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Historical Tourism

What better way to explore history than to visit the very locations where it all happened?  Visit where battles were waged, where royalty lived and where some of the most significant events that shaped the course of history were staged.  We invite you to explore these historical events and locations and bring history to life.  Below is a sampling of the areas of history that we cover. 

Great Britain
With a couple of exceptions, we are primarily focused on the Roman period and Late Medieval through seventeenth century Britain from the beginning of the Wars of the Roses in 1455 to the end of the reign of Charles II in 1685. 

  • Roman Britain
    • Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland 
      • Housesteads Fort
      • Chesters Roman Fort
      • Birdoswald Roman Fort
      • Chesterholm (Vindolanda)
    • Bath, Somerset 
      • First century Roman Baths - Roman Baths Museum
    • Chester
      • Roman amphitheatre
    • St. Albans (Verulamium), Hertfordshire
      • Roman Theatre
      • Roman wall remnants and London Gate
      • Roman Hypocaust (baths) with mosaics
      • Verulamium Museum
        • Excavated Roman artifacts including mosaic floors and a recreated Roman room
    • Colchester, Essex
      • Roman walls and the largest Roman town gate in Great Britain
    • Chichester, West Sussex
      • Fishbourne Palace - best preserved mosaics in Great Britain
  • The Battle of Hastings - 14th October, 1066
    • Visit the battleground where King Harold was slain and the abbey built by William the Conqueror to commermorate the dead.
    • Watch a re-enactment on the anniversary of the battle
    • Following William's victory he began to build both Windsor Castle and the Tower of London
  • The Wars of the Roses - Late Plantagenets
    • Richard III and the Princes in the Tower
      • Visit Ludlow Castle in Shropshire, where, in 1483, young Prince Edward learned of the death of his father Edward IV and that he was now Edward V.
    • The Battle of Bosworth - 22nd August, 1485
      • Visit the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
      • On the anniversary of the battle, watch a dramatic re-enactment
  • The Tudors
    • Henry VII
    • Henry VIII
      • Palaces, Castles and Fortresses 
        • Hampton Court Palace - the palace Henry took from Cardinal Wolsey after Wolsey's fall from favor
        • Westminster Hall
        • The Tower of London
      • Henry VIII is buried at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
      • Six Wives
        • Tower Green - Execution site of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
        • Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, The Tower of London - Burial site of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
        • Hever Castle - Childhood home of Anne Boleyn
        • Westminster Abbey - Burial site of Anne of Cleves
        • St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - Burial site of Jane Seymour alongside Henry VIII
        • Sudeley Castle - home and burial site of Catherine Parr 
      • Dissolution of the Monastaries - visit abbey ruins across England and Wales
    • Edward VI
      • Buried at Westminster Abbey, London
    • Mary I
      • Buried at Westminster Abbey, London
    • Elizabeth I
      • Buried at Westminster Abbey, London
  • The Stuarts
    • James VI/I
      • The Gunpowder Plot 1605
        • Visit the many houses of families who harbored the plotters and the Jesuit priests innocently caught up in the plot's aftermath
        • Visit the Tower of London where Guy Fawkes and seven other conspirators were held before being executed in 1606
      • James VI/I is buried at Westminster Abbey, London
    • Charles I
      • The English Civil War
        • Banqueting House, Whitehall, London - Execution site of Charles I 
    • Charles II
      • The Plague
      • The Great Fire of London
        • Visit the Monument marking the spot on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started in September 1666
        • Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's finest structure of the rebuilding program after the Great Fire

Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian Locations
(Connected to History and Mythology)

Italy

  • Ancient Roman sites
    • Rome
      • The Pantheon
      • The Colosseum
      • The Forum
      • Trajan's Forum and Trajan's Column
      • The Arch of Titus
      • The Arch of Constantine
      • ...and much more
    • Pompeii and Herculaneum
    • Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli
    • Naples' Archaeological Museum

Greece

  • Ancient Greek historical, mythological and archaeological sites
    • Mycenae - Home of Agamemnon
    • Athens - The Acropolis
    • Delphi
    • Epidaurus
    • Crete - Palace of Knossos
    • Santorini - Fira
    • ...and much more

Egypt

  • Visit the architecture and statuary dedicated to gods and pharoahs
    • Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza
    • Cairo Museum of Antiquities
    • Step pyramid at Saqqara
    • Valley of the Kings
    • Valley of the Queens
    • Luxor
    • Karnak
    • Esna
    • Edfu
    • Philae
    • Aswan
    • Abu Simbel
  • Visit historical sites on a Nile River cruise

France

  • Ancient Roman sites
    • Such as the amphitheater at Arles and the Pont-du-Gard aqueduct at Nimes
    • The Louvre, Paris -  Roman masterpieces such as the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace

 Cyprus

  • Ancient Greek and Roman sites
    • Such as the Rock of Aphrodite

Turkey

  • Ancient Greek and Roman sites
    • Such as Ephesus and Troy

Croatia

  • Ancient Roman sites
    • Such as Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split

 

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