Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of England’s Lake District during a one-week stay on Lake Windermere, and explore delightful Cumbrian villages, Roman ruins, and the homes of celebrated writers.

Please note: The August 2023 departure is listed incorrectly in the September 2022 catalog. The correct date is August 22-30, 2023.

Starting at: $5,790 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The beautiful landscape of Lake Windermere
 Rowing boats on Lake Windermere, England's Lake District
 View of the landscape overlooking Grasmere
 Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria
 Muncaster Castle
 Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth
 The town of Hawkshead, known for William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter
 Typical lane in medieval Hawkshead
 Landscape of England's Lake District, near Hawkshead
 Ruskin's home Brantwood, near Coniston Water
 Holehird Gardens
 Wastwater with Scafell Pike in the distance
 Mist over Hadrian's wall
 Roman ruins of Vindolanda
 Remains of Roman fort at Hardknot Pass
 Aysgarth Waterfalls
 Panoramic view of Buttermere Lake
 Sheep at pasture

England’s Lake District: A One-Week Stay in Historic Cumbria

9 days from $5,790

Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of England’s Lake District during a one-week stay on Lake Windermere, and explore delightful Cumbrian villages, Roman ruins, and the homes of celebrated writers.

Please note: The August 2023 departure is listed incorrectly in the September 2022 catalog. The correct date is August 22-30, 2023.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jun 6 - 14, 2023 Departure
Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton has taught the history of the British Isles and Ireland for the past seventeen years, first at Georgetown and then at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently the director of the University Honors Program. She earned her B.A. in history at Yale and her Ph.D. in medieval history at Harvard, where she also did course work in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Paxton has produced  several lecture series for Wondrium (formerly The Great Courses) on medieval British history and  the Celtic World. She lectures regularly on Irish, Scottish, and British history for Smithsonian Associates.

Aug 22 - 30, 2023 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs is a historian with special expertise in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Norman studies. She has enjoyed traveling with Smithsonian Journeys on more than 50 tours and cruises, sharing her passion and knowledge of Great Britain, France, and Ireland.

With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids. 

In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.

Sep 5 - 13, 2023 Departure
Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth grew up in the north-east of Scotland where she developed a fascination with the early medieval inhabitants of the region – the Picts – and their remarkable stone sculptures. She pursued this interest at the University of Cambridge, and then Harvard University, where she gained a PhD in Celtic Languages and Literatures. After research fellowships at the University of Oxford and University College London, she moved to the University of Glasgow’s department of Celtic and Gaelic, where she has taught since 1998. Katherine has published extensively on various aspects of Pictish studies and on sculpture in Scotland and Ireland, having conducted field-work there and in the Isle of Man and Brittany. She has particular expertise in the field of inscriptions, and her current research interests include the relationships between stone monuments, landscape and memory, and an inter-disciplinary study of Celtic board-games. Katherine has acted as academic consultant on the display of early medieval sculpture at a number of sites, including Iona, and worked with contemporary artists who seek to engage with Scotland’s ancient art. When she’s not thinking about old stones she likes to dance Argentine Tango.

Sep 19 - 27, 2023 Departure
Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd is a popular speaker and author who specializes in Early Modern History, particularly the Tudors and Shakespeare. She has enjoyed speaking to Smithsonian audiences for eight years, offering programs about Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, the Wars of the Roses, Jane Austen, Mothers of the Monarchs, and Shakespeare. She also speaks nationally for Royal Oak Foundation, Agecroft Hall, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, TEDx, and numerous community venues. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and holds graduate degrees in Education from the University of Virginia and English from the University of Utah. The former Manager of Visitor Education of Folger Shakespeare Library, Carol Ann designs interactive Shakespeare programs for students and families. She also delivers corporate communication workshops for organizations in the Washington, DC area and is the author of Building Relationships, One Conversation at a Time: A Guide for Work and Home. Carol Ann is currently writing a book about the Tudors. She loves traveling and can’t wait to share the fascinating history of this wonderful region with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.

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