“As one of the “Wise Ones” or lucky, older persons along for the pleasures of the outstanding singing we had on our Tour with the Mansfield University Concert Choir Competitions, I would like to say we were delighted to also have an outstanding itinerary, with early planning details, and constant “care” (as we tried to keep-up with energetic college students) by the two charming Tour guides that literally took care of everyone, often beyond their duties.
What more can I say—except we would be glad to go with Cultural Tours again.
And, Thanks.”– JEAN
Destination: Great Britain
Britain IS great. Where else can you see magnificent castles dating back to Norman times, ruined forts built by the Romans, stately homes filled with priceless treasures reflecting Britain’s grander past, world class cities, seaside resorts, sleepy villages and beautiful countryside. [Read More]
The tours listed below are just a few samples of the types of cultural journeys you can take in Great Britain – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues the United Kingdom has to offer!
Performance (choir) Tour of England, Scotland and Wales
Here is an example of the many ways to tour Britain with your performing group. Begin with your flight to London to sample all the capitol has to offer and perform in a historic venue. In Salisbury, sing in the Cathedral. Nearby is Stonehenge and Bath with its Roman and Georgian history. Visit and perform in Stratford-Upon-Avon, then continue to Chester and North Wales. Here is the home of the Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod and many Welsh male choirs, who are happy to share their music with visitors. On to the Lake District to absorb its peaceful beauty and finally to Edinburgh to sample its cultural, culinary and sporting traditions, and sing in St. Giles Cathedral, the high “kirk” of Scotland.
Concert Tour and Festival Participation
Combine a concert tour in Britain with participation in the Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales. Groups from around the world compete and perform in categories from folk to classical, and solo to mixed choirs. The Eisteddfod takes place every July.
Sing where Methodism was Born
Tour England with your Methodist choir or heritage group, visiting the sites of Methodist history and tracing the lives of John and Charles Wesley. Visit Methodist congregations and enjoy joint performances and fellowship. Visit the Old Rectory in Epworth where John Wesley was born, Christ Church College and Cathedral in Oxford, the New Room in Bristol, and Wesley’s Chapel and House in London.
Shakespeare’s England and London Theater Tour
Travel to England with your university theater department to discover Shakespeare’s England. Visit the Shakespeare landmarks that depict life in Elizabethan times, and then take a behind the scenes tour at the newly transformed Royal Shakespeare Company. A visit to the Globe Theatre in London illuminates the era of Shakespeare’s London. The Globe is a working theater presenting numerous productions of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as modern writers. End your tour in London, taking in a production at a famous West End Theatre.
Art & Architecture Study Tour to London
For the art lover, London is exceptional. Here one will find an entire world of art in the city’s wide range of museums, galleries and auction houses. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hayward Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery or the Tate Modern. In the classical tradition, explore the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert and the National Gallery, which has the largest collection of European art in the world. Days could be spent visiting the architectural works of Christopher Wren from the majestic St. Paul’s, Hampton Court Palace and the Royal Observatory and many more still intact or faithfully restored. The many stately homes display treasures from around the world.
Food and Drink Tour in Scotland
It’s not just haggis anymore. Scotland’s international culinary reputation is growing rapidly. Scotland produces fine natural ingredients with its clear streams and rivers, family farms and miles of coastline. Explore the seafood trail in Argyle, travel the “ale trail,” linking 23 breweries across Scotland, experience the whisky coast to sample blended and single malt scotch, and visit Scotland’s’ farm shops and farmers markets throughout the country. The regional specialties in Scotland can become an element of a larger theme or the complete focus for your group interested in the ever growing movement towards slow food and local products.