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A Cotswolds Exploration

The Cotswolds are filled with chocolate-box villages and conjure up images of a more traditional time gone by. A hugely popular destination for tourists and locals alike it is a well-known and well-documented region of England. However, we were keen to see some of the hidden gems and undiscovered experiences out in the rolling hills so set off on a Cotswolds exploration

Getting into the Spirit of Halloween in the UK

The UK's horrible histories are not just for Halloween; with spine-chilling sites, creepy castles and eerie experiences across the country, we are sure to get you into the 'spirit' of things with the spookiest tours that can be enjoyed year round.

Our Favourite Experiences

Whilst all our trips are completely bespoke, we do have certain experiences which prove most popular with families, couples and groups! Here below is a (small) selection of our best experiences across the UK & Ireland.

Christmas is Coming

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Walking Tours

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:

Last Minute Merchant

Whoever said 'failure to prepare is preparation for failure' clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with planning holidays. Luckily we know the best of last minute availability around the UK & Ireland for anyone who has yet to book their trip and with the pound still weak against the dollar there is no better time to book!

Fantastic Films

Guy Ritchie's new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has its anticipated release this week and whether it's a huge success or a box office flop, one thing is for sure, the rugged Scottish and English scenery where it was filmed will certainly get pulses racing. From the Isle of Skye in Scotland to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the epic landscapes and historic locations show off the best of Great Britain. This got us thinking about our favourite films and TV shows set across the UK & Ireland and where is best to soak up the cinematic scenes:

Literary Legends

The UK is alive with literary history, from Bronte to Beatrix Potter; England has produced an abundance of authors, books and characters loved across the world. This hugely important part of our heritage was often shaped by our beautiful, mystical and rugged landscapes that inspired many novelists and poets. Follow in the footsteps of our literary greats by visiting some of our favourite fictional haunts from Great Britain's most loved authors, made even more special in 2017, the Year of Literary Heroes, with many milestone events taking place across the country.

What's Hot in 2017

The Original Travel UK team are really looking forward to the year ahead, especially due to all the exciting openings and new excursions happening in 2017. After spending much of last year on research trips across England, Scotland & Ireland we have compiled a list of our favourite new suggestions of what to do and where to stay in the UK

Family Friendly Travel

As a very family-friendly team we understand the pressure of keeping small people entertained and engaged whilst maintaining the integrity of the experience for the whole family! As the summer months approach we wanted to share a few of our favourite child-friendly activities in London and around the UK and Ireland. Our trips are all tailor-made to suit specific interests and ages to ensure family holidays are as much fun for the parents as they are for the children.

Affordable London

As the capital city of England we understand that London can be an expensive place to visit. Therefore the team at Original Travel UK want to share our top tips for making the most of your time in London whilst sticking to your budget.

Far from the madding crowd

Need to get away from it all? Look no further than our secluded spots, hidden havens and rural retreats perfect for any family, couple or group looking to get away from the crowds.

Thanksgiving London Style

It may be the coldest time of the year in London but let the festive spirit fill you with warmness. The Brits, although not having traditionally celebrated Thanksgiving, still love to extend a very warm welcome to all our friends across the pond and invite you to wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations, lavish meals and festive fun here in London town...

Spend October Half Term in London

Want an exciting, fun packed October Half Term break for the family, before the winter blues kick in? Why not spend October Half Term in London, the UK's fun and thrilling capital, full of exciting activities to entertain you and your children...

Christmas Holiday Destinations for Celebrations with a Twist!

Whilst Christmas isn't celebrated everywhere, those countries getting in to the festive swing of things have surprisingly different traditions, customs, and even dates of merriment. Here's a quick look at some of our favourite Christmas holiday destinations, both around the globe and a little closer to home!

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