The Gamut of History
Its rich, fascinating and proud history makes the United Kingdom an excellent destination for small group holidays; UK sites dating from prehistory right through to the modern day feature on our carefully-curated tours. Our knowledgeable guides will help to weave a detailed tapestry of British history as you travel the country and explore its diverse heritage.
You can marvel up close at the ancient stone circle at Avebury; go castle-hopping through the Scottish wilderness; admire the Tudor streets in Chester; or promenade along the eighteenth-century seafront in Lyme Regis. Whatever period interests you, our UK tours will not disappoint even the most heartfelt of history lovers.
A Cradle of Culture
From G and Ts to cups of tea and James Bond to the Beatles, the UK has shared its cultural delights with nations across the globe. Book lovers are always in their element on our UK tours, with visits to the homes and museums of some of literature’s most recognisable names on the popular Highlights of Britain itinerary, including the Brontë sisters, William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Sir Walter Scott.
Although long ago ‘British culture’ took its place on the world stage, you may be surprised at the strength of cultural identity that each region proudly bears on such a small island. Our UK tours allow you to dig deeper than a casual viewing of the Changing of the Guard, to recognise the beating heart of culture in England, Scotland and Wales. For example, our Wonders of Wales tour includes a Welsh language lesson at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Heritage Centre and a traditional male voice choir performance in Llandudno.
Top British Nosh
Britain’s hearty and delicious culinary traditions have to be tasted to be appreciated on our UK tours. Fine dining awaits you on our Corners of Cornwall itinerary, which features a much-anticipated visit to Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, where you get the chance to watch top chefs preparing freshly-caught oysters and langoustines at the seafood bar. The world-famous Pudding Club is the highlight of one of our most popular group holidays; UK puddings such as sticky toffee, bread and butter and spotted dick make up the marvellous menu of this now world-famous dining experience.
It’s not just the chance to taste delicious food that makes tours with Back-Roads special – we offer many opportunities to learn how local produce is made, prepared and cooked, too. Our Highlights of Britain tour involves a memorable trip to the Bodnant Food Centre, where a tour and cookery demonstration from a top chef will enlighten you about Welsh cuisine. UK tours to Scotland and the Garden of England school you in the art of distilling and brewing, with a whisky tour and tasting on the Isle of Skye and a visit to Shepherd Neame in Faversham, Britain’s oldest brewery.
Green and Pleasant Land
A small group size – never more than 18 on our UK tours – enables us to use compact and comfortable mini-coaches to explore the back roads of the British Isles. The expansive windows offer a framed view of some spectacular British vistas, from the iconic white cliffs of Dover to the ancient snake of Hadrian’s Wall across the fields of Cumbria.
Our holidays are not just about observing from a coach; in Wales a trip underground will open your eyes to the country’s coal mining heritage, while on the Isle of Skye you can discover the rugged geology of the Hebrides, including the Quiraing, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr.
On our group holidays, UK attractions open up before you like the pages of a well-loved story book, while little-known cultural and historical gems discovered along the country’s back roads will add a brighter colour to the story you thought you knew.