2017 Wimbledon – Excursions
London Day Trips
Glastonbury and Wells
Visit Montacute, a glittering Elizabethan house, where ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was filmed, featuring magnificent State Apartments and fine formal gardens. Glastonbury is a town steeped in history, myth and legend – it is said that King Arthur and his queen Guinevere are buried here. Roam among the romantic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey before continuing to Wells, a picturesque city with 14th century moated Bishop’s Palace and impressive 12th century Cathedral, its West front alone featuring 365 statues of Kings, Knights and Saints, many life size.
9 hours start at £625 for 2 people
Visit Windsor Castle, England’s largest royal residence still lived in by the Queen with magnificent State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, one of the finest examples of perpendicular architecture and fan vaulted ceilings in Britain. Oxford is England’s oldest university dating back to the 11th century. See its magnificent spires, cloistered colleges, secluded gardens and libraries.
8 hours start at £585 for 2 people
Canterbury and Leeds Castle
Drive through Kent, the Garden of England, on your way to medieval Canterbury with its lush fields and pretty villages. Its splendid Norman cathedral was the scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 when he was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Visit Leeds, a fairy-tale castle over 1,000 years old, set on an island in the middle of a lake and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, also known as Lady’s Castle because of the many Queens of England who lived here.
7 hours start at £585 for 2 people
Stonehenge at Dawn or Dusk
In the evening after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at dawn, we can arrange for you to visit this awe-inspiring prehistoric monument and walk among the giant sarsen stones towering 21 ft (6.4 m) high and weighing up to 50 tons. Marvel at how stones of such monumental scale were quarried, transported and erected 5,000 years ago when the only tools available were made of wood, bone and stone.
6 hours start at £675 for 2 people
Dover Castle, Kent
3 Days/2 Nights
For centuries, the wealthy and aristocratic have built their great manor houses and castles south of London in Kent & Sussex, one of England’s most beautiful regions of orchards, splendid public gardens, and delightful villages and towns. Visit Knole, Henry Vlll’s Tudor Mansion built around 7 courtyards, with 52 staircases and 365 rooms, and fairy-tale Leeds castle, surrounded by a lake on your way to Canterbury, the “Cradle of Christianity” with its awe-inspiring Cathedral built in the 11th century. Also see Dover Castle beautifully positioned on top of the white cliffs. In Kent you will see some of England’s finest castles, gardens and stately homes. Return to London via Brighton with its dazzlingly exotic Pavilion, Jane Austen’s home at Chawton, the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury and Stonehenge, England’s most important prehistoric monument at nearly 5000 years old.
Oxford, Windsor Castle, Cotswolds, Bath & more
3 Days/2 Nights
Visit the ancient University City of Oxford, England’s oldest university dating back to the 11th century. See its magnificent spires, cloistered colleges, secluded gardens and renowned libraries. Onwards to Blenheim Palace, built to reward John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and ancestor of Sir Winston, for his defeat of the French at Blenheim in 1704. Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world, situated along the river Thames. See the State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Spend time in the glorious region of the Cotswolds with its antique shops and villages. See the breathtaking World Heritage City of Bath. The Roman Baths, Pump Room and Abbey are among the finest antiquities in the country. Your personal tour also includes Stonehenge, Britain’s darkest mystery erected nearly 5,000 years ago, the historic City of Winchester, capital of England under Alfred the Great and medieval Salisbury with its magnificent 13th century cathedral boasting the tallest spire in Britain.
Prices for both tours:
- 3 Full days of touring with a private guide
- start at £1875
- 2 nights accommodations with breakfast, starting at £250 per night for 2 people
- Entrance fees and other meals are additional. Prices for 3 to 6 people also available.