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FAMILY TOURS FROM LONDON

The five tours listed below are our main family-friendly out-of-town tours. However, most of the tours listed on this website can be tailored for families.

Tour price includes:

  • Personal qualified driver-guide.
  • Private guided tours of all attractions in your itinerary except where stated.
  • Tour vehicle, fuel costs, parking, taxes, tolls & local charges.
  • Skip-the-line tickets to attractions. For these tours we will book tickets to both attractions on the itinerary and add them to your tour price. These are priced at the attraction’s standard rate including any transaction fees and are non-refundable.

Tour price does not include:

  • Meals or refreshments.
  • Gratuities or tips to guide (at client’s discretion).
  • Pick-ups or transfers from outside central London (unless agreed at time of booking).

WINDSOR CASTLE & HAMPTON COURT FAMILY TOUR – ITINERARY

Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. We recommend 8:30am. After a fast-route from London, our tour Windsor Castle & Hampton Court Family Tour gets up close to two of the most notable and famous buildings in the UK: the largest and oldest continually inhabited castle in the world, where 1,000 years of royal history and drama come alive, and the finest remaining Tudor Palace in the country and an historic national treasure. Skip-the-line tickets to both attractions will be booked and added to your tour price.

Windsor Castle
After a short walk through the small but delightful town of Windsor, we take personally guided tour of the largest and oldest continually inhabited castle in the world. First built in 1080, and set in thousands of acres of parkland, it was once described as the most romantic of castles. It is now regarded as the Queen’s home.

Not to be missed: the magnificent George Chapel (ten monarchs are buried here including Henry VIII), the opulent State Apartments (audio-guided) and the incredible Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. On certain days, you can also see the Changing of the Guard (much better than at Buckingham Palace!).

Lunch
Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options on the day. Perhaps a village tea-room, riverside restaurant or traditional pub. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch or just grab a sandwich. It’s your tour, it’s your choice. (Note: Private Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Tour price does not include food or refreshments).

Hampton Court
A personally guided tour of an historic national treasure, Hampton Court, the finest remaining Tudor Palace in the country (Henry VIII actually stole it!). Highlights include the authentic Tudor kitchens, the Great Hall, the Chapel Royal, and an extraordinary ancient clock.

Hampton Court is actually two palaces in one, so we will also view the architectural legacy of the Stuart royal dynasty. Highlights include the Royal Apartments, an ancient working tennis court, and the magnificent gardens featuring the world’s oldest maze for you to get lost in!

WINDSOR & HAMPTON COURT FAMILY TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

● Description: day tour by private vehicle from
    London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Depart/return times: 8:30am-4:30pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
Price (based on number of passengers: max 7):
    1-2 = £605.00;  3-5 = £645.00; 6-7 = £680.00.
Attraction tickets: for this tour we book standard
    tickets in advance and add them to your tour price.

CANTERBURY & DOVER FAMILY TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY

Introduction
Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. We recommend 8am. After a fast-route from London, our Canterbury-Dover Family Tour takes us into the county of Kent. Here, in the garden of England, we visit the both the religious heart and the military key to the country.

Canterbury & Thomas Beckett
Almost 850 years ago, the Christian world was rocked by a shocking assassination. On the King’s authority, the Archbishop was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. We take a personally guided tour of this awe-inspiring medieval masterpiece and visit the site of Beckett’s murder.

The Canterbury Tales
In the late 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the story of a group of pilgrims who set out from London to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett. What follows is a rip-roaring and frankly rude collection of tales which we will discuss this classic as we walk through this ancient town.

Lunch
Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options on the day. Perhaps a village tea-room, riverside restaurant or traditional pub. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch or just grab a sandwich. It’s your tour, it’s your choice. (Note: Private Canterbury-Dover Tour price does not include food or refreshments).

Dover
Dover is England’s right foot and has been the country’s front line since time immemorial. Julius Caesar was thwarted here and it became the main fortification in the Saxon shore defences. We will, of course, visit the famed White Cliffs of Dover made legendary in song.

Dover Castle
A personally guided tour of the original castle built by the Normans. King Henry II had it rebuilt as a ‘hospitality suite’ for foreign dignitaries visiting Thomas Beckett’s shrine. In later centuries, it was used as a defence against Napoleon and Hitler with a warren of tunnels underneath.

CANTERBURY & DOVER FAMILY TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

● Description: day tour by private vehicle from
    London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Depart/return times: 8am-5pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
Price (based on number of passengers: max 7):
    1-2 = £670.00;  3-5 = £710.00; 6-7 = £750.00.
Attraction tickets: for this tour we book standard
    tickets in advance and add them to your tour price.

STRATFORD & WARWICK CASTLE FAMILY TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY

Introduction
Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. We recommend 8am. After a fast-route from London, our Stratford-Warwick Family Tour takes us to Shakespeare country, where we visit the Bard’s home town and the castle that inspired much of his work.

The Kingmaker
The political meddling of the Earl of Warwick, or the ‘Kingmaker’ in the 15th century ensured the prolongation of the royal family split known as the War of the Roses, eventually won by the Tudors. Shakespeare wrote seven plays on this historical period using this castle for inspiration.

Warwick Castle
A personally guided tour of the stronghold of the Earl of Warwick, originally built in the late 11th century. Highlights include live demonstrations of siege engines, weaponry and falconry, a real dungeon and armour displays. Kids will especially will enjoy this venue.

Lunch
Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options on the day. Perhaps a village tea-room, riverside restaurant or traditional pub. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch or just grab a sandwich. It’s your tour, it’s your choice. (Note: Private Stratford-Warwick Tour price does not include food or refreshments).

Stratford-Upon-Avon
Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps along the banks of the River Avon, with your guide pointing out the theatres and memorials now erected in his honour. A visit to the altar of the 14th century Holy Trinity Church where the Great Bard is buried is a must.

Shakespeare Houses
The wonderful thing about Stratford, is that over 400 years on, many of the places associated with Shakespeare’s life are still standing and can be visited such as his birthplace, school, and residences. Alternatively, we recommended a viewing of his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

STRATFORD & WARWICK CASTLE FAMILY TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

● Description: day tour by private vehicle from
    London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Depart/return times: 8am-5pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
Price* (based on number of passengers: max 7):
    1-2 = £740.00;  3-5 = £785.00; 6-7 = £830.00.
● *Attraction tickets: for this tour we book standard
    tickets in advance and add them to your tour price.

HARRY POTTER & MATILDA FAMILY TOUR – ITINERARY

Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. Then, grab your broomsticks for this fantastical flight celebrating J. K. Rowling’s and Roald Dahl’s classic children’s stories, featuring a visit to Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and a tour of the visually stunning Harry Potter studios. Our Harry Potter & Matilda Family Tour is an action day-out for wizard families with a sense of adventure.

Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre
After a fast-track journey from London, we begin this tour with a pleasant drive through the Thames Valley, arriving at  Great Missenden, the home village of Roald Dahl, one of the world’s bestselling fiction authors, with sales estimated at 100 million. Fans of the BFG, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can visit the Roald Dahl museum, shop and book locations. Dahl’s burial place is close-by too. Pilgrims leave candy-bars on his grave. Lunch is an option in Roald Dahl’s favourite pub or in the ‘Twits’ Cafe’. The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre is usually open most days of the week. Admission fee payable on entry.

‘The Making of Harry Potter’ Studio Tour*
Then we make the short journey to the superb Warner Brothers studio tour. Your driver-guide will give you some valuable tips before dropping you right outside the entrance and making sure you quickly pass through the security and ticketing process. Visitors can explore iconic sets from the movies such as the Great Hall at Hogwarts school, Dumbledore’s office, Diagon Alley, Gringott’s Bank and the Leaky Cauldron pub. View original props such as Harry’s flying broomstick, Hagrid’s motorcycle, and the Hogwarts Sorting Hat. See also the amazing triple-decker knight bus, ‘emergency transport for the stranded wizard’, and not forgetting the magnificent Hogwarts Express (*self-guided tour. See important notes below). When you have completed the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the amazing souvenir shop.  When you are ready, your driver-guide will pick you up outside the studio for the return journey to central London and drop you off at your place of residence.

Tickets for attractions. Tickets for the Studio Tour section of our Private Harry Potter & Matilda Tour are subject to availability and usually have to be ordered several weeks in advance. If tickets are booked by us, they must be paid for when booking the tour and are non-refundable. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is usually open most days of the week. Admission fee payable on entry.

HARRY POTTER & MATILDA FAMILY TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

● Description: day tour by private vehicle from
    London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Depart/return times: 8:30am-4:30pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
Price (based on number of passengers: max 7):
    1-2 = £605.00;  3-5 = £645.00; 6-7 = £680.00.
Attraction tickets: Tickets for the Harry Potter
    Studio Tour must be booked in advance.

BATTLESHIPS AHOY! FAMILY TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY

Introduction
Your driver-guide will pick-you up from your central London hotel or place of residence at the specified time. We recommend 8am. After a fast-route from London, our Battleships Ahoy! Family Tour takes us to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards in the county of Hampshire. This tour is recommended for salty sea dogs and land-lubbers alike!

Portsmouth Historic Dockyards
As well as being home to the Royal Navy’s most historic fighting ships, there are museums and displays throughout the precincts, plus fun activities for kids at the “Action Stations” centre. There’s also an opportunity for a boat trip round the historic harbour, which features the very latest high-tech additions to the British Navy.

Mary Rose
See the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship, Mary Rose, which sank in neighbouring waters in 1545 and was not seen again until it was raised from the seabed in 1982.  Also on display are the 19,000 objects found with her, the best collection of everyday objects from Tudor England.

Lunch
Your driver-guide will suggest appropriate lunch options on the day. Perhaps a tea-room,  restaurant or traditional pub. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch or just grab a sandwich. It’s your tour, it’s your choice. (Note: The Private British Navy Tour price does not include food or refreshments).

HMS Victory
A personally guided tour of Admiral Nelson’s remarkably preserved flagship HMS Victory. See how this elegant wooden dame morphed into a fearsome she-devil when the order came to ‘Beat to Quarters.’ Nelson was shot on board during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

HMS Warrior
A personally guided tour of the awesome HMS Warrior, which, when completed in 1861, was the largest, fastest, most heavily-armoured warship the world had ever seen. A natural deterrent to all-comers which ensured Britain’s mastery of the ocean waves.

BATTLESHIPS AHOY! FAMILY TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

● Description: day tour by private vehicle from
    London conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Typical timings: 8am-5pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London address.
Price (based on number of passengers: max 7):
    1-2 = £670.00;  3-5 = £710.00; 6-7 = £750.00.
Attraction tickets: for this tour we book standard
    tickets in advance and add them to your tour price.