Smithsonian Journeys Dispatches

Video: Tudors from the Air

Ruling from 1485 to 1603, the Tudor dynasty included some of England's most fascinating monarchs. Like celebrities of today, they were equally lauded and demonized, their lives played out on the Shakespearean stage. Five centuries later, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots still captivate the imagination. Thanks to the Smithsonian Channel, take a virtual voyage over some of England's most important Tudor landmarks.

One of our most popular new tours is A Tudor Tapestry, where we explore royal residences and strongholds, from countryside to harbor, with noted authors and historians. Next April's departure is filling quickly, so click to find out more.

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