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POPULAR DESTINATIONS
Although my guiding is geared to taking you wherever you want to go, the more popular sites include (click a site to jump to the section on this page):
London, Westminister Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath, Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds, Canterbury, Dover Castle, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Hever Castle, Chartwell, and Highclere Castle.

  LONDON
A tour of London, a panoramic tour including the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben, Royal Parks, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace & the Changing of the Guard, Tower Bridge and much more.
 
     
  A visit to Westminster Abbey, the Coronation Church for over 900 years and Royal burial place. Perhaps a visit to the Tower of London, nearly 1000 years old, Crown Jewels, Royal Palace and prison with gruesome executions and torture!
 
HAMPTON COURT PALACE & WINDSOR CASTLE
Hampton Court Palace, (about an hour from London) built in 1514, a favourite Palace of Henry VIII. Beautiful Tudor and Baroque architecture, perhaps see the ghost of Katherine Howard, 5th wife of Henry VIII! Ancient gardens and a maze!
 
     
  Windsor Castle is England's largest Royal residence, magnificent State apartments and beautiful St George's Chapel, burial place of many sovereigns. "Her Majesty the Queen's favourite weekend cottage".
 
STONEHENGE (alone or with Windsor Castle or Salisbury Cathedral)
The atmospheric 5,000-year-old World Heritage Site, an extraordinary feat of engineering, now with an on-site Visitor Centre. Stonehenge can either be a single venue visit with a nice lingering lunch in a nearby country pub, or it can be paired with Windsor Castle or Salisbury Cathedral or somewhere else nearby to be agreed.
     
  13th century Salisbury Cathedral is close to Stonehenge, has the tallest spire in England and is the home of one the original 1215 Magna Carta documents.

I used to suggest Stonehenge with Bath, but with the new arrangements at Stonehenge, it is too long a day to do justice to both sights. However see the “Extended Tours” section.

     
  BATH
Bath in the West Country is an 18th century spa town, with Roman Baths remains. The 15th century Abbey stands on the site of the original Saxon Church, where the first King of all England, Edgar, was crowned in 973. The Assembly Rooms, The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and much more.

My recommendation is to travel by train (with me), a 90 minute trip each way as opposed to 180 minutes by car. My clients have been pleasantly surprised how comfortable this is, and cost effective if tickets are booked in advance.

 
WARWICK CASTLE &/or STRATFORD-upon-AVON & THE COTSWOLDS
11th century Warwick Castle, home of the King Maker (Earl of Warwick) during the 15th century Wars of the Roses, with displays, including a Royal Edwardian house party, laid out by the current owners, the Tussaud's Group.
 
     
  Stratford-upon-Avon is William Shakespeare's birthplace. Visit the Birthplace Visitors' Centre, Holy Trinity Church where he is buried. Walk around the pretty and colourful town.

On the way back visit some picturesque Cotswold villages, and possibly buy an antique or two?
     
  COTSWOLDS
A day out to the Cotswolds, is a joy in itself with picturesque villages in honey-coloured Cotswold stone, lunch in a nearby 300 year old inn, finishing with the ancient market town of Stow-on-the-Wold for antique/ gift/ boutique shopping.
 
CANTERBURY and DOVER CASTLE
Canterbury is the home of Christianity in England. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales were told by pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St Thomas à Becket, murdered in 1170 in the Cathedral. Canterbury Cathedral is Norman (11th century) on the site of much earlier churches.
 
     
  Dover Castle This 12th century castle has one of the largest Keeps in England, surrounded by a double ring of concentric walls. The castle grounds are riddled with tunnels, from medieval to those dug during the Napoleonic wars in the late 18th century. Secret tunnels were added during World War II, only opened in 2000.
 
OXFORD & BLENHEIM PALACE
Oxford is England’s oldest university (12th century). Visit colleges such as Christchurch and its chapel (Oxford Cathedral), the smallest cathedral in the country. Other university buildings include Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the famous Bodlean Library, the Clarendon Building and the ancient 15th century Divinity School. Watch some punting on the River Cherwell.
     
  Blenheim Palace, built by Sir John Vanbrugh (with gardens by “Capability” Brown) for the first Duke of Marlborough (John Churchill) and paid for by Queen Anne, as a reward for his decisive victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim (1704). It was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with a small museum dedicated to him.

 

LESS WELL-KNOWN DESTINATIONS
There are so many interesting and famous locations that I could not possibly include them all in this brochure. Some of these do however close for the winter, but I can advise you about these at the planning stage.

HEVER CASTLE - Home of Anne Boleyn, the executed second wife of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves, the divorced fourth wife of Henry VIII! Later it became the country seat of the Astor family. The world famous gardens (including the Italianate garden) are a pleasure to walk around.  
 
CHARTWELL - The Country home of Sir Winston Churchill, the famous statesman and inspirational World War II leader. Set in the beautiful Kent countryside
 
HIGHCLERE CASTLE ("Downtown Abbey") - Ancestral Home of the Earls of Carnarvon. This Victorian “castle” is a beautiful building in its own right, but is also the filming location of the popular TV drama, Downton Abbey. If wanted I can arrange tea with a delightful couple who live nearby after a tour of their beautiful private garden.
 

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