About Holts

When you book a tour with Holts, you do so knowing that you’re dealing with battlefield tour professionals with exceptional military historical knowledge and dedicated to the success of your tour. We also offer a wide range of other school visits, both in the UK and abroad.

We believe in making life as simple and stress-free for teachers as we can – as testified by those who come back to our school tours year after year.

With almost 40 years’ experience in operating Battlefield and History tours and more than 25 years in running School Travel, Holts Tours prides itself in being the specialist in educational travel and the leading history and battlefield tours company.

Not only do the members of our experienced team all share an interest in history and travel, they’re committed to delivering quality planning and service, paying meticulous attention to detail and providing you with total support. We have genuine concern for the welfare and enjoyment of your students.

The fact that so many schools are loyal to us stems from our appreciation of the challenges associated with co-ordinating a successful school trip.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

Our balanced travel arrangements and logical planning are complemented by the expert advice we receive from our History and Education Advisor, Malcolm Chandler.

For many years Malcolm was Head of History at a large secondary school in the South East. Now retired from teaching, Malcolm remains the Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE History at a major examining board and assists Holts Tours in compiling tour itineraries and unique teacher support materials.

His passion for history is evident in his contributions to the BBC’s web sites and his published works for Longman and Heinemann.