Day Trips By Car - Guided Driving Tours From London

London is just the beginning! England’s most beautiful and bewitching villages, towns, cities and countryside are just ‘a day away’.              

Castle Tours
Palaces and Stately Homes

Ancient Monuments such as Stonehenge

Quintessential English villages, countryside & sheep!

On the day of our tour together, your driver-guide will collect you from your central London hotel in their comfortable car or MPV, so your day will begin and end in comfort.

Some walking is usual to better explore some of sites, but if you have any mobility issues just let us know when booking and we’ll do our utmost to tailor everything for your comfort. If you would prefer, with notice, we are happy to arrange a wheelchair.

*Please note that tour prices include all guiding services, preplanning, fuel and parking, but does not include entry fees or refreshments.

**With advance notice, in some situations, we can arrange for a guide and separate driver and vehicle if appropriate due to group size or special requests.

For easy reference, we have grouped tours by geographical area, i.e. where it is possible to visit and return in one day.

If there is a specific area you are interested in that is not listed below, or you would like to create an itinerary for multiple days, please do email us and we can work together to create an itinerary that can include overnight stays of up to two weeks, encompassing much of England and Scotland.

Windsor Castle & Hampton Court Tours

Located just on the edge of London, visits to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court make for easy and highly satisfying
half day, or full day, tours by car.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE (5 hrs)

This ties for 1st Place with Blenheim as my favourite Royal Palace in England and is much less visited than Windsor. Atmospheric and very beautiful, Hampton Court was Henry VIII’s personal pleasure dome! Probably more child-friendly than Windsor too.

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

  • The medieval Kitchens with walk in fireplaces
  •  The Great Hall where Henry wooed Anne Boleyn and entertained his 1,200 strong court with notorious banquets
  • Where William Shakespeare performed for Royalty
  • King William III’s slightly newer additions done in the very elegant French style of the time
  • The Armory Hall, designed to overwhelm any visitor who
    might be considering treason or war
  • The world famous Hampton Court Maze, the oldest maze in the world and surrounding Gardens, unmissable, with huge topiary and ancient trees

WINDSOR CASTLE (5 hrs)

Located just outside London, Windsor Castle is not only the oldest continually inhabited castle in the world, but also Queen Elizabeth’s main home and chosen residence. Built around 1080, it sits high on a hill with expansive views,  guarding the western approach to London.

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

  • 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 has 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.

Once your tour has been booked, tickets for Windsor Castle can be purchased in advance HERE

If you would like to have lunch in a 500 year old pub in Windsor after your tour, no problem – this makes a 6 hour tour. Just Contact Us to enquire.

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WINDSOR & HAMPTON COURT (9 hrs)

Compare and contrast!
Queen’s Elizabeth’s favourite family home, vs Henry VIII’s, Tudor pleasure dome!

See how tastes and royal pleasures have changed.
A perfect day for anyone who loves history, gardens and all things Royal, with a stop for lunch along the way.

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

WINDSOR CASTLE

  • 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
  • A stroll around the grounds of the castle 
  • The Castle precinct and charming old streets of Windsor

**Please note, your guide has 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.

Once your tour has been booked, tickets for Windsor Castle can be purchased in advance HERE


HAMPTON COURT PALACE 

  • The medieval Kitchens with walk in fireplaces
  •  The Great Hall where Henry wooed Anne Boleyn and entertained his 1,200 strong court with notorious banquets
  • Where William Shakespeare performed for Royalty
  • King William III’s slightly newer additions done in the very elegant French style of the time
  • The Armory Hall, designed to overwhelm any visitor who
    might be considering treason or war
  • The world famous Hampton Court Maze, the oldest maze in the world and surrounding Gardens, unmissable, with huge topiary and ancient trees

WINDSOR or HAMPTON COURT & ROYAL LONDON (8 hrs)

If you were glued to the TV when William & Katherine were married at Westminster Abbey, or are simply interested in all things Royal, this is the tour for you.
Royal Church & Royal Residence?  Or  Royal Church & Royal Pleasure Dome?

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

  • Inside Westminster Abbey, the Royal Coronation Church
  • Guard Change*
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St. James Palace
  • 2 Royal Parks
  • Prince Charles’ House
  • Horseguard’s Parade
  • Downing Street

*The Changing of the Guard doesn’t take place every day and we’ll need to move about to see the best bits. It will take approx. 60 minutes and we can tailor the rest of the day accordingly.

Then, we’re off for more Royal history visiting EITHER,

HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Henry VIII’s personal pleasure palace. Tudor England’s Monte Carlo! A wonderful place for children as well as adults. 

or

WINDSOR CASTLE
The oldest inhabited Castle in the world and Her Majesty The Queen’s favourite residence.

The choice is yours!

**Please note, your guide has 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 only. The palace’s own guides inside the state rooms are also available for questions.

Once your tour has been booked, tickets for Windsor Castle can be purchased in advance HERE


THAMES VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE & PUB LUNCH (6 hrs)

Town & Country in one day.

The River Thames flows to London from The Cotswolds, perhaps the most famous rural area of England, but closer to London lies the beautiful Thames Valley, an equally lovely area of rolling hills, characterful towns, tiny villages and country pubs.

It’s proximity to London makes it ideal for a shorter tour, to taste quintessential English countryside and traditional
pub fare!

This bite size tour means that I can collect you from your central London hotel at 10.ooam for your private guided tour
to explore this this beautiful area and enjoy a delicious pub lunch, before returning you to London by mid-afternoon.

Your guide can then drop you at your hotel, or some other central location in town just in case you fancy a bit of shopping or city sightseeing.

Combined with:

WINDSOR CASTLE  or  OXFORD to create a 10 hour tour.

Stonehenge & Bath Tours

There are many ways to combine tours of Stonehenge & Bath, but here, in our opinion, are the very best.

STONEHENGE (6 hrs)

At this EUNESCO World Heritage Site, archaeologists have recently revealed the answers to many of the questions that have baffled us for millennia – yet there are still many unsolved mysteries surrounding this 5000 year old site. Unlike many guides, we combine the latest archaeological information with the more mysterious side of this ‘Wonder’. Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll investigate;

  • How did Neolithic man erect stones weighing over 40 tons?
  • How did they get the stones here from over 140 miles away?
  • How did they shape the stone with no metal tools?
  • How burial mounds surrounding the area appear to be linked by ‘mystical’ paths?
  • Why do large patterns appear in fields overnight in the surrounding area?

1 hour private access visits either before or after official visiting hours. These visits will need to be booked well in advance through ourselves. *When your tour has been booked, please do check with us regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE

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STONEHENGE, LOCAL VILLAGES & PUB LUNCH (8 hrs)

For those wishing to make more of a day of it, this is the perfect opportunity to visit this ancient area in a bit more depth.
A taste of the beautiful British countryside, as well as a fascinating glimpse into the world of Neolithic man.

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

  • The Monolith and Mystery of  World Heritage Site, STONEHENGE
  • Ancient river valley villages with thatched cottages and grand manor houses
  • A low beamed country pub for lunch, with great food, log fires in winter and a lovely garden in summer.

*When your tour has been booked, please do check with us regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE

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BATH (8 hrs)

Just like Stonehenge, the entire city of Bath is listed as a EUNESCO World Heritage Site.

Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa and re-built in the 1700 in beautiful golden stone, the city known for it’s ‘healing waters’, quickly became societies favourite spot to ‘see and be seen’ and one of Jane Austen’s favourite places to live and write.

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

  • The best preserved Roman Baths in the world
  • The Famous Pump Tea Rooms
  • The Poulteney Bridge
  • The Circus and The Crescent
  • Bath Abbey, named ‘The Lantern of the West by Elizabeth I
  • A wander through the characterful, old, winding streets

Fans of BBC period dramas are bound to find some parts of the city ‘familiar’. Filming often takes place here so do keep your bonnet and great coat to hand.

Combine with:
Castle Combe, once voted ‘The Most Beautiful Village In England’ to create a 9 hour tour.

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STONEHENGE & BATH (12 hrs)

A very popular day out as it means the chance to get to know TWO extraordinary World Heritage Sites. The added bonus is that travelling between the two affords a great opportunity to see some of our beautiful English countryside as well.

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

STONEHENGE
A 5 thousand year old monolith created by Neolithic man…

  • How did Neolithic man lift stones weighing over 40 tons?
  • How did they get the stones here from over 140 miles away?
  • How did they shape the stone with no metal tools?
  • How burial mounds surrounding the area are linked by ‘mystical’ paths?
  • Why do large patterns appear in fields overnight in the surrounding area?

*When your tour has been booked, please do check with me regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE

From the mysteries of Stonehenge we’ll move on to the beauty of…

BATH
Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa and re-built in the 1700 in beautiful golden stone, it has…

  • The best preserved Roman Baths in the world
  • The Famous Pump Tea Rooms
  • Visit the Poulteney Bridge, The Circus and The Crescent
  • Bath Abbey, named ‘The Lantern of the West’ by Elizabeth I
  • A wander through the characterful, old, winding streets

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STONEHENGE & WINDSOR (10 hrs)

A national symbol and a EUNESCO World Heritage Site in one day. Two very different stone structures, millennia apart, but two of our most powerful ‘British’ monuments.

It’s best to make an early start for this tour, so your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll explore;

STONEHENGE
A 5 thousand year old monolith created by Neolithic man…

  • How did Neolithic man lift stones weighing over 40 tons?
  • How did they get the stones here from over 140 miles away?
  • How did they shape the stone with no metal tools?
  • How burial mounds surrounding the area are linked by ‘mystical’ paths?
  • Why do large patterns appear in fields overnight in the surrounding area?

*When your tour has been booked, please do check with us regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE
From a 5000 year old stone circle we’ll move forward in time to an 1000 year ancient Castle.

WINDSOR CASTLE
The ‘family’ home of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the oldest continuously inhabited Castle in the World.

  • Lunch in a 500 year-old Windsor pub.
  • 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 the charming old street of Windsor


**Please note – your guide has special accreditation to guide you everywhere at Windsor Castle except the Interior State Apartments – the flow of traffic stops when others 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.

Once your tour has been booked, tickets for Windsor Castle should be purchased in advance HERE

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STONEHENGE & AVEBURY (10 hrs)

At Stonehenge the stones are the main attractions, but combine it with a visit to Avebury and you will be standing inside Britain’s largest Neolithic Henge (a ditch and bank of earth with standing stones).

This Avebury henge is so large that a lovely village – complete with thatched pub and shop – has grown up in the middle of it.

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

STONEHENGE

  • A 5 thousand year old monolith created by Neolithic man
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • One of Britain’s greatest and most mysterious landmarks

**When your tour has been booked, please do check with us regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE


From Stonehenge, we’ll move on to…

AVEBURY
Unlike Stonehenge, at Avebury you can walk among and touch the Neolithic stones, the largest of which is 100 tons.

  • Dwarfs Stonehenge in both diameter and depth
  • Part of a Neolithic complex which includes the largest man made mound in Europe
  • A vast burial mound or ‘Long Barrow’ dating back 2000 years BEFORE Tutankhamen
    was buried in Egypt. You can even walk inside it.

Please note: The visit to the Long Barrow is a 10 min walk up hill, across farmland, so do come prepared with correct footwear as the surrounding fields will be wet and muddy after a rain.  Well worth it though!

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STONEHENGE & SALISBURY (10 hrs)

Two very different examples of ancient architecture.
From myth and legend to the home of perhaps the most important document in modern democracy.

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

STONEHENGE
A 5 thousand year old monolith created by Neolithic man…

  • How did Neolithic man lift stones weighing over 40 tons?
  • How did they get the stones here from over 140 miles away?
  • How did they shape the stone with no metal tools?
  • How burial mounds surrounding the area are linked by ‘mystical’ paths?
  • Why do large patterns appear in fields overnight in the surrounding area?

*When your tour has been booked, please do check with us regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE
Just 8 miles from STONEHENGE, we will move on to the magnificence of…

SALISBURY
Witness to history, Salisbury and it’s famous Cathedral have been part of the greatest historical movements
throughout Britain’s long, tumultuous legacy.

  • Legendary Salisbury Cathedral
  • The tallest Spire in England and the oldest clock in Britain
  • Home to the 800 year old MAGNA CARTA – the “Great Charter”
    (one of only 4 original 1215 copies and the best preserved)
  • Enjoy lunch in this region’s main Market Town, or in a country pub on the way 

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STONEHENGE, PUB LUNCH & STOURHEAD GARDENS (11hrs)

Beauty and the Beast. From the primitive landscape and scale of Stonehenge, to the efforts and breathtaking vision of one man.

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

STONEHENGE

  • A 5 thousand year old monolith created by Neolithic man
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • One of Britain’s greatest and most mysterious landmarks

**When your tour has been booked, please do check with me regarding time slots before purchasing tickets for Stonehenge in advance HERE

With plenty to be discussed we’ll move onto lunch in a beautiful Country Pub on the grounds of Stourhead.

STOURHEAD GARDENS
Created in 1740 by Henry Hoare, who transformed the very ordinary estate he inherited into a breathtaking work of horticultural art.  A real ‘must’ for anyone who loves gardens and gardening.

  • Walk around the magnificent lake 
  • Classical Temples
  • Rare and exotic trees
  • Magical Grottos
  • Characterful cottages

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AVEBURY, LACOCK & CASTLE COMBE (10 hrs)

The perfect day for anyone wanting to get off the beaten track, step back in time and explore some of the ancient villages and towns of England.

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

AVEBURY
Unlike Stonehenge, at Avebury you can walk among and touch the Neolithic stones, the largest of which is 100 tons.

  • Dwarfs Stonehenge in both diameter and depth
  • Part of a Neolithic complex which includes the largest man made mound in Europe 
  • Walk inside a vast burial mound or ‘Long Barrow’ dating back 2000 years BEFORE Tutankhamen was buried in Egypt 

**The visit to the Long Barrow is a 10 min walk up hill, across farmland, so do come prepared with correct footwear as the surrounding fields will be wet and muddy after a rain.  Well worth it though!

LACOCK
Imagine a small town with non of the outward trappings of this century, or the last, or the one before that.
Not much has changed here since the 1700’s. You may see ‘modern’ cars, and the odd alarm, but not much else.

  • Walk through the quiet streets of the village or wonder through the rooms in the Abbey and you may recognise locations from BBC productions such as – Cranford with Dame Judy DenchPride & Prejudice with Colin Firth’s famous Mr. Darcy and Part of Hogwarts School in 3 Harry Potter films

CASTLE COMBE
Once voted ‘The Most Beautiful Village in England’, Castle Combe will give you a taste of the Cotswolds.

  • ‘Doctor Dolittle’ and Steven Speilberg’s ‘War Horse’ filmed here
  • Tiny stone ‘Weavers Cottages’ that housed the wool workforce
  • The Market Cross known to wool traders since the 1300’s 

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Oxford & Blenheim Palace / Stratford-Upon-Avon & The Cotswolds Tours

Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Stratford Upon Avon, The Cotswolds and Warwick Castle are all in the same geographical direction from London, which makes it very easy to combine tours in various ways. Depending on your interests and how long you would like your tour to last, trips can be arranged from 6 to 10hrs as a day trip from London, or multiple days, to allow you the opportunity of staying overnight in lovely old inns, or smart manor house hotels, using this beautiful area as a base

Please see OVERNIGHT TOURS for more information.

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. Make this a 10hr tour if you would like a leisurely lunch in an old pub!

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

*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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THE COTSWOLDS, VILLAGES & COUNTRYSIDE (10 hrs)

The Cotswolds is what many people think England ought to look like… extraordinary ancient, honey-coloured limestone villages with tiny shops and inns, sheep grazing in stone-walled fields, rolling hills, forests, fields, falconry – and more sheep. A country-lover’s dream.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel and together you will explore all the things that make The Cotswolds so special.

For extraordinary reasons, ordinary people were building their cottages and houses in stone from the 1200’s in this region, at a time when most towns and villages were built in wood and as a result are long gone. A visit to this area of England is very much trip into the past.

  • The famous thatched cottages of Chipping Campden
  • Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Stow on The Wold
  • Broadway
  • Snowshill
  • Tiny Lanes and rolling hills
  • Lunch in an ancient pub
  • Excellent antique shops

 

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OXFORD or BLENHEIM & THE COTSWOLDS (10 hrs)

Combine the dreaming spires of Oxford or the quirky majesty of Blenheim Palace with a visit to the ancient villages and countryside of The Cotswolds.

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

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 we will double-check before our tour so we know exactly what time is best to visit on a given day.

OR if not Oxford, then allow a magnificent baroque palace to tempt you instead…

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

After a simple lunch we’ll spend the afternoon visiting some of the most beautiful countryside in England.

THE COTSWOLDS is what many people think England ought to look like… as evidenced by most British period dramas – many of which are filmed in this area. For extraordinary reasons, ordinary people were building their cottages and houses in stone from the 1200’s in this region, at a time when most towns and villages were built in wood and as a result are long gone. A visit to this area of England is very much trip into the past.

  • The famous thatched cottages of Chipping Campden
  • Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Stow on The Wold
  • Broadway
  • Snowshill
  • Tiny Lanes and rolling hills
  • Lunch in an ancient pub
  • Excellent antique shops

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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & THE COTSWOLDS (10 hrs)

The Bard’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon is situated just on the Northerly edge of the famously beautiful countryside known as The Cotswolds.  A fantastic combination for a full and memorable day.

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

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

  • Shakespeare’s Grave – complete with curse and missing head!
  • 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 buildings
  • Swans and canal barges on the beautiful River Avon
  • Tales of Shakespeare, his family & his move to London
  • Lunch in a famous fish and chip shop

After lunch, you’ll travel on down through The Cotswolds:

  • The famous thatched cottages of Chipping Campden
  • Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Stow-on-The-Wold (complete with village stocks)
  • Broadway
  • Snowshill
  • Tiny Lanes and rolling hills
  • Excellent antique shops

The above is just a sample of what is possible, if the weather is wonderful, you could perhaps have lunch in the garden of a lovely old pub, visit antique shops in the area, or see a falconry exhibition.

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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & WARWICK CASTLE (10 hrs)

A full day of experiences both magical and literary and a fantastic day out for children.

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

WARWICK CASTLE, the former home of the Earls of Warwick is not just a beautiful ‘stately home’. It is a proper ‘keep ‘em out or lock ‘em up’, haunted (yes, really!) medieval fortress on a hill, complete with battlements, towers and dungeons. In 1978, Madam Tussaud’s bought the castle and set up wax figure tableaux to illustrate the historical figures (and ghosts) connected with the castle. A real family destination very much aimed at a younger audience.

  • Great for kids – lots of ‘experiences’ aimed at younger visitors
    i.e. Falconry and Jousting exhibitions
  • Walk The Battlements (only for the fit!)
  • Visit the Oubliette, where prisoners where ‘forgotten’
  • See the Great Hall and family apartments
  • Spooky dungeon experience (extra fee)
  • Special tower experience for budding princesses (extra fee)

From a fairytale castle you’ll move on to visit the birthplace of a real life literary legend.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, 

  • See 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 its Tudor buildings
  • Swans and canal barges on the beautiful River Avon
  • Tales of Shakespeare, his family & his move to London

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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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Leeds Castle, Churchill's Chartwell House & Hever Castle

Just to the south of London lie three of England’s most iconic houses and castles, all easily accessible by car in a day.

Leeds Castle is a fairytale setting brought to life, rising out of it’s own lake. “The most romantic Castle in the world” was once a home to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

According to Winston Churchill “A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted”. Chartwell House was the family home of Sir Winston and his beloved wife ‘Clemmy’. Now open to the public, it affords a rare opportunity to see the life behind the scenes, of the man who shepherded the world to victory in WWII.

Hever Castle was the seat of the Boleyn family. Ambitious, power hungry and ruthless to get ahead, one sister would become Henry VIII’s mistress and be cast aside. The other would become his wife and the most controversial Queen in English history.

CHARTWELL - CHURCHILL'S COUNTRY HOME (6 hrs)

In 1922, Winston Churchill fell in love with a wreck of a house, set in 80 acres of stunning valley overlooking the Weald of Kent, and set about renovating the house and gardens, doing much of the work himself.

In later years, when the Churchill’s were struggling for money, a group of friends bought the house and presented it to the National Trust with the proviso that Winston and his beloved ‘Clemmy’ could live there as long as they liked.

Now, we can all visit this handsome house and it’s spectacular gardens. Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll visit:

CHARTWELL HOUSE & GARDENS

  • Explore the interior of Churchill’s private home and study
  • Visit his studio and see many of the paintings he did there
  • Enjoy the stunning grounds and gardens. 

A wonderful way to gain a better understanding of the man and his family life.

Combine with Lunch at the Cafe at Chartwell which serves good, simply cooked local produce, sandwiches and cakes to create a 7 hour day.
or
Combine with a 3 hour London tour, dedicated to WWII and Winston himself, to create a 9 hour day.

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CHARTWELL & HEVER CASTLE (9 hrs)

The family homes of two of Britain’s most famous personalities; the great Sir Winston Churchill and the notorious Anne Boleyn.

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

CHARTWELL HOUSE & GARDENS

  • Explore the interior of Churchill’s private home and study
  • Visit his studio and see many of the paintings he did there
  • Enjoy the stunning grounds and gardens. 

A wonderful way to gain a better understanding of the man and his family life.

After lunch in a lovely country pub, we’ll move from the dignified beauty of Churchill’s family bolt hold, to the sophisticated elegance of the Boleyn Castle and gardens…

HEVER CASTLE
Home to two very rich, very powerful families over the centuries, Hever is a treasure trove of Tudor Splendour.

  • Seat of the Boleyn family, restored by William Waldorf Astor
  • Anne Boleyn’s bedroom
  • Anne’s prayer books with her notations and signature
  • One of the finest collections of Tudor paintings outside the National Gallery
  • Henry VIII’s bedchamber
  • The secret chapel 
  • The Gatehouse, Moat and Gardens

LEEDS CASTLE & KENT VILLAGES (9 hrs)

Be astonished by both the beauty of architecture and of the landscape surrounding it.

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

GREENWICH on our way out of London for a brief stop, to see the meridian line and spectacular views over the city.

LEEDS CASTLE
Described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. In the 1920’s the Anglo-American heiress, Lady Baillie bought the castle and its renovation became her life long passion. When she died, she left the casting trust, with the instruction that it should be used for as many parties as possible – just as it had been in her day. As a result, Leeds Castle is now one of the best preserved and most visited castles in the UK.

  • Former home to 6 medieval English Queens
  • Home to Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon
  • Nearly 1000 years of history
  • Sumptuous interiors, gardens, lakes and grounds to explore

After our visit to the Castle, we will wind our way through the beautiful Kent countryside.

KENT
Once known as ‘The bread basket of England’ for its lush soil and moderate climate, Kent produced much of England’s food – and drink. Hops, for making beer (the safer alternative to Medieval England’s water) were grown here and you will no doubt spot the large ‘Oaste Houses’ used to dry the hops, dotted throughout the countryside.

Along the way, you will be able to judge the produce for yourself at lunch in a 600 year old pub, complete with low beamed ceilings (mind your head!), open fires in winter and a fine array of real English ales to try.

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