Highlights of Britain

10 Day Small Group Tour from London to Edinburgh with Back-Roads

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 10 Day Highlights of Britain. This adventure delves deep into Britain's history and culture. In England, we celebrate 'Great British Puddings' and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
London
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Edinburgh
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, Wales, Scotland
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
86 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
9 Reviews
Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 London – Oxford – Cotswolds
We’ll leave the capital behind for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, where a guided walking tour awaits. Then, it’s off to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time wandering around charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. Tonight’s dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club. (D) 
2 Cotswolds – Stratford-upon-avon – Cotswolds
There’s plenty of time to enjoy this morning at your leisure before we leave to visit Stratford-upon-Avon. This medieval market town is famous as the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. (B)
3 Cotswolds – Denbighshire
This morning we’ll follow the crusades of saints and kings as we tour Worcester Cathedral. Our road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. This evening, we’ll dine together in Denbighshire. (B/D) 
4 Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire
It’s time to soak up the splendour of Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Tonight, we’ll meet back at the hotel for a delicious dinner. (B/D)
5 Denbighshire– Chester – Haworth – York
Today’s walking tour of Chester will take us along streets lined with striking black-and-white Tudor buildings. After paying homage to some of Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth, we’ll continue on to York. (B) 
6 York
This morning, your Tour Leader will introduce you to the Old Town of York before leaving you free to explore for the rest of the day. (B) 
7 York – Castle Howard – Lake District
Today we’ll experience the glory days of the English country estate at Castle Howard. Our path then takes us through Yorkshire Dales National Park where we’ll pass rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey is the Lake District. (B/D)     
8 Lake District
Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm – the place where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. We’ll also visit Hawkshead Grammar School before dropping by Dove Cottage, which was once home to William Wordsworth. This afternoon, we’ll take to the water on a lake cruise before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening. (B) 
9 Lake District – Scottish Borders
Today we’ll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort before arriving at the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner of haggis and a piper demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night. (B/D) 
10 Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh
We’ll visit Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh, where our tour ends. (B)
1 London - Oxford - Cotswolds
After meeting the group, we'll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the ‘dreaming spires' of Oxford – where a walking tour awaits. Then: it's off to the Cotswolds, where we'll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. Tonight's dinner at the world-famous Pudding Club promises to be a memorable one! (D) Stay: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)
2 Cotswolds - Stratford upon Avon - Cotswolds
There will be plenty of time to enjoy this morning at your leisure before we board the mini-coach and make tracks to Stratford-upon-Avon – the picturesque Tudor market town where William Shakespeare was born. (B)
3 Cotswolds -  Worcester  - Denbighshire
We'll discover more about the crusades of saints and kings on a tour of Worcester Cathedral before our road turns towards the rugged ancient landscapes of Wales this afternoon. This evening, we'll dine together in Denbighshire. (B/D) Stay: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)
4 Denbighshire - Snowdonia National Park - Denbighshire
Prepare for a soul-stirring sight this morning – the magnificent Snowdonia National Park (an area of outstanding natural beauty) is our next stop. Tonight, we'll meet back at the hotel for a sumptuous gastropub dinner. (B/D)
5 Denbighshire - Liverpool - York
Today's itinerary has a distinctly musical theme. After breakfast, we'll leave Wales behind us and move on to Liverpool – the welcoming (and fiercely proud) city that gave birth to The Beatles. What better way to get into the ‘Beatlemania' spirit than with a bus tour and visit to The Beatles Story museum? Toes still tapping, we'll round off the day in York. (B) Stay: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)
6 York
We've a full day to spend getting to grips with York, starting with a walking tour of the Old Town. There's centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways – and plenty of photo opportunities to be claimed! (B)
7 York - Castle Howard - Lake District
Today we'll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a tour of magnificent Castle Howard. Our path will then take us through Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing by rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The invigorating Lake District will be the spectacular conclusion to the day's journey. (B/D) Stay: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
8 Lake District
Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere will be Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm - the place where she wrote many of her beloved children's stories. We'll then visit Hawkshead Grammar School, which was attended by none other than William Wordsworth, before dropping by his former home: Dove Cottage. This afternoon, there will be just enough time to take to the water on a lake cruise before we return to our accommodation for the evening. (B)
9 Lake District - Scottish Borders
Today we'll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night. (B/D) Stay: The Friars Carse Hotel (or similar)
10 Scottish Borders - Abbortsford - Rosslyn Chapel - Edinburgh
We'll make stops at the grand Abbotsford House and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh, where our tour will finish. (B) Stay: The Friars Carse Hotel (or similar)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth’s home
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world-famous Pudding Club
  • Explore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
Trip Inclusions
  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily full English breakfast (B), 5 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Abbotsford House, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Rosslyn Chapel
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Journey Highlights
  • Indulge your sweet tooth at the world-famous Pudding Club
  • Discover Britain's literary greats at the Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
  • Explore some of Britain's most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
Trip Inclusions
  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Included Meals
  • 14 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (9)

10 Day Highlights of Britain reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Great British Tour”
- ACT, Australia Jun 2019

Our “Highlights of Britain” ten day tour was an excellent experience. The tour was very well paced and we had enough time to enjoy ourselves at each place we visited. All of the accommodation was first class with our stay at The Mulberry Inn in Wales a special treat.
Harriet is a lovely caring person and very knowledgeable guide. Chris made the whole tour feel safe and secure as he drove us through the back roads of Britain. A big thank you to the entire Back-Roads...read more

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“10days highlights of Britain Back-roads”
- QLD, Australia May 2019

Wonderful way to see England and Scotland, great scenery, lots of photo stops and flexible on places and times. Our driver and guide worked together and were part of the tour, extra walks before dinner. Stopping and looking at some of the family history on the way. Highly recommend Back-Roads.

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“Amazing tour - some great highlights including some I hadn’t expected”
- ACT, Australia Sep 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

My first tour with Back-Roads and I was very impressed - group of 15 with a great guide and driver. We visited the highlights as outlined in the tour description but it was some of the additional things suggested by the guide which really elevated the tour - additional stops in small villages in the Cotswolds, a suggestion to walk up the hill above the accommodation in Wales (which was amazing in itself), or to attend a church service at York Minster on a free day. Lots of back roads (single lane...read more

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“Highlights of Britain”
- Australia May 2016 10 Helpful Votes

One of the best tours we've ever done. Very good group of fellow travellers & David was an excellent guide/driver. Interesting itinerary plus lots of extras included. Flexible route chosen to give us the best viewing as we had wonderful weather & David obviously knew the area very well. Castle Howard, York Minister, Bodnant Welsh lunch as well as the full day in the Lake District were definite highlights. Farewell dinner at Comlongon Castle was very special.

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“Could not fault the tour”
- NSW, Australia May 2015 6 Helpful Votes

Backroads bus tour was excellent, far exceeded our expectations. The historical knowledge of our tour driver was exceptional. Accommodation superb, food great, all areas visited were interesting, countryside beautiful. Could not fault the tour.

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