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English Day Trips

Sample the delights of Southern England

Private Guide also offer guided day trips to other interesting and beautiful English cities.

Please contact us for details of multi day tours further afield in Britain. The Lake District, Scotland, The Peaks, Devon and Cornwall. We can help you put together an itinerary that suits you.

Take a look at the map below & information on the places we recommend visiting.

Book an English Day trip with your London tour and receive a 10% discount on the total price of both tours.

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BATH

100 miles W of London

Take a guided tour around one of England’s most beautiful cities. In Bath there are ‘two’ cities, the city built by the Romans 2000 years ago, brought alive by a visit to the Roman Baths AND the 200 year old heyday of Georgian Bath, surviving in the great sweeping architecture of The Crescent, The Circus and The Square.

Bath offers a unique experience with natural hot springs, stunning architecture and great shopping. You can almost imagine characters of Jane Austen’s books walking the streets.

Tours including Bath…

  • Just Bath (8 hrs £750)
  • Bath with Salisbury (10 hrs £900)
  • Bath with Stonehenge (9 hrs £900)
  • Bath with Windsor Castle (10 hrs £900)
  • Bath with Villages of the South Cotswolds (10 hrs £900)

BLENHEIM PALACE

60 miles NW of London

Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe.

Sir Winston Churchill, arguably the greatest parliamentarian this country has ever seen, was born at Blenheim Palace in1874 and is buried in the nearby churchyard at Bladon.

Tours including Blenheim Palace

  • Blenheim Palace with Cotswold Villages (9 hrs £700)
  • Blenheim Palace with Cotswold Villages and Oxford (10 hrs £800)
  • Blenheim Palace with Oxford (9 hrs £670)
  • Blenheim Palace with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £700)
  • Blenheim Palace with Stratford upon Avon (10 hrs £850)

BLENHEIM PALACE

CAMBRIDGE

60 miles N of London

Cambridge is famous for its university. It is the town where the atom was first split, where the structure of DNA was discovered, where Charles Darwin developed the theory of Evolution and where Isaac Newton developed his theory of Gravity.

If the weather is nice, take a “punt” on the river to look at the “Backs” of the colleges then have a pub lunch or afternoon tea in one of the city’s many eating places.

Tours including Cambridge…

CANTERBURY

70 miles SE of London

Canterbury’s skyline is dominated by the stunning cathedral, the oldest in England. But the cathedral is only part of the story; the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church form Canterbury’s UNESCO World Heritage Site while other ancient ruins such as the castle are reminders of the city’s history, heritage and culture.

The cathedral’s history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or ‘cathedra’) in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Tours including Canterbury…

      • Canterbury with Dover (9 hrs £700)
      • Canterbury with Leeds Castle (9 hrs £700)
CHARTWELL

35 miles S of London

Chartwell was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill and his wife Clementine bought the property, located two miles south of Westerham in 1922. The house has been preserved as Churchill would have known it and it has beautiful views across the county of Kent.

Tours including Chartwell…

      • Chartwell only (5 hrs £500)
      • Chartwell with Hever Castle (7 hrs £600)

Chartwell

DOVER CASTLE AND WHITE CLIFFS

80 miles SE of London

Dover Castle has a long and immensely eventful history. Many centuries before King Henry II began the great stone castle here in the 1160s, its spectacular site atop the famous ‘White Cliffs’ was an Iron Age hill fort, and it still houses a Roman lighthouse, one of the best-preserved in Europe. Very soon after his victory at Hastings in 1066, this was converted by William the Conqueror into a Norman earthwork and timber-castle.

The stronghold hosted royal visits by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I’s Queen Henrietta Maria: and from 1740 until 1945, its defences were successively updated in response to every European war involving Britain.

Tours including Dover Castle…

      • Canterbury and Dover (9 hrs £700)
      • Dover and Leeds Castle (9 hrs £700)
HAMPTON COURT PALACE

15 miles SW of London

A short drive from central London, this is one of our most popular visits.

Hampton Court was one of the 57 houses and palaces belonging to Henry VII and the Great Kitchens are a great way to learn about the reality of Tudor living. The palace was redeveloped by Sir Christopher Wren in the reign of William and Mary and today we can see two palaces in one!

The Hampton Court Hedge Maze is one of the oldest and is popular with children.

Tours including HCP

      • Just Hampton Court (4 hrs £450)
      • HCP with Half Day London tour (8 hrs £650)
      • HCP with Windsor Castle (8 hrs £650)
      • HCP with Stonehenge (9 hrs £700)
LEEDS CASTLE

45 miles SE of London

Leeds has been called “The Loveliest Castle in the World”. Combining a blend of heritage and history with 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle in Kent is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The castle dates from the 12th Century, but Henry VIII transformed the castle for his first wife Catherine of Aragon in 1519.

The last private owner of the castle was the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, an American heiress. Lady Baillie bought the castle in 1926. Upon her death in 1974, Lady Baillie left the castle to the Leeds Castle Foundation, a private charitable trust whose aim is to preserve the castle and grounds for the benefit of the public.

Tours including Leeds Castle

      • Leeds Castle (6 hrs £500)
      • Dover with Leeds Castle (9 hrs £700)
      • Canterbury with Leeds Castle (9 hrs £700)
OXFORD

60 miles NW of London

Oxford has a small city centre and is easy to explore on foot.
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world, and one of the most famous and prestigious higher education institutions of the world.

It is possible to visit some of the colleges, including Christchurch College, which featured in the Harry Potter movies.

Tours including Oxford…

      • Oxford only (5hrs £600)
      • Blenheim Palace with Cotswold Villages and Oxford (10hrs £900)
      • Blenheim Palace with Oxford (9 hrs £700)
      • The Cotswolds with Oxford (9 hrs £700)
      • Oxford with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £700)
      • Oxford with Stonehenge (9 hrs £700)

Oxford

SALISBURY

90 miles SW of London

The big highlight of a visit to Salisbury is the cathedral. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close.
The spire is the tallest in Britain and the Chapter House holds the best preserved of the four remaining exemplars of Magna Carta.

Tours including Salisbury…

      • Salisbury only (7 hrs £650)
      • Bath with Salisbury (10 hrs £900)
      • Salisbury with Stonehenge (9 hrs £750)
      • Salisbury with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £750)
      • Salisbury with Villages (9 hrs £700)

STONEHENGE

80 miles SW of London

The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress.

Tours including Stonehenge…

      • Stonehenge only (6 hrs £600)
      • Bath with Stonehenge (10 hrs £900)
      • Oxford with Stonehenge (9 hrs £700)
      • Stonehenge with S.Cotswold villages (9 hrs £700)
      • Stonehenge with Hampton Court (9 hrs £700)
      • Stonehenge with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £700)
THE COTSWOLDS

90 miles from London

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the Heart of England, an area 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long.

The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold Stone (a yellow limestone). This limestone is rich in fossils. In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous. Some of this money was put into the building of churches so the area has a number of large handsome Cotswold stone wool churches.

Tours including The Cotswolds…

      • Bath with Villages of the South Cotswolds (10 hrs £900)
      • Blenheim Palace with Cotswold Villages (9 hrs £700)
      • Blenheim Palace with Cotswold Villages and Oxford (10 hrs £800)
      • Oxford and The Cotswolds (8 hrs £700)
      • Stonehenge with South Cotswolds (9 hrs £700)

WINDSOR CASTLE

24 Miles W of London

Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The castle’s dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history.

It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people. The magnificent State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough.

In 1992 fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the castle. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.

Tours including Windsor Castle…

      • Just Windsor Castle (4 hrs £450)
      • Bath with Windsor Castle (10 hrs £900)
      • Blenheim Palace with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £700)
      • Hampton Court with Windsor Castle (8 hrs £650)
      • Oxford with Windsor Castle (8 hrs £700)
      • Salisbury with Windsor Castle (9 hrs £750)
      • Stonehenge with Windsor Castle (8hrs £700)
      • Windsor Castle with 1/2 day London (8 hrs £650)
AIRPORT and SEAPORT TRANSFER TOURS
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To London from…

  • Heathrow Airport – 20 miles W
  • Gatwick Airport – 30 miles S
  • Portsmouth/Southampton – 75 miles SW
  • Dover – 75 miles SE
  • Harwich – 80 miles NE

We can combine your air/cruise transfer with a tour en route. Whether you are leaving or arriving, make the most of your journey to or from London. Please contact us for possible tours including your point of arrival/departure.

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