Specialist Tours of England
There are so many exciting places to see in the UK, so which Specialist UK Tour to choose? As an experienced Blue Badge Guide, I can help you make a choice based on your interests. Why not a have a chat with me so that we can discuss where best to go – all of my tours are fully flexible so we can tailor an itinerary to suit you. We know where everything is and when it is open, so we can personally guide you around the highlights of the must-see sites. Every tour is designed so that you get the most out of your visit as well as having fun in the process. Whether you are a large group or a small family, you will be made to feel special. Our emphasis is always on having fun, while learning about the sites we visit. Please click on the links above for some inspirational ideas, but remember that we can adapt the tour to suit you.
Art History Tours…As a former University Lecturer in the History of Art, it is no surprise that art is on of my many passions. And England has much to offer from its wealth of heritage from Street Art through to the first impressionists and beyond. There are many exciting specialist galleries just waiting for you to discover them.
Together we can traverse the history of the UK through the most amazing works of art.Take a look at the standard tours or create your own by using my knowledge and experience. A good place to start is with our two tours: ‘Impressionists in London’ and ‘British Landscape Artists’…Find out More
Architectural Tours…What sets London apart from other cities is the eclectic nature of its architecture, forged over the last two millennia. It has to be one of the most aesthetically exciting places in the world. It is still possible to see buildings that are hundreds of years old juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers. Your Blue Badge guide is a specialist on architecture in the city and will explain the relevance of how the famous eclecticism of London’s architecture has evolved over the centuries from the Norman conquest of 1066 until the present day…Find out More
Christian Heritage Tours…There are many religious sites and points of interest to see in London and other places in England such as Canterbury. We offer a range of tours to key sites, revealing a 500-year history that has formed our current culture of tolerance and understanding. London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world that prides itself on its tolerance of other faiths and creeds, yet with 60% of the population professed Christians it is overwhelmingly the core faith in the UK.
The Blue Badge guides on these tours are themselves Christians, their deep knowledge and spiritual awareness of this history’s significance will provide you with insights into the Christian faith as part of the English culture…Find out More
Churchill Tours…This tour explores the world of Sir Winston Churchill. Looking at his privileged background, his work as Prime Minister and role in the Great Wars, we also discover his love of literature and his Nobel Prize of 1953.
As a historian, I have had a lifelong interest in Churchill and would love to share my interest with you. As a qualified Blue Badge guide I can take you to visit visiting his birthplace at Blenheim Palace and his grave at nearby Bladon, as well as the Cabinet War Rooms used by Churchill during the war. We can also visit his country home in Kent, where his painting studio can be seen as well as the spaces in which he entertained many of the world’s leaders and celebrities…Find out More
Downton Abbey Tours…The Downton Abbey tour, visits Highclere Castle and the village of ‘Downton’ where much of the popular TV series was filmed. Early booking is essential as the location is very popular with Downton Abbey fans. You will see not only the house and gardens from the outside, but also the main reception room where the Granthams dine, some of the bedrooms and of course the magnificent Great hall.
After Highclere we shall explore the surrounding area and pick out many of the landmarks and sites involved in the storyline. To top everything off, we will have a delicious traditional English cream tea in the village itself…Find out More
English Garden Tours…Share the English passion for green spaces and country gardens. There are so many beautiful places to visit that it would be impossible to see them all. But we can visit the best examples of different styles at Penshurst Place, Sissinghurst Castle and Hever Castle all with a unique history of their own…Find out More
Jane Austen Tours…Celebrate the life and work of one of our most elegant novelists ever. We shall explore her life in both London and Hampshire. Her last residence, the cottage at Chawton, is now the Jane Austen Museum dedicated to her life and work where you will see her writing desk and other furniture from the period as well as some family heirlooms and editions of her novels. We then visit Winchester to see the house where she died aged only 41, before visiting her tomb in the Cathedral, a popular shrine for all Jane Austen devotees…Find out More
Movie Locations…We offer several film and television location visits depending on your interests. We can conduct a general tour in London visiting the key locations for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The King’s Speech and many others including the Harry Potter series. We can also tailor make a tour to suit your own interests – perhaps you are a James Bond fan. Let us know your favourites and we will custom make a tour especially for you.
Many of the UK’s television series are being broadcast around the world and are firm favourites, the most recent notables being Doc Martin, The Tudors and Downton Abbey…Find out More
The Tudors Tour…The most famous, and, at times most infamous dynasty of royals in British history is undoubtedly the Tudors. The most celebrated of them was of course King Henry VIII who was married six times and had two of his wives beheaded.We will visit the infamous Tower of London, where both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were beheaded, and the young Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned. We will also see the magnificent Henry VII chapel at Westminster Abbey, where most of the Tudor monarchs are buried. In the afternoon we will go to Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII. We will visit the massive Tudor kitchens where over 1000 meals were prepared every day!!! You will see Henry’s state apartments, which are said to be haunted by the ghost of Catherine Howard; the chapel where he married Catherine Parr and his indoor tennis court, which is still used today. We travel back to London through Richmond Park, once one of Henry’s many hunting grounds, and still home to over 600 Red and Fallow Deer…Find out More