Treat yourself to a private and bespoke tour of two 'must see' places with a convenient relaxed day trip from London.
You will be picked up by comfortable private vehicle from your London accommodation. No large tour groups or schedules to worry about. Go and explore these fascinating places at your pace and leisure.
Windsor Castle - When you visit Windsor Castle you are quite literally a guest of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is a real working Castle with a live in staff of nearly 200 people. The Queen and Prince Philip spend many of their weekends at Windsor, and you will walk right through the very State Rooms in which the Queen meets world leaders and hosts important banquets. This Castle has 1000 years of history to reveal and has been in continual use since 1070! On May 19th 2018 Prince Harry will marry Miss Meghan Markle at Windsor's St Georges Chapel (Sadly we can't get you an invite) but at least you will get to see this splendid chapel before or after the event.
Hampton Court Palaceis a place that just oozes history. Wondering around the courtyards and corridors you are transported back to Tudor timeswhen this became a Royal palace for the notorious Henry VIII.This was home to the King and his ill fated Wives. It was also the birthplace of Edward VI and home to Elizabeth I.
The palace was originally built for King Henry's right hand man Cardinal Worlsey, the second most powerful man in England in 1515. But Worlsey was eventually to fall from the Kings favour and the palace was seized.
King Henry VIII had a court of 1000 people, and they all needed to be fed and watered. And Henry liked to entertain on a grand scale. The kitchens he had extended are some of the best preserved medieval kitchens in the world. You may even get the chance to turn a Beef joint on a roasting spit!
After King Henry's death, Elizabeth I made the palace her home, and in fact this was a Royal residence right up until William III in 1714.
The palace also escaped the destruction of the English Civil war, and Hampton Court went from being a home to Charles I to becoming his prison.During William and Mary's jointreign the Tudor part of the palace was almost lost. The Architect Sir Christopher Wren was employed to turn Hampton Courtinto a rival of the Palace of Versailles. Luckily for us, the King ran out of money, and today we are left with a palace containing two distinct parts, Tudor and Baroque.
We will also have the chance to wander around the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court. We can pop in to King Henry VIII personal Tennis court, or perhaps visit the worlds largest Grape Vine planted by the famous Landscaper Lancelot Capability Brown.
You will have a personal driver and guide exclusively for you who will make sure you have a bespoke experience. The schedule and pace is decided by you - No rushing or herding guaranteed!