Great Britain Bucket-List #2!

Ding Ding! Round two! If you didn’t manage to find your list-topping bucket-list idea last round, read on to see if it features this time round. Alternatively, get inspired by the many fantastic experigleences available to our guests in 2018 throughout the stunningly beautiful countries of England, Scotland and Wales

Walk Along Hadrian’s Wall

Built as a defensive fortification by Roman Emperor Hadrian during AD 122 Britannia, parts of the originally 80-mile-long Wall have stood the test of time for the modern-day tourist to enjoy. Conveniently located just North of Carlisle and the Lake District National Park, park up at Birdoswald Roman Fort and enjoy a leisurely stroll back through time, discovering the history of the 16 forts designed and constructed to prevent the Picts from heading South.

If visiting Hadrian’s Wall takes your fancy, check-out our most popular self-drive tour, The Great Britain Tour by clicking here.

Watch a Premiership Soccer Game Live

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, the list of top-English soccer teams each with their own special sporting history is endless. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the sport, getting those elusive match tickets can prove tricky. Being based on the ground here at adeo Travel, we have increased chances of getting great seats at the best games. Grab a pint of ale, order a pie and sit back and watch some of the world’s best players on show; from Manchester City’s Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, to Spurs’ English sensation Harry Kane. With Tottenham Hotspur currently playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium, there has never been a better time to attend a match. Alternatively, many stadiums offer tours on non-match days for a reasonable price.

For the best chance of getting match tickets, we recommend one of our London city-breaks!

Attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From May 22 to Saturday 26, 2018, one of London’s greatest events returns for another fabulous showcase. Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and situated within the grounds of the Royal Hospital in the affluent borough of Chelsea, Britain’s best horticultural show features multiple award-winning exhibits, such as last year’s fantastic display of 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, covering nearly 2,000 square metres and designed by talented Phillip Johnson.

With visits to Saville House, Wisley Gardens and of course the main event itself, why not board our small-group, unique experience, the Chelsea Flower Show, available for once week only in May.

Take the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye

With record numbers of guests visiting the Isle of Skye each year, a quick Google Images search will reveal the unimaginable beauty of this peaceful and idyllic island. Arriving onto the Isle across the Skye Bridge, explore the many corners of the landscape from the quaint port town of Portree, to the Trotternish Peninsula with its natural features such as “Kilt Rock” and “the Old Man of Storr”. Spend the balance of your time visiting Dunvegan Castle, or by strolling through the coastal waters where you can spot seabirds, dolphins and seals.

Many of our tours visit the Isle of Skye, Scotland’s best attraction! Look no further than our Skye and the Highlands driving tour, or for those who like to sit back and relax check-out our appropriately named Isle of Skye Tour, one of our many Scotland small-group experiences.

Stay in a Castle

A common bucket-list idea, embrace your British ancestry with a stay in a traditional castle. With the vast history Britain withholds, castles built in previous eras can be found sprinkled around the whole of the England, Scotland & Wales. Frozen in time, these castle hotels stand regal, often set within beautiful gardens engulfed in breath-taking surroundings. Even in this day they have the most original features still intact, creating a truly fascinating and authentic experience!

Celebrating something special? A wedding anniversary, honeymoon, birthday milestone, retirement or perhaps just looking for a vacation with a difference? Whatever your special moment, why not consider experiencing a night in a castle hotel in the UK, which could be the perfect way to mark the occasion and make your vacation truly special. Our Castles and Manors tours feature England, Wales and Scotland individually or combined, and offer some of the best castle accommodation across Britain.

Hike the Lake District

Our second bucket-list article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Lake District, as no visit to England is complete without a stay in the scenic county of Cumbria and the awe-inspiring landscapes it has to offer. Take time to explore the many lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and the quaint lake-land villages such as Windermere and Grasmere. More and more we are receiving requests from guests who wish to base themselves in the beautiful area in order to hike England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. Those that complete the trek are rewarded with breath-taking views of the area. Reward yourself with a traditional pub dinner after, along with perhaps an ale or two as the sun goes down over Lake Windermere.

Take a look at one of our many tours that visit the Lake District, our self-drive Yorkshire and the Lake District by clicking here.

Can’t find your bucket-list item? Check back soon for our final list of the most popular ideas in Britain. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch here and we can help make any dreams a reality.

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Great Britain Bucket-List #1!

It’s almost time to start planning your dream 2018 vacation, which means one thing: time to tick-off a box or two from your bucket list! England, Scotland and Wales have a vast arrange of must-do attractions, with some truly special sights to see and do to make your trip as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Here is just a few of the many possibilities:

Board the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct:

Rail enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans rejoice! Many of our rail tours of Scotland offer the chance to ride the Jacobite through the Scottish Highlands and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct towards the fishing town of Mallaig. This locomotive attracts visitors from the world-over and is famous for offering some of the very best views Scotland has on offer. Ride along the famous track with Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain looming high in the backdrop. The two-hour Jacobite experience over the West Highland Line really is the greatest rail journey in the world.

For our popular Explore Scotland by Rail tour, click here.

Follow in Doc Martin’s Footsteps at Port Isaac:

Famed for being the home of the hit BBC drama Doc Martin, Port Isaac attracts both young and old with its quintessentially Cornish charm. Wander around this beautiful, quaint fishing village and stare-out over the Celtic Sea. Explore the narrow, winding streets lined with grade-A listed, white-washed houses before grabbing a truly authentic Cornish pasty and watching the fishermen and women take to the harbour for the evening catch.

Dreaming of a trip to Cornwall? Travel in style with our best-selling small-group tour, Corners of Cornwall, which visits Port Isaac alongside many other picturesque Cornish villages and towns.

Uncover the Mystery of Stonehenge:

Famed the world-over, no trip to Britain is complete without a visit to Stonehenge. Luckily, many of our self-drive, rail and escorted tours visit the attraction. Walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and explore the history of the stone circle. With archaeologists dating Stonehenge as far back as 3000 to 2000 BC, the same age as the Pyramids of Giza, a stroll around the Salisbury-based attraction really is a step-back in time. Take time to visit the new interaction exhibition centre, before perhaps heading on to visit the lesser-known stone circle at Avebury.

For more information regarding our tours that visit Stonehenge, look no further than our new Country Pubs of England tour.

Go “Nessie” Hunting in Scotland:

Despite the infamous Loch Ness Monster picture being proved a fake in 1975, thousands of people a year visit Scotland’s most famous loch in search of finding the mythical creature. Incredibly, around 20 sightings are recorded every single year, so a visit to the Scottish Highlands comes with the chance to be the one to get that elusive and authentic photograph of the country’s recently named “most famous Scot”. You may arrive seeking the famed beast, although perhaps may leave the most famous person in Britain! Be sure to head out on a Loch cruise for an even better chance of success.

The vast majority of our tours visit Loch Ness. Why not check-out our many of our small-group tours of Scotland here.

Gaze Upon the White Cliffs of Dover:

A beacon of the South East of England, the White Cliffs of Dover offer stunning views out over the English Channel. Join our many visitors each year looking to brave the howling winds atop the cliffs with an ice-cream in tow. Make sure to bring your camera for that album covering photograph of the Beachy Head Lighthouse that guards the Cliffs. A walk along the Coast will bring you to another popular attraction, the majestic Dover Castle, complete with a military museum and labyrinthine war-time tunnels.

Take a look at our fantastic Garden of England tour here which spends the afternoon at the Cliffs.

Can’t find your bucket-list item? Check back soon for more of the most popular ideas in Britain. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch here and we can help make any dreams a reality.

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Liverpool – My Home City

As I’m travelling back up to the North of England to my hometown of Liverpool this weekend for a baby shower for my younger sister, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to talk about what’s great about this city full of character, and what makes Liverpool stand out from other

Beatles Story Exhibition, Liverpool
Beatles Story Exhibition, Liverpool

cities in the UK as well as the events for 2017!

If you look back at our other blog from 2013 “Liverpool – A Capital City” you’ll find a great introduction in Liverpool, from its history as a major port during the industrial revolution, to its dedication to the infamous Beatles, as well the friendly atmosphere the people of Liverpool create.

Crowned the “Capital of Culture” title in 2008, Liverpool is famous for many other reasons other than the Beatles, including of course the football teams Liverpool & Everton (a great game when against each other… named the Merseyside derby), the Grand National at Aintree Race course (the biggest horse racing championships in the UK, established in 1839 – you can catch this year’s Grand National on the 6/7th April 2017) as well as its great universities, restaurants, bars and music events…

Renowned for its Victorian Albert docks, a major port which a lot of people are unaware has a strong part to play in the history of the Titanic and was considered her home port. The story being that Titanic’s managing company, the White Star Line, had its head office in James Street, Liverpool. White Star’s main New York service sailed from Liverpool until 1907, when it was transferred to Southampton which is where Titanic departed from in 1912.

Albert Docks and Liver Building, Liverpool
Albert Docks and Liver Building, Liverpool

Today, the Albert Docks demonstrates the largest single collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK made entirely out of cast iron, brick and stone is home to a few key museums of Liverpool including The Beatles Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum as well as the International Slavery Museum. It is also home to a selection of great restaurants and cocktail bars, stylish and slick in their decoration with fantastic views of the docks… the international Mersey River festival is hosted this year on the 23rd-25th June 2017 which demonstrates a series of narrow boats & tall ships, as well as sporting tournaments including polo, and demonstrates a great selection of music and entertainment from local artists.

“Ferry across the Mersey”, a song by Gerry and the Pacemakers, was made famous by the Beatles and then was even later turned into a film was based on the Mersey Ferry which runs along the river Mersey along the docks & through to the Wirral Peninsula, and still runs today it can now be experienced by guests to Liverpool.

You’ll also find “The Super Lambanana”- what exactly is a Lambanana you ask? It’s a bright yellow sculpture located in Liverpool, weighing almost eight tons and standing at 17 feet tall. Created by Japanese based artist Taro Chiezo, it stands in front of John Moors university and during the year that Liverpool help the European Capital of Culture local community organisations and businesses invested in 125 individually designed replicas that can be found in and around Merseyside and one in North Wales. The artwork was designed reflecting Liverpool’s history as a port city, trading in commodities such as Lancashire wool and Fyffes bananas, and in my opinion is quite reminiscent of the artist Jeff Koons, and his sculptures of balloon animals.

Not far from the docks you’ll find its “three graces” which consists The Cunard Building, The Port of Liverpool Building as well as famous Royal Liver Building which portrays the Liver birds (mythical creatures symbolising Liverpool), all of which are great examples of Liverpool’s architecture.

If you’re visiting the UK this year, take a night or two to experience Liverpool, with Chester not far away and the breath-taking Lake District just an hour and a half’s drive, it’s a great taste of northern attitude, culture and history.  The perfect driving tour for this region would be our driving tour of the North of England; Yorkshire and the Lake District Tour.

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Filming Locations in the UK

You may have wondered around New York City or Monument Valley and felt like you had stepped into the silver screen. Here in Britain, this feeling is frequently felt all around our country. Whether it be from the mesmeric Cornish Coast and the setting of Poldark, to the rolling hills and shimmering lochs of Scotland used as the backdrop for some of the Harry Potter movies’ most famous shots, you are never too far from a piece of movie history.

Here is a top 6 of the best filming locations for you to enjoy:

6) CARDIFF – SHERLOCK, DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD

Nestled on the South Wales coast, Cardiff is home to many iconic moments from the BBC in recent years. Housing one of the major studios for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cardiff has seen its fair share of moments on the screen. From the beautiful Cardiff University main building being used as a backdrop for London in Sherlock, to the Cardiff Bay homing the Torchwood team in the highly rated Doctor Who spin-off, there’s something for everyone to see in this up-and-coming city receiving a modern upgrade, whilst still retaining the history and culture associated with South Wales. The Bay is also home to the Doctor Who Experience, a must for any fan of the show. If you’re lucky, you may even visit on a filming day. Our Capital City Tour allows you so see the highlights of this fantastic city.

5) PORTMEIRION – THE PRISONER

Hidden away between Mount Snowdon and the Welsh coast, Portmeirion is a gem that should not be missed. Multi-coloured buildings once played host to the filming of the Prisoner, an flagship show during the late 1960s. The series follows a British former secret agent who is held captive on a mysterious, albiet tranquill coastal village resort. Starring Patrick McGoohan, this classic should be watched in association with a trip to the resort, conveniently located for anyone visiting North Wales on one of our Welsh self-drive experiences.

4) PORT ISAAC – DOC MARTIN

Martin Clunes’ fantastic portrayal of a surgeon who has developed haemophobia is matched only by the incredibly stunning seaside town of Port Isaac, the filming location for this hit BBC show. In Port Isaac enjoy authentic Cornish Clotted Cream, scones, and traditional British fish and chips. The food and scenery go hand in hand. As the sun sets over the coast, watch as the fisherman descend on the port walls to catch their evening meal fresh. With our fully customisable trips to Cornwall/Devon, make sure to include Port Isaac as one of your top stops along the way.

3) NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY

The Nolan Batman trilogy re-energised DC Comics from 2005-2012.  A short drive away from Nottingham you will find Wollaton Hall. The historic Elizabethan mansion is a popular attraction, hosting many scenes during the Dark Knight Rises, including the opening garden party scene in which Gary Oldman delivers a eulogy of Harvey Dent, some 8 years after his death. A visit today will see you looking around a constructed gravesite, in which Michael Caine delivers one of the more heart-warming scenes from the final movie. At Wollaton Park, also find the resident herd of red deer, which roam around the magnificent gardens and parkland.

2) CAMBRIDGE – THEORY OF EVERYTHING

At number two, we feature the recent Academy Award nominated film, the Theory of Everything. Starring British talents Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Mr and Mrs Steven Hawking, the film centres around the couple’s early years in amongst the early stages of ALS. Set in the stunningly gorgeous university city of Cambridge, the film utilises the stunning buildings (such as King’s College Chapel) in its backdrop. Local areas to visit range from the Roman fort of Duroliponte on Castle Hill, to St Bene’t’s Church, the oldest standing building in Cambridgeshire. When on one of our many fully-customisable self-drive tours of England, be sure to check out Cambridge, conveniently located between York and London. A perfect stop on the final day of a perfect trip to the UK.

1) SCOTLAND – HARRY POTTER

Iconic and magical, the filming locations for Harry Potter are primarily located in among the Scottish lochs and highlands. The standout, to begin, must be the Glenfinnan Viaduct, used in the filming of the famous Hogwarts Express vs flying car

Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West highland Rail Line.
Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West highland Rail Line.

scene from the Chamber of Secrets. If the earlier films are more to your taste, then how about a visit to Loch Shiel, where Buckbeak dips a toe into the water whilst Harry soars around the sky on his back. Departing Scotland, in the North of England find Alnwick Castle, the location for Harry’s first broom flight under the guidance of Madam Hooch. Visit Scotland and these locations today on one of our Scotland tours, booking now for 2017!

If the above filming locations have piqued your interest, enquire today either online or by phone regarding a trip to England, Scotland or Wales!

Highlights of Britain Small-Group Tour – My Experience

As you may have seen from my last blog, recently I had the opportunity to go on one of our more popular group tours the ‘Highlights of Britain’.

Oxford UniversityWe had an early start from the centre of London, where everyone met in a timely fashion. Once the luggage was loaded onto the mini-coach, we headed straight for Oxford.
It was here that we had our own personal walking tour of the city by a local resident who was very knowledgeable of all the sites and answered all questions our group had with accuracy.
It was especially great to learn about the history of the famous Oxford University while inside the buildings themselves and having plenty of picture opportunities.
After the walking tour, we were allowed two hours to ourselves to explore the city privately. There was an opportunity to get food before exploring landmarks such as Blackwell’s Bookshop, which stocks over 200,000 books and its Norrington Room is the largest single room devoted to the selling of books in Europe at 10,000 square feet.
Departing Oxford, we headed to the Cotswolds where we got to see Bampton, famously used as a fictional village in Downtown Abbey.
Our stay for the evening was in the lovely Three Ways House hotel, where we treated to a three-course meal before becoming dessert connoisseurs by taking part in their famous ‘Pudding Club’.

Leaving the Cotswolds on day two, we headed north to Worcester Cathedral; it was here that we had a tour by a knowledgeable and charismatic historian. The Cathedral houses the tomb of the infamous King John and there were plenty of photo opportunities in this stunning builIronbridgeding.
After the tour concluded, we headed to Much Wenlock where we had an hour to get food and explore the quaint and picturesque village.
After our stomachs were satisfied, it was back on the mini-coach and up to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge which was a stunning sight. The bridge was the very first bridge in the world made with an arch-shape out of cast iron. Again, picture opportunities were in abundance and I am still using the photo I took of Ironbridge as the wallpaper on my phone to this day!
After a long day of sightseeing, we crossed the border into North Wales where we retired for the evening.

After a lovely breakfast on day three, we departed our hotel and headed for the Area of Outstanding National Beauty known as Snowdonia Park, home of the impressive Mount Snowdon. The weather was good to us on the day that we visited; the lakes a beautiful blue and the valleys gorgeous green in colour.
Departing Snowdon, it was up to the island of Anglesey where we crossed the Menai Suspension Bridge to visit the famous village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and of course we all took turns trying to pronounce it!Snowdonia
Coming back to mainland Wales across the Britannia Bridge, we visited Bodnant Welsh Food Centre where we had a lovely three course meal followed by a Welsh cookery lesson and a tour of the centre itself.
It was then that we headed back to our hotel after a thoroughly enjoyable day of sightseeing in North Wales.

At the beginning day four, it was time for me personally to leave the tour and return home, but the tour itself lasts nine days and continues through Britain where the rest of the group got to see places like Chester, York, The Lake District and Scotland, concluding in Edinburgh.

With the dates for 2017 recently released for the Highlights of Britain tour, what better time is there for you to enquire to book with us today – I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!