What we do

Special Interest Tours

We specialise in unique and personalised special interest tours of Europe for groups large and small. For over 40 years we have been creating tours for groups that focus on subjects and special events throughout Europe

Meetings and Incentives

We offer MICE groups specialist tailor made programmes from concept to completion. Backed by over 50 years of expertise of handling MICE groups within the UK we offer a seamless and professional service

DMC Services

Full destination management services for groups, FIT travellers, Incentive groups, alumni groups and more

Educational Tours

Bespoke itineraries for schools, university and alumni groups. Whether it's literature, history, language, architecture, religion, sports, music or geography we know where to go and what to see and do to create a completely unique experience

FIT Tours

We provide services such as hotel reservations, attraction and theatre tickets to private transfer and rail tickets throughout Europe for small groups and FIT travellers

Special Events

We create tours around many world class events and exhibitions in Europe such as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Goodwood Festival of Speed, F1 Championship Races, Oberammergau and more bespoke events like the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Miniatura

About Us

We are experts in creating unique and personalised special interest tours of Europe for tailor made groups, meetings and incentive programmes and FIT travellers.

With a proven track record of providing specialist ground arrangements throughout Europe, we create a diverse range of tours with varying themes such as vintage machinery, collectable miniatures, embroidery, industrial heritage, religious pilgrimages, historical events, trams, cars and literature. We also create specialist educational tours for schools such as language or history, performance group tours for visiting choirs and also specialist sports tours for sporting events such as the Silverstone Grand Prix and  the Rugby World Cup.

Barton Hill Travel and Armchair Destination Management have been sister companies under the same ownership for many years, always working in tandem with each other. We now work from the same office and have evolved to combine our logos and websites. 

We look forward to many more years of working with all our clients both from Barton Hill Travel and Armchair Destination Management

Barton Hill Travel

Established in 1976, 45+ years of creating special interest tours of Europe

Armchair DM

Established in 1950, one of the oldest and most reputable DMCs in London

Independent Company

With a core team of 11 staff. We pride ourselves on the fact that you can speak with any one of us directly



I’ve worked in travel for far longer than I would care to admit. My passion is to enable others to travel the world by organising their travel arrangements and encouraging the all-round learning experiences that come from exposure to other cultures.



I've worked in different parts of the travel industry in many different roles but I love that, even now, most days I learn something new. Working on clients’ itineraries is challenging and fascinating in equal measure. I've been lucky enough to travel widely and this remains one of my favourite pastimes.


Operations | Sales Manager

I’ve worked in travel for 20+ years , spending the past 10 years with Barton Hill & Armchair, growing and modernising the company. I enjoy developing business relationships and having run many complex itineraries over the past decade, have an extensive knowledge of special interest locations throughout Europe. I love thinking outside the box and creating experiences out of the ordinary for our clients.


Programme Manager

I started work in the travel industry after leaving school and have amassed a huge knowledge of the industry over many years – too many to mention! I quickly rose through the ranks to run a very successful high street travel agency. I have been working for Barton Hill Travel since 2008.


Programme Manager

I have worked in the travel industry for many years starting in British Airways Engineering in 1989, since which time I have enjoyed many of the thrills of tour operating both inbound and outbound to where I am today. Working for Barton Hill Travel is challenging and exciting and everyday is different, which keeps me on my toes.


Programme Manager

I've been passionate about travel all my life and, although it has taken me a while to get here, I now have my dream job.
I have travelled extensively throughout the UK and Europe and have gathered a wealth of knowledge about hotels, restaurants and places to visit which I am always happy to share.
Research is my speciality and I love being able to work with clients to create exciting, interesting and unusual itineraries. If you have an idea, I'll do my very best to turn it into a reality.

What our clients say

Jon C

Jon C

Texas Christian University

The service and support we received for this trip was amazing. Karen and Miriam delivered incredible support, insight and logistics management.

I am going to London prior to our next trip. I have promised myself that I will come to Barton Hill Travel and thank everyone personally.

We are beyond pleased and would love to engage Barton Hill Travel again.

Julie Mckenna

Julie Mckenna

Australian Youth Choir

The Australian Youth Choir has worked with Barton Hill Travel for over 20 years. During these years, Barton Hill Travel provided quality ground arrangements and choral performance venues on every occasion. Choristers in the Australian Youth Choir have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe and Barton Hill Travel have ensured these young performers gained invaluable experiences. I have no hesitation in recommending their services

Jackie Male

Jackie Male

Angas Travel

We have worked with Barton Hill Travel on a number of different school projects over the last 15 years and have always been impressed with their attention to detail and ability to meet our clients’ specific requests. We have no hesitation in recommending their services as a provider of quality, cost-effective ground arrangements in the UK

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