Take a trip to the Old World and discover the history of England. You’ll begin in London, one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities. London has more active Grindr users than any other city, making it the world’s gayest city in numerical terms. The biggest queen in town lives in Buckingham Palace.
Get a feel for ancient England at Ely Cathedral, visit the world’s best-preserved Medieval street in York, take a trip to Cambridge, punt down the Cam and discover Brideshead realness at Castle Howard. This gay group trip will show you England’s unique and iconic culture, both ancient and modern.
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- 27th September 2020 Sunday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arrive in London
Our representative will meet you at Heathrow and transfer you to your hotel. We’ll have cocktails in the evening and you’ll get to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Central London Walking Tour
In the morning we’ll go for a gay history tour of central London. Established almost two-thousand years ago by the Romans, London’s history stretches way back to antiquity. After lunch at the National Portrait Gallery, we’ll see some of the world’s finest paintings. You can also join a tour of the British Museum.
Day 3: Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey is over a thousand years old. Here you’ll find the shrine to St Edward the Confessor. It has been his final resting place since 1269. Incidentally, Edward is the patron saint of difficult marriages, so plead for intercession if you’ve been having too many arguments with your bae.
We’ll also visit Buckingham Palace and learn about some historical queer figures. Once we’ve explored the queen’s home, we’ll head to a Westminister pub. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: Cambridge
Say goodbye to the capital as we head to Bletchley Park. This is where the great Enigma codebreakers worked during WW2. Led by gay mathematician Alan Turing, their efforts hastened the Allied victory of 1945. We’ll then head to Cambridge, having lunch on the way. When we arrive at the iconic university city, we’ll check into our hotel and go for a walking tour.
Day 5: Ely Cathedral
You can join an optional punting (sailing) tour in the morning. We’ll then visit Ely Cathedral. Originally founded in 672, the current building dates back to 1083, not long after the Norman Conquest. Ely was the base of Hereward the Wake, the Anglo-Saxon nobleman who led the anti-Norman resistance. the cathedral is the finest Romanesque building in England.
It’ll then be time to take a train to York where we’ll check into our hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 6: York
York is, like London, an ancient city founded by the Romans. Here you’ll find the Shambles, the best-preserved medieval street in Europe and probably the world. We’ll also visit the iconic 7th-century York Minster, a truly awe-inspiring building. York is a quaint, old-fashioned city that captures England at its most English.
Day 7: Castle Howard
We’ll take a trip to Castle Howard, one of England’s finest stately homes. It makes Downtown Abbey look second rate. Just up the road you’ll find the Yorkshire moors, made famous by the Bronte sisters and Kate Bush. From the moors we’ll head to the bohemian town of Hebden Bridge, the UK’s unofficial lesbian capital.
Day 8: Hardcastle Crags Hiking
This morning we’ll go for a brisk hike at the National Park of the Yorkshire Moors. We’ll visit the stunning woodland around Hardcastle Crags. Suitably refreshed by the crisp morning air, we’ll head for a pub lunch on the moors.
Day 9: Free Day or Optional Activities
Today you’re free to unwind at the hotel or join a number of optional activities. These include a trip to the Anne Lister Gentleman Jack House, former residence of a 19th-century female aristocrat who lived openly as a lesbian in a deeply homophobic age. Her life was recently dramatised by the BBC. You can also join a hike. In the evening, we’ll meet up for a farewell dinner.
Day 10: Departure or Continue on to Halifax, Manchester or Leeds
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight. Unless of course you can’t get enough of England and you want to join us for further adventures.
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Optional Two Nights In Manchester
Manchester is the unofficial capital of the north. Crucially, it was the first-ever city to industrialise, helping to catapult the UK’s economy ahead of its rivals in the early 19th-century. In many ways, we still live in a post-Manchester world. The industrial revolution changed everything. Manchester is also famous for being “Mad For It.” That’s right, it’s the home of acid house, rave, Oasis and The Smiths. So much great alternative music comes from Manchester. It’s one of Europe’s most underrated cities and it’s a fascinating place to explore. Bring an umbrella as it does rain in Manchester!