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Things to do in England

Whether it’s sitting down to a cream tea in a rose-covered cottage or blazing a trail through London's streets in a Mini Cooper, our range of things to experience in England will bring the country to life. Our specialists have carefully chosen a series of activities designed to throw new light on age-old attractions and to bring you a greater insight into England's history, culture and character.

You can walk in Shakespeare's wake in Stratford-upon-Avon, explore the scenery that inspired Wordsworth in the Lake District or have tea in Beatrix Potter's beloved home. Take a chauffeured punt along the River Cherwell through medieval Oxford, a photographic tour of the Cotswolds or discover ancient abbey ruins with expert guides.

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Ideas for experiencing England

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know England, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Vintage Books

    Literary tour of London

    London

    Discover some of the secrets behind London's most famous literary figures on this fascinating half-day walking tour around Bloomsbury, one of the city's most creative corners. Wander through historic streets with an expert guide and finish up at the British Library.

  • Blenheim Palace

    Blenheim Palace half-day tour

    Oxford

    Uncover the fascinating history, frayed relationships and royal connections of Blenheim Palace on a private half-day tour of this monumental country mansion. A Baroque masterpiece home to the Duke of Marlborough, its lavish rooms and elaborate gardens are fabulously impressive.

  • Oxford punting

    Chauffeured punting

    Oxford

    Discover Oxford's tranquil meandering waterways, glorious architecture and beautiful gardens on a chauffeured punt ride along the River Cherwell. Without the hassle of steering these temperamental vessels you can sit back and soak up the scenery.

  • Tower of London

    Westminster Abbey and the Tower by boat

    London

    Avoid the crowds as you discover London’s most important sites with a private guide. This intimate tour visits Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, where you can see the Crown Jewels, with a connecting boat ride along the Thames.

  • Roman Baths, Bath

    Georgian and Roman Bath walking tour

    Bath

    The Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent are among the sights on this full-day guided walking tour of Bath. You tour the baths first built by the Romans to tap into the local hot springs before visiting some of the meeting places for Georgian high society.

  • Stonehenge

    Stonehenge, Lacock and Avebury tour

    Bath

    Explore England’s long history, written in stone. Your private guide takes you to the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, with a stop at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery turned stately Tudor home.

  • Hawkshead

    Tea at Beatrix Potter's cottage

    The Lake District

    Discover the land that Beatrix Potter loved and helped to preserve on this tour of her Lake District home. Cross Lake Windermere before having a tour and tea with a Potter expert at the author’s marital house, Castle Cottage.

  • Royal Naval College

    Greenwich walking tour

    London

    Explore delightful Greenwich, a leafy borough renowned for its magnificent architecture and strong connections to the maritime and scientific world. Stroll through the Royal Observatory, strand straddling two hemisphere's are learn about the race to reach China aboard the Cutty Sark.

  • The Cotswolds

    Photographic tour of the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds

    Explore the stunning Cotswolds and improve your photographic skills on a full-day, private tour of the region. You'll be led to some of the most scenic locations by a professional photographer who will help you get impressive shots of the region.

  • Castle Howard

    Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey

    York

    Take a private guided driving tour of the windswept North York Moors. Visit the house and gardens of the stately Castle Howard, continue on to the pretty market town of Helmsley, and end at the haunting ruins of nearby Rievaulx Abbey.

  • Cambridge

    Cycling tour of Cambridge

    Cambridge

    This two-hour guided cycling tour around Cambridge is a fun and informative way to explore the city and see more than you could on foot. You’ll cycle through meadows along the river and past the university for which the city is known.

  • Traditional scones in Cambridge

    Cambridge foodie walking tour

    Cambridge

    This walking tour of Cambridge is designed to help you learn the layout of the city and introduce you to some of the best food Cambridge has to offer.

  • York Minster

    Ancient York walking tour

    York

    Discover the pivotal role that York has played in English history over the past 2,000 years. Your private guide will lead a walking tour to visit the city’s gates, walls and medieval churches, as well as the tiny, crooked alleys called snickleways.

  • Rickenbacker taxi

    Rickenbacker taxi tour

    Liverpool

    Driving about Liverpool in a psychedelic taxi, you can follow in the footsteps of the Beatles on a private guided tour. You’ll see their childhood homes and schools, their teenage haunts, and the sites that inspired some of their classic hits.

  • Vegetable produce, Borough market

    Borough Market with a food writer

    London

    Explore vibrant and cosmopolitan Borough Market in the company of an acclaimed chef and food writer who can take you through the historic, stall-lined lanes, introduce you to traders and fill you in on the market's history.

  • Liverpool

    Liverpool heritage tour

    Liverpool

    This private tour takes you through the long history of the city of Liverpool. Your guide will offer an insight into its imposing public buildings, galleries and cathedrals, and shed light on some of its many famous citizens.

  • Battle Abbey gatehouse

    Battle, Winchelsea & Rye

    Rye

    Explore the history and growth of England’s southeast on this half-day guided tour of Battle, Winchelsea and Rye. It spends time at handsome towns, historic seaside resorts, ruined abbeys and the site of the Battle of Hastings.

  • White Cliffs of Dover

    White Cliffs of Dover & Dover Castle

    Canterbury

    In this strategically important part of England, you’ll visit Dover Castle, a key military position since medieval times and pivotal to the evacuation of Dunkirk in World War II, and the White Cliffs of Dover on a half-day guided tour.

  • Canterbury riverside

    Canterbury walking tour & cathedral

    Canterbury

    Discover the medieval lanes, half-timbered houses and grand cathedral in Canterbury on this private half-day walking tour led by a local expert guide. They’ll offer you a deeper insight into this historic city, its important figures and its architecture.

  • Brighton Royal Pavilion

    Brighton walking tour

    Brighton

    Uncover the history behind the vibrant and dynamic city of Brighton on a half-day privately guided walking tour, which takes you along its streets and lanes and reveals its humble origins, regal endorsement, Regency heyday and modern pride.

  • Buttermere

    North Lakes explorer

    The Lake District

    Your driver-guide will create a tour of the North Lakes area based around your interests. You can take your time exploring the unspoiled lakes, sheep-dotted mountains, and tiny towns at an unhurried pace, with pauses for walks in the countryside or taking photographs.

  • Hardknott Roman Fort

    Hardknott Roman Fort, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and Muncaster Castle

    The Lake District

    Your driver-guide can navigate Cumbria’s steep and winding roads while you admire the looming mountains and sweeping sea views. The tour also stops at Muncaster Castle, the Roman-era Hardknott Fort and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a Victorian steam train line.

  • Lake District farm experience , The Lake District

    Lake District farm experience

    The Lake District

    Experience life on a traditional Lake District fell farm where you'll get a chance to meet the hardy Herdwick sheep, learn about farm practices and local lifestyles and get to try your hand at dry stone walling.

  • Shakespeare's books

    Behind-the-scenes tour at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Explore behind the scenes on a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon Avon, the home of the famous playwright. Learn about the history and inner workings of the theater on a trip though areas generally inaccessible to the public.

  • Oxford

    Oxford walking tour

    Oxford

    Walk through the medieval streets of Oxford guided by a university graduate to seek out some of the city's more interesting colleges, chapels and laneways as you follow in the footsteps of famous writers, politicians or philosophers.

  • The Cotswolds

    Explore the northern Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds

    Explore the undulating hills, exquisite medieval villages and rich history of the northern Cotswolds on this private, full-day tour. With the help of a local expert, discover the region's timeless charm and handsome architecture before you finish up in a quintessential village pub.

  • Mini Cooper

    Mini Cooper tour

    London

    Buckle up and sit back for the ride of a lifetime as you whizz around London's backstreets in a classic Mini Cooper, ticking off the sights as you go and discovering some of the city's hidden charms with a local expert.

  • Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

    London

    Get a glimpse into the lives of the British monarchy on this full-day tour that takes in the austere Buckingham Palace in London and then tours the fascinating State Apartments of imposing Windsor Castle, the preferred royal home.

  • Globe Theatre, London

    Theater performance at Shakespeare's Globe

    London

    Immerse yourself into the world of William Shakespeare with a trip to the Globe Theatre. This replica faithfully reproduces the original's thatched roof, open-air performance area and actors who encourage the audience to get involved in the production.

  • Shakespeares' birthplace

    Shakespeare's Stratford walking tour

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Explore the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the company of an expert guide who will walk you through the streets of William Shakespeare's hometown, taking you to his birthplace, school and burial place as the Bard's story unfolds.

  • St Paul's Cathedral

    St Paul’s Cathedral

    London

    Discover the history behind St Paul's Cathedral on a private guided tour with a local expert. Learn about its design and construction, the craftsmen who worked on it and climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views over central London.

  • Rydal dining room

    Wordsworth's Lake District

    The Lake District

    Explore the landscape that inspired one of Britain’s most renowned poets. Your guide will bring you to two of Wordworth’s homes, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, to learn about his life and family. You can also explore nearby Grasmere village.