An historian, author, and broadcaster, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She received her DPhil in History from Balliol College, Oxford. She has worked as a research curator at Hampton Court Palace and has also presented many historical documentaries on the BBC, ITV, Channel Five, and National Geographic, including Elizabeth I, and the three-part Bloody Tales Of The Tower. She is the author and editor of several books, including A Visitor's Companion To Tudor England.
The ultimate royal tour with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
Throughout British history, London has been at the centre of the romance, decadence and intrigue that defines the story of the Royals - a grand soap opera of sex, power and warring dynasties. From marriages and affairs to betrayals and beheadings, the castles and palaces in and around London have witnessed events that have shaped modern day Britain.
On this exclusive three-day tour you will be joined by historian Professor Suzannah Lipscomb for a talk and Q&A, as well as a private tour of the Tower of London. You'll also visit magical Windsor Castle, where you'll see the State Apartments and enjoy a champagne reception, as well as visit the state rooms of Buckingham Palace, the Banqueting Hall and Westminster Abbey with expert guides.
Prof Suzannah says: "I am a great believer in telling historical tales where they happened. The veil between the past and the present feels very thin when you are following in the very footsteps of Henry VIII at Hampton Court, or standing in the spot where Anne Boleyn met her end.
"I hope you can join me on this special Royal tour - especially at the Tower of London, where so many extraordinary moments in British history have taken place."
Reasons to book
Exclusive talks and Q&A with Professor Lipscomb
Visit The Tower of London with Prof Lipscomb
Stay at the Talbot Hotel, Ripley
Windsor Castle visit
Your expert guide
- Two nights' B&B at the four-star Talbot Ripley Hotel
- Champagne reception at Windsor Castle
- Afternoon tea at the hotel
- Talks and events with Prof Suzannah Lipscomb
- First and second night dinner at the hotel restaurant
- All guided tours and admissions
- All coach transfers
- Tour manager throughout
Day1Arrival at Talbot Hotel, RipleyRipley, United Kingdom
The Talbot Inn is a charming 500-year-old former coaching inn in the Surrey village of Ripley, where Lord Nelson once courted Lady Hamilton. After checking in, enjoy an afternoon tea, before departing for Windsor Castle, where you'll tour the magnificent State Apartments. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it is the oldest and largest still-occupied castle in the world - with the State Apartments having been added in the early 19th century. You'll also see the Royal Collection and drink a glass of bubbly. You will enjoy a delicious dinner on your return to the Talbot Inn.
Day2Westminster Abbey, Banqueting House and Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace, United Kingdom
Westminster Abbey is your first port of call today, where a guide will show you around this vast complex, which has been the venue for 16 Royal weddings, including most recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has also been crowned here, and many are buried here too (alongside prime ministers, scientists and writers), so as you wander around its imposing Gothic arches you'll be at the heart of the Royals' story.
After lunch (not included), you head to Banqueting House, the only remnant of the Palace of Whitehall, before moving on to Buckingham Palace. This iconic landmark has been the Royal Family's official London residence since Queen Victoria's reign, and you will have the privilege of going behind the rope to see the State Rooms - where extravagant banquets are held for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant, and afterwards our expert Suzannah Lipscomb will share her fascinating insights into the Tudor dynasty and answer your questions, in preparation for your visits to the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
Day3Tower of London and Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Palace, United Kingdom
Your final day is spent at two of the UK's most popular sights, the expansive Tower of London, originally built by William the Conqueror to protect himself from dissident Britons, and then used as England's most notorious prison. Suzannah, who presented a three-part documentary about the Tower, will accompany you.
To round off your trip, you will pay a visit to Hampton Court Palace, with its famous maze and lavish rooms, perhaps best known for Henry VIII's gruesome love affairs. You'll return to your hotel by 6pm to check out and head home.
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