A TRIP TO THE COUNTRYSIDE…

     

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There are many areas of beautiful countryside, dotted with picturesque little villages, within easy reach of London as well as historic market towns và cities & sacred pre-historic monuments. Some of these are accessible by public transport, others by car or coach.

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Pricing:

The total cost of the day for the group is made up of my daily fee (see tương tác & terms) + any entrance fees + transport (in general, for small groups, travelling by public transport is more affordable)

I normally only arrange private day trips by public transport. You would need to pay the fares for the group (and for me as your guide) and I have given an indication of prices. I guide places accessible by car/coach for travel trade partners who arrange transport. However, I can help you khổng lồ arrange the hire of a private vehicle và chauffeur for the day if needed (prices vary depending on the number of people so I will quote you individually)


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A trip lớn Oxford

Oxford is famously a city of “dreaming spires” and trang chủ to the oldest university in the world. It lies nestled between 2 rivers, a beautiful city of honey coloured stone. You will feel history come alive as we stroll the narrow cobbled streets and peek into the hidden worlds of the colleges. Oxford has inspired many who have lived and studied here from Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkein and Evelyn Waugh to JK Rowling and Colin Dexter (writer of Inspector Morse) more recently. It is hard not be swayed by its charm!

Oxford is accessible by train from London Paddington, taking approx 1 hour & costing approx £29 for an adult return. 

A trip khổng lồ Windsor

Windsor is a beautiful town on the Thames, dominated by the medieval Windsor Castle – the Queen’s weekend country house. Windsor has been trang chủ to the royal family for over 900 years but the Castle is more of a mini walled town in its own right, with a village green, chapel và homes as well as the royal apartments. It is also trang chủ to the Order of the Garter, the UK’s highest order of chivalry. Explore the medieval St George’s Chapel, final resting place of many great British kings & queens including the House of Windsor, then be awed by the State léman luxury apartments where HM the Queen entertains visiting heads of state.

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After the grandeur of the Castle take a walk around the town with its picturesque riverside location and excellent shops và restaurants.

Windsor is accessible by train from London Paddington or Waterloo. The journey takes just under an hour and costs approx £12 for an adult return.

A trip khổng lồ Bath

Famous for its healing hot spring waters, Bath was founded by the Romans và contains the largest and best preserved Roman Baths in the country. Visitors have always come khổng lồ Bath khổng lồ “take the waters” & it reached its heyday in the 18th century when its iconic Georgian terraces were built khổng lồ house the well-to-do visiting for “the season”. This is the sort of elegant society captured by Jane Austen in her early 1800s novels & we can follow in the footsteps of her heroines promenading in its crescents, circles and squares and visiting the Assembly Rooms. It is even possible to bathe in the famous thermal waters at the modern Bath Thermae Spa.

If you plan to combine Bath with Stonehenge then I would recommend hiring a private vehicle, however, for a day trip to lớn Bath alone public transport is much faster & more convenient. The journey takes approx 1.5 hours & costs approx £65-85 for an adult return.

A trip khổng lồ Salisbury

The peaceful cathedral đô thị of Salisbury rewards the visitor with its serene architecture & elegance. Lớn step into the cathedral close is to enter a hidden gentle world of lush green lawns dominated by the beautiful spire of the Cathedral. The 13th century Cathedral was built in just 38 years in the Early English Gothic style & has a coherence and lightness seldom seen anywhere else. The view of its spire that inspired the painters Constable và Turner in the 19th century remains the same today.

Salisbury is accessible by train from London Waterloo. The journey takes approx 1.5 hours & costs approx £44 for an adult return.

A trip khổng lồ the Cotswolds, including Blenheim Palace

The joy of the Cotswolds is to lớn drive along its winding country lanes, stopping off in different villages to lớn sightsee according lớn your mood. The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where Man’s presence, seen in its patchwork of fields divided by ancient hedgerows và traditional villages, actually seems to lớn enhance the landscape. Most Cotswold villages reached their heyday during the medieval period when they prospered from the wool trade based on the sheep that still graze its gently rolling green hills today. We will spend a day exploring some of the area’s most lovely villages (a very tough competition!), admiring little architectural details in the cottages, soaking in the views and adjusting to the gentle way of life.

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The Cotswolds is also home to Blenheim Palace, one of the grandest country houses in the whole of England and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seat of the Dukes of Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill it is historically important as well as awe-inspiring.

The Cotswolds can be explored as a day trip from London but 2 days (staying overnight) would allow you khổng lồ explore into the northern Cotswolds as well. The Cotswolds was the main rural centre for the Arts & Crafts Movement, a major aesthetic movement in arts, craft and design at the turn of the 20th century, và these links are kept alive today in towns like Chipping Campden & Broadway. The Cotswolds is also famous for its gardens and Hidcote Manor with its series of intimate “garden rooms” is a must for any gardener!

Exploring the Cotwolds is easiest by private vehicle. However, Blenheim Palace can be visited as a day trip from Oxford using local buses.

A trip lớn Canterbury

Like Chaucer’s medieval pilgrims we will make our way to lớn Canterbury, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury (the head of the Church of England). It was in Canterbury Cathedral that Thomas Becket was hacked lớn death by 4 knights seeking to lớn please their furious king, who may or may not have said “who will rid me of this turbulent priest”! As well as the Cathedral and historic town visitors can see the remains of St Augustine’s Abbey founded in 598 by St Augustine who reintroduced Christianity to Britain và burial place of ancient Anglo-Saxon kings & queens.

Canterbury is accessible by train from London Victoria or Charing Cross. The journey takes approx 1.5 hours and costs approx £30 for an adult return.

A trip lớn Stonehenge

The prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge has intrigued and mystified visitors for centuries and continues to vị so today. Built between around 3,000 and 2,000 BC, Stonehenge stands in the centre of a landscape with great sacred importance scattered with other smaller henges và barrows (burial mounds). Archaeologists continue khổng lồ unlock the secrets of Stonehenge & we can only guess its purpose, but the sheer achievement of its construction by our ancestors so long ago is still impressive and moving.

A trip to lớn Stonehenge is easiest by private vehicle. However, it can be arranged by public transport as part of a day trip with Salisbury.

A trip lớn Stratford-upon-Avon và Warwick Castle

Birthplace of William Shakespeare & charming market town, Stratford is a pleasure khổng lồ discover. The must see is of course Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the black & white timbered house with traditional Elizabethan-style gardens where Shakespeare was born & grew up. Equally moving is the quiet little church where Shakespeare is buried. We can see some of the places where Shakespeare himself would have lived, worked & played và reflect on the enduring legacy of the greatest writer in the English language. The romantic at heart may lượt thích to take an easy walk through the water meadows, the same walk taken by 18 year old Will, to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the home of Shakespeare’s wife.

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Near khổng lồ Stratford is Warwick Castle, a country stately trang chủ inside a medieval castle with battlements & turrets.

Stratford-upon -Avon is accessible by rail but the journey is not direct & takes approx 2.5 hours. I would recommend a private vehicle in most cases