Castles And Kilts - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from €1900 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Aug 2015.
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Castles, Crown Jewels and Harry Potter – this classic family experience introduces the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland.

It's Insider moments like… entering a red telephone box to imagine Harry Potter's descent to the Ministry of Magic, and finding Platform 9¾ as you search for the Hogwarts Express with an expert at this famous train station.

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Family Experiences
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world! After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London.


    Kick-Off Party


    Holiday Inn Kings Cross

  • 2.


    Your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the ‘Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the magical platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express! Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels.


    Full Breakfast

  • 3.


    Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. Afterwards you might like to take an optional experience to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city or take a cruise along the Thames. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.


    Full Breakfast

  • 4.


    Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire – one of England's most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter's house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for your overnight stay.


    Full Breakfast


    Mercure Holland House

  • 5.


    Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and view Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Cross the border into Wales and visit the town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod. Travel over the picturesque Horeshoe Pass before arriving at your castle hotel for the next two nights.


    Full Breakfast


    Ruthin Castle

  • 6.


    There are many things to see and do in Liverpool. Perhaps visit the World Museum or the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Consider joining an optional experience which takes in sites further afield from the city centre including Liverpool Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. Later visit the beautiful city of Chester which is famous for its Tudor 'Rows'. Tonight, join your companions for a medieval feast in your castle!


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 7.


    Visit Tatton Park for a Cultural Insight into an elegant mansion house set in 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride on a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Lancaster House/Castle Green

  • 8.


    Visit the Roman Army Museum for an insight into life as a Roman soldier during the time that they occupied parts of the country. Visit Hadrian's Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland's capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out! During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.


    Full Breakfast



  • 9.


    Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including the Royal Mile, the famous Scott Monument and a visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an optional experience. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 10.


    Say goodbye to your new friends at the end of an amazing holiday. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Cultural Insights

    Enjoy a Harry Potter themed half day city sightseeing tour in London.
    Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the magnificent National Trust property Tatton Park Mansion house.
  • Local Specialists

    in London and Edinburgh.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London and Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Bristol, Liverpool and Chester
  • Visit The Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the Butler and Housekeeper, the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, the Roman Army Museum, and Edinburgh Castle
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.


  • 9 full breakfasts.
    4 dinners (including Kick-off Party, Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Windsor Visit Including Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £41.00 We’ll take a short drive to Windsor where you'll enjoy a private guided tour of Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments included. Inside the apartments you’ll also have the use of an individual audio guide. On Sundays, St George's Chapel is closed to the public.


  • Sightseeing With A Local Specialist

    Adult Price: £14.00 Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.


  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

    Adult Price: £16.50 A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.


  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.00 You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.


  • Guided Tour of Bristol

    Adult Price: £14.00 The centre of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. There's a wealth of history to be discovered and John Cabot, Brunel, the Plimsoll Line, John and Charles Wesley, Wills Tobacco, Archibald Leach (who's he?), Banksy, and Robinson Crusoe are all names that have unique links with Bristol. Find out how they all fit together on a rip-roaring tour of the town with Bristol's number-one local specialist.
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