Discover the surprising secrets and curiosities of your local area on a Unique Day Tour of Britain in the South East of England only. Clients from London are advised to take the Gatwick Express train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport, where they will be met from the train at c. 9am, and returned there at c. 5pm. The relevant trains arrive/ depart every 15 minutes, and the journey time is 30 minutes. Clients in the Gatwick area will be collected at c. 9am, and returned to their hotel or address at c. 5pm. These arrangements ensure a full 8 hour day's sight-seeing.
The cost of a Day Tour is £330 GB Pounds cash only, payable on the day, which covers 1 to 3 persons
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Including: Hartfield and Winnie the Pooh, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Bayham Abbey, , Michelham Priory, Batemans at Burwash, Frant, Midhurst, Petworth House, Uppark, Bignor Roman Villa, Rye, Winchelsea, Cranbrook, Penshurst Place, Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst Vineyard, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Wakehurst Place Gardens, West Hoathly, Ditchling, Nymans Gardens, Alfriston, Lewes and Cliffe, Heaven Farm Tea Rooms, Lindfield, Bolebroke Castle, Godstone, Ightham Mote, The Bluebell Railway, Shere, Groombridge Place, Battle, Bodiam Castle, Brockham, Christ's Hospital School, Bosham, Amberley, Wisborough Green, Tenterden, Benenden, Rolvenden, Tanhouse Farm Tea Rooms and Pashley Manor Gardens.
Or simply sit back, relax and let me custom build an itinerary just for you...
I will guide you through beautifully scenic and historic locations in an idyllic English Countryside.
To avoid disappointment it is very important that you indicate when booking, your preferred type of accommodation, from the choice below:
Luxury, private, period homes in beautiful countryside locations. Typical of this type of accommodation are Wolsey Lodges. For full details on each individual Wolsey Lodge accommodation visit their website.
Luxury 4/5* Hotels
These hotels are in both the countryside and the major towns and cities throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Typically they have larger rooms, lifts/elevators, leisure facilities, restaurants, room service, etc.
OR Choose a Selection of Both the Above Types of Accommodation.
NEW FOR 2020
The Mayflower Pilgrims Tour
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower Pilgrims' voyage to Plymouth Plantation in New England in 1620, Unique Tours of Britain is offering a 10 day tour for up to a maximum of 8 persons on your preferred dates throughout 2020 and beyond. Your tour will be for you and or your group only. You will not be part of any other group. All Mayflower Pilgrims Tour locations have very strong connections with; William Bradford and William Brewster, John Winthrop and John White, William and Priscilla Mullins, Mayflower Captain Christopher Jones, John Alden and Robert Cushman. We visit the Pilgrim Fathers Inn at Scrooby, Austerfield, Babworth, Immingham, Gainsborough Old Hall, Boston, Fishtoft and Scotia Creek, Ely, Peterhouse College in Cambridge, Hadleigh, Dedham, Harwich, The Mayflower Pub (beside the River Thames), Rotherhithe in London, Mediaeval Canterbury, The White Cliffs of Dover, Rye, Old Heathfield, Dorking, Midhurst, Bosham, The New Forest, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Dartmouth, Looe, Polperro and Plymouth plus other Founding Fathers' locations.
Smugglers and Sea-Dogs Tour
This swashbuckling and salty tour goes in search of smugglers and sea dogs to pretty fishing villages, steep cobbled streets and mediaeval inns where tales abound of daring moonlit exploits and battles between the customs men and the "gentlemen of the night" or "owlers" as smugglers were more commonly called.
We visit Sussex, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the villages of Bucklers Hard, Lulworth Cove, Polperro and Clovelly. Search for sea dogs like Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, shipwrecks, their wreckers and lighthouses shrouded in mist. On this tour, one night's accommodation is at Hayes Barton, Devon, where you can experience the luxury of a four poster bed in the very room where Sir Walter Raleigh was born in 1552. Wat's ghost is optional!
Grand Tour of Scotland
The following locations are included in this Grand Tour of Scotland and Lochs: Robert Burns' country, Loch Lomond, Fort William, Invergarry, A Whisky Distillery, Loch Ness, the Battlefield of Culloden, Inverness, Balmoral, Edinburgh and Sir Walter Scott border country. There is a one day mid-tour break at a highland hotel where, if you so wish, you may enjoy golf, trout or salmon fishing, shooting, deer-stalking, riding, cycling, walking or just relaxing amidst the spectacular scenery.
Grand Tour of Wales
Wales rivals Scotland for its scenic splendour of brooding mountains, lakes, scenic valleys and forgotten villages where only the Welsh language is spoken and legends are told of ghosts, witches, poets and saints. Included in this spectacular and breathtaking tour are 13th Century Royal castles, ruined mediaeval abbeys , superb view points, picturesque market towns, the "Italianate' village of Portmeirion, steam railways, a canal boat ride and a visit to a Welsh gold mine. To make this memorable tour complete, we hear a Welsh Male Voice Choir and you have the opportunity to learn how to speak some Welsh, if you so wish.
Crimes, Curiosities and Eccentrics Tour
The truly eccentric English live on in this very unusual tour which visits pyramids, obelisks, follies and strange monuments dedicated to their eternal memory.
Like the tomb of "Mad Jack" Fuller who was buried sitting bolt upright, wearing top hat and tails and holding a bottle of claret. We return to the scenes of the crimes by highwaymen and foul murderers and visit the graves and gibbets where they ended their misbegotten days.
Ghosts, Witches and Legends
We visit England's most haunted village in Kent, a Tudor mansion that boasts fourteen ghosts and hear devilish tales of ghosts and strange happenings in ancient, half-timbered inns.
We visit Stonehenge and Avebury, Stourhead and the Slaughters, Glastonbury, Wells and the Cotswolds. We meet the Cerne Abbas Giant and the Witch of Wookey Hole! Hear tell the mystical legends of Camelot, Avalon and King Arthur. Discover quaint customs and folk tales of giants and warriors long since departed, or have they??
Industrial Heritage Tour
This exclusive tour is very much for the connoisseur of Britain's Industrial Heritage. The tour covers steam, wind and water power, mining, mills, ships and engineering. During this remarkable tour we visit Chatham Historic Naval Dockyard, Beaulieu, Blaenavon Coal Mine, Amberley, Anderton Boat Lift, Ironbridge, Dudley Black Country Museum, Quarry Bank Mill, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, picturesque windmills and watermills and, nostalgically, we take a sedate ride on a steam train through beautiful English countryside.We visit Bucklers Hard 18th Century shipbuilding village in the New Forest, I.K. Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol, HMS Warrior and Nelsons HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Many other locations are visited on this wonderfully scenic tour.Accommodation is in superior private period homes including "The Old Windmill", a converted 18th Century windmill at Inkberrow near Worcester.
American Connection Tour
This fascinating tour visits locations associated with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, The Pilgrim Fathers, Neil Armstrong, Pocahontas, Abraham Lincoln, William Penn, John Harvard, John Wesley, Henry James, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Latrobe (the architect of The White House), Jamestown, Virginia, The American War of Independence and U.S. Army and Air Force servicemen who were stationed in England during World War II.
Let us explore those areas of the 'Old Country' which gave birth to the forebears of so many famous figures from the pages of American History.
Steam Trains Tour
Indulge your passion and nostalgia for the sights, sounds and smells of Steam Locomotives and pray take your seat for two different train rides each day in Victorian railway carriages through wonderfully scenic England and Wales.
Take the opportunity to talk to the train driver and fireman or even hop up on to the "footplate". The following are just some of the historical and scenic railway lines we take a journey on for your residential tour: Kent and East Sussex Railway, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Bluebell Railway, Lavender Line Steam Railway, Severn Valley Railway, Talyllyn Railway,Vale of Rheidol Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Ffestiniog Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Bala Lake and depending on your dates, "THE FLYING SCOTSMAN"!
Castles, Manors and Pubs Tour
Indulge your aesthetic pleasures in locations strictly for the romantically inclined. Historic and moated castles like Leeds, Bodiam, Arundel, Bolebroke and Hever, Great houses like Parham, Penshurst, Petworth, Uppark, Knole, Chartwell and Ightham Mote built for great Englishmen. Ancient, low-beamed Inns, with antiques and Inglenook fireplaces and all amidst idyllic rural surroundings.
Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens Tour
This beautiful tour includes on its itinerary Rudyard Kipling's mansion home at Batemans and Penshurst Place, birthplace of Sir Philip Sidney, courtier and favourite of Elizabeth I. We also visit many great and famous gardens like Wakehurst Place; Nymans; Parham Park, Borde Hill and Sheffield Park which are so typically English and so idyllic. We visit historic moated castles like Bodiam, Leeds and Hever where Henry VIII courted the ill-fated Anne Boleyn.
Classic Literature Tour
You will indulge your literary, musical, architectural and aesthetic tastes as we visit locations strongly associated with the following well known authors: Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Milton, Kipling, Keats, Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Coleridge, Dickens, A.A.Milne. Pepys, Jane Austen, Van Dyke, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Grinling Gibbons, Capability Brown, J.M.W. Turner, Gilbert White, Thomas Gray, J.K. Jerome, Henry James, Kenneth Grahame, George Orwell, John Galsworthy and H.G. Wells.
Highlands and Isles of Scotland Tour
A cruise around the Inner Hebrides Isles of Muck; Eigg; Canna and fascinating Kinloch Castle on Rhum. Then two superb days on the Isle of Skye; Dunvegan Castle; Portree; Plockton; Eilean Donan Castle; Invergarry; Loch Ness; Urquart Castle; Inverness. The Battlefield of Culloden; Pitlochry; Ashintully Castle: Edinburgh and Sir Walter Scott Border Country.
Royalty And Religion Tour
This memorable regal and spiritual tour visits locations associated with Queen Elizabeth I, Henry V, Henry VIII, Richard II, Queen Victoria, Edward VI and VII, George VI, Jamestown, Virginia, the Wesleys and Methodism, Quakers and William Penn and early Christianity and Paganism.
We also visit Winchester's magnificent 11th Century Cathedral and among others, a peaceful village church which has a superb, rare 12th Century wall painting of the "Seven Deadly Sins"! Bosham, Chichester, Sussex
English Village Pubs Tour
Unique Tours of Britain has researched that most enduring symbol of English Country Life; The Village Pub. On this specialized tour there are historical pubs, haunted pubs, river, sea and canal-side pubs; pubs with literary, sporting and industrial associations; pubs with famous visitors like Queen Elizabeth I, Charles Dickens and John Constable and pubs in simply fantastic, scenic, wild and remote locations. Let us investigate the derivations and origins of pub names and partake of wholesome, home-cooked food and real ale in idyllic country settings.
Village pubs visited include The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone:The Shepherd and Dog at Fulking:The Star and Eagle at Goudhurst:Ye Olde Smugglers Inne at Alfriston:The Brown Trout at Lamberhurst:The Swan at Fittleworth:The Royal Oak at Langstone:The Spotted Dog at Smarts Hill:The Crab and Lobster at Sidlesham:The Anchor Bleu at Bosham:The White Hart at Stopham:The Haunted Kings Arms at Rotherfield:The Black Horse at Pluckley,England's Most Haunted Village:The Mermaid Inn at Rye and many,many more. So, let the journey begin throughout picturesque Surrey,Sussex and Kent.
Wales Heritage Tour
Wales, Land of Mountain, Sea and Song and so much more. All Inclusive, Tailor-Made Tours of Wales whether historical, literary, cultural, artistic, musical or industrial on a variety of themed tours, tailored to your interests, by luxury car or minibus with expert guides and historians.
Discover your British Heritage Tour
Let us go in search of the locations in England, Wales and Scotland where your ancestors originated. We visit mediaeval manor houses, churches and picturesque villages where few tourists have yet to venture. We research old parish records, graveyard memorials, manor court rolls, population census records and birth, marriage and death certificates and other historical information to discover where your family story began in "The Old Country". Let me have all your family history to date and I will begin your family history journey!
God's Own Country Tour
This stunningly scenic tour goes in search of "The Real England" "Far from the Madding Crowd" and far, far away from the usual tour bus locations! This tour includes the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, The Yorkshire Dales, The Forest of Bowland and The Peak District. Locations visited are: Windermere, Ullswater, Emperor Hadrian's Wall, ruined castles, abbeys, monasteries and priories, ancient stone circles, caves, mines and waterfalls, old steam railways, The Pendle Witches, spectacular viewpoints, Swaledale, Wensleydale, James Herriot's Yorkshire Dales, Ribblehead Viaduct, Eyam Plague Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Tissington and Dovedale.