Further afield

Hampton Court Palace

   

Immerse yourself in Tudor history and the life of Henry VIII. So much to do and see here and perfect for all ages and only about an hour’s drive from London. Hear stories of his life, his 6 wives and how they lived at the Royal Court. Walk the corridors where plots were hatched and secrets uncovered and one of Henry’s wives ran screaming and pleading for her life when she heard her fate- another wife for the chop!

There are two palaces here built 150 years apart. Enjoy the wonderful works of art, famous tapestries, see the celebrated maze, the ‘real tennis’ court and the oldest vine in the world and wander in the beautiful gardens. 

  

Windsor Castle and Eton

 

A fairy-tale castle and favourite home of the Queen and easily accessible as a half day or full day trip from London. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Let me take you on a tour of the precincts of the Castle, view the elegant St George’s chapel where Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are due to be married. Visit the State Apartments and enjoy the exquisite pieces of art, among them works by Peter Paul Rubens, Canaletto and Anthony van Dyck. See the delightful Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a perfect aristocratic English house in miniature. Enjoy lunch by the river then wander the tiny streets of Eton. You might catch sight of schoolboys dressed in formal tailcoats. 

A fabulous Royal day out!

Hatfield House

  

A beautiful Historic English house built in the early 1600s, set in a large park and less than an hour out of London. The house was splendidly decorated for entertaining the Royal Court, with State Rooms rich in paintings, fine furniture and tapestries. On the site of the palace that was the childhood home and favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth I. We will see the famous Rainbow Portrait of Elizabeth I, tour the house and explore the gardens before lunch in a nearby village and be back in London in time for tea!

A perfect day in the country without having to travel too far.

 


Blenheim Palace

      

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, built in the 1700s, and the only non-royal or religious palace in the UK. Experience the magnificence and beauty of this stunning building. 

It is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough as well as the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Enter the Palace and explore the gilded State Rooms and priceless collections set against striking stonework. Home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and the famous Marlborough tapestries. Gasp at the awe inspiring Long Library with its walls lined with 10,000 books, a favourite place of Winston Churchill’s. Enjoy a walk in the gardens, the inspired work of the famous visionary master landscape gardener ‘Capability’ Brown. Great gardens do not get more English than this! 


 


Oxford

  

Oxford- “the City of Dreaming Spires”


   

The home of the the oldest University in the English speaking world. Some of the best buildings of architectural significance in the land and the inspiration for Harry Potter. Visit one of the colleges, wander the charming ancient lanes, see hidden courtyards and quadrangles and be inspired by the stunning architecture. Visit a café in the covered market or do a spot of shopping. There are museums too if you want to make a long day out or combine a visit to Oxford with a trip to stunning Blenheim Palace nearby.

A wonderful day out with so much to see.

Salisbury

    

  

Known as ‘the city in the countryside’ surrounded by a landscape so quintessentially English it’s almost too good to be true. An inspiring 13th century Gothic Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, completed in only 38 years in one architectural style, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of medieval craftsmen. Discover nearly 800 years of history, including Britain's tallest spire, the world's best preserved original Magna Carta 1215AD and Europe's oldest working clock. 

Let me guide you around the Cathedral and surrounding area, view the quaint English houses, visit the bustling street market and take lunch in one of the ancient pubs.

Have a wonderful day out and soak up the English countryside along the way.