Turrets, Castles & Royal Heritage

Home to England’s monarchy for centuries, it is not surprising that the South East region boasts a high concentration of grand residences with past and present royal connections.

The Queen’s favourite weekend home, Windsor Castle, is the jewel in this Royal Borough’s crown and stands majestically on the hill overlooking the town. It also hails as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, the original castle being built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Spend your time exploring the impressive castle, including the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel where several members of the royal family have made their wedding vows and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the most famous dolls’ house in the world!

Within the county of Kent, there are grand residences and royal connections in abundance. The 14th century Penshurst Place and Gardens, a former hunting lodge of King Henry VIII and where Elizabeth I was a frequent visitor is a glorious place to visit and has a fascinating past. The romantic double-moated Hever Castle, renowned for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, has 125 acres of award-winning gardens to explore with its maze and fascinating collection of Miniature Model Houses, boating lake, Japanese Tea House and the fragrant quintessential English Rose Garden.

The magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence located south west of London, Hampton Court Palace, must be seen to be believed. There are many things to see including Henry VIII’s Great Hall – England’s last and greatest medieval hall, the beautiful Chapel Royal, which has been in continuous use for over 450 years, Henry VIII’s kitchens, William III’s apartments, the Kitchen Garden, the beautiful Hampton Court Gardens and the only surviving royal Chocolate Kitchens, which lay hidden for years before now being open to the public for the first time in almost 300 years! The Palace is the dramatic setting for music festivals, open air summer concerts and traditional Tudor themed jousting events.

From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director
Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir