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Village street with tea rooms Chilham Kent

Tea Houses of England

Some of the tour’s sights.

TEA AT THE RITZ

Chapel down Wines

Royal Tunbridge Wells

TEA IN Winchester

GREENWAY HOUSE

BATH PRIORY CAFE

Dartington Crystal

Experience afternoon tea in many magnificent tea rooms while visiting some of England's beautiful cities, towns and villages. From Harrods in London travel through Kent and to the South West for a Devon Cream Tea before visiting the Cotswolds, then learn about Wedgwood pottery in the Midlands. Take in the inspirational scenery and teas in the Lake District before indulging in Betty's teas in Harrogate and York. This tour is very extensive and of course can be shortened as necessary. It will serve to give you an idea on the geographical range of Tea Tours that we operate. If you have an interest in a specific type of Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea then please get in touch and our team will develop a tour for your particular requirements.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Arrival London

Arrive in London and meet with your specialist tour guide at the airport before enjoying a panoramic coach tour of the iconic sights of London on the way to the hotel and check-in. Relax and join with fellow tour guests to unwind with afternoon tea at one of London's great hotels. Overnight London

 

Day 2 – London, Tea at Harrods

Make use of the London travel pass this morning visiting sights and attractions
at leisure, possibly Westminster and Big Ben, the Tower of London or Trafalgar Square, before enjoying an arranged afternoon tea at Harrods in Knightsbridge. This evening have a pre-theatre dinner in the West End then take in a famous West End Show. Overnight London

 

Day 3 – London, Kew Gardens

Today visit The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a World Heritage Site located in
121 stunning hectares of beautiful landscape beside the river Thames between Richmond and Kew in south-west London. See many of the 30,000 types of plants during the guided tour of the gardens. Stay and enjoy tea at one of the fine catering venues, The Orangery, Victoria Terrace Cafe or The Pavilion, or alternatively take the option to have champagne Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. Overnight London

 

Day 4 – Kent

Depart this morning for a visit to Chapeldown Wines and a guided tour of the winery, hearing about the history of English wine and the processes behind production, and of course a tasting! Continue, via the White Cliffs of Dover, to Canterbury and enjoy a river cruise on the River Stour and visit to the Cathedral before heading to Royal Tunbridge Wells and the hotel.

Overnight Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

Day 5 – Tunbridge Wells

This morning a visit and tour of Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston from 1924 until his death. The rooms and garden remain much as he left them and the beautiful terraced gardens provide superb views. Return to Royal Tunbridge Wells to explore at leisure, seek out some of the 35 plus antique shops and have tea at a street cafe. Overnight Royal Tunbridge Wells

 

Day 6 – Winchester

On the way to Winchester today stop off and visit one of Britain's most magnificent Royal palaces with 400 years of history, Hampton Court Palace. See the stunning state rooms and over 60 acres of spectacular riverside gardens, have tea at the Tiltyard cafe (originally used for jousting by Henry VIII) or the Privy Kitchen coffee shop. Continue to Winchester, England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great, on the edge of the South Downs.

Overnight Winchester

 

Day 7 – Winchester

Visit Winchester Cathedral this morning where the first English King, King Egbert, was crowned in 827. The Cathedral features the longest nave of any English church, as well as some fine examples of Norman architecture. Also in the church is the tomb of author Jane Austen. Remainder of the day is at leisure in Winchester, a treasure trove of English heritage packed with historic buildings, monuments and museums waiting to be explored. Overnight Winchester

 

Day 8 – Exeter

En route to Exeter stop to marvel at the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge and wonder at the 5000 years of history. Exeter's long heritage means there are plenty of monuments and historical attractions and the excellent selection of bars, cafes and restaurants make Exeter a vibrant place to be after dark. Visit Exeter Cathedral which has the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic stone vaulting in the world before enjoying a tour of the medieval Underground Passages dating from the 14th century. Overnight Exeter

 

Day 9 – Torquay

Travel to Torquay and take an exclusive trip from Torquay Harbour to Agatha Christie's Greenway and enjoy the garden that occupies a hillside perch, overlooking the River Dart. Enjoy a famous Devon cream tea in the award winning Barn Gallery Cafe at Greenway House. Spend the remainder of day at leisure to explore the Cockington Country Park. Overnight Exeter

 

Day 10 – North Devon Coast

Visit Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre where a team of up to 12 craftsmen led by a master glassblower make each piece of Dartington Crystal a true original. Continue to the tiny traffic free secluded fishing village of Clovelly that "hangs" on a 400ft cliff and explore the little passageways and tiny winding lanes down to the small harbour protected by an ancient stone breakwater. Overnight Bideford

 

Day 11 – Bath

Today travel to Bath,a World Heritage City and one of England's most beautiful, elegant and historic cities. Take a walking tour to see the graceful Georgian architecture and maybe relax in the Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa that offers traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities. Take the option to enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Bath Priory Restaurant this evening.

Overnight Bath

 

Day 12 – Bath

Enjoy visiting the Museum of Costume, one of the world's finest collections of dress and accessories. The rest of the day is at leisure so why not go to the Assembly Rooms, one of Bath"s finest Georgian buildings and central to the city's social life, which houses the Fashion Museum and its internationally renowned collection of fashionable dress. Complete a fine day with an afternoon cream tea at the Pump room. Overnight Bath

 

Day 13 – The Cotswolds and Stratford

Travel north into the Cotswolds this morning, an area widely recognised as the hub of the antiques trade in the heart of England and where there are a multitude of small villages set in glorious countryside. Visit the Cotswolds Perfumery in Bourton-on-the-Water for a behind the scenes tour of a small family business that has been creating fine fragrances for over 40 years. Browse in the shops of the pretty villages of Burford, Stow on the Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town dating back to medieval times and birthplace of William Shakespeare. Overnight Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Day 14 – Stratford-upon-Avon

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Stratford, visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage and maybe take lunch at the Dirty Duck Restaurant, famous in theatre circles and located next to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Overnight Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Day 15 – Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent

Head for Nottingham this morning and visit Nottingham Castle - a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city and a vibrant museum and art gallery. Explore fifteen centuries of Nottingham history, find out about Robin Hood and enjoy a leisurely lunch before continuing to Stoke. Overnight Stoke-on-Trent

 

Day 16 – Chester, via the Potteries

This morning get an insight into the life of Josiah Wedgwood, "The Father of English Potters", when visiting The Wedgwood Visitor Centre. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Wedgwood factory, and even take the opportunity to "have a go". Later, arriving in Chester soak in the atmosphere created by an abundance of black and white buildings set in a circuit of glorious city walls and see the 13th century Rows - two-tiers of shops running along the main streets. Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the picturesque tea rooms. Overnight Chester

 

Day 17 – The Lake District

This morning leave for the English Lake District, the largest National Park in England and home to the highest mountain (Scafell Pike), the deepest lake (Wast Water), and the largest lake (Windermere). Visit many of the small villages and lakes or take a short walk on the fells. Visit the Minstrels Gallery situated in The Square in Hawkshead village, a traditional tea-room in a 15th century building serving afternoon and cream teas, home-baked cakes, leaf teas and specialty coffees.

 

Day 18 – The Lakes

Continue to explore the Lakes today and enjoy a visit to Beatrix Potter World and to the farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories and where many of her beloved 'treasures' are on display. For lovers of Wordsworth, visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Windermere

 

Day 19 – Harrogate

Across to beautiful North Yorkshire and Harrogate today, renowned for its floral beauty and elegant spa buildings, which include The Royal Pump Room Museum, Mercer Gallery and Royal Baths. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in Betty's Tearoom - traditional tea, finger sandwiches and scone served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream. This evening enjoy a guided tour of Ripley Castle.

Overnight Harrogate

 

Day 20 – York to London

Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, with one of
the finest collections of stained glass in existence. Then visit the York Betty's Tearoom for another indulgence of scone served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream before, continuing to London. Overnight London

 

Day 21 – Departure

Travel by coach with accompanying guide to the airport for departure.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

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