Find out more about England
Great inventors, architects and explorers have attributed to England’s success. Towns grew with the success of trade and transport, and places like Chatham Dockyard played a central role in the great Age of Sail. The Industrial Revolution brought great developments, with canals becoming the motorways of the 18th century, providing vital transport routes from factories to markets and seaports.
The birth of steam trains brought some of the world’s engineering triumphs, with tracks sweeping across English countryside. Its legacy survives through the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Peak Railway Journey, Bluebell Railway and West Somerset Railway, to name a few.
It is a country that inspired the world with the sonnets of Shakespeare and the legends of King Arthur. Tales of great English heroism, both real and fictional, fill our bookshelves and film collections. A holiday in England can recapture these stories, whether you visit the author’s home - Shakespeare’s Stratford - or the places that inspired them - Geoffrey’s Chaucer’s Canterbury or Jane Austen’s Bath. And many of our streets, buildings and landscapes have become famous through films, including Alnwick Castle (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter, Elizabeth and Downton Abbey), Durham Cathedral (Harry Potter and Elizabeth) Chatsworth House (Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess) Brighton Pier (Brighton Rock) and Castle Howard (Brideshead Revisited).
Titan offers opportunities to visit all these, as well as Liverpool, forever associated with the Beatles; and Hadrian’s Wall, synonymous with the Romans. Other destinations include Bamburgh Castle, site of the final siege in the War of the Roses, and regal Windsor Castle and Osborne House.
England’s history is not all about bricks and stones. The natural beauty is often more astounding, with landscapes created in the Jurassic age (displayed in full glory along Dorset’s coast), the Peak District and the beautiful moors of Devon or Yorkshire. And then there’s the much loved English garden, such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the revered RHS gardens of Rosemoor, Wisley and Harlow; or sweeping gardens such as at Chatsworth House, designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century.
If this isn’t enough history, museums like Crich Tramway Village and the Beamish Museum recreate 19th century life, with traditional tearooms, old sweet shops and lovingly restored trams. Some say England is a nation stuck in the past. Although this is easily debated, with the city skyscrapers and bounding development in technology, it is certainly not a bad thing to reflect and learn from our ancestors. England has a lot to offer and Titan offers a lot of England, with a selection of short break tours that embrace this country’s versatility.