Out of London

Within easy reach of London and all it has to offer are places with a different perspective on Britain’s rich and diverse history.

Take a walk around the colleges in Oxford that educated over 30 British Prime Ministers, as well as Bill Clinton, explore the Cathedral in Salisbury that Constable painted or visit the oldest permanently occupied castle in the world at Windsor. It can be as hectic or relaxed as you would like to make it with no shortage of coffee shops or a little retail therapy to go with the stories of people famous and infamous.

I can get you there in a people carrier and tell you something about what we will see on the way.

Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral

A thriving town in Kent that was home to one of England’s most outrageous murders some 850 years ago when Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. He was to become a saint and his shrine a destination for pilgrims from all over. The Cathedral remains a very popular visitor attraction as does Leeds Castle, which is en route and deemed the most “Fairy Tale” castle in the world. Get in touch

Bath

Roman Baths in BathA Spa town for nearly two thousand years and still a Spa town.  Bath is where the first King of England was crowned over 1000 years ago and features in a number of Jane Austen’s novels as she lived here for six years. This is also an opportunity to try out some of the local delicacies, the “Sally Lunn” and the “Bath Oliver”. There is also the grandeur of the Royal Crescent and the Circus. Get in touch

Salisbury

Salisbury CathedralHome to the Cathedral built in one architectural style, making it unique and with the highest spire in Britain. Salisbury has the charm of historic streets, alleyways and half timbered buildings with Old Sarum (An Iron Age Fort) and Stonehenge just a few minutes’ drive away. Sir Edward Heath Prime Minister in the 1970’s lived in the Close by the Cathedral and his house is now a museum. Get in touch

Stonehenge

StonehengeRemains a mystery to the present day. Why were these massive stones moved over 150 miles 5000 years ago and erected in a circle. We do know it was not the Druids who were responsible although they do turn up at summer solstice. Get in touch

Oxford

Oxford CityDreaming spires, Alice in Wonderland and one of the best educational establishments in the world. No fewer than 30 Prime Ministers have been educated at Oxford, most recently David Cameron at Brasenose College. Christchurch college Hall was the inspiration for Hogwarts school of Harry Potter fame. Experience the rareified air of academic excellence, the peace and quiet of college quadrangles and the numerous coffee shops. Get in touch

Windsor

Windsor CastleThe Queen’s weekend retreat and the oldest continuously occupied castle in the world. Its majestic position above the towns of Windsor and Eton make it seem both invincible and intimidating at the same time, something the Normans set out to achieve when it was built 1000 years ago. This is where King Henry VIII is buried alongside the only monarch who was to lose his head whilst on the throne, Charles I. Get in touch

Cotswolds

CotswoldsThe Cotswold countryside is a delight with its rolling hills and picturesque villages made from local honey coloured limestone. Some 4000 years ago man thought this was a good place to live and the wool industry made it a very prosperous place to live in the 14th century. It is populated with quaint sounding villages like Stow on the Wold, Shipton under Wychwood and Upper Slaughter with their traditional English churches and pubs very often standing side by side. Get in touch

Stratford upon Avon

Anne Hathaway's house, Stratford upon AvonBirthplace of one of, if not the greatest writer, the world has ever seen. William Shakespeare was responsible for adding some 2,000 new words and phrases to the English vocabulary. See where he was born, educated and where he Warwick castle famous for both its history, ghosts and now a very popular venue for families is just Get in touch

 

Warwick Castle

A great day out for the whole family. Steeped in history and specifically the Earl of Warwick who became known as the King maker and the venue for numerous parties where the great and the good would be entertained by the Duchess Get in touch

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