If you have been to London or the UK before and have already seen our more popular sites, or luckily have more time on this holiday, or just fancy exploring somewhere off the beaten track, then we hope these ideas will help you decide where to visit next. We have suggested what sites go well with other sites so please follow the links. The costs of these tours will vary according to their duration and location. Prices range from £620 to £820 for a full day tour. Shorter visits to just one location are available too with prices starting at £470. These prices are for the whole group, not per person. In addition you will pay for your entrance tickets and refreshments. We will pick you up from your hotel and then go exploring. If there are particular places you want to visit please let us know as we can always customise a tour for you. Some sites naturally work well together either geographically or because they complement each other - press the "Goes well with these sites" button to explore possible tours.
Built nearly 1000 years ago Arundel Castle was restored in the 1800s as the home of the Duke of Norfolk. Sitting above the town it has outstanding views across the countryside and you can imagine defending the land and fortress. The Duke still lives there and we can see some of their family rooms. Enjoy the fine gardens with a renowned spring tulip display.
Avebury is Europe's largest Neolithic stone circle. It cuts through Avebury village and the original outer circle of approx. 100 stones encloses two smaller stone circles. You can walk amongst the stones and feel their mysticism. We can also visit Avebury Manor which dates from the 1500s and where you are encouraged to touch the display items and even lie on the beds.
Prince Regent (later King George IV) built Brighton Pavilion as a pleasure palace in the 1700s, putting Brighton on the map as a fashionable place to be seen; it is still a popular resort today. See how he entertained his guests at lavish parties. Wonder at the different styles: the opulent Chinese interior and the dramatic Indian exterior. Enjoy a traditional English seaside town.
Overlooking the Kentish Weald, Chartwell is the beloved country home of Sir Winston Churchill. There are stunning views and you will soon appreciate why he said, "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted". See how the great man lived and enjoy a variety of exhibits about his life including some of the gifts he was showered with after World War II and some of his paintings.
Make the most of your time by going on a tour before or after your cruise or flight, or use your layover day to explore. It can help stave off jet lag by keeping you awake. Some tours are conveniently placed for the Southampton and Dover cruise terminals and Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Luggage for two people can be stored in my Mercedes Benz E Class saloon.
Perched on the hill is Dover Castle; it dates back to a Roman light house over 2000 years ago. The tunnels beneath the Castle were used as the command centre for the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940 and an exhibition brings this dramatic rescue to life. The White Cliffs of Dover are a famous symbol of coming home to England.
Jane Austen's House
Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister in the scenic village of Chawton, for the last 8 years of her life. Visit her home, which is now a museum, and see where Jane wrote four of her novels, including Pride and Prejudice. See the table where she wrote her manuscripts. Exhibits chart the ups and downs of her life explaining the some of the influences on her writing.
Walk through pleasant gardens to the fortified gates of this castle, which was built in the 800s and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Explore the fortifications and see how the Tudors influenced the design of the castle. It was home to six of England's medieval queens. Admire how it was transformed into a modern home after falling into disrepair, in the 1900s.
This Iron Age Hill Fort has played an important part in England's history. It has links to the Doomsday Book, a Norman Castle, and Salisbury Cathedral. It was politically significant in the 1800s as it was a “Rotten Borough”. From the ramparts there are fabulous views towards Salisbury and surrounding area. This site makes a great add on to a Stonehenge or Salisbury tour.
Vita Sackville-West and Howard Nicholson created the stunning gardens that surround this Tudor house. Walk through their pione-ering design and planting of a variety of “garden rooms”, connecting the home and outdoors. If you can, visit in summer to fully appreciate them. Sissinghurst was a prison for 3000 French sailors so it has an intriguing history.
As the capital of King Alfred’s Wessex and the early capital of Norman Kings Winchester can lay claim to being the first capital of England. Walk through this charming, historic city to visit the Cathedral that dates back to 1079 and a castle that homes one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology: King Arthur's Round Table. Jane Austen died and is buried here.