Our extensive research on the Tudors has established that their footprint is visible across the whole of England and that their influence extends across many different aspects of life. For this reason, Ambient Tours has developed tour itineraries based on four different themes to cater every interest. These are Tudor Monarchs, Influential Tudors, Tudor Poets & Playwrights and Tudor Adventurers and Explorers.
Each tour creates the feel and flavour of Tudor times through visits to the actual places where the key historical events took place and the background information provided by our experience tour leaders, assisted by specialist tour guides.
We have close links with all the key historical venues and this has enabled us to set up guided tours of the properties that have been specifically tailored to the theme of our tours. As a result, we are confident that we will be able to bring the period to life for you.
Tour 1 - Tudor Monarchs
This tour brings alive the story of the scandals and intrigues surrounding the Tudor Kings and Queens from Henry VII who ended the rule of the Plantagenet dynasty by defeating Richard III at Bosworth Field; his son Henry VIII (and his six wives).
Henry’s children: the sickly Edward VI who died so young; the tyrannical Mary I (known as Bloody Mary) who vowed to return the country to Rome and Catholicism and who married Philip of Spain; Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen) who upheld Protestantism in England; and not forgetting Lady Jane Grey who reigned for just nine days after the death of Edward VI.
The death of Elizabeth I in 1603 brought an end to the Tudor line. Our Groups will ‘walk in the footsteps’ of the Tudor monarchs, visit the places associated with them and experience what life would have been like in their times.
2017 Tour Dates: 10-16 September and 8-14 October
2018 Tour Dates: 20-26 May, 9-15 September and 7-13 October
Tour 2 - Influential Tudors
The Tudor Kings and Queens were the figureheads of the Tudor period but who were the real power brokers?
This tour will provide a background to some of the most influential Tudors whose decisions, advice and actions have shaped history.
2017 Tour Dates: 15-21 October
2018 Tour Dates: 22-28 April,, 8-14 July and 14-20 October
Tour 3 - Poets & Playwrights
Our literary tour provides an insight into the intrigue surrounding some of the most famous Tudor literary figures including Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, Edmund Spenser, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford and William Shakespeare.
Your tour will examine the lives and times of these literary greats. We will visit some of the places where they lived, studied, performed and wrote their great masterpieces.
2017 Tour Dates: 3-9 September
2018 Tour Dates: 11-17 March, 13-19 May and 2-8 September
Tour 4 - Adventurers and Explorers
During Tudor times, England cemented its position as one of the great seafaring nations. From his Palace of Placentia at Greenwich, Henry VIII established the naval dockyards at nearby Deptford and Woolwich. His daughter Elizabeth I continued the naval tradition and Greenwich was the site for ‘launch parties’ for the many voyages of exploration.
This tour centres on some of England’s most famous seafarers and adventurers and includes Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir John Hawkins. The Tour will follow their stories through their ups and downs to discover the truths, the myths and the legends that surround them.
2017 Tour Dates: 24-30 September
2018 Tour Dates: 17-23 June, 23-29 September
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