round-trip transport from central London to the Harry Potter film studio to enter the magical world of Harry and his friends.
You’ll see how the movies were created as you tour the real movie sets, admire the costumes and props, and learn about the special effects and animatronics used to create the films’ stunning visuals. Explore the Great Hall, pose next to the original ‘Hogwarts Express,’ set foot down Diagon Alley and more.
– All entrance fees included
– Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
– Family friendly
– Ideal choice for families
– Popular choice with kids
Board a double-decker bus in central London and drive 17 miles (27 km) northwest to the English borough of Hertfordshire. Arrive in the town of Watford, home to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you’ll witness the legendary Harry Potter film series come to life.
Set off independently to explore the real sets used in these iconic movies. Imagine walking side-by-side with Harry, Ron and Hermione as you explore the Great Hall, view Dumbledore’s office and stroll down Diagon Alley, featuring the storefronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
Admire the costumes and props used by Harry and his counterparts, and learn about the special effects and makeup that brought magical characters such as Dobby and the Death Eaters to life. Remember to bring your camera — there are exciting photo opportunities around every corner.
Cap your visit at Platform 9 ¾, where you can get a glimpse into how some the film’s most iconic scenes were created. Pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, and get up close to the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. Marvel as steam billows from the 78-year-old engine and admire the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks.
On your drive back to London, sit back and reminisce on your fantastic day in the magical world of Harry Potter…
13/04/2017 | de Koker
Book cheap domestic fares from Johannesburg to London, starting from R7,845. While in London, immerse yourself in the rich historic culture or visit numerous sites and sounds around London.
We compiled a list of itinerary ideas which every London tourist should experience:
- Buckingham Palace (one of Queen Elizabeth II’s homes)
- Parliament and Big Ben clock tower in Westminster.
- London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel overlooking Westminster and the Thames.
- London Zoo in Regent’s Park.
- Hyde Park and the Serpentine pond, where you can rent a rowing boat.
- Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum.
- Natural History Museum, home to dinosaurs and one of the world’s largest natural history collections.
- Victoria & Albert Museum, home to some of Princess Diana’s most famous dresses.
- London Dungeon, a spine-tingling experience.
- London Aquarium, home to one of Europe’s largest deepwater tanks and best shark-diving experiences.
- The Shard Viewing Platform, uppermost floor of a skyscraper in Southwark district, (short walk from London Bridge and Borough tube stations), affording fabulous views over the city.
Home to some of the UK’s most famous faces, like the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, 007 creator Ian Fleming and actor Michael Caine, London offers an unrivalled number of world-famous attractions. Use a specialist like Travelstart to help you find the cheapest flights to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or London City Airport.
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07/03/2017 | de Koker