Mail on Sunday reader offer: Tour Sandringham with historian Lucy Worsley 

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Tour the charming Royal estate of Sandringham with historian Lucy Worsley

Its glorious coastline, delightful Broads and gentle pace of life have drawn visitors to Norfolk for centuries – and that includes the Royal Family. Sandringham in the west of the county has been the private home of British monarchs since 1862. And throughout her life, the late Queen Elizabeth II loved it as a retreat.

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

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

On our fabulous short break, you will also have ample time to enjoy three heritage railway trips and a memorable cruise by paddle steamer on the Broads. You’ll explore lovely destinations along the way, including Wroxham, Horning and Cromer.

Royal residence: On The Mail on Sunday’s five-day trip of Norfolk, you’ll explore Sandringham House (pictured) which was a beloved country home of the late Queen Elizabeth II

On the tour you will cruise the lovely Norfolk Broads (pictured) aboard the Mississippi paddle boat Southern Comfort

On the tour you will cruise the lovely Norfolk Broads (pictured) aboard the Mississippi paddle boat Southern Comfort


You will be joined by Dr Lucy Worsley

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 won a Bafta for the documentary Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley.

This trip, which includes four nights at the Holiday Inn Norwich North, has proved extremely popular every time it has been run – so book now to secure your place.


Talk and Q&A with Dr Lucy Worsley: You will hear a private talk by historian Lucy, who has presented a number of TV shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and History.

She will host a Q&A session before you visit the Sandringham estate the same day.

Tour Sandringham with Dr Lucy Worsley: The Royal Family’s country retreat since the mid-19th Century, Sandringham is fascinating to explore. 

The walls could tell tales… and Lucy will offer her own insights before you tour the house and gardens, and see the collection of vintage vehicles and exotic curiosities.

Historic rail journeys: You will 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, also known as the Poppy Line.

Cruise the Norfolk Broads: There are few better ways to enjoy the Norfolk Broads than on an afternoon cruise aboard the Mississippi paddle boat Southern Comfort. 

Relax as you follow the course of the river Bure, passing windmills and spotting water birds in the reed beds.


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

YOUR ITINERARY: Day 1 Make your way to Norfolk Day 2 Bure Valley Railway and Mississippi paddle boat Southern Comfort Day 3 The Bittern Line, Poppy Line and Cromer Day 4 Sandringham House and Gardens with Dr Lucy Worsley Day 5 Check out


The price: From £749pp* for five days. The dates: May 8 to 12, July 3 to 7, September 4 to 8, 2023.

Call 01858 582 632, quoting reference TSMS2711. To find out more, visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *From price is per person based on two sharing for May 8 departure. Subject to availability. Single room supplement from £140. ** Please note: we cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam-hauled. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Deposit £175pp. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Leger Holidays Limited and Leger Air Holidays Limited trading as Arena Travel (ABTA V3582 & ATOL 3880).