OXFORD & BLENHEIM PALACE TOURS

OXFORD (7 hrs)

“The city of dreaming spires”
Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is almost unreal in its beauty. Full of students, bicycles, boats and colleges, this ancient city continues to flourish.

It is also the only city of significance NOT bombed in World War II because Hitler wanted to live here when he became Dictator of Britain! Ancient, unchanged and dripping with history. Harry Potter fans will even be able to spot locations from the films.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you will visit;

  • The Old Covered Market
  • The Radcliff Camera
  • The Bodlean Library
  • The quad and interior of one of the Colleges*
  • Visit Christ Church Chapel, which is also Oxford Cathedral
  • A walk through the cobbled back streets
  • Lunch in a characterful old pub

*Interior visits to a College are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before. This is something I will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.

Add 1 hour to the tour and ‘Take a Punt’ – a chauffeured ride on the river Cherwell in one of Oxford’s iconic flat bottomed boats, to create an 8 hour tour.

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OXFORD & BLENHEIM PALACE (9 hrs)

A day of visual riches awaits with this heady combination.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you will visit;

OXFORD
“The city of dreaming spires”, home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Ancient, unchanged and dripping with history, Harry Potter fans will even recognise locations from the films.

  • The Old Covered Market
  • The Radcliff Camera
  • The Bodlean Library
  • The quad and interior of one of the Colleges*
  • Visit Christ Church Chapel, which is also Oxford Cathedral
  • A walk through the cobbled back streets
  • Lunch in a characterful old pub

*Interior visits to a College are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before. This is something I will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.

A short drive away, we’ll arrive at a magnificent baroque palace…

BLENHEIM PALACE
Seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Surrounded by idyllic lakes, lawns and landscape, Blenheim is a feast in every way.

  •  Stroll the Capability  Brown designed gardens 
  • The Palace interior with commentary by Blenheim’s own guides
  • The Winston Churchill Museum and the bed he was born in
  • Family photos past and present
  • An Art collection and tapestries to rival many in the world
  • The Palace scandals the interior guides WON’T tell you!
  • Time allowing – a visit to Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon

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OXFORD or BLENHEIM & WINDSOR CASTLE (9 hrs)

Choose to visit either Oxford & Windsor Castle or Blenhiem Palace & Windsor Castle and either way, you won’t be disappointed. Each is rich with history and depending on your particular interests, well worth a visit.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see;

WINDSOR CASTLE
The oldest continually inhabited castle in the world and HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s chosen residence. Built around 1080, it sits high on a hill with expansive views,  guarding the western approach to London.

  • The Interior State Apartments, containing one of the most important private art and antique collections in the world
  • Queen Mary’s famous Doll’s House 
  • The Great Hall
  • St George’s Chapel burial place of Kings and Queens
  • Stroll the grounds of the castle with spectacular views
  • The Castle precinct and charming old streets of Windsor 

**Please note, your guide will have special accreditation to guide you everywhere at Windsor Castle except the Interior State Apartments – the flow of traffic stops when others stay to listen – so excellent audio guides are included in the price of your ticket for these rooms. The palace’s own guides inside the state rooms are also available for questions.


From the battlements of Winsdor Castle, choose EITHER;

OXFORD
“The city of dreaming spires”, home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world.  The entire city is ancient, unchanged and dripping with history, Harry Potter fans will even recognise locations from the films.

  • The Old Covered Market
  • The Radcliff Camera
  • The Bodlean Library
  • The quad and interior of one of the Colleges*
  • Visit Christ Church Chapel, which is also Oxford Cathedral
  • A walk through the cobbled back streets
  • Lunch in a characterful old pub

*Interior visits to a College are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before. This is something I will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.

OR

From Windsor Castle we travel onto a magnificent baroque Palace…

BLENHEIM PALACE
Seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Surrounded by idyllic lakes, lawns and landscape, Blenheim is a feast in every way.

  •  Stroll the Capability  Brown designed gardens 
  • The Palace interior with commentary by Blenheim’s own guides
  • The Winston Churchill Museum and the bed he was born in
  • Family photos past and present
  • An Art collection and tapestries to rival many in the world
  • The Palace scandals the interior guides WON’T tell you!
  • Time allowing – a visit to Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon

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HARRY POTTER'S OXFORD & STUDIO TOUR (9 hrs)

Lumos! Today it’s all about Harry!

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and the first stop aboard the ‘Experience England Hogwart’s Express’ will be:

HARRY POTTER’S OXFORD
Some of Oxford’s colleges were educating students from the early 1200’s so producers of the Harry Potter films were spoilt for choice when they needed magical looking buildings that could ‘become’ Hogwarts in the early films. In Oxford you’ll see:

  • Hogwarts main entrance hall, corridors and stairway
  • The Great Hall – inspiration for Hogwarts Dining Room*
  • Hogwarts infirmary – where Harry and Ron spent so much time
  • The cobbled streets, allies and markets of Oxford itself
  • Visit to Christ Church Chapel, which is also Oxford Cathedral

*Interior visits to a College are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before. This is something we will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.

Next, wands at the ready, we’ll jump on the ‘Experience England Nimbus 2000’ and off we’ll fly to:

LEAVESDEN STUDIOS
Arriving in time for a light lunch in the studio cafe, before you can say Muggle…

  • Would be Harrys, Rons & Hermiones (big and small) can wonder the sets where the films were made, with the help of state-of-the art, handheld, digital, audio visual guides, narrated by Daniel, Emma and friends, sharing stories of their time growing up, filming in these studios.
  • A new permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films most iconic scenes were created
  • Climb aboard a ‘real’ Hogwarts Express carriage and have your photo taken with a luggage trolley as it disappears through Platform 9, 3/4
  • If you need a refresher, there’s always the chance to enjoy a glass of Butterbeer.

Please note that no guiding is allowed inside Leavesden Studios, so we advise you to book the excellent audio visual guide with your tickets.

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BLETCHLEY PARK CODE BREAKERS (7 hrs)

What if?

For those who take a keen interest in WWII, or those who know very little, Bletchley Park is a moving and fascinating British time capsule of what it meant to ‘pull together’ to win the war.

Created in absolute secrecy (Loose lips, sink ships), populated by some of the keenest, most eccentric minds in Britain, Bletchley Park, a once grand country house became the centre of the top secret plan to break the German Enigma Code.

Churchill’s pet project was shrouded in secrecy, buried in countryside, but the men and women working in their tiny wooden huts, saved Europe and Great Britain from the German war machine and by breaking the Enigma code, shortened the war, saving countless thousands of lives.

Those who were part of the Bletchley Circle, having signed the Official Secrets Act, where so loyal, that no one who had been there, admitted it existed or even spoke of it for another 30 years.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you will visit one of the most historically important locations of WWII.

BLETCHLEY PARK

  • Wander the original estate, complete with lake, tennis court and ballroom
  • Visit the huts where Alan Turing and his team broke the Enigma Code
  • Relive the war experience via an excellent museum and exhibition recreating conditions
  • Largest display of original Enigma machines in the world
  • A reconstruction of ‘The Bombe’
  • A rebuild of a wartime ‘Colossus’ – the world’s first electronic computer

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OXFORD & STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (10 hrs)

From “The city of dreaming spires” and the dream of many a student, to “The stuff which dreams are made on” and the birth place of a master of the English language.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you will visit two of the most iconic locations in England.

OXFORD
Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world and almost unreal in its beauty, it is also the only city of significance NOT bombed in World War II because Hitler wanted to live here when he became ‘Chancelor’ of Britain!

Ancient, unchanged and dripping with atmosphere, students, bicycles & history. Harry Potter fans will even be able to spot locations from the films as well as visits to…

  • The Old Covered Market
  • The Radcliff Camera
  • The Bodlean Library
  • The quad and interior of one of the Colleges*
  • Visit Christ Church Chapel, which is also Oxford Cathedral*
  • A walk through the cobbled back streets

*Interior visits to a College are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before. This is something we will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.
We can discuss your options for lunch when you contact us to book.

From Oxford we’ll drive north to Shakespeare’s birth place, home to the world renown Royal Shakespeare Company…

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

  • Shakespeare’s Grave – complete with curse!
  • Shaksespeare’s birthplace & home to his father’s glove making business
  • The school where Master Shakespeare was a student
  • Other Shakespeare family houses and connections 
  • The idyllic country cottage where he wooed Anne Hathaway
  • Wander the streets of Stratford with their old Tudor black and white buildings
  • Swans and canal barges on the beautiful River Avon
  • Tales of Shakespeare, his family & his move to London

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