Exceptional Experiences: England

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Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

Pomp and Pampering

Windsor Castle, Downtown’s Crawleys, Costumiers

Highclere Castle—a.k.a. Downton Abbey.
Get after-hours access to Stonehenge.

Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Windsor Castle
Be among the privileged few to receive after-hours access to Stonehenge. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk inside the stone circle, then travel to Salisbury Cathedral to see the original Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215. Finally, enjoy a private guided tour inside Windsor Castle, including the opulent State Apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

In the Shadow of the Crawleys
Gain extraordinary private access to Highclere Castle, the sprawling 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire where Downton Abbey is filmed. Your expert guide welcomes you beyond the velvet ropes to view many of the opulently furnished rooms. Feel like royalty while lunching in the palatial State Dining Room.

A Private Peek at Parliament
Go inside London’s Houses of Parliament and gain true understanding of the United Kingdom’s government. Your adept guide will provide insight during your private exploration of the Palace of Westminster, which includes the Commons and Lords Chambers, the Queen’s Robing Room and the Royal Gallery.

World’s Largest Costumiers
Discover Angels Costumiers’ astounding collection of beautifully crafted outfits during your exclusive visit. Host to more than eight miles of bespoke garments, Angels Costumiers has won the Oscar for best costume design over 30 times, including for such blockbusters as Gladiator and Titanic. Meet the dedicated tailors and dressmakers and view stunning costumes.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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