Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour – Not Just for Adults

Salisbury Cathedral, best known for its spire, in the snow.

The Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour takes visitors up into the roof spaces of this extraordinary Medieval church. You even get the opportunity to stand at the base of the iconic spire and look up into it. And there is so much more of interest, from historic graffiti to original panes of stained glass. During the festive season, the tour sets off in time to get to the top of the tower to see the Christmas lights over Salisbury below you. As Sarah shows, this small-group guided tour is not just for adults – its great for kids too. So much so that Sarah and her family have made the Twilight Tower Tour part of their family festive traditions.

The Best of 2018 in Archaeology Travel

The Roman mithraeum at Bloomberg SPACE, London.

Having visited numerous archaeology and history sites and museums in nine European countries during 2018, Thomas chooses the best as his recommendations for anyone visiting Europe in 2019. This is not intended as an exhaustive survey of the best places to visit in Europe, rather a few suggestions for unforgettable experiences based on personal impressions.

VISITING VIENNA – FIRST TIME IMPRESSIONS OF A HISTORY LOVER

The striking Baroque Karlskirche in Vienna, Austria.

With Imperial palaces and churches from over 600 years of Hapsburg rule, over 160 museums – 60 of which are in a vast MuseumQuartier, Vienna is a must for anyone who travels to enjoy the history of a destination. But with so much to see and do, not surprisingly first time visitors feel overwhelmed. History and art buff Bethany shares her impressions and suggestions from her four days in the Austrian capital.

SUNSETS, HISTORY & SANTORINI WITH THE KIDS

With its dramatic volcanic setting, Santorini is one of the more popular of all the Greek islands. Picturesque villages perched on the edge of the caldera offer much sought after settings for stunning sunsets. Santorini is a dream destination for couples looking for romantic getaways. Popular wisdom suggests that Santorini is not the island for a family holiday. Last October Sarah ignored this advice and explored the island and its history with her family of four.

CASE ROMANE DEL CELIO: UNCOVERING THE LAYERS OF ANCIENT ROMAN LIVING

Sitting quietly on top of the Caelian Hill in Rome are the Case Romane del Celio snapshots of early Roman history showing the changes that time and the rise of Christianity brought to the city. Twenty rooms are preserved under a 4th century basilica, each serving as evidence for their former uses over the years as homes, shops, and even as a Christian shrine. Decorated with a unique mix of pagan and early Christian frescoes, these rooms allow visitors a beautiful glimpse into ancient Roman homes and daily life.

BUYING HISTORICAL GIFT EXPERIENCES: HERITAGE & EXPERIENCES ARE TERRIFIC FOR OUR WELL-BEING!

Our love of ‘things’ is increasingly being replaced by experiences – especially those that involve archaeological and historical sites. Finding a gift to suit everyone’s tastes and interests just got easier.