Tours out of London
There are a huge amount of wonderful towns and attractions within a short journey from London if you fancy getting out of town for a day...
Stratford Upon Avon
Birthplace and home to William Shakespeare, this picturesque town is a wonderful day trip from London. Situated on a lovely river, the town is full of historical timber-framed buildings, many of which are related to Shakespeare and his family.
As well as visiting Shakespeare's birthplace and the Holy Trinity church in which he now rests (with a curse on his tomb against anyone who may want to move his bones, for good measure!), the town is also home to the modern Royal Shakespeare Company, which sits near the actors' pub called the Black Swan, or Dirty Duck to those in the know! Finishing the day perfectly with a trip to see the thatched cottage which was the home to Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife.
The weekend residence of Queen Elizabeth, Windsor Castle is a must-see castle. Still in use today as a working castle, you may see the guard changing there in the mornings. A visit to the State Apartments is an eye-popping spectacle, and the architecture of St George's Chapel will leave you breathless. It is within the walls of this chapel that our arguably most famous king, Henry VIII, is buried, and you'll learn the story behind why he is buried in the floor of the chapel, rather than the tomb he had been preparing!
Can't find what you are looking for? There are too many side trips to mention here, so if you are looking for something in particular, or just looking for something unusual to do, please do contact me.
Maybe you fancy visiting the mysterious Stonehenge, the historic Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and surrounding castles, or the cathedral town of Salisbury, or maybe even heading to the Downton Abbey set of Highclere Castle!
Winchester is a small town with a big history. Pedestrianised in the centre, it is the perfect place to have a gentle stroll, discovering the importance of King Alfred the Great, whose statue stands proudly at the bottom of the town. At the top of the high street you can visit the table reputed to be King Arthur's Round Table, come face to face with Queen Victoria, and visit a medieval debtor's prison where the prisoners carved graffiti on the walls!
It wouldn't be complete without a visit to the spectacular cathedral where literary great Jane Austen is buried, and hear the exciting story of how the cathedral was saved from collapse by a man with a diving suit and a healthy sense of adventure!
Canterbury & Leeds Castle
The county of Kent, known as the Garden of England, houses the atmospheric Canterbury and the indescribably beautiful Leeds Castle. Canterbury grew up around the vast numbers of pilgrims coming to see the shrine of Thomas Beckett, a priest who was martyred at the cathedral in the year 1170. Also known from the Canterbury Tales, written by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, the town is best discovered on foot, followed by a trip to the outstanding Leeds Castle, in existance for over 900 years, and a former palace to King Henry VIII, with its landscaped gardens and tranquil lake.
The city of Bath is a one of the most beautiful cities in the south of England. It traces its heritage all the way back to King Bladud, who was father of King Lear, and who discovered the healing natural hot springs of Bath. The Romans then arrived, and created the spectacular baths which you will visit during your day.
For literature enthusiasts, it's the perfect place to step back in the 18th Century Georgian England, the time of Jane Austen, who lived and wrote here, and left her mark on the city. It's almost obligatory to sample one of Bath's Sally Lunn buns before you depart!
As the most historic of university towns in the UK, Oxford's reputation precedes it as one of the foremost educational institutions in the world. The city is based around the various colleges, which all have their own fascinating histories and traditions. "The City Of Gleaming Spires" is a welcoming destination for a day out, and the best way to see it is on a walking tour. You'll take in the bustling covered market, the bridge of sighs (yes, really!), and locations which are regularly used for major films and TV shows.
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