Please note – until further notice, coach trips will be subject to Government guidance on social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings

See and hear about historic places

A coach tour is a great way to view historic areas en-route, or to visit historic towns and cities, or one or two heritage sites.

Your party could travel in from your home area, and pick up Robin en-route (at an agreed pick-up point).

You have the option of booking your own coach, meals and/or accommodation. If you prefer, Robin can book any of these for you, but these would be chargeable at cost in addition to the guiding fee.

Commentary can be provided whilst en-route

Birmingham and Black Country area – Cradle of Industry

Birmingham is a place where industry grew – particularly “metal bashing” – and it became a “city of a thousand trades”. Jewellery, weaponry, machinery and tooling were all made here. But it had no raw materials of its own, and so other towns grew where these materials were sourced. Most of these towns were in the area that was to become known as the “Black Country”, which as well as supplying raw materials to Birmingham, also had its own manufacturing industries.

.A tour of these areas can be planned for either a whole day or half a day. Please contact Robin for details

King Charles II – Escape after defeat

The Battle of Worcester took place on the 3rd September 1651, when a 21-year-old Prince Charles (later King Charles II) and an army of Scots was defeated by twice as many Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell. Charles fled for his life, and spent 6 mnths on the run before escaping the country. His route took him to Whiteladies Priory (where he hid in woodland), Madeley (where he hid in a barn), Boscobel House (where he hid in a tree), Moseley (Old) Hall (where he nearly got caught!) and Bentley Hall (where he assumed the identity of a servant).

We can offer coach commentary for tours including places where Charles journeyed by, or visits (subject to availability and admission costs) to places he visited. Please contact Robin for more details.

Abbeys of Shropshire – What was left after Henry VIII

Shropshire is rich in monastic sites, and not just that, but in the history of different monastic orders. There were Benedictines at Shrewsbury (where the stories of Cadfael were based), Cluniacs at Wenlock Priory and Cistercians at Buildwas Abbey. Augustinian brothers served at the abbeys of Haughmond and Lilleshall, and sisters at Whiteladies Priory. Of these, Shrewsbury exists in (slightly) reduced form as a parish church, the others exist as ruins, each distinctive. Shrewsbury Abbey is a working parish church, all of the other sites are managed by the English Heritage Trust. Tours can be arranged subject to site access/availability. Admission costs will apply at some sites, donations appreciated at working churches. Contact Robin to establish what is possible!