England - Scotland - Wales
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, London covers over 600 square miles and is home to more than 8 million people. It can boast a diverse creative history to modern day art, literature and performance. Equally it is a centre of business and finance and has helped shape the world as we know it.
London has inspired figures such as Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, Jimi Hendrix, Handel, Gandhi, Claude Monet and Oscar Wilde, to name but a few.
A city that has continually re-invented itself, from Roman times, the Great Fire, re-building after the World War II to the city you see today.
Here are a few highlights…
Enjoy the view from the top of St Pauls Cathedral.
Designed by one of London’s most influential architects, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece was built after the Great Fire and has many secrets waiting to be discovered.
Explore Kew Gardens.
Exotic plants from around world, the botanical gardens has one of the most important Victorian Green Houses in existence. Walk in the tree tops and enjoy the tropical palms from above, or see the marine display with live fish.
A Tour of Fullers Brewery.
The last remaining large working brewery in London, the site at Chiswick has been brewing beer for over three centuries. Sample a few of the beers after you have been taken round and enlightened on the brewing process.
We can take you on a chauffeur driven journey through the picturesque villages and countryside of the Cotswolds. Visit the villages of Burford, where you can potter around some antique shops, have a pint at the Eight Bells Inn (Chipping Campden) and beautiful Bibury, with its lazy river and great manor house. Or enjoy one of the country’s finest gardens at Hidcote Manor.
See the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, probably Britain’s largest aristocratic mansion, with a traditional maze, butterfly house and beautiful grounds, before we take you for a pub lunch at The Crown in historic Woodstock. Then on to Oxford – take in some of the best preserved groups of medieval architecture and the famous and ancient Christ Church College, with its cathedral and great Hall (used for the Harry Potter movies).
Have a drink in The Eagle and Child pub, where J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis discussed Hobbits, Lions, Witches and Wardrobes.
These landmarks can be mixed and matched and tailored for a unique experience.
Head north to discover breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, quintessentially English villages and market towns set on the doorstep of the bustling cosmopolitan cities of York, Liverpool, Carlisle, Leeds and Sheffield. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and four national parks, each with its own distinctive character, conceal a fascinating industrial past. Local foods, drinks and traditions complement a rich history, evidenced by stately homes and gardens, and monastic ruins, all with a story to tell. A truly beautiful place to enjoy heritage steam railways, leisurely rambles in the hills, around natural lakes or along coastal paths and a pint of locally brewed ale in a typical English pub at the end of a perfect day.
Where to go: Lake District for its lakes and mountains, quaint cottages and Romantic poets; Yorkshire Dales for wildflower meadows, mile after mile of limestone walls, tumbling waterfalls; North York Moors with its heritage steam railway, gaunt ruins of Whitby Abbey and a spectacular coastline; Peak District, home to Chatsworth House. World Heritage Sites: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Saltaire, Liverpool, Hadrian’s Wall; the winding streets of York with its famous Minster.
Traverse the Royal Mile with its grand and imposing buildings, set foot inside St Giles Church and Parliament Hall. See inspirational religious leader John Knox’s house and visit the Royal Palace of Holyrood, where Mary, Queen of Scots was caught up in murder and scandal that forced her to leave Scotland for ever. Hear the gruesome stories of 18th century murderers Burke and Hare and the melancholy tale of the loyal little dog, Greyfriars Bobby. Then make your way up to the imposing fortress that is Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish crown jewels and centuries of history, as well as the pageantry and military precision of the annual Edinburgh Tattoo. A short journey from the centre, in Leith, where you can step on board Queen Elizabeth II’s decommissioned yacht Britannia, a glimpse into luxurious royal travels from an age gone by.
The Trossachs are famed for their lovely lochs, sweeping valleys and majestic hillsides. Stop off at Stirling, with its imposing Castle, the National Wallace Monument and the Battle Bannockburn Visitor Centre which tell the stirring stories of 14th century patriots William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and Robert The Bruce.
Driving northwards, you enter dramatic scenery and typical highland villages such as Callander, a great place to eat and offers some spectacular walks and cycle pathways along the river. Continuing on the Duke’s Pass the journey delights with highland cottages, lochs and fantastic scenery, before sweeping down into a town made famous by the writer Sir Walter Scott in ‘Lady of the Lake.’ Stop off and enjoy a detour to the stunning Loch Katrine, where you can enjoy a cruise on board the Sir Walter Scott.
The Island of Skye is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides. A truly magical place, it’s home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. Whether you are visiting for a few days whilst on a tour of Scotland or staying for a longer spell, the island has many ways to enchant you, with its mountain ranges, miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history.
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