Church History Tour of England featuring Pastor Barry Chesney

Trip Highlights

  • 5 Nights in London, 2 Nights in Oxford

  • Professionally guided tour with superior class hotels

  • Churchill War Rooms

  • Buckingham Palace

  • Bunhill Fields Burial Ground

  • John Wesley’s House

  • Worship Service at Enfield Town Community Church

  • Outreach on Turkey Street

  • Tower of London

  • Thames River Cruise

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Metropolitan Tabernacle

  • The British Museum

  • Roman Baths in Bath

  • Stonehenge - Wonder of the World

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • Windsor Castle

  • Christ Church College, Oxford

  • University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

  • Magdalen College

  • Blenheim Palace

Description

Join us on an enlightening journey to explore the fascinating extents of British church history with Pastor Barry Chesney of Valleydale Baptist Church, in London, Oxford, Bath, and Stonehenge! Dive into the rich tapestry of religious heritage, marvel at stunning architectural wonders, and uncover the stories behind centuries of spiritual significance. Also attend a church service and take part volunteering in an outreach event to residents of Turkey Street!

Our meticulously planned itinerary will introduce you to the iconic landmarks and hidden gems that define England and have shaped the religious landscape of England and America. Led by our knowledgeable London guide and enjoying presentations from Pastor Barry who is a true aficionado of church history, you'll embark on an immersive experience that will both educate and inspire!

For more information and to schedule a trip for your group, please fill out an information card and someone will be in touch.

Day 1 - Depart U.S.A.
Day 1 - Depart U.S.A.

Tour members make their own flights to London. After dinner is served, it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the on-board entertainment to prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2 - Arrive in London
Day 2 - Arrive in London

Today we arrive at London Airport, where we meet our guide and driver and have one group transfer to our hotel and check in. This afternoon, we visit the Churchill War Rooms which were an underground bunker that protected the British leadership from the German bombing raids during World War II. Today you can navigate the winding corridors of the bunker and discover how life was for Winston Churchill and his staff who lived and worked around the clock under the streets of London. Explore fascinating spaces like the Map Room, which has been left untouched since 1945, and the Cabinet Room. To learn more about the man himself, The Churchill Museum charts the life of three-time British leader through artefacts, his famous wartime speeches and Churchill's Lifeline, a
15-meter-long interactive table which pulls together all of Churchill's activities in the context of world events.

Pastor Presents: Leadership: The Need of the Hour (Winston Churchill on Leadership)

This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local pub/ restaurant. Overnight is at our hotel in the London area.

Day 3 - London
Day 3 - London

After breakfast, we visit Buckingham Palace (subject to availability). Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. Next, we visit Bunhill Fields Burial Ground where some of the significant figures from the 17th to 19th centuries, including William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan, and Susannah Wesley are buried.

Pastor Presents: How do we have courage for Christ in a secular age? Look at the lives of prominent Nonconformists like John Bunyan, Isaac Watts and John Owen who are buried here.

Then we make a short stop at John Wesley's House.
In the afternoon, we attend Sunday Worship at Enfield Town Community Church, before taking part in evening outreach on Turkey Street. Overnight is at our hotel in the London area.

Day 4 - London
Day 4 - London

Following breakfast at our hotel, we enjoy a guided tour of the Tower of London. On the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London stands the Tower of London and nearly 1000 years of history and intrigue. The Tower of London has been used at various times as a palace, barracks, military stronghold, zoo and most famously as a prison incarcerating famous names like Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, and Guy Fawkes. Then we enjoy a Thames River Cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier. In the afternoon, we have a guided tour of Westminster Abbey.
In modern times the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, coronation of Queen Elizabeth Il and funerals of the Queen Mother and Princess Diana have etched the Abbey into the common memory of billions around the globe.

• Pastor Presents: Sacrificing for the Purpose of Change
(Examining the life of British Member of Parliament
William Wilberforce)

This evening we attend an Evensong at Westminster Abbey (subject to availability). Overnight is at our hotel in the London area.

Day 5 - London
Day 5 - London

This morning we visit the Metropolitan Tabernacle (subject to availability). A large independent Reformed Baptist church in the Elephant and Castle neighborhood, the Metropolitan Tabernacle was once the largest nonconformist church of its day in 1861.

• Pastor Presents: Prioritizing serving the Poor
(Examining the life of Charles Spurgeon)

Next, we visit the British Museum. With around 80,000 objects on display, the British Museum really is one of the great museums of the world. Artifacts from the world's great cultures from pre-history through the Aztecs, Romans, Greek and Egyptian periods include highlights such as the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and Parthenon sculptures. Afterwards, we enjoy lunch in a local pub/restaurant (included). This afternoon, we enjoy some free time for shopping around Covent Garden. Overnight is at our hotel in the London area.

Day 6 - Stonehenge, Bath, London
Day 6 - Stonehenge, Bath, London

Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Bath. First, we visit Stonehenge. This Neolithic stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the most famous wonders of the world. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge upright and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists, and visitors. Next, we enjoy a guided tour of the Roman Baths, some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. Built in AD70 over hot springs the Great Bath still receives over one million litres of hot water daily from the 12,000-year-old Kings Spring below. Afterwards, we return to London and enjoy dinner at a local pub/restaurant. Overnight is at our hotel in the London area.

Day 7 - London to Oxford
Day 7 - London to Oxford

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of St. Paul's
Cathedral, the most recognizable feature of the London skyline. The marble floors, expansive dome murals and Victorian mosaics have provided the backdrop in recent times for the state funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher as well as Jubilee celebrations. We climb into the iconic dome for stunning views across London, try out the acoustics of the Whispering Gallery and head down to the crypt to see the tombs of heavyweight historical figures like Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
• Pastor Presents: What does a God-sized movement look like and how can we participate in one? Discussing the life of John Wesley.

Next, we continue to Windsor and enjoy lunch at a local pub/restaurant (included). Then we enjoy a private tour of Windsor Castle, which was the late Queen Elizabeth Il's favourite weekend home. Here we can witness the colorful and very 'British' spectacle of the guards marching through the streets of Windsor for the Changing the Guard ceremony within Windsor Castle's walls. Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in Oxford and check in. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. Overnight is at our hotel in the Oxford area.

Day 8 - Oxford
Day 8 - Oxford

This morning, we make a stop at the Martyrs Memorial, before making our way to Christ Church College (subject to availability. It is indelibly linked to some of the great historical figures in the spheres of religion, philosophy and politics including John Wesley, Robert Peel, William Gladstone and no less than 13 British Prime Ministers. Then we visit the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

• Pastor Presents: Leading with Conviction (Examining the life of Thomas Cranmer and the Oxford Martyrs)
Next, we visit Magdalen College (subject to availability).

• Pastor Presents: Maximizing our giftedness for God's glory (Examining the life of C.S. Lewis)

After lunch, we journey to the Cotswolds town of Woodstock and enjoy a tour of Blenheim Palace. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. Then we return to Oxford and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local pub/restaurant. Overnight at our hotel in the Oxford area.

Day 9 - Depart Oxford, Arrive in U.S.A.
Day 9 - Depart Oxford, Arrive in U.S.A.

This morning we depart Oxford and have one group transfer to London Heathrow Airport for our journey home.
Travelers make their own flights.

Tour Info

Duration
9 days
Group Size
20 to 50
Price starts at
$3,951

Why take this tour?

Pastor Barry and Courtney Chesney would like to invite you and your loved ones to experience England with them!

Throughout the tour, our expert guide will provide captivating insights and anecdotes, connecting the dots between the architecture, religious figures, and historical events that have shaped the spiritual fabric of these remarkable destinations. Pastor Barry will speak at key sights on topics ranging from leadership and courage for Christ in a secular age, to maximizing our giftedness for God’s glory!

Book your spot on this inaugural launch of the premier Church History Tour of England, and let your soul be nourished by the profound tales of the past combined with inspiration for the future.

For more information and to book, please fill out the Request Info section below.

Included

  • Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation

  • First Class/Superior Class Hotels

  • Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Entrance Fees

  • Guided Sightseeing

  • “Pastor Presents” presentations, devotions, and reflections

Excluded

  • Airfare is not included and can be planned on your own.

Things to know

Itinerary Changes

While we do the very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control may affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes made by your tour leader, tour guide, or the local office.

While we do the very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control may affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes made by your tour leader, tour guide, or the local office.

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