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UK cultural tours

Our verdict:

History, literature, gorgeous gardens: these small group tours are the ideal way to indulge your interests in the company of like-minded people. Take exclusive peeks at England’s stately homes and castles, or let expert guides reveal the secrets of some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and ancient buildings.

Recommended tour operator: Martin Randall Travel

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Martin Randall Travel says

We specialise in cultural tours for small groups, which are imaginative and meticulously planned, often with private visits to places not normally open to the public and always in the company of an expert guide.

  • expert-guided groups
  • popular with solos
  • some solos-only trips

Around 30% of guests in our groups are solo travellers, and on a selection of tours there is no single supplement; rooms allocated are generally a double or twin for sole occupancy.

In 2019, we are running five tours exclusively for solo travellers. You can explore the magnificent palaces and art collections of St Petersburg; we head to Samarkand and the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan. New solo departures for 2019 include Jordan and the South of France.

Based in the delightful Swan Hotel in Lavenham, our Medieval England symposium (which has no single supplement) explores medieval history, religion, art and architecture, with seven leading scholars speaking on their specialist topics from the Anglo Saxons to the Wars of the Roses.

Join one of our groups for the company of like-minded travellers, an informative guide and fascinating insights. Where we have single supplements, most are subsidised by ourselves, sometimes by hundreds of pounds.

Find out more about our full range of our tours for solo travellers.

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