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Christian Tours of England and Scotland


  


 

Below you will find two  sample itineraries.   All my tours are tailor-made, contact me to discuss your requirements and for a quotation including transport and hotel accommodation.

A Christian Journey from London to Edinburgh

Day 1 (Friday). London. Today begins with a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. The Abbey has many royal connections and is the place where all our kings and queens have been crowned since 1066.
In the afternoon there will be a guided tour of Christian art in the National Gallery. Enjoy the Christian message of the paintings and learn a bit about art and art history along  the way.
Afterwards there will be some free time for your own explorations of this great city.
 
Day 2 (Saturday). London.

Today we begin with a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. At several points in its history St Paul's Cathedral has played a crucial part in the development of Christianity in this country.  The present cathedral, actually the fifth on the site, was the first cathedral in England to be built after the Reformation.  Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece,  is the only cathedral in England in the English Baroque Style. After a coffee break we take a walking tour of the city of London exploring its Christian history from the Reformation to the present day.  The entire walk is within the one square mile of the City of London, the oldest part of London and today the financial centre.  Learn about some of the great figures of England's Christian history including John Wycliffe, William Tyndale and John Wesley and enjoy visits to a couple of City Churches which still proclaim the Christian faith in the midst of the financial centre.
The afternoon is free time to explore London on your own or we can include a visit to the Tower of London or another of London’s famous sites.
Overnight in London.
 
 Day 3 (Sunday) London.
 
Today we begin by attending a church service at All Souls Church Langham Place, John Stott was associated with the leadership of this church for 60 years until his death in 2011.   Alternatively you can attend another church of your choice.
In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the British Museum.  We will look at exhibits which prove the historical truth of the Old Testament.  Time and time again archaeological discoveries have backed up and supported related statements in the Bible.  We can also visit the British Library to see the Codex Sinaiticus and other important ancient biblical manuscripts.
Overnight in London.

Day 4 (Monday)  Canterbury.
 
Today we travel to Canterbury which  is where Christianity gained a firm foothold on English soil 1,400 years ago with the arrival of St Augustine.  The fine cathedral, built over many centuries, embraces all three styles of Gothic architecture and holds a unique place in the history of the Church of England.  It is still today the seat of its senior archbishop and the mother church of the Worldwide Anglican  communion.  We attend Evensong. Overnight at Canterbury at the Cathedral Lodge in the precincts of the Cathedral.

 
Day 5 (Tuesday) Cambridge

Today we travel  travel to Cambridge which is famous for its university and it was also a major centre of the Reformation, we will discover both on our walking tour.  We will visit Emmanuel College and discover its connections with the Puritans and King's College to see its famous chapel, a triumph of Gothic architecture.
In the afternoon we visit Ely cathedral for a tour and Evensong and then drive to Oxford for overnight.
 
Day 6 (Wednesday) Oxford.

A walking tour in Oxford will reveal its Christian heritage and we will also talk about the university.  John Wycliff was master of Balliol College and began the struggle for the Reformation in Oxford, John Wesley started the Holy Club at Lincoln College.  George Whitefield went on from Pembroke College to be involved in the Great Awakening and we will hear about the Oxford Martyrs who died so bravely for their beliefs. A  tour of Magdelan college where CS Lewis was a fellow will be included.
After lunch we continue to Coventry for a guided tour of the cathedral. Coventry Cathedral was badly bombed in World War II, the ruins were left as a reminder and a splendid new modern cathedral was built beside them.  Overnight in Coventry.
 
Day 7 (Thursday) York.

We travel  to York for a guided tour of York Minster which is famous for its medieval stained glass. Founded as a missionary church it is one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. On a walking tour we explore this fascinating city with much history, learn about its connection with the Roman Emperor Constantine who was the first Roman emperor to allow Christians to worship openly throughout the empire.  The Vikings, the railways and chocolate have also played a part in the city's history.  Overnight in York.
 
Day 8 (Friday) Fountains Abbey and Durham.

We travel the short distance to Fountains Abbey.  This great abbey became a ruin because of the Reformation.  Hear the story of the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries and  enjoy the beautiful setting of these dramatic ruins in the Skell Valley.
We continue to Durham for a guided tour of the cathedral which is a fine example of Norman architecture and we will talk about early Celtic Christianity and the important role of the Celtic missionaries in the development and of Christianity in Great Britain. Overnight in Durham or Newcastle area.

Day 9 (Saturday) Lindisfarne

Today we visit Lindisfarne also known as Holy Island.  It is linked to the mainland by a causeway which is flooded at high tide.  Here we will learn about Celtic Christianity.  Lindisfarne was an important centre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon England and the monks of Lindisfarne laid the foundations of Christianity in Northumbria.  In 635 St Aiden was summoned by King Oswald of Northumbria to found a monastery here as a base from which he was to evangelise Northumbria. The monks also illuminated the Lindisfarne Gospels, their artistic skills were unrivalled. The originals are not on display here but there is an exhibition about them.  There will also be the chance to visit the remarkable Lindisfarne Castle which was skilfully and ingeniously converted to a private house by the famous British architect Edwin Lutyens. To experience the remoteness and beauty of Lindisfarne will be a highlight of our journey.
After returning to the mainland we continue our journey to Edinburgh. Overnight in Edinburgh.
 evangelise Northumbria .The monks also illuminated the Lindisfarne Gospels, their artistic skills were unrivalled. The originals are not on display here but there is an exhibition about them.  There will also be the chance to visit the remarkable Lindisfarne Castle which was skilfully and ingeniously converted to a private house by the famous British architect Edwin Lutyens.To experience the remoteness and beauty of Lindisfarne will be a highlight of our journey.
After returning to the mainland we continue our journey to Edinburgh.
Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 10 (Sunday) Edinburgh.

Today we explore Scotland's capital city and discover the story of the Scottish Reformation which was led by John Knox.  We will see his house on the Royal mile and also St Giles Cathedral. There will also be some free time to perhaps visit the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh Castle or the Royal Yacht Britannia.  A church service can also be included today.
Overnight in Edinburgh.

A coach transfer from Heathrow Airport to the first hotel can be arranged on the day proceeding the start of the itinerary and one to Edinburgh Airport on the day following the last day of the tour if required.
This itinerary can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, contact me to discuss your itinerary.   You can also include some general sightseeing along with the Christianity sites if you wish. 


 A Christian Tour through England.

Day 1 (Saturday). London.

The tour begins with a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. The Abbey has many royal connections and is the place where all our kings and queens have been crowned since 1066. It is the Christian focus of the nation when the Queen leads us to services of celebration or commemoration.  The Westminster Confession was written in the Jerusalem Chamber of the Abbey. 
In the afternoon there will be a guided tour of Christian art in the National Gallery. Enjoy the Christian message of the paintings and learn a bit about art and art history along  the way.
Afterwards there will be some free time for your own exploration of this great city. Overnight in London.
 

 Day 2 (Sunday) London.

We  attend a church service at All Souls Church Langham Place, John Stott was associated with the leadership of this church for 60 years until his death in 2011.   Alternatively we can attend another church of your choice.
In the afternoon we have a guided tour of the British Museum.  We will look at exhibits which prove the historical truth of the Old Testament.  Time and time again archaeological discoveries have backed up and supported related statements in the Bible.  We also visit the British library to see the Codex Sinaiticus and other important biblical manuscripts. Overnight in London


Day 3 (Monday).  London.

Day three begins with a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, the only cathedral in England in the English Baroque style, the only one with a dome and the first cathedral to be built after the Reformation. Then we take a walking tour of the City of London exploring its Christian history from the Reformation to the present day.  The entire walk is within the one square mile of the City of London, the oldest part of London and today the financial centre.  Learn about some of the great figures of England's Christian history including John Wycliffe, William Tyndale and John Wesley and enjoy visits to a couple of City Churches which still proclaim the Christian faith in the midst of the financial centre of London. The afternoon is free for you to explore London further on your own or we can include a visit to the Tower of London or another of London’s famous sites. Overnight in London


Day 4 (Tuesday) Canterbury.

We travel to Canterbury which is where Christianity gained a firm foothold on English soil 1,400 years ago with the arrival of St Augustine.  The fine cathedral built over many centuries embraces all three styles of Gothic architecture and holds a unique place in the history of the Church of England.  It is still today the seat of its senior archbishop and the mother church of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. We attend choral evensong. Overnight in Canterbury at the Cathedral Lodge which is in the Cathedral precincts. 

Day 5 (Wednesday) Oxford

Today we travel to Oxford .  A walking tour in Oxford helps us to discover its Christian heritage and its university.  John Wycliff was master of Balliol College and began the struggle for the Reformation in Oxford, John Wesley started the Holy Club at Lincoln College, George Whitefield went on from Pembroke College to be involved in the Great Awakening and we will hear about the Oxford Martyrs who died so bravely for their beliefs. In the afternoon we visit Magdelene college, CS Lewis  was a fellow at this college.  It is also possible to visit The Kilns CS Lewis’s house. Late afternoon we travel to Coventry for overnight.
 
Day 6 (Thursday) Coventry

Enjoy a guided tour of Coventry Cathedral. This cathedral's architecture has an extraordinary and very powerful story behind it, one of ruin and rebuilding.  Today the cathedral has an equally remarkable ministry of reconciliation which was also born out of its traumatic World War II destruction and rebirth.  The tour includes both the ruins of the old cathedral and the impressive modern cathedral.  After an early lunch we travel to York.  In the late afternoon we take a walking tour of York, learn about the influence that the Romans, the Vikings,  chocolate and the railways have had on this wonderful city as well as its role in the development of Christianity. Overnight in York

Day 7 (Friday) York Area

We start the day with a guided tour of York minster which is famous for its medieval stained glass and considered one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.  In the afternoon we make the short journey to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. This great abbey became a ruin because of the Reformation. Hear the story of the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries and enjoy the beautiful setting of these dramatic ruins in the Skell Valley. We attend Evensong at York Minster.  Over night in York

Day 8.(Saturday) Cambridge

We travel to Cambridge which is famous for its university and it was also a major centre of the Reformation, we will discover both on our walking tour.  We will visit Emmanuel College and discover its connections with the Puritans and King's College to see its famous chapel, a triumph of Gothic architecture. Overnight in Cambridge.

Day 9 (Sunday) Ely Cathedral and then travel to London.
 
We visit Ely Cathedral for morning worship followed by a guided tour. Ely Cathedral is one of England's most beautiful cathedrals with powerful Christian symbolism in the architecture and incorporated art works.  The Nave is a fine example of Norman architecture. Overnight in London.

This itinerary works best when it commences on a Saturday so that there is the possibility of attending a church service in London and a Ely Cathedral on the Sundays.  Most cathedrals do not allow guided tours or visits for other than services on Sundays but Ely does. 

Coach transfers from and to Heathrow Airport can be arranged for the days proceeding and following this itinerary if required.

This itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements, contact me to discuss your itinerary.  You can also include some general sightseeing along with the Christianity sites if you wish.