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  Please note. Due to other commitments we will not   be running any tours in 2018.

To plan your own trip we recommend the website www.antiques-atlas.com. It has been established over 18 years and has the best Antique Fairs Diary covering the UK, with a location based directory of shops, centres, warehouses and fairs that you can search by county - a great resource to plan your own antique buying trip - and it's free to use. It also has an online catalogue from dealers all over the UK with over 53,000 Antiques and later items of stock for sale. You can view images of businesses and their stock all on this single site from your PC.

  Tom Finn Antique and Heritage Tours to Britain   

How about a stay at 'Llanerchydol Hall'
in North Wales

Antique buying and
Historical sight seeing trips to Britain.

Have you thought of combining your antique buying trip with a more leisurely sightseeing trip, and staying in some fantastic locations and accomodation - for example Castles, Stately Homes, Abbeys or Quaint Old World Bed and Breakfasts or Pubs.

Or perhaps you just have an interest in antiques and would like to visit the Cotswolds with its quaint Antique shops, or perhaps York steeped in History with its many antique centres and shops or perhaps take in an antique auction. And of course visit the World Famous 'Newark International Antiques Fair'.

Whatever you are looking to do we can help.

Dear Tom,
Just a few lines to say that Brian & I had a lovely two days with you to Newark antique fair. It was fascinating. I have heard that the new antique fair has started up in Lincoln. Please send us the dates for summer 2010 for us to book with you.
Kindest regards,
Michelle (August 2009)
We toured antiques shops in York and Newark Antiques Fair with Tom Finn in June 2009. He met us off the train in York and guided us around to the shops on one day, then the fair in Newark the next. Tom was so genial and accommodated our every wish without the slightest complaint. He had recommended a beautiful hotel to us, which was as lovely as we’d hoped. Before the first day had ended, he knew our antiques interests and maximised our short time in Newark by guiding us to stalls that were of particular appeal. His advice on buying antiques was second to none. He had forewarned us about his less than perfect navigational skills when driving, but we didn’t get lost once. We got on so well that at the end of our short two-day trip, we were all sad to be parting, including Tom! We’ve met him at other fairs since and fully intend to keep in touch. This trip was a surprise birthday present for my husband and he said it was the best gift he’d ever had - and that really is saying something!

Mark & Cheryl Vosper-Christian (July 2009)
The Incredible Journey...our two day guided tour included an unbelievable antiques buying trip and a medieval jaunt through Stratford upon Avon and Warwick Castle. This was one of the best adventures we have ever experienced. Tom Finn has a wealth of knowledge. His relaxed manner, sense of humour and absolute versatility allowed us to "custom fit " this trip which gave us the opportunity to experience much more than we ever anticipated. This journey through history and Tom's uncanny ability to coordinate driving through the English countryside in itself was unsurpassed. Thank you very much Tom. See you next year as we are planning to join you for another adventure.

Mike Cleary (10th April 2008)


Taking place in the counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire - two of the largest Antiques Fairs in Europe take place back to back six times year.
The key 2019 Dates for the International Antiques Fairs at Lincoln (Arthur Swallow Fairs) and Newark (IACF):

Newark Thursday 31st January 2019, Friday 1st February 2019.
Lincoln Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
Newark Thursday 4th April 2019, Friday 5th April 2019.
Lincoln Wednesday 29th May 2019.
Newark Thursday 30th May 2019, Friday 31st May 2019.
Lincoln Saturday 10th August 2019, Saturday 11th August 2019.
Newark Thursday 15th August 2019, Friday 16th August 2019.
Lincoln Wednesday 9th October 2019.
Newark Thursday 10th October 2019, Friday 11th October 2019.
Lincoln Wednesday 4th December 2019.
Newark Thursday 5th December 2019, Friday 6th December 2019.

Click here for Antique Fairs in Derbyshire
Click here for Antique Fairs in Lincolnshire
Click here for Antique Fairs UK and Ireland Calendar for 2019




The Romans called York 'Eboracum'
Two thousand years of history are crammed within the walls of York - one of Europes most interesting and Historic cities. It is a city to be walked in so the alleyways and corners of medieval domesticity can be discovered and the glory of the Minster - the largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe can be wondered at. Discover Roman, Viking and Medieval History, and the largest railway museum in the world. Find the bargains in the Antique Shops - a must is the Antiques centre York and the Cavendish Antiques centre situated in Stonegate, probably the lovliest street in the country where they sell furniture, glass, china, jewellery and vintage clothing. The Antiques Centre York, also happens to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain !


After one or two hectic days at Swinderby and Newark Antique Fairs. How about spending a little time in Lincoln and Nottingham.
The Romans called the town 'Lindum Colonia'. The three majestic towers of Lincoln's cathedral dominate the sky line of this ancient city and rise as a spectacular landmark above the Lincolnshire plain. Narrow cobbled streets wind down through quaint old buildings and antique shops to the banks of the Witham.


How about a tour of Welsh Castles and a visit to the International Builth Wells Antiques Fair. All combined with a stay (see photos above) in a Stately Home with your very own Four Poster Bed !

Builth Wells International Antiques and Collectors Fair, Royal Welsh Showground.
1st - 2nd May 2010
4th - 5th September 2010


Shakespeare's England, Englands England.
This is the home of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, the heart of Shakespeare Country where you can live history in five Shakespeare houses. Mellowed buldings many half timbered line broad streets. Lush meadows lead to the gently flowing River Avon.
Perhaps take in a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company with a delightful blend of Heritage, Culture, Theatre, Arts and gardens. Shakespeare country is the perfect choice for a short break.

Warwick the Historic county town of Warwickshire grew around the impressive castle. the turretted fortress rises above the lovely River Avon which flows past the castle lends Warwick much of its charm. Britains greatest Medieval Experience.


This the one-time Roman fortress of Deva is now a dignified mixture of medieval and Victorian Architecture. the two mile circuit of Ancient walls, black and white buildings, galloried streets, flights of uneven stops and double tiered shops give Chester its unique atmosphere of medieval England.

SHROPSHIRE - The Hills of Heaven

A coral Reef, a little volcanic activity, the finest escarpment in britain and the highest summit South of the Pennines. Man has added the most dramatic stretch off OFFAS DYKE, the best preserved fortified manor house in England, Hillforts by the dozen and a handful of the best castles. All wrapped up in the most soothing tranquility - This is Shropshire.

SHREWSBURY, Shropshire

This charming old country town is famous for its superb setting, its half timbered buildings and its picturesque streets. MAgnificently set on a virtual island in a huge loop of the River Severn, no less than nine bridges, connect the town to the opposite bank of the severn.


Designated as Englands largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. How about a stay in a Cotswold Farmhouse. There are hundres of villages and Medieval market towns to see and stay in and around the edge of the Cotswolds - Historic cities to explore. For those of you with aninterest in the Arts and Crafts movement a trip to Kelmscott manor - the country home of William Morris the craftsmen, poet and artist who was deeply inspired by the Cotswolds and where he formed the Arts and Cratfs movement is a must.
The English love themed gardens and nowhere is more English than the Cotswolds eveevrywhere there are beautiful gardens to view. Roman and Medieval History is abundant.
The Cotswolds are definately the place to relax and unwind.


Fully escorted service for the duration (or part) of your trip from an experienced antique buyer who has been in the trade for over 30 years. Enabling you to secure your purchases at the best possible prices and assist in the process of getting your purchases back home.

Evening talks from experienced experts in the fields of Art, Ceramics and Antiquities will also be available on request.

We look forward to your company to what will be an enjoyable , profitable and interesting experience for you.
Each trip is tailored just for you whether it's a leisurely trip taking in Historical sites or a mad dash around the trade calls. Whether you stay with us for business or pleasure or a bit of both our aim is to go out of our way to give you a memorable stay and to pack in as much as possible.

Please note. Due to other commitments we will not be running any tours in 2018. See the links for Antiques-Atlas.com at the top of this page for an excellent site you can view stock and plan your own trip on.

For all enquiries please ring Tom Finn on 07946 417074

Alternatively as an initial first point of contact why not drop me an email with details of the sort of trip you are looking for, including any proposed dates and locations to tomfinn@antique-trails.co.uk
I look forward to hearing from you

Tom Finn

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