Saturday, 19 April 2014

Open Top London Bus Tour With Afternoon Visit To Stonehenge - Plus Free River Cruise



 What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage open top double Decker bus? We bring the history of London to life, escort you on your scenic cruise on the River Thames and take you to the perfect spot to watch the Changing of the Guard. Then, in the afternoon, we join an independent coach tour to Stonehenge that includes a fast track ticket - beat the queues.  
Highlights:

Open top bus tour of London with Thames cruise
See the Changing of the Guard
Entrance to Stonehenge included
Audio guide tour at the site 
Professional driver and luxury air-conditioned coach
Scenic drive through the Salisbury plains
The Tour: 

What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage Red double Decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago, during the reign of William the Conqueror, and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.
Following an hours free time for lunch in Victoria, we board our luxury air-conditioned coach and head for the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Stonehenge, a world heritage site, stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Entrance to the site with audio guide is included.

NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.
Tours are available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.) 

Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace



 Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace Dates in August and September Only
Includes an extended visit to Windsor Castle.
Highlights:

Explore Windsor Castle - weekend residence of the Queen
Extended visit to Windsor with free time to explore!
Visit Buckingham Palace
Tour the State Apartments and picturesque Royal Gardens
The Tour:

Windsor Castle 
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!

Buckingham Palace 

After lunch we head to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, which serves as both her home and office. Visitors to the State Rooms can see many of the magnificent rooms which form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertainment, ceremonies and State functions. The Palace guides are on hand to point out the numerous works of priceless art in the lavishly furnished rooms. Afterwards, you can enjoy a walk along the south side of the Royal Garden and look out across the picturesque lake constructed in the 19th century. The tour ends in the Palace allowing you free time to explore at your leisure. 

Please note the tour is unescorted once we return to London including visit to Buckingham Palace.  Audio guide is available inside the Buckingham Palace.

The Shard Experience Tour & Kensington Palace With Afternoon Tea




    Fast track entry ticket  to the View from the Shard
    Entry to Kensington Palace
    Delicious Full Afternoon Tea
    Vintage open top London bus tour - see the highlights of London
    Includes cruise on the River Thames
    See the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
    Free hotel collection from over 170 hotels
    See Westminster Abbey  - Big Ben - London Eye - St Paul's Cathedral - Tower of London - Thames Cruise - Changing of the Guard

Take the Shard London Experience open top bus tour and enjoy all the sights of London en route to Europe's tallest building. What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage open top-decker bus.  Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey & the Tower of London
Have your cameras at the ready when we stop at Westminster Abbey. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Embankment pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. 

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and  we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.

Shard London Experience
Finally we head for the Shard, London's newest and most eagerly awaited attraction.
At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, The View from The Shard offers visitors the chance to embark on a multi-sensory journey to 244m (800ft) above one of the greatest cities on earth. Fastrack entry tickets are provided.  Free time is then provided to enjoy some lunch.

Kensington Palace and Afternoon Tea at The Orangery
We then cross London heading for Kensington Palace the new home for William and Kate and their baby boy George.  Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since 1689. It was here that Queen Victoria was born and spent her childhood and, recently, it was home to Diana, Princess of Wales. Set within the tranquillity of Kensington Gardens, this is the most intimate of royal palaces; the magnificent State Apartments gives you an insight into court life, with an impressive display of paintings from the Royal Collection.

After the visit to the Palace it’s time to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Orangery nestled inside Kensington Gardens. A full afternoon tea service is provided. Enjoy the delicious pastries, sandwiches and scones with mouth watering clotted cream.

Windsor Castle With Fish Chip Lunch In London




Morning tour to Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments, St. Georges Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls House

Free time to explore Windsor town and buy souvenirs

The Tour: 


After your courtesy pick up we head out to Windsor Castle where over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Your ticket allows entrance to the castle, so you can see for yourself the splendor of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them! 

We return to London where we visit a traditional English pub for Fish and Chip Lunch!

Luxury Escorted Paris Day Trip With Champagne - Lunch On The Eiffel Tower




Includes Eurostar tickets & River Seine Cruise. Plus professional guide. £26 off for a limited time. Normally £245 - now just £219.

Highlights:

Seat reservations on the Eurostar
Panoramic tour of Paris
Two course lunch with Champagne on the Eiffel Tower
Fast entry access to the Eiffel Tower - avoid the queues
See the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees plus much more...
Cruise on the River Seine
Optional visit to Le Louvre (not included in the price)
Due to Eurostar requirements the age restrictions for children is 4-11 years
The Tour: 

Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes. 

Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city taking in all the major sites including Notre Dame, Champs Elysees the River Seine and the Arc de Triomphe before arriving at the Eiffel Tower. What better way to enjoy lunch than on the Eiffel Tower itself, one of the world's most famous monuments? Our fast entry ticket means we have priority access, and our reserved seats in the Altitude 58 restaurant boast fabulous views across the city. Sit back and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine followed by a fabulous two course meal while soaking up the atmosphere of arguably the worlds most beautiful city.

After lunch, we take a romantic cruise on the River Seine that boasts spectacular views of Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay and Place de la Concorde. In the late afternoon, there is some free time for you explore independently. Alternatively you can join us for a guided tour of Le Louvre* - the largest art museum in the world, and home to the Mona Lisa! (*Not included in the price.) 

In the early evening, we head back to Gard du Nord for our return journey to London.

Check in is at 6am - St Pancras International.  
Returns to London at approximately 8.30pm Monday - Saturday.
Your return Eurostar departs Gare du Nord at 7.13pm, and you should be aware that check-in closes 45 minutes prior to departure.
Please note, once booked, we are not able to cancel your booking and as such cannot offer you a refund.
The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.
FORTNUM & MASON

RHS Chelsea Last night
Friday 23 May 2014
The last night at Chelsea is one of the highlights of the Season. 
To mark the end of the Flower Show - and the start of the weekend - join us for the ultimate Chelsea Party. Your evening begins with a chance to explore the world's most famous Flower Show, at your leisure, before the elegant reception in the Chelsea Oasis. All the ingredients are in place for an unforgettable evening. 

Friday 23 May - £195
(prices are per person, excluding VAT) 
SCHEDULE 
From 3.30pm: 
Admission to the Showground 
7pm: 
Access to the Chelsea Oasis 
7pm - 9.30pm: 
Champagne & Canapés reception 
VENUE 
Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London 

Edinburgh - Highlands- Three Day and Braveheart Break





Tour Package Includes: 

Return train tickets to Edinburgh
Prepaid entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle
City Sightseeing Bus Pass
Two night accommodation (not inclusive of breakfast)
“Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Stirling Castle” full day tour with Scotline Tours
Travel notes
Map of Edinburgh 
Day One:
Following on from your spectacular train ride from London to Scotland, passing through York, Durham and Newcastle and then hugs the coastline before arriving in Edinburgh, there will be plenty of time to visit Edinburgh Castle in the afternoon. We've also included a city sightseeing hop on and off pass so you can find your way around and get to know the charming city.

Day two:Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Stirling Castle 
The tour takes us to Glasgow for a short Panoramic Tour of the City. Scotland's largest city. You will see landmarks such as the Cathedral, George Square and the University. After crossing the River Clyde and a short drive, we arrive at Loch Lomond where you will have the opportunity to take photographs and view the Loch and beautiful scenery.

At the village of Balloch on the banks of Loch Lomond, you will be able to take an optional Boat Cruise or wander round the village before heading for the wonderful picturesque village of Aberfoyle and your lunch stop. Aberfoyle is the gateway to The Trossachs. After lunch, we continue on our journey through this beautiful area with stops for photographs of the Lochs and Glens. The home of Rob Roy MacGregor, one of Scotland's most famous characters; you will also hear stories about William Wallace, immortalised in the film "Braveheart".

Our last stop of the day is at Stirling Castle. Here you will have the opportunity to visit or just admire the scenery from the esplanade. Stirling Castle is famous for it's connections with William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. On our way home, our coach passes Linlithgow Palace the Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. When we arrive in Edinburgh, the tour ends at Waverley Bridge. 

Day 3: 
The day is free to explore Edinburgh independently. There are plenty of suggestions for what to do in Edinburgh. The top 5 sights include:
National Portrait Gallery. Designed in 1890 in flamboyant Gothic Style, it contains portraits of famous Scots as Robert Burns and Mary Queen of Scots.
Charlotte Square. Designed in 1791 this is considered to be the finest square in the city.
High Kirk of St Giles, The Cathedral of the Church of Scotland,
Carlton Hill. This volcanic outcrop crowned with monuments has panoramic views of the city, Holyrood Palace, and the Firth of Forth.
Museum of Scotland an outstanding new museum, built in 1998, recounting Scotland’s history
If travelling alone or if you require a single room there is an additional charge of £50 per night (single room supplement).

Your return train will arrive back in London at approximately 23.30pm.

*Please note that this tour is unescorted and once booked it is non-refundable.
 

The London Dungeon Classic Red Bus Tour

The London Dungeon Classic Red Bus Tour



Westminster Abbey  - Big Ben - London Eye - St Paul's Cathedral - Tower of London - Thames Cruise - Guard Change & entrance and priority access at The London Dungeon

Enjoy our Classic London tour that combines a unique journey past London’s highlights on a red vintage bus with a visit to the world famous Madame Tussauds. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Classic Red  London bus tour - see the highlights of London
Includes cruise on the River Thames and entrance to The London Dungeon
Priority access at The London Dungeon - beat the queues
See the Changing of the Guard
Free hotel collection from over 170 hotels
Classic Red Bus Tour:
Take your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison, and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames:
Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot - watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.

The London Dungeon:
Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital’s history within the deep depths of the London Dungeon.  Live actors, shows, rides and interactive special effects ensure that you face your fears head on in this unique experience.  Everything that you see is based on real historical events from Jack the Ripper to the Great Fire of London, torture and the plague.  With two scary rides, the London Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave your family screaming for more! Ninety minutes of thrills and chills… Are you brave enough?

Are you brave enough to cross the threshold of Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street? A short back and sides (1785 - style) could be just the thing to round off your visit...But will you get more than you bargained for? Keep your wits about you to make sure you do not become the next filling in Mrs. Lovett's famous pies!

Embark upon your last journey on Extremis: Drop ride to Doom! At the mercy of the hangman, you are at the very point of death, and the end is drawing near... Taste the fear and feel the adrenaline pump as you drop screaming into the darkness below...!

1888 and the fear rises inside you as you enter Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel. As you wander the stinking slums the true horror of his terrible crimes is revealed in bloody, graphic detail. And then a scream. The flash of a cloak and an evil smile as you come face to face with Jack the Ripper himself... will you survive? 
The tour ends at the London Dungeon leaving you ample time to enjoy the attraction.


NB. When the guard change does not take place, we stop instead for photos of the Buckingham Palace.

Tours are available with audio headsets in 10 languages (French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Korean.) 

Full Day London Tour

Full Day Magic Of London - Champagne Afternoon Tea - Plus Thames River Cruise



Includes private tour of the Tower of London - see the Crown Jewels.

Private guided tour of the Tower of London with Yeoman Warder
Be the first group to visit the Crown Jewels
Panoramic drive seeing the icons of London; Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and much more
See Changing of the Guard - subject to availability
Thames River Cruise - see St. Paul's Cathedral, the Globe Theatre and London bridge
Visit St Pauls with professional guide and fast entry ticket
Champagne tea and scones at Park Plaza Westminster Hotel
The Tour: 

The Tower of London ....private tour away from the crowds..
Following our coach drive past some of Londons most famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, we arrive at the Tower of London where we are met on the middle drawbridge by our very own Yeoman Warder. Leading us into this world heritage site before it opens to the public our Beefeater will take us on a privately guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture. We are also the first group to see the Crown Jewels before enjoying some free time to explore on our own. Why not visit Traitors Gate, the armouries or the Bloody Tower? And keep an eye out for the famous Ravens. Tradition has it that if the Ravens leave the Tower the monarch will fall! 

Changing The Guard
Departing the Tower we head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony as one of the Queens Household Regiments march from St. James Palace to Buckingham Palace dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies.* 

Thames River Cruise
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames as we enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeares Globe and then take a break for lunch. After lunch, we have a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. 

St Paul's Cathedral
The afternoon part of the tour begins with a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. We will explore the masterpiece designed by Wren in 1673 with a professional guide. We will Take time to  listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played, and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. There will also be a chance to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups.).On Sundays when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services. 

Full Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel
Full champagne afternoon tea with great views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament all lit up, at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel.

  *If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place, you will still see Buckingham Palace.


Paris Day Trip From London

Welcome To Paris Day Trip With Professional Guide



A great value fully escorted day trip to Paris including return tickets on Eurostar, coach tour of Paris and the services of a professional guide. Tickets for the Eiffel tower and a cruise on the Seine can be bought on the day!

Join us at St. Pancras International train station where our staff will help check you in and introduce you to our guide who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes. You will travel through the channel tunnel before arriving in central Paris and from here join a panoramic tour of the world's most Romantic city. Enjoy spectacular views of Notre Dame, Le Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and more.

During the day, you will have a chance to visit the Eiffel Tower and take a cruise on the River Seine with our guide (our guide will be happy to help you purchase fast entry tickets.) Alternatively head off to the shopping district on your own or relax and enjoy lunch while soaking up Parisien life.

In the early evening, we head back to Gare du Nord for our return journey to London.

Check in is at 6am - St Pancras International. 
Returns to London at approximately 8.30pm Monday - Saturday.
Your return Eurostar departs Gare du Nord at 7.13pm, and you should be aware that check-in closes 45 minutes prior to departure.
Please note, once booked, we are not able to cancel your booking and as such cannot offer you a refund.
The Louvre museum is open every day except Tuesday and the followingFrench holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

London By Black Cab

Black Taxi Jack the Ripper and East London Tour




Black Taxi Jack the Ripper and East London Tour
Tour Code:  L10

Maximum 5 persons, minimum 2 persons per taxi
  • Private Jack the Ripper tour in  a black taxi
  • Luxury taxi and professional driver guide
  • Visit the murder sites of the world’s most famous serial killer
  • Free hotel collection from all central London hotels
  • Historic journey through London’s East End – hear about the Kray Twins and the Elephant Man

The fascinating and mysterious story of Jack the Ripper - who was he? In the late nineteenth century, the East End of London was a labyrinth of dark alleys and gas lit roads, squalid by day, treacherous by night. Whitechapel was a breeding ground for vice, villains, and gangs, where even the Police patrolled two by two in what many would describe as a lawless society.

In the autumn of 1888, a number of brutal murders took place in Whitechapel, which were to shock the world and terrorise the streets of London for many years. Our Ripperologist will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the East End of London where you will hear about the horrific murders that remain unsolved to this day. There will be time to leave the black cab and walk through the cobbled alleys and see the murder sites. You will be told, should you wish, of the gruesome way the women were murdered, and introduced to the suspects including leather apron, the Jewish Boot finisher, George Chapman the serial adulterer, and Francis Tumblety, the Irish-American who had recently discovered his wife had made her fortune from prostitution.

The bulk of the murders took place in the metropolitan borough of Whitechapel but the final two victims - Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly - were murdered in the City of London, which led to a conflict between the presiding Police forces. Inspector Abberline, from the Metropolitan Police, became increasingly involved in the murder investigation but struggled to contain the conflict leading to vital clues being erased in Petticoat Lane. 

Come and decipher the clues for yourself as the tour edges to its inevitable conclusion at Mitre Square where Eddowes body was discovered. Your professional guide will present you with the facts, help decipher the clues, and explain the various theories that have grabbed our imaginations to this day. And then it’s down to you. Who was Jack the Ripper? (Minimum 2 persons per taxi)
----Please note that for pickup from outside Central London including Earls Court and Hammersmith there will be an extra charge of £20. 
 

Vintage Bus Tours

Vintage Open Top Bus tour with Afternoon tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace (PM)



Vintage Open Top Bus tour with Afternoon tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace (PM)
Tour Code: HP1
Highlights:
  •     Travel on a beautifully restored 50 year old Vintage Bus
  •     See Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London.
  •     Take a cruise on the River Thames
  •     Photo stop at The Tower of London
  •     Live professional guide
  •     3 hour tour
  •     Full afternoon tea served at the Orangery inside Kensington Palace Gardens

What better way to see the highlights of London than from on board a vintage open top double-decker bus.  Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city. The tour also includes a cruise on the river Thames and the chance to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The Tower of London
Join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!

Cruise on the River Thames
Next we take a short cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster  pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

NB. If there is no guard change we will still stop at Buckingham Palace for photos.


Full Afternoon Tea at the Orangery - Kensington Palace
After the visit to the Palace it’s time to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Orangery nestled inside Kensington Gardens. A full afternoon tea service is provided. Enjoy the delicious pastries, sandwiches and scones with mouth watering clotted cream.

There is no need to rush as your tour ends here with the afternoon tea allowing you to linger and wander through Kensington Gardens.


Please note that there is a ten minute walk involved to reach the Orangery.

A live guide conducts the tour and headsets available in the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Hindi & Russian.


Windsor Stonehenge Bath Tour

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath Includes traditional lunch in a 14th Century Pub



Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath Includes traditional lunch in a 14th century pub
Includes entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, plus traditional lunch in a 14th century pub - why not try the fish and chips?
 Highlights: 
  • Entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge
  • Pub lunch in 14th century Inn included in Lacock
  • Panoramic tour of Bath
  • Luxury coach and professional guide

Windsor Castle - first group to enter in the morning
Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendor of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them! 


Stonehenge
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.
Lunch in a 14th century pub in Lacock
What better way to enjoy lunch than in a classic country pub? Relax and soak up the charming atmosphere while being served some delicious home cooked food. Why not try the fish and chips?

Bath
Our final stop is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our panoramic tour of the city, there will be time to visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. And you can shop, explore or take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet.

Returns to London at approximately 8:30pm
*Please note: On occasion the State Apartments are closed and as an alternative we shall visit Queens Mary's Doll's House and St Georges Chapel. On Sunday St Georges Chapel is closed, there will be extra time to explore castle precincts.
*On rare occasions, if the George is not available, we use a suitable alternative.

Tour Code: 79
Please note that the order of visit may change.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Film Locations Tours

 
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Bampton & Basildon; plus see Oxford & the Cotswolds


  • Tour Bampton where the village scenes were shot
  • See Basildon where the Christmas special was filmed
  • Visit Oxford for a short walking tour of the historic town


Oxford
Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest - and oldest - universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. We enjoy a guided walk through the city before free time is given for shopping or simply wandering through the medieval streets of Oxford.

Bampton Village
Next we head to Bampton. This beautiful village was chosen for the majority of the outdoor scenes in the hit series Downton Abbey.  Visit the Church; see Mathew Crawley's mother's house, the hospital and more. The village itself is quintessentially British and one of Britain's hidden treasures.

Basildon Park
Basildon Park is a Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland and is owned by the National Trust. It was lovingly rescued by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. The house you will see today is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion.
Basildon Park was also the setting for much of the Downton Abbey Christmas special, starring as Grantham House, the Crawleys' London residence. It was at the heart of the action as the family and their servants enjoyed the social whirl of the summer season.  Enjoy a self guided tour of the mansion which is fascinating in its own right. Look out for photos taken from the Christmas special perched on antique tables within some of the individual rooms

Time permitting why not make the most of your visit by treating yourself to a cream tea and experience the nostalgia of the1950s kitchen, or stretch your legs whilst wandering along the trails through the 400 acres of historic parkland!

After our memorable visit we head back to London.


Please note the following close out dates:
5th of May, 24th May - 1st June, 25th of August, 24th - 31st October 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Tree Forum at the Garden Museum

Tree Forum at the Garden Museum

Wednesday 30 April, 6.30pm–8.30pm


Speakers from
  • London Tree Officers Association
  • Trees and Design Action Group

The programme will include

  • The role of trees in London’s townscape
  • Trees for the future
  • Managing London’s trees
  • Collaborative working
Price: £10