United Kingdom Tours & Trips

Great Britain Group Tours

Our Great Britain group tours take in the very best of England, Scotland & Wales, ranging in length from 3 days to 17. We have tours departing from both London and Edinburgh, and you can visit a breath-taking variety of places. From Hadrian's Wall and the Yorkshire Dales in northern England, to the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, the highlights of Devon and Cornwall, and the sunny Isle of Wight. In Scotland, take in the stunning scenery of Orkney, Mull and the Isle of Skye, and in Wales, uncover historic castles and the peaks of Snowdonia.

Escorted by a local guide, these small group tours are the perfect way to explore the UK, with a well-struck balance of included sightseeing and free time. Each tour has a choice of accommodation, you can stay in a simple but comfortable B&B or upgrade to a 3-star hotel, the choice is yours!

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Heart of England Express

2 days | FROM €429

Take in the heart of southern England on this 2-day group tour from London. Visit the market town of Windsor...

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Southwest England Express

3 days | FROM €676

This 3-day express tour of southern England departs from London and visits the legendary UNESCO-listed site of...

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Isle of Wight Discovery

3 days | FROM €650

Take in the natural and historic highlights of the sunny Isle of Wight on this 3-day escorted group tour from...

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Scottish Castles Uncovered

4 days | FROM €1,135

Discover some of Scotland's most impressive castles on this 4-day group tour beginning and ending in...

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Whisky Coast & Loch Lomond

4 days | FROM €1,177

Discover the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides on this 4-day group tour of Islay from Edinburgh. Visit four...

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Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye

4 days | FROM €795

Uncover the best of the Scottish Highlands and the largest island of the Inner Hebrides on this 4-day group...

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Shakespeare, Snowdonia & Yorkshire

5 days | FROM €1,101

Take in the Heart of England and North Wales on this 5-day escorted group tour from London. See the birthplace...

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North Scotland, Loch Ness & Orkney

5 days | FROM €1,271

Take in the best of northern Scotland and Orkney on this 5-day group tour from Edinburgh. Search for the...

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Stonehenge, Devon & Cornwall

5 days | FROM €1,186

From London, take in the best of England's far west and south. Marvel at UNESCO-listed Stonehenge and explore...

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Wild Scotland Express

5 days | FROM €1,211

Take in the best of wild Scotland on this 5-day group tour. From Edinburgh, discover the shimmering waters of...

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Edinburgh, Hebrides & Highlands

5 days | FROM €1,505

Explore the picturesque Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland on this 5-day group tour that starts and ends in...

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Welsh Wanderer

5 days | FROM €1,024

Discover the mountain peaks and windswept coastline of Wales on this 5-day group tour from London. Explore the...

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Scottish Highlands From Edinburgh

5 days | FROM €1,118

Discover the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 5-day package trip from Edinburgh. Hunt for...

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York, Windermere & Hadrian's Wall

5 days | FROM €1,126

Uncover the best of northern England on this 5-day escorted tour from Edinburgh. Visit fortified...

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Outer Hebrides & Skye Explorer

6 days | FROM €1,815

This extensive 6-day tour of the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye allows you to experience the best of what...

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Southern England & Stonehenge

7 days | FROM €1,891

Uncover the best of Southern England in a week on this group tour from London. Explore the Isle of Wight,...

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Wild Scotland & Whisky Explorer

8 days | FROM €2,027

Take in some of Scotland's prettiest and wildest islands and indulge in whisky tasting at several famous...

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London to Edinburgh

8 days | FROM €2,070

Journey from the capital of England to the capital of Scotland on this 8-day escorted group tour from London...

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Western Isles & Orkney

9 days | FROM €2,915

Discover the enchanting beauty of Scotland and its islands on this 9-day tour. Journey from Edinburgh to...

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Scotland's Far North

10 days | FROM €3,285

Embark on a captivating 10-day journey to the edge of Scotland. Departing from Edinburgh, search for 'Nessie'...

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Whisky Coast & Scottish Islands

12 days | FROM €3,651

This comprehensive tour of Scotland uncovers the wild landscapes, wildlife and scenery of Islay, Mull, Iona,...

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Scottish Islands Grand Tour

14 days | FROM €3,999

Embark on an unforgettable Island Hopping Adventure with this 14-day tour, delving into the scenic beauty and...

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Scottish Islands Encompassed

17 days | FROM €5,172

This all-encompassing tour of Scotland and its Islands uncovers the picturesque landscapes, scenery, and rich...

Northern Ireland Group Tours

Northern Ireland is the fourth country to make up the United Kingdom, and our tours here take in the best of the region, as well as the Republic of Ireland. Departing from Belfast or Dublin, our tours in Northern Ireland explore Belfast, visit Enniskillen, discover the Giant's Causeway and more. Each tour can be booked with simple B&B accommodation or with a hotel upgrade, and each is fully escorted by an expert local guide.

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Dublin to Donegal

3 days | FROM €752

This 3-day group tour from Dublin explores County Donegal and the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way, whilst also...

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Into Northern Ireland

3 days | FROM €727

An express tour of Northern Ireland that starts and ends in the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin....

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Giant's Causeway & Derry

3 days | FROM €693

Take in the best of Northern Ireland on this 3-day group tour from Belfast. Drive through incredible coastal...

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Northern Ireland & County Donegal

4 days | FROM €1,007

Uncover the best of Northern Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way and County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland on...

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Dublin, Northern Ireland & Galway

5 days | FROM €1,288

Take in the best of Northern Ireland and the northern part of the Republic on this 5-day tour from Dublin....

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Wild Northern Ireland & Donegal

6 days | FROM €1,687

Discover the highlights of Northern Ireland and County Donegal on this 6-day group tour encompassing the...

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Ireland Coast to Coast

9 days | FROM €2,639

Discover the highlights of Northern Ireland and the Republic on this 9-day group tour from Dublin. Explore...

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Ireland Encompassed

11 days | FROM €3,404

Our longest Ireland tour! Take in the the best of Northern Ireland, including a Belfast city tour and free...

An unrivalled history of kings and queens. Empire and conquest. Poets and playwrights. Discover England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland with On The Go Tours.



UK history is as rich as it gets. From the Anglo Saxons to the Vikings, the Romans to the Normans, each has left its mark. Visit Winchester, capital of the Anglo Saxons, or the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover Belfast's Titanic Quarter or uncover the mysteries of Stonehenge. Discover the spot where hapless King John sealed the Magna Carta or see where Queen Victoria was talking about when she declared "it is harder to imagine a prettier spot". On our United Kingdom tours, history truly comes alive.

There's a surprising natural tapestry to unravel in the UK too. From the bleak North Yorkshire Moors to the peaks of Snowdonia, Orkney, Giant's Causeway and the picturesque Lake District to the southern beaches of Cornwall.

Our United Kingdom tours combine the best of history and nature, with a great mix of included sightseeing, optional activities and free time for you to explore your way. So pack your bags, grab your passport, and join us in one of Europe's most popular travel destinations.

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United Kingdom Travel Guide

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Best Places to Visit

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Best Time to Visit

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Nations of the United Kingdom

The UK is made up of four nations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although comprising one country, each has a fierce national identity and a unique history and culture to discover.
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England

England's history is a tapestry woven with tales of conquest, monarchy, and industrial revolution. From the Tudor dynasty to the British Empire, its past shapes its present. English history is full of chequered characters, from Henry VIII to Shakespeare, Wordsworth to Queen Victoria. English culture embraces literature, theatre, and iconic traditions like afternoon tea and fish & chips! The stiff upper lip remains a symbol of resilience. England's national identity intertwines with its historic grandeur, embracing both tradition and modernity.

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Scotland

Scotland's history is marked by clans, battles, and a quest for independence. The Scots have proudly preserved their distinct cultural heritage through music, dance, and the iconic kilt. The bagpipes echo tales of valour, while tartan patterns tell familial stories. With a rich literary tradition and a breathtaking landscape, Scotland's national identity is deeply rooted in a sense of resilience and a unique, proud heritage. Away from the main population centres, the Scottish Isles are hauntingly beautiful, vast expanses of wild and windswept nature.

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Wales

Wales, with its ancient Celtic roots, boasts a history of myths, legends, and resistance. Castles dot the landscape, remnants of a turbulent past and a history of invasion, mostly from its English neighbour. The Welsh language, vibrant in poetry and song, is a testament to cultural endurance. Wales celebrates its folklore through festivals, emphasizing a strong connection to its Celtic origins. The dragon, emblazoned on the national flag, symbolizes the Welsh spirit—tenacious, proud, and deeply connected to its historical roots.

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's narrative unfolds against a backdrop of resilience, history, and cultural richness. Shaped by a turbulent past, from ancient Celtic roots to the Troubles, the region's story is one of tenacity and transformation. Its cultural mosaic weaves together Gaelic traditions and vibrant contemporary expressions. From the haunting melodies of traditional music to the thriving arts scene, Northern Ireland radiates a distinctive charm. The lush landscapes and historic landmarks, such as the Dark Hedges echo tales of a captivating heritage.

Frequently asked questions about our tours to the United Kingdom

Do your tours visit England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland?

All of our tours of Great Britain start and finish in either London or Edinburgh. We have shorter tours of 3 days and longer tours up to 12 days that take in some of the main highlights of England and Scotland. Several of our tours also explore Wales, in particular some of its historic castles and Snowdonia National Park. Take a look at our tour offering at the top of this page to see our full range of trips to the UK!

We also offer tours on the island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland. These all start in Belfast or Dublin.

What is the pace of these United Kingdom trips like?

Our UK tours are quite fast-moving. You will see lots of different places but we often visit two or three destinations (including major cities) in a day, stopping for a few hours at a time in places like Stratford-upon-Avon, Whitby and St Ives. There is plenty of free time in which to further sightsee independently, as well as guided sightseeing.

What sort of accommodation will I stay in on these United Kingdom package trips?

All of our UK tours include simple but comfortable and welcoming accommodation in guesthouses, on a bed and breakfast basis. These are typically small, family run houses and the group may be split between several accommodation options. They usually offer complimentary Wi-Fi connection but not always. They tend to be on the outskirts of town, perhaps a 20 minute walk from the main attractions. Many of the guesthouses we use offer shared bathroom facilities.

For a small supplement, we can upgrade you to 3-star hotel accommodation. You can see the prices for this upgrade on each of our online tour pages. The hotels are typically in a more central location and offer private, ensuite bathroom facilities.

When is the best time to visit the UK?

Although the UK is a year-round destination, the best time to visit is generally the summer months from June - August, which offers the best weather. These months tend to be when the region is at its busiest though, so you may wish to consider visiting during the shoulder seasons. Spring lasts from March - May and autumn is from September - November.

What transport do you use on your United Kingdom package trips?

In the UK we travel in 16-seater Mercedes minibuses with comfortable seating, air-conditioning and large windows. There are no toilets on board but regular comfort breaks are made throughout the trip. We also make use of ferries where applicable, and all ferry tickets are included in the cost of your tour.

How big are the groups on your UK trips?

In the United Kingdom, the maximum group size is 16. On a sold out tour this means that the minibus will be full, but each guest will have plenty of room. If travelling outside of peak seasons, then group sizes may be smaller.

Will I be escorted by a tour guide?

Yes. All of our tours are escorted by a local driver-guide who will keep you entertained with stories and history about the UK. At some attractions you will also enjoy the services of expert local guides. Please note that on some of our longer tours, your guide may change halfway through the trip, as will some members of the group who are only participating in a section of the tour.

Is the UK a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, the UK scores an A- rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 10th out of 203 countries.

Same sex marriage is legal, and there are worker protections in place for people of all sexual orientations. 76 - 100% of consulted citizens consider the UK a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations and most trips for LGBTQ+ travellers to the UK are trouble-free.

The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.

Can I drink the tap water?

Yes, the tap water across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is safe for human consumption. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle on your UK tour. This will save you money and is good for the environment, helping you to reduce your plastic footprint.

The Best of the United Kingdom

Although it's hard to narrow the best places to visit in the United Kingdom down to just six destinations, we've had a go! These are some of the highlights of our United Kingdom tours.
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London

The vibrant capital of England is the start and end point for many of our UK trips, a captivating blend of history and modernity. From iconic landmarks like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to the eclectic energy of Soho and Covent Garden, the city offers a dynamic tapestry of culture, arts, and culinary delights. Explore world-class museums, stroll along the Thames, and witness the historical and contemporary coexisting seamlessly.

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Snowdonia National Park

A haven for nature enthusiasts, Snowdonia in north Wales is home to towering peaks, serene lakes, and ancient woodlands, a picturesque backdrop for exploring. Admire Mount Snowdon and enjoy panoramic views over rolling valleys, or explore the quaint villages nestled in-between. This national park provides a serene escape, perfect for hiking, wildlife spotting, and embracing the tranquillity of the Welsh countryside.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the Scottish gem, enchants with its medieval charm and dramatic landscapes. The Edinburgh Castle stands proudly atop an extinct volcano, while the Royal Mile winds through historic neighbourhoods. Discover the haunting beauty of Arthur's Seat and immerse yourself in the world-famous Edinburgh Festival. This city is a captivating journey through Scottish history, culture, and artistic expression.

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Giant's Causeway

Marvel at the iconic hexagonal basalt columns, formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago in this most famous of attractions in Northern Ireland. Take in the breathtaking coastal scenery, walk along the clifftop trails, and uncover the mythical tales surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Stratford-upon-Avon

Birthplace of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of England's main tourist attractions. Visitors can wander the cobbled streets and explore the Bard's birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. There are countless cosy pubs, a beautiful riverside walk and a Ferris wheel for summer visitors to enjoy too.

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Stonehenge

This UNESCO-listed Neolithic stone circle on Salisbury Plain invites visitors to unravel its ancient secrets. This mysterious site continues to intrigue with its celestial alignment and enigmatic purpose. Witness the sunrise or sunset casting shadows upon the monoliths, and contemplate the mysteries of this iconic landmark.

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