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8th - 13th July 2019

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Executed Queens follows in the footsteps of 4 Tudor Queens who met their end at the hands of the executioners. Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and Mary, Queen of Scots have all left an indelible mark on our history and our imaginations! Learn about their lives and how they came to their tragic end by visiting places significant in their stories and through learning from expert speakers joining us throughout the tour.

Brockencote Hall, a peaceful country house hotel is our base for the first 3 nights before moving to the enchanting Hever Castle for our remaining 2 nights, where we have exclusive use of the Astor Wing.  Our exclusive access also means you can explore the grounds when the public have gone home, use the tennis courts and private heated outdoor swimming pool or play a game of billiards. 

The tour is led by Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society and Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours and British History with Philippa Lacey Brewell.

  • Hever Castle Private Area
  • Brockencote Hall
  • Hever Castle  Drawbridge
  • Tower Of London With Wall

    Executed Queens 2019 - Itinerary

    Day One - 8th July
    Meet at our designated meeting point near London Victoria Station at 1pm, board our private air-conditioned coach and travel to our peaceful luxury country hotel, Brockencote Hall, tucked away amid some of Worcestershire's finest countryside. 

    Check into your room and enjoy an evening meal followed by introductory talk from Claire Ridgway about Anne Boleyn, the tragic second wife of Henry VIII.

    Day Two - 9th July
    We take our private air-conditioned coach to Tutbury Castle, one time prison to Mary Queen of Scots who was kept here on four occasions. We return to our hotel for a 3 course evening meal and talk from Philippa Lacey Brewell on the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.

    Day Three - 10th July
    Visit to Shefflield Manor Lodge where Mary Queen of Scots was held for 10 years before returning to our hotel for a 3-course dinner with an after dinner talk from Claire on the relationship between Lady Jane Grey and Mary I. You will then have time to pack and wander the grounds before our departure the following day.

    Day Four - 11th July
    Check out and board our private coach to Hever Castle where we will have exclusive use of the Astor Wing for the next 2 nights. After check in you will be welcomed with a light lunch before having time to explore Hever Castle and Gardens.  We have something very special for you this evening, a private after hours Castle tour followed by a 3-course dinner in the Castle Dining room!

    Day Five - 12th July
    On our final full day we travel to the Tower of London where we will enjoy a morning guided tour before having free time to visit other parts of the Tower and take a walk up to the Tower Hill execution site with Claire and I (optional). We return to Hever for a 3-course meal in our private dining room of the Tudor Suite and expert talk from Gareth Russell on Katherine Howard.

    Day Six - 13th July
    After breakfast, check out of Hever Castle and travel back to London Victoria on our private coach.

    What do people say about our tours....

    • John Trubisz, USA

      What a ride! The accommodations were luxurious. The meals were fantastic. My interest in the Tudors is that of a dilettante but there is so much more to the tour which you arranged that it simply didn't matter. Anyone who has even a modicum of interest in art, history, architecture, geometry, technological development, gardening, and fun would enjoy the tour you arranged.

      Cordially, John
    • Tina Subar, USA

      ...a dream come true. The itinerary was out of this world. This is definitely not the last trip with British History Tours and Philippa

    • Kristen Trubisz, USA

      One of the most memorable trips of our lives. We could not have done it without the hard work and wonderful organization skills of Philippa and the Tudor expertise of Claire. I cannot recommend British History Tours enough!!!

    • Laurie Mahon, USA

      Everything has absolutely exceeded my expectations and I was in complete awe with each aspect the tour provided for the group. This was a fabulous time that any and every history lover must be apart of. It truly is very magical and meaningful.

    • Diane Cassaro, USA

      Another happy customer of the Anne Boleyn Experience - the tour was well organized and well structured, and the group was just amazing. This will not be my last trip with Philippa and Claire!

    • Paul Subar, USA

      The trip Tina and I took to the UK and Hever Castle was………amazing! You both made the experience incredibly memorable, and it really far exceeded our expectations. Tina is the Tudor scholar in our household, I got this for her “Big” birthday. However, I learned sooo much on this trip, it has ignited my curiosity to learn more.

    • John Trubisz, USA

      Words fail me to describe how terrific a job I think you did. This was the sort of experience that produces memories that last far longer than any recollection of expense. Well done!

      Speakers on Executed Queens

      Claire Ridgway

      Claire Ridgway

      Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Dipomat (co-written with Clare Cherry), On This Day in Tudor History, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II, Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell and Tudor Places of Great Britain. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as Two Gentleman Poets at the Court of Henry VIII. Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire's mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire's books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.
      Gareth Russell

      Gareth Russell

      Gareth Russell is the author of the critically-acclaimed Young and Damned and Fair, a ground-breaking biography of Queen Catherine Howard, described as ‘a stunning achievement’ (The Sunday Times), ‘a lovely combination of archival industry, genealogical grip and human intrigue’ (The Daily Telegraph), ‘an unparalleled view into this tragic chapter of Tudor history ... an important and timely book’ (Amanda Foreman), 'authoritative Tudor history written with a novelist's lightness of touch. A terrific achievement' (Dan Jones), ‘a formidable new talent’ (BBC History Magazine), ‘everything a historical biography should be’ (Kathryn Warner) and ‘the best written biography of Catherine Howard we have’ (Julia Fox). He is also the author of two novels set in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland, both of which have been adapted for the stage; two non-fiction books on medieval monarchy, and two on the Edwardian era. He studied history at the University of Oxford and gained his masters at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2011 with a dissertation on the Queen’s household in the 1540s. Gareth divides his time between Belfast and New York. Gareth will be speaking to us about Katherine Howard on the final night of the Executed Queens tour. Gareth joined us on The Anne Boleyn Experience 2018 and is a fantastically engaging speaker who had us all enthrawled!
      Philippa Lacey Brewell

      Philippa Lacey Brewell

      I was born and grew up in the heart of England, affectionately referred to as the 'Black Country' reportedly following a scathing remark from Queen Victoria in reference to the belching factories she witnessed whilst passing through! My interest in history began as a quest to discover a female role model, lacking in the world (I felt) at the time. This is how I began to read about Elizabeth I. To understand her world I began to travel to the places featured in her story, and from there back in time to find context and further into the future to discover consequence and so forth. I decided that what I learned and discovered along the way needed to be shared with a wider audience and I began British History Tours in 2012 and 'British History with Philippa Lacey Brewell' in 2017. I have written for various magazines including History Extra, Tudor Life and Flybe. I am currently working on my first book, on the Magna Carta. Philippa will be talking on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I.

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