Tours out of town open up a whole new world.

Starting from London, all of the ones featured are achievable within a day.

From the beautiful English Cotswolds countryside with its rolling hills and picture postcard villages, via the Dreaming Spires of the University town of Oxford, through to the mystery that is Stonehenge; there is a wealth of history, architecture, culture and amazing scenery just waiting to be explored.

Tours of course come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re an individual looking for a half day introduction or a family group on the vacation of a lifetime, I will tailor your tours, your way. To give you a few ideas, listed below are some of the most popular tours I offer, but if you need something different, tweaked or rearranged that’s really not a problem.

Please contact me for pricing and to arrange details.

Please note:

  • Fares, entrances and meals are not included.
  • Car Tours are carried out in my 2014 Mercedes E Class which accommodates up to 4 passengers. 

Windsor Castle & Stonehenge by Car
10 hour tour

First we’ll make our way to our Queen’s weekend retreat of Windsor. Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and has been home to 39 of our monarchs. Today the Queen spends more time here than Buckingham Palace! Also onsite is St George’s Chapel where we’ll find the tombs of King Henry VIII, and our present Queen’s parents among many others. Then it’ll be onto lunch at a country pub before arriving at Stonehenge. The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge goes back 5,000 years, why was it built? Let’s see if we can work it out. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 In 1915 a man called Cecil Chubb walked into an auction and purchased Stonehenge for £6,600!


Windsor Castle by Car
5 hour tour

Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and has been home to 39 of our monarchs. Today the Queen spends more time here than Buckingham Palace! We’ll start by visiting the state apartments (the rooms built to impress the visiting dignitaries and many of which are still used by our Queen today) filled with treasures collected by Kings and Queens through the ages. Also onsite is St George’s Chapel (closed on Sundays) where we’ll find the tombs of King Henry VIII, King Charles I and our present Queen’s parents among many others. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Windsor Castle was built by the Normans to defend the western approach into London


Windsor Castle by Train
4 hour tour

Windsor has been home to 39 of our monarchs and today the Queen spends more time there than Buckingham Palace! We’ll visit the state apartments in the Upper Ward (the rooms built to impress the visiting dignitaries and many of which are still used by our Queen today) and then make our way down to the Lower Ward to St George’s Chapel (closed on Sundays) which houses the tombs of King Henry VIII and our present Queen’s parents among many others. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 In 1986 Wallis Simpson’s funeral was held in St Georges Chapel Windsor with the Queen in attendance


Downton Abbey by Car
9 hour tour

A must for all you Downton fans. First we’ll visit the Cotswold village of Bampton where many of the external scenes were filmed. We’ll see the village green, the church and the hospital too before making our way to the Castle itself. On arrival at Highclere we’ll have various local options for lunch.

Highclere is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles. Set in 1,000 acres of the most spectacular parkland, today it is the home of the present 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. There is also an opportunity to visit the onsite Egyptian exhibition. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Each episode of Downton Abbey reportedly costs an average of £1 million to produce


London & Windsor Castle by Car
8 hour tour

The best of both worlds! A nice tour to get a flavour of both the hustle and bustle of London before heading out to where the Queen retreats to spend most of her weekends. The London leg will be a good introduction to London. We’ll take in the major highlights with some time spent out of the car to take pictures too. Then we’ll head to Windsor Castle – home to 39 of our monarchs and today where the Queen spends her week-ends. We’ll visit the state apartments and St George’s Chapel which houses the tombs of King Henry VIII and our present Queen’s parents among many others. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 In 1986 Wallis Simpson’s funeral was held in St Georges Chapel Windsor with the Queen in attendance


Oxford & BlenheimOxford & Blenheim Palace by Car
9 hour tour

You can feel the 750 plus years of history pouring out of Oxford, the home to the oldest university in the English speaking world. We’ll visit the colleges, learn about those connected with them, including Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien, and take in some Harry Potter filming locations too. Then it’s onto Blenheim Palace, the stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough since its construction in the early 1700s, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Buried nearby, we’ll also visit his grave before returning to London. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn, New York, US


London & Hampton CourtLondon & Hampton Court Palace by Car
8 hour tour

The London leg will be a good introduction to London. We’ll take in the major highlights with some time spent out of the car to take pictures too. Then we’ll head out to Hampton Court Palace – a 16th Century Tudor Palace built to impress the dignitaries from both home and abroad and probably best known for its association with King Henry VIII. The Palace also has a magnificent Baroque wing developed for the Kings and Queens of the 17th and early 18th Centuries containing rooms of splendid décor of the period. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Queen Caroline spent her evenings at Hampton Court drinking chocolate & gossiping


Hampton Court Palace by Car
4 hour tour

Although it is probably best known for its association with King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is a palace of two halves. First we have the 16th Century Tudor Palace, built to impress the visiting dignitaries from both home and abroad. Then it’s onto the second half of the palace. A Baroque build developed for the Kings and Queens of the 17th and early 18th Centuries, containing rooms with splendid décor of the period.

We’ll also walk in the outstanding gardens, which are a match for any in England. And there’ll be an opportunity to tackle the famous Maze too! Find out more . . .

Brainy1 The tennis courts at Hampton Court date all the way back to 1526!


Hampton Court Palace by Train
4 hour tour

Travelling to Hampton Court Palace by train is really enjoyable. We’ll arrive in the small village of Hampton and take the short stroll across the River Thames to visit this amazing Tudor Palace. The palace was built in 1514, originally as a home for Cardinal Wolsey, the advisor to King Henry VIII, although its most famous resident was Henry VIII himself. It was considered modern and sophisticated when it was built with bowling greens, a 36,000 square foot kitchen and a toilet area that could seat 30 people! Find out more . . .

Brainy1 William Shakespeare performed some of his plays at Hampton Court


Bath & Stonehenge by Car
11 hour tour

Experience 2 World Heritage sites in 1 trip! On route from London, we will stop off for a quick photo opportunity in one of England’s picture postcard Cotswold villages, before arriving in Bath. Here to take advantage of the only Natural Hot Springs in the country, we have the Roman Baths and Temple remains, plus the stunning Palladian architecture of the 18th and 19th Century Georgian visitors. A typical tour of Bath consists of a walking/driving tour, taking in the sights and architecture, followed by a visit to the Roman Baths complex.

Then off to lunch at a country pub, on route to Stonehenge. Stonehenge goes back 5,000 years, why was it built? Let’s see if we can work it out. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Some of the stones used at Stonehenge came from over 250 miles away!


Stonehenge by Car
6 hour tour

Feel the mystery and develop your theory. The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge goes back 5,000 years, why was it built? Let’s see if we can work it out. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Stonehenge is older than the pyramids of Egypt


LHR4Heathrow Airport Pick up & London Highlights by Car
4 hour tour

This will be a good introduction to London. Realistically with the luggage this is a tour for a maximum of 2 passengers, unless you’re travelling exceptionally light. I will meet you at arrivals for the drive into your central London hotel. We’ll take in the major highlights with some time spent out of the car to take pictures too. The tour will finish at your hotel. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 In 2014, 73.4 million passengers either arrived or departed from Heathrow


LHR8Heathrow Airport Pick up & London Highlights by Car
8 hour tour

Recommended for first time visitors looking for a good overview of London. Realistically with the luggage this is a tour for a maximum of 2 passengers, unless you’re travelling exceptionally light. I will meet you at arrivals for the drive into central London. This tour takes in all of the major highlights and can, if you choose, include two internal site visits of your choice. As we travel around there will be opportunities to leave the car to take pictures too. The tour will finish at your hotel. Find out more . . .

Brainy1 Heathrow sells over 26,000 cups of tea and 35,000 cups of coffee every day