Welcome to London, Cambridge & Nottinghamshire - May 4-8 2019

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray, Commercial Director

Welcome to London, Cambridge & Nottinghamshire

5 days

East England is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London and is also home to gentle rolling countryside, two National Parks, and some of Britain’s driest weather!

Stretching from the Cotswolds in the West to the waterways and coastline of Norfolk in the East, with vibrant Birmingham at its heart, Central England is home to many well-loved, and easily accessible destinations, including Nottingham. Home to the Legend of Robin Hood alongside ancient abbeys and castles, Nottingham is one of the gems of the heart of England.

Key gateways:


Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted


Harwich, Dover, Newhaven, Ramsgate

Day 1

Saturday, May 04, 2019 - Arrival in London

After arriving into London, transfer by Heathrow Express to your hotel. Take time to freshen up before dinner. Overnight in London before the itinerary starts the next day.


Arrive London
Transfer from Paddington to hotel
Transfer from Paddington to hotel
18:00 – 20:00Dinner in London
20:00Overnight in London at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury

Day 2

Sunday, May 05, 2019 - London to Cambridge

The next day, start the day with breakfast in your hotel in London, before transferring to Greenwich, famed for maritime history. The first stop on this visit is the Royal Observatory. You will be met by a representative from the Museum before taking a self-guided tour (audio guide) which is available in Brazilian Portuguese. Easy English and English Audio Guides are available. After the tour, enjoy a show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, exploring the wonders of the universe.

Return to Central London along the River Thames via the Clipper boat service, giving a different perspective on the city. From here transfer for afternoon tea, enjoying the most traditional of English fare.

When you have had enough tea, then it is time for the short journey to the university city of Cambridge, approximately 2 hours from London. Arrive and check in to your hotel before a delicious local dinner.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 10:00Transfer to Royal Observatory
10:00 – 11:00Guided tour of the Royal Observatory
11:00 – 11:45Ticket to see a Planetarium show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium
11:45 – 12:00Walk through Greenwich Park to board a Thames Clipper
12:00 – 13:00Walk from Embankment pier to the Royal Horse Guards Hotel
13:00 – 15:00Afternoon tea at the Royal Horse Guards Hotel
15:00 – 17:00Transfer to Cambridge by coach
17:00 – 18:00Check-in and refresh at your overnight hotel, The Felix
18:00 – 21:00Dinner in the hotel restaurant, Graffiti plus hotel site visit

Supplier Information

NameRoyal Observatory
ProfileStand on the world-famous Meridian Line with one foot in the west and one foot in the east at the Royal Observatory. Enjoy one of the most loved views of London at the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Phone+44 (0) 208 312 6608
FIT or Groups:Both
Extra information:Audio guides are included in the price of entry. They are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

Supplier Information

NameRoyal Observatory
ProfileExperience 2 of the world's hemispheres in a single day on a visit to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and take an audio guide tour of the historic home of British astronomy. See the world-famous Meridian Line, and stand with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west. Established in the 17th century, it was at the Royal Observatory where the great scientists of the time precisely mapped the stars to help navigate the seas. The Greenwich Meridian was chosen as the Prime Meridian of the world in 1884, forever putting Greenwich on the map! Learn about the discoveries of great scientists and inventors based at, or associated with, the Royal Observatory, including Harrison, Newton, Halley, Bradley and Airy. See the Octagon Room, the centrepiece of Flamsteed House, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and one of his best-preserved interiors in London. Take in one of the most loved views of London and gaze across royal Greenwich Park, the City of London and the River Thames. You can also visit the modern Astronomy Centre and touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite from outer space, or take an awe-inspiring journey through the wonders of space at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
Phone020 8312 6565

Supplier Information

NameMBNA Thames Clippers
CategoryCruise Operator
ProfileMBNA Thames Clippers are the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river. Our boats serve 22 piers with departures from key London piers every 20 minutes.
Min - Max capacity:1-220 people
Frequency:Every 20 minutes from key London piers
Private tours:Yes, private tours are available
FIT or Groups:FIT bookings are free sale. Groups need to be pre-booked via our online booking portal.
Translation:Audio Guide available on English, Spanish, German and French.

Day 3

Monday, May 06, 2019 - Cambridge to Nottingham

This morning, appreciate the historic city of Cambridge from the river, as the morning is spent travelling on the most traditional form of transport, the punt. A flat bottomed boat that is powered using a pole, punting is renowned on the River Cam. After a guided tour of the city, stop for lunch before continuing onwards.

Travelling north, journey on into the heart of the country as you head for Nottingham, a journey of around two to three hours. Take some time to relax on arrival before heading out for dinner at World Service, one of the most famous restaurants in Nottingham. Set in a heritage-rich house that dates back to the 17th century, the restaurant blends fresh, seasonal produce with modern British concepts.


08:00 – 09:10Breakfast at hotel and check out
09:10 – 09:30Transfer to the Punting Start point
09:30 – 10:30Scudamore’s College Backs Punting
10:30 – 12:30Guided walking tour of Cambridge
12:30 – 14:30Lunch – Browns Restaurant
14:30 – 17:00Transfer to Nottingham
17:00 – 17:45Check-in to Lace Market Hotel and refresh for dinner
18:00 – 20:00Dinner at World Service
20:00 – 20:15Walk back to The Lace Market Hotel

Supplier Information

NameScudamore's Punting Cambridge
ProfileScudamore's introduced leisure-punting in Cambridge at the beginning of the 20th century. To this day, both Scudamore's and punting are globally recognised as synonymous with the city. Catering to FIT and group travelers alike we boast the biggest fleet of traditional boats on the river Cam.
Phone0044 1223359750
Min - Max capacity:Min 1 - Max 120
Frequency:Every 15 to 30 minutes
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NameWorld Service
CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileNottingham's premier restaurant and dining experience uniquely housed within the elegant surroundings of the listed 17th century Newdigate House. Enjoy gourmet cuisine with flair, fresh, local and seasonal dishes of an exceptional standard.
Phone00 44 1158475587
Min - Max capacity:50 covers plus two private dining rooms
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups

Day 4

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 - Nottingham to York

The hilltop Nottingham Castle gazes out across the rooftops. Although the castle itself is undergoing renovations, you have exclusive access to see the castle as it is being restored on a hard hat tour. A guided tour of this 17th century fortress reveals its links with the heroic outlaw, Robin Hood, and gives the chance to see the famous Robin Hood statue – as well as the intricate network of man-made caves beneath its foundations.

What better way to capture the spirit, history and culture of Nottingham on a Robin Hood Town Tour? Led by the award-winning guide and actor Ezekial Bone, the tour shares fascinating facts and tales about the city while exploring iconic areas like the Lace Market, in particular, examining the history of the Nottingham textile industry.

From Nottingham, it’s just a 30 minute coach journey to Newstead Abbey. Guided tour of Newstead Abbey, led by character guide “Lord Byron”, reveals the poet’s love for the building – not to mention a selection of letters and manuscripts he wrote here between 1808 and 1814. The Abbey’s gardens are home to a dramatic Japanese oak and pretty blooms in springtime, while annual exhibitions here showcase fine artwork.

After the day in Nottingham, continue north to the city of York. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner with a private chocolate demonstration.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 10:00Hard Hat Tour of Nottingham Castle – meet at The Robin Hood statue – Sturdy footwear is essential
10:00 – 10:30Walk to the starting point for the Robin Hood tour – The Cross Keys pub
10:30 – 12:30Robin Hood Town Tour
12:30 – 14:00Lunch at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
14:00 – 15:00Transfer to Newstead Abbey
15:00 – 16:00Guided tour of Newstead Abbey
16:00 – 18:30Transfer to York and check in to The Principal
18:30 – 20:30Dinner at the hotel with a private chocolate demonstration

Supplier Information

NameNottingham Castle and Cave Tours
ProfileHistoric site at the heart of the Robin Hood legend and starting point for the English Civil War. Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city and once rivalled the great castles of Windsor and the Tower of London.
Phone00 44 1158761400
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups

Supplier Information

NameNottingham Robin Hood Town Tour
CategoryGuided Tours
ProfileMulti award winning Robin Hood Town Tour is the definitive way to explore the City of Nottingham, learn all about the legend of Robin Hood and to find out what #RobinHoodRecommends. A one stop shop so visitors can make the most of their stay.
Phone00 44 7941 210986
Min - Max capacity:Maximum 50-60
Frequency:Regular Sat tours 1400-1630. Private / Group Booking on request. Available all year.
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both FIT and groups
Translation:A more sight-seeing orientated tour is available for non-English speaking Group Bookings.
Extra information:Non English speaking group bookings can facilitated by translators brought by the group.

Supplier Information

NameNewstead Abbey
ProfileA beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. Newstead was home to the poet Lord Byron between 1808 - 1814.
Phone00 44 1623455900
Frequency:Saturdays and Sundays
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups

Supplier Information

NameVisit Nottinghamshire
CategoryTourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
ProfileVisit Nottinghamshire is the official tourist board for the city of Nottingham and county of Nottinghamshire. Famous around the world for the legend of Robin Hood and the beautiful Sherwood Forest.
Phone+ 44 8444775678
Frequency:There are various tours in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, please get in touch for more information
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups
Translation:We have translated website pages: French, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Italian

Supplier Information

NamePrincipal Hotels
ProfileTHE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
FIT or Groups:both

Day 5

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - York to Harrogate

This morning, take a guided walk around the streets of York, including the famous sites of York Minster, the City Walls and the Shambles. End the tour at Jorvik Viking Centre, before entering a historic The Jorvik Viking Centre reveals the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. The centre also has state-of-the-art galleries and a fantastic ride experience.

Lunch is provided by a cooking class in the Grand Hotel. Enter the kitchen and learn some of the recipes that might be served at this historic establishment.

After lunch, make the short journey across to Harrogate, in time for ExploreGB itself.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel and check-out
09:00 – 12:00Guided walking tour of York ending with entrance to JORVIK at 10am
12:00 – 15:45The Grand York Cooking Class, lunch and hotel inspection
15:45 – 17:00Coach Transfer to Harrogate

Supplier Information

NameJORVIK Viking Centre
ProfileDiscover the return of the Vikings at JORVIK Viking Centre. This comes after a multi-million pound re-imagining of the centre and we cannot wait to welcome you back to Viking-Age York!
Phone01904 615505
FIT or Groups:

Supplier Information

NameGrand Hotel, York
Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at The Grand Hotel & Spa, housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company.
History and heritage combine with everything a modern traveller could wish for in this iconic Edwardian building.
The Grand is the only 5 Star Hotel in York. We offer the very best in traditional English style and service, set off with a friendly Yorkshire welcome.
Phone01904 898057
FIT or Groups:n/a

All times are subject to change.