Explore Sandringham with Royal expert Dr Lucy Worsley

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Explore Sandringham – the private home of four generations of British monarchs – with Royal expert Dr Lucy Worsley

With a coastline packed with delightful beaches, beautiful countryside and a gentle pace of life, Norfolk has become the perfect salve for the rush of daily life. 

For many years, the Queen has also enjoyed retreating to the county – to Sandringham, the private home of four generations of British monarchs.

Her grandfather, King George V, described the house as ‘dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world’, while George VI, the Queen’s father, wrote to his mother: ‘I have always been so happy here and I love the place.’

Majestic: For many years, the Queen has enjoyed retreating to Norfolk – to Sandringham, the private home of four generations of British monarchs

You will take a scenic coastal trip on the North Norfolk Railway, affectionately known as the Poppy Line


You will be joined by Dr Lucy Worsley

Dr Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and the author of many books, including Courtiers: A Secret History Of The Georgian Court and If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History Of Your Home. She has presented Six Wives With Lucy Worsley and Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors, and last year won the Bafta for Specialist Factual for the documentary Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley.

On this extraordinary five-day trip, you will visit Sandringham in the company of historian Dr Lucy Worsley. Lucy will give an exclusive talk and answer your questions about the country’s great houses and the Royal Family.

You will also have ample time to enjoy no fewer than three heritage railway journeys and a cruise by paddle steamer on the Norfolk Broads on this wonderful short break. You’ll explore delightful destinations along the way, including Wroxham, Horning and Cromer.

This exclusive trip proved extremely popular when we first ran it, so book now to secure your place.


You will enjoy a private talk from the historian, who has presented a number of television shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and the History channel. 

Lucy will host a question-and-answer session before you visit Sandringham the same day.

Tour Sandringham with Dr Worsley

The Royal Family’s country retreat since the mid-19th Century, Sandringham is a fascinating estate to explore, where the walls could tell many a tale. 

Lucy will offer her own insights before you tour the house and its gardens and admire the collection of vintage vehicles and exotic curiosities.

Historic rail journeys

You will also enjoy three fantastic heritage rail journeys. Admire Norfolk’s unspoilt countryside as you ride the Bure Valley Railway, travel between Norwich and Sheringham on the Bittern Line, and take a scenic coastal trip on the North Norfolk Railway, affectionately known as the Poppy Line.

Cruise on the Broads

There are few better ways to enjoy the beautiful Broads than on an afternoon cruise on the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat. Relax as you follow the course of the River Bure, passing windmills and spotting water birds.


  • Four nights’ half-board accommodation at the Holiday Inn Norwich North.
  • Talk, Q&A and Sandringham tour with Dr Lucy Worsley.
  • Coach transfers for our excursions.
  • Services of an experienced tour manager.
  • Cruise on the Norfolk Broads aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat.
  • Steam train journey on the Bure Valley Railway**.
  • Journey aboard the Bittern Line.
  • Steam train journey on the Poppy Line**.
  • Entrance to the Sandringham Estate. 


DAY 1 Make your way to Norfolk DAY 2 Bure Valley Railway and Mississippi Paddle Boat DAY 3 The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line and Cromer DAY 4 Sandringham House and Gardens with Dr Lucy Worsley DAY 5 Check out


The price: From £649*pp for five days. The dates: September 22-26, 2021.

Call 01858 582 632, quoting reference TSMS2102. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/norfolkworsley.  

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *From price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single room supplement from £120. ** Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam-hauled. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners. Our travel partner, Arena Travel, is ABTA-bonded. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/norfolkworsley.

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