Special Interests


The English Experience offers you this ‘behind the scenes tour’ to explore the lesser-known facts of the last successful invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror in October of 1066!
Our local Sussex guide has created a fascinating itinerary that can be adapted to the time you have available. If you are staying in London and fancy a day or two (or three!) in the glorious, historic Sussex countryside, then join him on a tour that takes you on a journey of discovery…

Learn more about the Battle of Hastings & Sussex History Trail tour.


Painting in watercolour

Learn about these exciting holidays that demonstrate how everyone benefits from responsible travel. The English Experience fully supports green travel and these itineraries are perfect examples of excellence in travel.

Gardens:  A perennial favorite for clubs, societies and individuals, our garden itineraries throughout the UK are nothing less than spectacular. Time your visit to coincide with the annual Chelsea Flower Show, or to enjoy private garden visits available throughout the year.  With hotels rooms attractively priced just now, why not treat yourself to a visit to England’s legendary gardens? Call us to plan your own special trip.

UK Gardeners/visitors to our site: Please note that The English Experience Travels Ltd offers Plant Lovers’ Tours to the USA. Based in the historic city of Philadelphia the tours focus on the glories that make this east coast region the horticultural capital of North America. Tours are designed around specific themes and are led by professionals who enjoy sharing their passion for plants with others who enjoy learning more about the places they visit.  Itineraries include such topics as: Historic Landscapes- 300 years of History & Nature; The Healing Power of Gardens; the Art of the Garden and Progressive Women in Horticulture – this last focuses on a group of Philadelphia women who founded four vital organizations and as a result changed lives and landscapes throughout North America.  Itineraries are created for any length of stay and will include time to explore the rich history of Old Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and to learn more about some of Philadelphia’s greatest characters. Call or e mail us to discuss dates and tour options for your own group or garden club.

Antiques: Let us create an itinerary based around your interest as a collector. There are shows throughout the year in London and the countryside. 2010 is the perfect time to explore and discover the bargains to be found. We can make your trip special by suggesting places to stay and visits to delightful locations that will enhance your English Experience.

Needlework/Quilting - Do you belong to a group of stitching enthusiasts? There are wonderful collections to visit throughout the UK. A superb opportunity to combine your needlework interests with shopping and sightseeing. Let us help you plan your group visit to the UK. Or come join our group of English Quilters traveling to explore Charleston and Savannah in April 2010. We still have a few spaces left on this fabulous springtime Quilters tour! View the itinerary details.

Literary & Musical Delights: 2012
Enter the worlds of such famous characters as Charles Darwin, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dr Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, and Samuel Pepys.  Together with Storyline Journeys and the Living Literature Society, we offer a choice of literary and musical special events to include on your group or individual itinerary.  The 2012 Season has exciting examples of this Novel approach to discovering English Literature, History and Art through these unique events. We invite you to rediscover these great men and women in their original homes where their spirit lives on. You can join an existing event, or choose your own dates – call or email us for details of the 2012 program.

Charles Dickens Jane Austen Charles Darwin Rudyard Kipling Dr Samuel Johnson
Charles Dickens Jane Austen Charles Darwin Rudyard Kipling  Samuel Johnson

These superbly crafted events feature professional actors, musicians and in some cases, the descendants of authors, who inform and entertain in a delightful fashion. Dining or afternoon tea options are available at any time of year, with exclusive tours of the houses associated with the characters. Special events include: A Musical Evening with Jane Austen (Hampshire); Dinner with Dickens (at his London residence); A Word with Dr Johnson (London), Dining and champagne at Chartwell (Kent) with Sir Winston Churchill, and an evening with Rudyard Kipling at Batemans (Sussex).

To plan your tour itinerary and include your choice from any of the above Literary and Musical events, contact us.
For more information about Storyline Journeys, please click on the graphic below:

Storyline Journeys

We can offer stitching groups the following itineraries: call us with your chosen dates and we will price the tour according to the number of people in your group.

(please note that non-stitching companions are welcome as there is always plenty on the itinerary that is of interest to non-stitchers too).

For the enthusiastic needlewoman we have created a series of UK Needlework Tours. These focus on the best needlework and embroidery in the UK. The innovative and exciting itineraries start in the capital to give you time to enjoy the major museum collections, exhibitions, shows and of course specialist shopping. After this you take a colorful and exclusive journey through the countryside to explore museums, country houses and towns that have exquisite needlework collections that are not always open to the general public.

The tours combine the best of the country's regional needlework collections, speakers and lecturers with plenty of time for sightseeing and relaxation in the picturesque small towns and villages of the lovely British countryside. Meetings/social evenings with British Embroiderers are often a highlight of the tours and many happy hours have been spent sharing “Show & Tell” sessions.

London / Southern England – 7 nights
Itinerary will include: V& A museum, Bath, Dorchester Museum, Honiton Lace, Montacute House, William Morris house, Portobello Rd shopping, workshops/classes
Parham House.

Scotland – 10 nights
Scotland is one of the richest areas of the UK for needlework treasures. Our tour takes you from the ecclesiastical needlework in Glasgow Cathedral, through the amazing Burrell Collection and a visit to the town of Paisley, to extraordinary collections at Shambellie House, Blair Castle and Glamis Castle. We travel further afield for a very special visit to an historic school of needlework, and en route spend time exploring historic houses, abbeys and palaces for tours, special lectures and private luncheons.

Planning a special interest tour for your group:

Cheshire Little Moreton HallOur personal contacts and detailed knowledge of the country make it possible for us to plan any itinerary to suit you. Call us to discuss a customized tour for your group, society or guild – or  fill out our Custom Tour Services or Itinerary Planning Request Form. Email, or mail the form to us or call us for more information.  We will work with you to create a specific itinerary and give you a price, depending on the number of people traveling.
Once you have accepted the quotation, we can take your deposit by credit card over the phone, or you can mail us your check for the deposit amount. You can let us know your payment has been sent, or request an invoice, using our Payment Notification Form. Deposits are fully refundable, less an administration charge of $75 per person, for any cancellation received up to 45 days prior to the start of your tour.

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