Guided Tours – Mary Sewell
London Blue Badge Guide
Days out from London
Would you like to explore a little further?
On the outskirts of London
- Hampton Court Palace, home to each of Henry VIII’s six wives, with its magnificent dining hall and chapel, Tudor wood-panelled rooms, royal suites of apartments and recently-restored gardens.
- Windsor Castle is just 25 miles/40km from central London. Visit the largest inhabited castle in the world, weekend retreat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The State Apartments contain a fabulous art collection and St George's Chapel, with its royal tombs and Garter Knight stalls, is one of our finest examples of Gothic architecture.
Oxford, city of Britain's oldest university - walk through the Colleges, admire their gardens and visit their dining halls and chapels.
- Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Enjoy the Cotswold countryside with its stone cottages, thatched roofs and “wool” churches.
- Warwick Castle: Splendid medieval castle complete with torture instruments, fine Apartments and Royal Weekend Party — there’s even a ghost!
- Salisbury and Winchester — charming medieval Cathedral cities.
- The mystery of Stonehenge, prehistoric monument — why was it built and by whom?
- Bath: fine Georgian City, with extensive Roman remains.
Canterbury: Ancient Roman city. Visit its glorious Cathedral, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, site of St Thomas Becket’s martyrdom, with its 12th century quire, 12th/13th century stained glass and Romanesque crypt. See the King’s School, the Pilgrims’ Hospitals, the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, the City walls and much more.
- Leeds Castle, the Queens’ Castle, known as “The Loveliest Castle in the World”.
- Hever Castle, moated Castle in a magnificent park, home to two of Henry VIII’s six wives.
Renowned English gardens just a day’s coach excursion from London include:
- Hidcote and Kiftsgate in the Cotswolds
- Stourhead and Iford Manor in Wiltshire
- Sissinghurst and Great Dixter in Kent
- Audley End and Beth Chatto in Essex