Shore Excursions

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

77 excursions in the British Isles.

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

Stately Scotland & Bagpipe Workshop

This tour combines the best of Scottish elegance and entertainment with the fun factor!

Enjoy an exclusive Visit to Ardgowan House and understand why this beautiful well-kept home is out of bounds to most. The splendour is apparent as you weave your way through the rooms where you’ll learn about the illustrious, colourful and at times incredible history that is on offer as your guide transports you back in time. It’s a fascinating story - one that tells of the fortunes of Robert the Bruce, Princess Pocahontas, Charles I, the Emperor Napoleon and Florence Nightingale amongst others.

Afterwards, you’ll be served refreshments in stately grandeur, before being entertained and given the opportunity to join in a fun workshop which allows you to understand Scottish music and dress. Listening to the bagpipes being played is simply enchanting and you’ll hear how the memorable sound is made using a lot of hot air! Next, get a shot of a ‘chanter’ for yourselves; the instrument used when learning to play the pipes. This fun workshop allows everyone to join in and even try on some tartan to strut around in.

Following a fun time at Ardgowan Estate and taking home with you a certificate proving that you have completed an introduction to bagpipes workshop, you’ll journey along the banks of the River Clyde back to Greenock.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour has very limited space and early booking is advised. This tour involves around three hours of walking (at your discretion) and some standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Stately Scotland & Bagpipe Workshop

The Victor Hugo Trail

An opportunity for literary lovers to walk in the footsteps of one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century.

  • The Victor Hugo Trail
  • The Victor Hugo Trail
  • The Victor Hugo Trail
  • The Victor Hugo Trail
  • The Victor Hugo Trail
  • The Victor Hugo Trail

The famous French author and poet Victor Hugo spent 15 years in exile in Guernsey from 1855 and the island provided the inspiration for many of his fine works. Hugo fell in love with Guernsey and his island home, Hauteville House. During his time in Guernsey he wrote, completed or published, the majority of the works for which he is best known, in particular Les Misérables in 1862.

Step inside Hauteville House, for a guided tour. The house was completely refurbished internally by the author, who was an enthusiastic collector of second hand furniture. His writing room, the Crystal Room, is at the top of the eclectic house and has panoramic views across the capital St Peter Port, out to sea and across to his homeland, France.

Afterwards, you’ll take a walking tour of St Peter Port, passing places associated with Victor, including number 20 Hauteville, the home of his mistress, Juliette Drouet, the old quarter, the parish church of St Peter Port and Candie Gardens, before returning to the harbour.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

The Victor Hugo Trail

In the Steps of the Beatles

Experience the sights and sounds of The Beatles rise to fame on this interesting historical tour. A must for all Beatles fans.

  • In the Steps of the Beatles
  • In the Steps of the Beatles
  • In the Steps of the Beatles

The city of Liverpool was well known internationally long before The Beatles emerged from The Cavern in the swinging sixties, but the city is now a major attraction and mecca for countless numbers of fans and devotees of the ‘Fab Four’ and their music.

See the birthplaces, former homes, schools and venues of The Beatles as you view the city from your coach. Listen to their music as you see the places they wrote about, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Your tour guide will recount the story of The Beatles as stops for photographs are made at places of interest.

Enjoy The Beatles Story, a multimedia exhibit which chronicles the ‘Fab Four’ from their childhood to their final break-up. The story unfolds in 18 audiovisual sets allowing you to experience The Beatles time in Hamburg as well as the sights and sounds of The Cavern Club as it appeared in 1961. Each feature reflects a time or place during The Beatles phenomenal rise to super-stardom.

Continue to Mathew Street, where you can enjoy a short walk to the site of The Cavern Club. Opened in 1957 as a jazz club, The Beatles made their first of nearly 300 performances here in February 1961. Their last performance was in August 1963, by which time they had become international stars.

This excursion will operate by coach. Approximately one hour is spent at the Beatles Story and the venue is wheelchair accessible. There is 20 minutes leisurely walking along Mathew Street. An inside visit to the Cavern Club is not included.

In the Steps of the Beatles

Prehistoric Stonehenge

Discover the mystery surrounding Stonehenge, Europe's most remarkable and intriguing prehistoric monument.

  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain. This mighty symbol is a wonder of the world drawing thousands of visitors each year to witness its awesome majesty and mystery. It stands as a timeless tribute to the people who built it and is now a richly deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The natural and historical stone circle was erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC (earlier than the Egyptian pyramids) by no less than three different cultures. Its extraordinary features include its orientation on the rising and setting sun, incredible geometry, unique jointing and the fact that some stones were dragged over 100 miles to the site.

As you wander around the encircling pathway, your audio guide will provide an insight into the huge significance of Stonehenge. This stone circle also provides many photographic opportunities and with so many theories about its usage and uniqueness, Stonehenge is one of today’s wonders of the world and an absolute must to visit. There is also new visitor centre which includes exhibition galleries, Neolithic Huts, a café and a gift shop.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer time to Stonehenge is approximately one hour. Audio guides are available at the entrance if you wish to explore Stonehenge independently. A shuttle is used for the 10 minute transfer from the visitor centre to the Stonehenge monument. All areas are wheelchair accessible. The area immediately around the stones is cordoned off to protect them. Please remember to carry local currency (pounds sterling).

Prehistoric Stonehenge
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