Enjoying a half day with an accredited guide is the perfect way to begin your holiday, wherever you are visiting. Wander through the local area and get your bearings as you explore quaint corners and undiscovered gems - learn how to 'live like a local' with fascinating tales and histories thrown in for good measure! Our guides are all hand-picked to ensure the perfect fit, with specialities ranging from family friendly guides to art historians, well-known chefs and leading genealogists, we can tailor-make all walking tours to suit any interests. Here below are a selection of our favourite half day tours:
Bloomsbury Writers & the British Museum
The area of Bloomsbury in London is famous for its literary and artistic ties. Enjoy a walking tour with a specialist guide to really explore the area, visit the meeting places for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, such as Russell Square, Bedford Square and Tavistock Square. Head down Gower Street and learn about the home of author Charles Dickens and Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a suffragist in the 19th century. Spot the Blue Plaque at 46 Gordon Square, where novelist Virginia Woolf lived. Combine this walking tour with a visit to the British Museum which is set in the heart of Bloomsbury and is one of the world's oldest museums with an impressive collection that spans over two million years of human history. A must see is the Rosetta Stone, which shows a decree in three versions - Demotic, Greek and Hieroglyphic text.
Explore Edinburgh Old Town
Because Edinburgh is a relatively compact city, walking is actually the best way to see most of it. This is especially true in the city's Old Town, where narrow passages and alleys - or in the local vernacular closes (pronounced "clo-zes") and vennels - run off both sides of the main street, like ribs from a spine. You really owe it to yourself to wander down a few of them to appreciate the medieval feel of the Scottish capital. Why not combine this with a literary walking tour taking in the writers museum and local sites that inspired legends such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and JK Rowling - showing this city's great literary heritage which explains how Edinburgh became the first UNESCO city of literature.
Explore the Lake District National Park by foot. With your accommodation and luggage transfers already set up, there will be nothing for you to organise, except how to tackle kissing gates and cattle grids! You'll be provided with maps and directions for each day and can either enjoy the hikes with a walking guide or if you would prefer to 'go it alone' a friendly local host will be on-call should you need them. The walking itself can be at a slow stroll to a racing ramble. From thick forests to lakes breaking the horizon and views that have inspired countless writers and poets, this is a firm favourite with our outdoor clients!
Ireland's capital is a bustling and dynamic city that has seen a lot of redevelopment over recent years. The result is a mix of sleek architecture that sits harmoniously beside the buildings of historic Dublin; Georgian mansions, churches, castles and of course pubs! Wander through the stylish streets with your local guide to see the Book of Kells in Trinity College, the grand Dublin Castle and the architecturally impressive Cathedrals of St Patricks and Christ Church. And no visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to Temple Bar; Dublin's cultural quarter where the cobbled, medieval streets are lined with pubs and galleries.
A visit to Belfast
Belfast may be a small city but don't let the size fool you. Once the home of the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope making and the world famous Harland and Wolff whose workers built the ill-fated Titanic, Belfast lays claim to a unique history. And there's something for everyone to love - take a tour and explore the city, taking in the famous buildings like Queens University, Belfast City Hall, Stormont and the famous wall paintings (murals) depicting the different communities political beliefs. Immerse yourself in culture by visiting the cities museums and galleries with your guide or shop in the award winning St Georges Market which sells many locally produced epicurean delights.