Day tours Out of London

Your private guide will make sure the morning or afternoon itinerary suits you and will begin with offering an insight into London's history. Your guide's commentary will be tailored to your personal interests and he or she will be able to stop at almost any location. Our tour guides will be flexible on the day and will be able to adapt to your specific requirements.

 


 

Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Tour ( 9 hours)

Dreaming spires, a baroque palace and quaint villages
  • TOUR OXFORD'S COLLEGES
  • DIVINITY SCHOOL
  • PLEASURE GARDENS
  • COTSWOLDS VILLAGES

Tour Oxford, home to England's oldest university, with its wonderful architecture, rivers and dreaming spires. Enjoy a highlights walking tour of Oxford's most important college buildings, discover some of the City's secrets and visit Christ Church with its elegant dining hall and vaulted staircases.

Blenheim Palace is the birth-place of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's Prime Minister during WW II, and one of country's largest stately homes. Take a tour of the State Apartments, see the Italian gardens and enjoy a stroll through Blenheim's magnificent parkland.

Have lunch in a traditional country pub and then see some of the picture-postcard villages that make the nearby Cotswold region such a special place to visit.

If you have young children, you may wish to extend your stay at Blenheim Palace and explore the traditional yew hedge maze, butterfly house and pleasure grounds. We can also organise picnics within the grounds of Blenheim.

 


 

Royal Windsor Castle & Hampton Court Palace ( 9 hours)

Tour England's largest Royal residence and Henry VIII's Tudor palace
  • STATE APARTMENTS
  • ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL
  • ETON COLLEGE
  • TRADITIONAL TUDOR MAZE

This tour is a must for royal enthusiasts. Enjoy a private guided tour inside Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest continuously-inhabited castle in the world. Tour the opulent State Apartments along with St. George's Chapel, the last resting place of royalty. See Queen Mary's Dolls House - perfect in every detail, with scale bottles of vintage wine, electric lighting and running water.

See Eton College, the exclusive and famous boys' school once attended by Princes William and Harry. Lunch can be arranged at a riverside inn or restaurant.

Enjoy a private guided tour inside Hampton Court Palace, with architecture and furnishings reflecting the tastes of kings and queens over a period of some 300 years. Tour the authentic Tudor kitchens and King Henry VIII's Great Hall. Travel into another century and see the baroque State Apartments, built during the reign of King William and Queen Mary.

The maze and gardens are a must-see and are renowned throughout the world. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your guide will know how to negotiate the famous maze.

This tour will give you a chance to see two of England's most beautiful chapels, St. George's Chapel Windsor and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court. Both remain places of Christian worship today, and you will be most welcome to take part in services if you wish.

* With a half day tour you will have enough time to visit EITHER Windsor OR Hampton Court

 


 

Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon-Avon Tour (9 hours)

Medieval castle and the birthplace of England's greatest playwright and poet
  • COTSWOLD VILLAGES
  • SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE
  • MEDIEVAL DISPLAYS
  • SHAKESPEARE'S PARISH CHURCH

Tour the rolling hills and the pretty villages of the Cotswolds before arriving at Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Stratford has numerous properties associated with him which can be visited, including Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried.

Warwick Castle is an elaborate, medieval fortification situated dramatically above the river Avon. Warwick Castle is fun and educational. It is family-friendly with various shows and exhibitions. During holiday periods you may see the Warwick Bowman demonstration, birds of prey and watch a mighty siege engine launch its deadly cargo!

Your guide will bring to life the tales, events and the truth behind Warwick's great stone walls.

 


 

Canterbury and Leeds Castle Tour ( 9 hours)

Magnificent cathedral, wartime tunnels and a fairytale castle
  • MAZE AND GROTTO
  • CHILHAM VILLAGE 

See the picturesque village of Chilham before driving into medieval Canterbury. Enjoy a personal guided tour inside Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and important places of Christian worship in the world.

Our official Canterbury Cathedral tour guide will be authorized to guide you around this World Heritage Site.

"The loveliest castle in the world", Leeds Castle, is set in one of England's most idyllic landscapes. The grounds feature a traditional yew hedge maze enclosing a secret grotto.

 


 

The Garden of England Tours

Orchards, country homes and the gardens of Kent

Choose from the list below. It may be possible to visit two or three places in one day, depending on location..

Chartwell
Once the home of Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War, historian and painter. See beautiful gardens, Churchill’s art studio, lake and Churchill memorabilia in situe - exactly as it was when the man voted by the British public "The Greatest Briton" was in residence. Churchill loved the views of the glorious Weald of Kent from Chartwell as do all of today’s visitors.

Hever Castle
Childhood home of Anne Boleyn, ill-fated second wife of King Henry VIII. See award-winning gardens featuring Roman statues, impressive rose gardens, traditional yew hedge maze, Italian sunken gardens, chamber with real medieval instruments of torture, lake and water maze, which children (of all ages) really love. This castle is a favourite with families.

Penhurst Place
With breathtaking medieval Barons' Great Hall and gardens divided by a mile of yew hedged ‘rooms’, each planted to give a succession of colours as the seasons change. This is an extraordinary great house. Penshurst Place is one of England’s greatest family-owned stately homes with a history going back six and a half centuries. There is also an adventure playground, making Penshurst a great place to visit for all the family.

Bodiam Castle
A delightful moated fortress. Great for children to run around.

 


 

The Garden of England Tours (cont.)

Orchards, country homes and the gardens of Kent
The Kent countryside is studded with pretty villages, Gardens and Castles.
Choose from the list below. 
It may be possible to visit two or three places in one day, depending on location..

Dover Castle
A huge fortress perched high on the cliffs. Journey deep into the white cliffs of Dover and discover the top secret World War II tunnels. Relive the wartime drama of the underground hospital and enjoy views of France from the castle battlements.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
One of world’s most celebrated gardens - the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.

Emmetts Garden
Wonderful views across the Weald of Kent with the highest tree top in the country. Glorious shows of daffodils, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons.

Scotney Castle Garden
One of England’s most romantic spots with wonderful gardens surrounding the ruins of a 14th century moated keep. Wisteria, azaleas, rhododendrons and kalmia flower in profusion. Roses and clematis scramble over the remains of the Old Castle. Summer or Autumn is perfect for visits to this secret of the Kent Weald.

 


 

Country Homes and Gardens tours (9 hours)

Rhododendrons, safari park and Stowe, an epic in landscape gardening

Touring the counties around London will reveal some of England's finest country homes, greatest gardens and most delightful villages.
Choose from the list below. It can be possible to visit two or three places in one full day depending on location.

Stowe House and Gardens
An 18th century mansion with incredible landscape gardens and parkland containing 6 lakes and 32 garden temples covering some 325 acres. The famous English landscape gardener Capability Brown worked here for 10 years.

Great Dixter House and Gardens
Boasting the largest surviving timber-framed hall in the country, the gardens feature a variety of topiary, pools, wild meadow area and the famous Long Border. This is truly an Exotic Garden.

Leonardslee Gardens
The most spectacular woodland garden in England. The 240 acre garden is World famous for spring flowing of rhododendrons, all set in a valley around 7 lakes. See the fascinating miniature village complete with parish church and village pub.

Hatfield House and Gardens
An amazing Jacobean house with well manicured gardens over 42 acres that include formal, knot, scented and wilderness areas.

Broughton Castle
A romantic castle where ’Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed. The garden area consists of mixed herbaceous and shrub borders containing many old fashioned roses.

Nymans Gardens
A beautiful secret of the Sussex Weald with rare and beautiful plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world.

RHS Garden Wiseley
The world-famous garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, which can be enjoyed all year round with something to see for everyone.

Woburn Abbey
Set in a beautiful 3000 acre deer park, home of the Dukes of Bedford for 400 years. One of the most important private art collections in the World can be seen here. A visit to the safari park is a wonderful way to finish the day. Great for children

 


 

Brighton, Arundel and the Sussex Downs tour (9 hours)

An exotic royal palace, antique shops and a formidable castle
  • ANCIENT CASTLE
  • ROYAL PAVILION
  • BRIGHTON'S FAMOUS 'LANES'
  • AMBERLEY VILLAGE
  Tour the beautiful Sussex Downs to the village of Amberley, complete with thatched cottages and castle, completely off the tourist trail.

Visit Brighton, the famous Victorian seaside resort that has evolved to become an exciting and lively city. Enjoy the narrow shopping streets called 'The Lanes'. Tour the Royal Pavilion, acclaimed as one of Europe's most exotic royal residents and England's best kept secrets. Visitors are surprized by the exterior of this royal palace and astonished by the wonderful interiors.

Tour Arundel Castle, home of the Dukes of Norfolk dating from the Norman conquest. The castle features a fine collection of paintings, furniture and an amazing 133 ft long Barons hall! Your private guide will give you an insight into the region, castle history and royal social circles demonstrated at the royal pavilion.

 


 

Winchester Cathedral, Stonehenge and Corfe Castle tour (9 hours)hours)

  • ANCIENT CAPITAL
  • COASTAL TOURING>
  • COUNTRY LANES

Tour Winchester, once Royal capital of England. Winchester Cathedral is one of Europe’s most important churches architecturally and historically, enjoy a private guided tour inside. you will see the tombs of Jane Austen and the famous mortuary chest containing bones of Saxon Kings.

Corfe Castle is situated in a stunning location near the south coast, an idyllic romantic ruin. Corfe Castle has guarded the gateway through the Purbeck for a thousand years.

Enjoy a private tour of Stonehenge, Europe's most famous ancient temple with shaped stones weighing up to 45 tons. ons.

Tour off the beaten track and have lunch at a traditional English countryside pub, or see Old Wardour Castle, a real secret, tucked away down a narrow series of country lanes, almost forgotten in time..


Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge Tour (10 hours)hours)

The elegance of Bath, thatched cottages and ancient temples
  • ROMAN BATHS
  • "OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH"
  • COUNTRY PUBS
  • MAGNA CARTA

This tour captures the essence of England. Visit the World Heritage City of Bath with its grandiose Georgian architecture, boasting more listed buildings than London. Tour the Roman Baths and the impressive and historic Bath Abbey.

Enjoy a private guided tour of Stonehenge, the mysterious ancient temple that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. This temple to the sun, moon and stars has fascinated visitors for centuries. 

Your guide will highlight the architectural features of Salisbury Cathedral, the tallest medieval building in the world and show you the original Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215.

Drive through pretty country lanes and stop in a country pub. pub.

 


 

Glastonbury Abbey, an ancient city and the Mendip Hills tour (9 hours)

Mythology, the holy grail and King Arthur legends
  • WELLS CATHEDRAL
  • CHEDDAR GORGE
  • BISHOPS PALACE
  • GRAIL LEGEND

Visit Glastonbury Abbey, one of Europe’s oldest Christian foundations, once England’s richest monastery and legendary burial place of King Arthur. Historians now agree that a warrior King lived in 5th century England, and defended the country from the invading Anglo Saxons, (the English) this may well be the source of the legend of King Arthur.

Could Glastonbury Abbey also be the last resting place of the Holy Grail? Your guide will be able to enlighten you on the latest theories. The unique 500 ft landmark of Glastonbury Tor (steep hill), rising sheer from the Somerset levels seems to be the inspiration behind the stories.

Tour the City of Wells, officially England’s smallest City, much of its medieval character remains intact. Visit the beautiful Cathedral, moated Bishops Palace and see the oldest complete medieval street in Europe.

Tour Cheddar Gorge, a spectacular ravine cut through the Mendip Plateau. Limestone rocks rise 400 ft on either side.