Great British Figures
At a glance:
Ride the railways designed by the greatest Victorian engineer, meandering through the best of English countryside to find harbours where world changing ships made headway into the New World.
Become acquainted with Britain's bold leaders, William the Conqueror and Sir Winston Churchill, and explore their halls of power.
Discover the hidden places that influenced Southern England’s best loved & inspirational novelists – Jane Austen and Agatha Christie.
Seek thrills in the modern cockpit of the Supermarine Spitfire or revel in the ingenuity of the classic racing car.
Stay in a hand-picked selection of historic country houses, including the illustrious Cliveden House, that have been the focal point of many historical moments.
A fun filled journey through Southern England to discover the great figures and their creations that shaped modern Britain and inspired the world.
Take a journey of discovery to hear the stories behind Britain’s innovative figures. Experience powerful testimonies from the Titanic’s crew & survivors in its home harbour of Southampton. Be expertly led through the Golden Age of Aviation, see inside the minds behind the Spitfire & Harrier. Visit charming Beaulieu to admire iconic classic vehicles that changed the modern sporting world. Explore the ancient capitals of Winchester and Salisbury, where the influence of great rulers such as William the Conqueror are still felt today. Travel the Great Western Railway to sublime contrasts of classic Georgian Architecture with the functional beauty of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Witness the moment that revolutionised Atlantic travel as you walk the decks of Brunel’s SS Great Britain on an exclusive insider tour. Tread the paths that led Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to write their poignant observations of society in the beautiful Roman Spa Town of Bath.
Wind your way along the English Riviera’s stunning coastal railway to the holiday home of Agatha Christie on the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Draw inspiration from a picturesque cruise to find the perfect location for a fabulous picnic. Sample dreamy Devonshire cream teas and England’s finest wines on a journey to discover the birthplace of modern scouting or the home of the real Lawrence of Arabia. Step closer to the New World with Sir Francis Drake as you board the Golden Hinde. Stand proud on the Mayflower steps like the Pilgrims who departed for America from Plymouth in 1620. Find your muse at the renowned Cliveden House, once home to Lady Astor, Britain’s first Female MP & location of the notorious Profumo Affair. Not to mention where the Beatles filmed scenes from “Help” in 1965. Walk the halls of power where our local expert will bring to life the great figures of Oxford University, and Churchill at Blenheim Palace.
This would be perfect as an active 10 day tour for those arriving in Southampton who would like an invigorating glimpse into the innovative soul of England. This route offers many opportunities for multi-generation experiences, fascinating for adults and thrilling for children.
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