Podtours of Britain
Your personal sightseeing guide
Whether you're coming to Britain from abroad, or spending a weekend break at home, we have Podtours of many British cities and cathedrals for you to choose from. Our downloadable audio guides show you the sights - but we also try to find new angles, explaining the history and telling a few stories as we go.
- Chichester cathedral is a lovely medieval church but it's equally interesting for its fine collection of modern art, including stained glass windows by Chagall.
- Ely - the city and cathedral. Out in the middle of nowhere, Ely was an island until the fens were drained - yet this was one of the richest abbeys in the country. Visit the fine cathedral and the remains of the monastery buildings and learn about Alan of Walsingham, the man who rebuilt Ely, in our audio guide.
- Gloucester cathedral . The monks took a risk when they gave the murdered Edward II burial here - buit it paid off handsomely when he became an unofficial saint, bringing pilgrims and most importantly their money. That money was well spent on an ambitious building programme, including the beautiful cloisters with their delicate fan vaults - possibly the first ever built.
- Great Malvern Priory has some of the best fifteenth century stained glass in England, and a fine set of carved choir stalls showing scenes from medieval life.
- Norwich Cathedral. Norwich's motto is 'a fine city' and its cathedral is its finest building. Meet a happy skeleton and learn the secrets of the medieval roof bosses, which include a series of hidden messages.
- Peterborough is possibly England's most underrated cathedral - a really beautiful Norman cathedral with a delicate fan-vaulted retrochoir and the burial places of two queens. Download our free podtour to enjoy your visit.
- Salisbury cathedral is the purest work of the Early English style of architecture. Learn about Bishop Richard Poore, who created it, and see the oldest clock in England, with our audio tour.
- Stonehenge Sacred Landscape - our tour shows you the other monuments around Stonehenge and uses the latest archaeological research to try to make sense of the sacred landscape.
- Southwark - visit Shakespeare's London, the home of the Globe theatre and of bull baiting. Hear about the Frost Fairs, a riot in a brewery, and Southwark's unique telephone code.
- Norwich 1450 - in the fifteenth century Norwich was one of the greatest cities in Europe, a cosmopolitan and wealthy community. Visit the fine medieval buildings and meet Norwich's great merchants and nobles - Robert Toppes, Robert Brasyer, and Sir Thomas Erpingham.
- Ipswich - often considered a rather boring town, Ipswich's history is a lot more interesting than you might think. Meet not only Cardinal Wolsey, but also a sixteenth century double agent!
- Winchester Cathedral - one of the finest Norman cathedrals, with some of England's finest Gothic work. The bishops of Winchester were among the most powerful men in the land - particularly William of Wykeham, who founded a school, an Oxford college, and a chantry chapel in the cathedral.
- Lincoln, an amazing city with its cathedral built on top of the
ridge, and the ancient houses of Steep Hill leading down towards the
Coming soon - Edinburgh, a tale of two cities; Durham, home of the warrior bishops; and York, capital of the North.
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