UK cultural tours

Annabelle's verdict
It’s easy to overlook the sheer beauty on our own doorstep. Britain's rich artistic, architectural and musical heritage lends itself perfectly to the style of holiday offered by Martin Randall Travel: small groups of likeminded people led by expert guides. You could tour the seascapes that inspired Turner, visit grand country houses or walk Hadrian's Wall.

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Martin Randall Travel says

We are an award-winning cultural tour operator, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 300 tours for small groups every year to the UK and Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Americas.

In our eagerness to seek out cultural riches wherever they may lie in the world, it is easy to overlook the wealth of natural beauty piled up on our own doorstep. That is why this year sees our largest ever choice of tours for small groups in Britain.

If churches and cathedrals loom large in your interests then we have a collection to view in our Cathedrals of England tour, or if you are more at home with country houses then we have two tours devoted to them, in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Our short music & history events take place in Taunton and Lavenham, and include performances by the Heath Quartet and Nash Ensemble, as well as a symposium celebrating Queen Victoria’s bicentenary.

We also have a series of walking tours – whether along traditional pilgrimage routes or lesser-known country trails, they combine intellectual and aesthetic nourishment, while the fine restaurants and hotels en route ensure physical reserves are constantly topped up too. Good for the spirit, good for the body and good for the mind – how is that for Aristotelian dialectic?

Recent additions to our selection of tours include Roman Southern Britain and Literature & Walking in the Lake District.

As on all our holidays, you will be led, informed and entertained by renowned experts on the subject.

Find out more about Martin Randall Travel.

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