Allow BHH Tours to guide your vacation in England!
Deciding where to go for a vacation in England can be difficult, there are many questions to ask, particularly when we are not that familiar with the country. Such as, what is there to see? Is it worth seeing? What is it, and how do we get there? Where do we stay? What is the food like? And then there are the cultural differences to become confused by and, how do we drive on the wrong side of the road, which is probably narrow and windy and what do you do at a roundabout?!
BHH Tours will be pleased and as excited as yourself to organise a perfect vacation for you mainly in central England introducing you to the sights, the sounds and the history most tourists are not lucky enough to enjoy. You will decide on the places to see and things to do, but we will advise you every step of the way.
We are fortunate that our home (Bridge Hill House) over looks a world UNESCO site, Derwent Valley Mills. This is the place where modern mechanised industry has its roots. It is the area where Samual Slater was born, the father of the American Industrial revolution. It is where Sir Richard Arkwright achieved, to combine power, machinery, semi-skilled labour and the new raw material (cotton) to create mass-produced yarn. Our guides can bring the past to life with their interesting stories of the development of the mass produced factory system. You can walk the steps of these great pioneers, see and feel the area just as they did. Things to do include; visiting the original Mills, seeing the museums with their old mill machinery and watercourses, wondering at the engineering and the technology of the age and seeing how modern day enterprises, artisan workshops and retail outlets are now using the space. Places to see include the historic stately homes and castles of the influential Cavendish family (close to the Royal family).
Chatsworth House is one of England most visited stately homes and is the current residence of the Cavendish family (the Duke of Devonshire). Hear their story of the rise of the Farmers daughter and how the Cavendish family became so powerful. Things to do include; a tour of the grand house, full of paintings, sculpture, wood carvings by the famous Grinling Gibbons, priceless furniture and fine internal decoration and architecture, touring the gardens, the farm shop and the estate village of Edensor. A visit to Bolsover Castle
Bakewell, one of the many historic towns full of character in the Derbyshire Peak District should be high on the list of places to see. It is where historians now think that the individual territories of England first became the United Kingdom. Things to do include; seeing the Saxon artefacts at the Parish Church of All Saints, trying Bakewell pudding a local delicacy, strolling alongside the picturesque river side watching the trout holding in fast water. Another town on the places to visit is Buxton, one of the highest elevated market towns in England. First developed by the Romans, Buxton became a famous Spa town, and has more history than we have time for here. Things to do include; visiting the Pavilion and gardens, taking the waters and perhaps a performance at the Opera House, a must see and visit, it is stunning! Oh yes, I must mention the Peak District National Park known for it natural outstanding beauty, a walkers delight. Our neighbouring county of Nottingham boasts an interesting history too, another place to see.
As Derbyshire was at the forefront of mechanised production, Nottingham was at the forefront of the Luddite uprising, activists that smashed the new machinery as they saw it a danger to their livelihood. There is also the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men robbing the poor to give to the rich in Sherwood Forest whilst the Sheriff of Nottingham remained in his castle(which you can visit), another thing to do. Out in the shire is the home of Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey, a truly romantic place. Eastwood a small Nottinghamshire town, close to the Derbyshire border was the Home of DH Lawrence, author of the controversial book Sons and Lovers. The Pilgrim Fathers set sail in the ship the Mayflower for a new life in America, the Pilgrim Country is sourced in north Nottinghamshire, an area of roughly 50 square miles of picturesque villages and charming market towns. Scrooby Manor, home of one of the Pilgrim Fathers can sometimes be visited Within an easy drive from Derby is Stratford upon Avon the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Places to see are, the house where the worlds most famous playwright was born and grew up, Ann Hathaway’s (Shakespeare’s wife) cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Things to do include the opportunity to see a play at the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) or a short cruise on the River Avon. We could go on and on and on about the interesting attractions and the stunning sights. Come see for your self. We guarantee you will not be disappointed. Our near centre of England location gives us quick and easy access to a lot of hidden gems. We suggest you browse the links we have supplied, although many on the list are just a taster of what to see and do!
Allow BHH Tours to help organise and take you on a vacation to remember. Enjoy excellent accommodation, great food, comfortable transport and interesting, knowledgeable guides.