If you are searching for the perfect destination for 2023, then look no further. Britain has it all, from castles to coronations, sublime lakes and medieval walls. A fusion of familiarity and mystery, this small but mighty island is ideal for travelers interested in treading new territory in old places. A warm welcome, sumptuous hotels and delicious dining await at every stop, making a journey to Britain the journey of a lifetime.
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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Sentiments of the famous 18th Century British author Samuel Johnson are still so true today. An inspiring destination for 2023, England’s bustling culture capital is multicultural, cosmopolitan and steeped in history. And, in 2023 all eyes will be on these royal lands, with the Coronation of King Charles III taking center stage.
Travel to England on British Royale to see for yourself where the celebrations will take place. Step through history at Horse Guards Parade, the ceremonial grounds of St James Park in the shadow of Buckingham Palace. Discover the secrets of a cavalryman’s uniform in the Household Cavalry Museum before trying on the royal clothes yourself.
Exclusively for Luxury Gold guests, experience a private tour of the Tower of London once the crowds have gone home. Under the glittering city lights, a serving Yeoman Warder greets you on arrival at this iconic fortress and Royal Palace. Explore the grounds, be regaled with the history and uncover myths and legends along the way. Then bear witness to the historic Ceremony of the Keys, carried out every night without fail, for the past 700 years.
While in the capital, a decadent stay at the 5-star Rubens at the Palace hotel sees you overlooking the grounds of Buckingham Palace. You’ll get the full royal treatment, from the red tail-coated doormen to themed bedrooms and a traditional afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge. Dine at the English Grill Restaurant on signature British classics from Executive Chef Ben Kelliher. Refined and stylish, the restaurant serves the finest English produce, sourced from the same suppliers that serve the Royal households.
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Britain is home to over 4,000 castles, built hundreds of years ago and scattered throughout the countryside and coastline. These magnificent fortresses alone make Britain a great destination for 2023.
Built in 1103, Edinburgh Castle sits high atop a hillside with panoramic views over the city. For centuries the castle was almost constantly under siege. A top 2023 travel destination, we invite you to skip the queue and learn about its tumultuous history with a Local Expert. Your tour also takes you along Princes Street and past the gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument. Walk the Royal Mile to the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch’s official residence in Scottish royal history. Bookend your day with a dinner of fine Scottish cuisine. And, in true Gaelic style, meet a professional bagpiper who is said to have been a royal favorite.
In medieval York, explore Castle Howard after hours. Receive VIP treatment once the castle has closed its doors to the general public. Join a guided tour of the house, a 17th-century baroque masterpiece, and admire its intricate architecture. Alternatively, join one of the gardeners and explore the landscaped gardens.
The 11th-century Alnwick Castle is Britain’s second-largest inhabited castle, behind the royal residence of Windsor Castle. It has served as a military outpost, a teaching college and a family home over the centuries. Join a Local Expert for an exploration of the castle, with its striking medieval architecture, and see why it has been featured in many films. Choose to travel on a Founder’s Collection departure and meet the Duchess of Northumberland herself. Enjoy a private tour of her beloved gardens and hear tales about life in the family home.
Authors, poets and writers
Stretching back over a thousand years, the British literary tradition is vast. Works span every period of history and many literary styles, including some of the most recognized lines and famous characters and plots that have captivated readers for centuries.
On British Royale we invite you to walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare in the picturesque market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Birthplace of “The Bard”, this cultural center still has many rows of attractive half-timbered houses that date back to the 16th century. A must-see when you travel to the UK. In Bath, visit the immersive Jane Austen Center and explore the city used as a setting for two of her novels. Dedicated to the writer who lived there in the early 1800s, entertaining actors bring to life her story and works.
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The Lake District
The wild and poetic Lake District famously inspired 19th-century writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. The largest of the United Kingdom’s National Parks, and renowned for its rugged and dramatic beauty, the area contains 16 lakes (and many smaller tarns), more than 150 high peaks, with four over 3,000 feet including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
There’s no better way to admire the scenery than from the water. Join a cruise with the award-winning Ullswater Steamers on one of the largest lakes in the district and bask in stunning mountain views.
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A place of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, this beautifully preserved medieval city is a must-visit for history buffs. Once an important center of Roman occupation in England, the city is surrounded by an impressive stone wall. Home to York Minster, one of the world’s largest cathedrals, which took 250 years to build, York is a great reason to choose Britain as a destination for 2023.
Step back in time and explore the medieval streets of York with a Local Expert to learn about its history and lively characters. Walk on the 13th-century city walls and soak up the spectacular views of River Ouse and the Old Town. And enjoy a VIP visit to the aforementioned Castle Howard. Bookend your visit with a stay at the luxurious Grand Hotel and Spa, one of Britain’s top five-star hotels.
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Traditionally known for the full English breakfast, fish and chips, Shepherd’s Pie and the glorious Sunday roast, British cuisine warms the heart and soul. From local pub fare to fine dining restaurants, menus here focus on fresh, locally sourced produce.
Enjoy the decadent ritual of “afternoon tea” in the Grecian Hall at Castle Howard and embark on a whisky tasting in Edinburgh. A highlight of your culinary journey is lunch at the Michelin-starred the Olive Tree restaurant in Bath. With a commitment to seasonality and utilizing local produce, Head Chef Chris Cleghorn uses his award-winning skills to showcase both the best of Bath and the best of British cuisine. Menus are comprised of fresh and seasonal dishes, with an unusual edge to what you would think are simple flavors.
Royal Scotsman Extension
The perfect complement to your British Royale tour, why not extend with one of our timeless luxury train journeys. Board the Royal Scotsman in Edinburgh for a spectacular journey to the Scottish Highlands, stopping at distilleries, castles and quaint villages along the way. This iconic train combines Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house, with the best of Scottish gastronomy and traditional live entertainment on board.