See be­low a se­lec­tion of ho­tels and hol­i­days, giv­ing you op­por­tu­ni­ties to stay and soak up some his­tory

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Pe­ter Som­mer Trav­els

Multi award-win­ning tour op­er­a­tor spe­cial­is­ing in ex­pert-led ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and cul­tural land based tours and gulet cruises. We of­fer sched­uled and pri­vate tours for small groups: walk­ing hol­i­days, food tours and fam­ily trips in Croa­tia, Greece, Ire­land, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Rated one of the world’s ‘Top Ten Learn­ing Hol­i­days’ by Na­tional Geo­graphic.

pe­ter­som­mer.com // 01600 888 220

Min­gary Cas­tle

Min­gary Cas­tle, a Sched­uled Mon­u­ment, dat­ing back to the 13th Cen­tury, re­cently ren­o­vated from a com­plete ruin to the high­est stan­dards. Min­gary is unique, in­ti­mate & homely, a true es­cape on the beau­ti­ful Ard­na­mur­chan penin­sula. With only four suites, the cas­tle is ide­ally suited for ex­clu­sive hire for that spe­cial oc­ca­sion, or just a room for that ro­man­tic es­cape.

min­garycas­tle.com // 01972 510 715

Bal­ly­nahinch Cas­tle Ho­tel & Es­tate

Lo­cated on a 700-acre es­tate in Con­nemara, Bal­ly­nahinch is a lux­ury ho­tel & sport­ing es­tate. The el­e­gant Owen­more Restau­rant & ca­sual Fish­er­man’s Pub serve the best of lo­cal pro­duce. On site ex­plore over 10 miles of scenic river & lake­side walks, fly fish­ing, clay shoot­ing, hik­ing and cy­cling with ex­pert guides avail­able and a boat trip on Round­stone Bay.

bal­ly­nahinch­cas­tle.com // + 353 95 31006

Is­land Cot­tage Hol­i­days

We spe­cialise in lovely char­ac­ter cottages, sit­u­ated through­out the his­toric Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset. En­joy the pic­turesque vil­lage of Corfe Cas­tle with its 11th cen­tury cas­tle. Our de­light­ful stone cottages, with beams and wood burn­ers, are equipped to a high stan­dard. Only a short walk from tra­di­tional public houses & tea rooms. Fan­tas­tic walk­ing and cy­cling ar­eas.

purbeck­cot­tage­hol­i­days.com // 01929 481555

Hid­den His­tory Travel

Fas­ci­nat­ing jour­neys into his­tory, pre­his­tory and the an­cient world. Un­hur­ried, ex­pertly guided, small group tours ex­plor­ing the his­tory and ar­chae­ol­ogy of Bri­tain, Europe and the Mediter­ranean. Per­fect com­bi­na­tions of leisure and in­ter­est in beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions with spe­cial-ac­cess vis­its, lec­tures, ex­cel­lent ho­tels, flight flex­i­bil­ity and per­sonal ser­vice. Won­der­ful hol­i­days, his­toric won­ders.

hid­den­his­tory.co.uk // 0121 444 1854

Blak­eney Ho­tel

Blak­eney Ho­tel is a fam­ily owned ho­tel lo­cated di­rectly on the Quay with panoramic views across the es­tu­ary and salt marshes to Blak­eney Point – ide­ally placed for vis­it­ing the many lo­cal places of in­ter­est. The ho­tel has over 60 be­d­rooms, two com­fort­able lounges, a re­cently re­fur­bished bar and a stylish award win­ning restau­rant, a swim­ming pool with spa bath, steam and sauna room and mini gym.

blak­eney­ho­tel.co.uk // 01263 740797

Pet­wood Ho­tel

Rich with his­tory and a beau­ti­ful 30-acre set­ting, Pet­wood Ho­tel was once the wartime of­fi­cers’ mess of the 617 ‘Dam Busters’ Squadron. Lo­cated in the heart of Lin­colnshire, the Pet­wood is an ideal base for ex­plor­ing the county and its avi­a­tion her­itage sites. Visit the his­toric city of Lin­coln, dis­cover the Lin­colnshire Wolds and charm­ing mar­ket towns. ‘3 for 2’ mid­week spe­cial of­fer avail­able Sun­day to Thurs­day.

pet­wood.co.uk // 01526 352411

Dun­das Cas­tle

Dun­das Cas­tle is one of Scot­land’s finest cas­tles. A five star ex­clu­sive-use venue where events and wed­dings are held in the 600-year-old Auld Keep, the main Cas­tle or a mod­ern Pav­il­ion seat­ing 200. Com­plete with 17 lux­u­ri­ous be­d­rooms for ex­clu­sive-use book­ings. Se­cluded within a 500 acre es­tate Dun­das Cas­tle is only 25 min­utes from Ed­in­burgh city and 15 min­utes from Ed­in­burgh Air­port.

dun­das­cas­tle.co.uk // 0131 319 2039

Thorn­bury Cas­tle & Ho­tel Restau­rant

Thorn­bury Cas­tle Ho­tel, the 1535 hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion of King Henry VIII and Anne Bo­leyn, is lo­cated on the edge of the quintessen­tially English coun­try­side of the Cotswolds and within easy ac­cess of Bath, Bris­tol and the M4 and M5 mo­tor­ways. Hav­ing ex­cep­tion­ally grand ar­chi­tec­ture with tow­ers, bat­tle­ments and Tu­dor chim­neys, it is one of the UK’s few Tu­dor Cas­tles con­verted to a ho­tel.

The Tu­dor Walled Gar­dens, land­scaped grounds and vine­yard, add to the his­tor­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. The 27 bed­cham­bers are fab­u­lously at­mo­spheric, re­gal and tra­di­tional. Most with coro­net or four-poster beds, open fire places and fea­ture bath­rooms. Tu­dor ta­pes­tries, or­nate carved ceil­ings, suits of ar­mour and stone walls add to the am­bi­ence, with all bed­cham­bers in­cor­po­rat­ing high- end fa­cil­i­ties and fit­tings. The va­ri­ety of din­ing ar­eas in­clud­ing The Tu­dor Hall, Dun­geon and Wine Cel­lar boast lux­u­ri­ant dé­cor and are per­fect for fine and pri­vate din­ing in a dra­matic and unique set­ting.

thorn­burycas­tle.co.uk // 01454 281182

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