With a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford University and PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, Lucy Worsley OBE is one of Britain's leading historians. Worsley currently acts as chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and is well known for presenting historical BBC Television series, including A Very British Romance (2015), Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey (2016) and British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017) - which debunked historical views of the Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the British occupation of India. Lucy has also written a number of books, including a children's novel, teen history book and a biography of Jane Austen.
Visit Norfolk and Sandringham with Lucy Worsley
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Famous for its wide skies, glorious coastline, serene rivers and crimson-red poppy fields, Norfolk is the perfect place to stop and enjoy the view. It's somewhere life moves at a slower pace: even the Royal Family come here to unwind. Add in the nostalgic pleasure of travelling along heritage railways and you have all ingredients of an unforgettable trip. There are no fewer than three different railway journeys and a cruise on a paddle steamer included on this wonderful short break, with ample time to explore delightful Norfolk destinations such as Wroxham, Horning and Cromer.
However, what turns this five-day tour from special to extraordinary is the chance to meet and hear from the brilliant historian Lucy Worsley. Fascinating, incisive and always entertaining, Lucy will give an exclusive talk to readers about 'Sandringham and the Modern Monarchy', before joining you on a visit to the Royal Family's famous country retreat.
Reasons to book
Three historic rail journeys
Talk and Q&A with Lucy Worsley
Tour Sandringham with Lucy
Paddle Boat cruise on the Broads
Tales of the Royals
Explore pretty towns and villages
Your expert guide
- Four nights' half board accommodation in Holiday Inn Norwich North
- Talk, Q&A and Sandringham tour with Lucy Worsley
- Coach transfers for our excursions
- Services of our experienced Tour Manager
- Steam train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
- Journey aboard the Bittern Line
Day1Arrive in NorfolkNorwich, United Kingdom
Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Norwich North, where you meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Day2Bure Valley Railway and Mississippi Paddle BoatAylsham, United Kingdom
This morning we board our coach and travel to the market town of Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway. This delightful route takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside as it crosses 17 bridges and passes through idyllic villages to reach Wroxham, known as the 'capital of the Norfolk Broads'. You have some free time here before we travel to the pretty village of Horning and board the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat for a cruise on the Broads. The route takes us along the Bure river, passing thatched cottages, windmills and Norfolk reed beds, with an excellent commentary which also points out the water birds.
Day3The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line and CromerCromer, United Kingdom
Today we are taken to Norwich station where we join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird, for a journey to Sheringham. We then join the North Norfolk Railway, which is affectionately known as the Poppy Line, and enjoy a scenic trip along the coast and through heathland to the lovely town of Holt. After some free time here we head to the nearby seaside resort of Cromer and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day4Sandringham with Lucy WorsleySandringham, United Kingdom
This morning at the hotel we enjoy an exclusive talk and Q&A with historian Lucy Worsley. Afterwards, we proceed by coach to Sandringham, country residence of the Queen. Here you are free to admire the beautiful grounds and explore the house, where there will be knowledgeable guides on hand to talk to visitors.
Day5DepartNorwich, United Kingdom
After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the
opportunity to explore some more of Norfolk.
Holiday Inn Norwich North
Four-star hotel and restaurant in stunning North Norfolk
Located to the north of Norwich, this hotel is a great base for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast and its villages and picturesque harbours. Guest rooms are well appointed over three floors including standard, executive rooms and suites, some of which overlook the courtyard garden. All 121 bedrooms and bathrooms have recently gone a refubishment and include comforts such as 24-hour room service, TV entertainment, pillow menu, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, work desk, high-speed internet connection, on-site car parking.
The Health & Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spin room. The new Open Lobby offers an all day menu until 11pm. With the restaurant open for breakfast from 5am and dinner from 6pm daily. Our bar offers Starbucks tea and coffee and is open to all. Free car-parking for guests using the hotel facilities for up to 3 hours.
In the bright and modern Open Lobby and Restaurant, full English breakfasts are served from 5.00 am and the dinner menu includes baked Camembert, lamb rump, pan-roasted seabass and a tabbouleh salad.
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