Looking for something different to do whilst in the UK? If you have already experienced the more popular sights and tour buses, be sure to check out the following alternative tours.
Brit Movie Tours
If you are a fan of television and cinema, there can be nothing more rewarding than discovering inside secrets about your favourite actors and films. Brit Movie Tours offers a variety of unique bus, car and walking tours to famous film locations and television sites across the UK. Tours, which are suitable for all ages, depart from various locations in Bath, London and South Wales, and not only bring film and television to life, but visit some of the UK’s most captivating landmarks.
From following in the footsteps of The Beatles to visiting the filming locations of Doctor Who, Harry Potter and James Bond, tours range from a few hours to three days.
For a full list of tours and prices, visit Britmovietours.com.
Historic Toilet Walk in York
Organised by York Walk, the Historic Toilet Tour is an intriguing and entertaining walk around York that showcases a wide variety of places used in the past as public toilets. During the two hour walk, you will visit everything from Roman latrines and the remains of Anglo-Saxon and Viking toilets, to Medieval garderobes and Victorian toilets. What’s more, some of these toilets are still in use, so you may get the opportunity to try them out for yourself.
A great part of the walk is that, not only will you learn about the variety of toilets, but you will also pass some of York’s most important historical locations, such as Lendal Bridge, St Mary’s Abbey and the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Visit Yorkwalk.co.uk for more information.
Celebrity Tour of London
Ever wondered where the rich and famous live and go out in London? From Madonna’s house to the legendary Abbey Road and intriguing gossips on who did what and where, the London Celebrity walking tour will take you on a glamorous journey through famous music venues, celebrity homes, scenes of the world renowned scandals and filming locations of popular movies (including James Bond and Love Actually).
The Celebrity Tour of London involves trips on the London Underground, so make sure to have a valid Zone 1 Travelcard/Oystercard to take part.
For tour times and price, visit Thecelebrityplanet.com.
Steam Train Journey following in the footsteps of Harry Potter
Operated by West Coast Railways, The Jacobite is a steam train that travels along 84-miles of railway line through the spectacular Scottish countryside, from Fort William to Mallaig. Fans of Harry Potter will be particularly drawn to this journey as the train and its carriages were used for the Hogwarts Express, and it even crosses the iconic 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct made famous by the film.
Other highlights of the journey include views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and Europe’s deepest seawater loch, Loch Nevis.
For departure times and ticket prices, visit Westcoastrailways.co.uk.
Trike Tours – Scotland
Trike Tours is a unique and exhilarating way to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Scotland whilst riding on a chauffeur-driven trike (three-wheeled motorbike), pictured in the image above. With room for a maximum of two passengers, Trike Tours are more personal than traditional bus tours and allow you to relax as the wind blows through your hair and you enjoy the Scottish sights and countryside.
From drives around Edinbugh and Loch Lomond to cigar, golf and whisky tours, each Trike Tour lasts from around one to four hours and is led by a knowledgeable guide.
For a full list of tours and prices, visit Triketoursscotland.com.