Step Back In Time With Hampton Court Tours

Steeped in Royal history dating back to the 11th Century, we invite you to join us a journey back in time on our Hampton Court Palace Tours where you’ll get an up close and personal experience of life in a Royal Palace.

Hampton Court Palace offers visitors a wonderful experience of British history that includes spans across 500 year. Built in 1515, Hampton Court Palace is marking its 500th anniversary this year, which makes it even more desirable to visit, as there will be a whole host of activities surrounding the celebrations throughout the year, which include Luna Cinema in the grounds and Hampton Court Palace: The Opera and many more.

Located in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace is no longer used as a royal residence, and hasn’t been since the reign of George III back in the 18th Century. However, it was still used by guests of the Royal Family and as grace-and-favour apartments

Originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who at the time was a favourite of King Henry VIII, it eventually became home to Henry VIII, who decided to take the palace as his own residence in 1529 when Wolsey fell out of favour. He lived there with several of his six wives and it was said to be haunted by his fifth wife Catherine Howard, who was beheaded over accusations of adultery.

The expansive history of Hampton Court also includes residents such as Queen Mary I and her successor Elizabeth I, King James I and King Charles I, who have all made their own mark on the Palace throughout their time with additions.

On your journey through Hampton Court Palace you’ll be privy to all of its rich history, including ghost stories and myths that surround it and the significant historical events that have taken place here, including General Eisenhower’s planning of the Normandy Landings in 1944.

With the palace and the magnificent grounds to explore you will be transported to a different time, where you will be able to visualise the history and see what life was like at Hampton Court.

Explore London With River Thames Tours

What better way to explore London than by boat? River Thames Tours wind their way through the capital city along the River Thames, taking in some of the most famous landmarks and historical buildings in the United Kingdom.

The River Thames is a vital part of London’s infrastructure, and has been used by monarchs, tradesmen, The Royal Navy and many more as a transport route, but it also offers some of the best views of London for those who take to the waters.

The River Thames Tour will guide you through London’s rich history, from ancient Monarchs of England through to the modern day. From the water you’ll get a different view of the awe-inspiring Houses of Parliament and a complete guide on all its history, to the Tower of London, with its gruesome past. As well as a stunning view of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which has been standing since 1599.

Not only that, but you’ll also pass under some of the world’s most iconic bridges including, Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the most recent addition, the Millennium Bridge. These bridges link the two sides of the city and are an awesome site to see as you sail down the River Thames.

As you cruise along, you can take it all in, with a unique view of the city’s skyline, including London’s tallest building The Shard and Canary Wharf’s medley of skyscrapers. You also wind your way past the London Eye that stands out along the river skyline, the famous Southbank, Battersea Power Station, Queen’s House originally part of the Royal Palace of Greenwich which was a favourite royal residence of the Tudors. River Thames tour is the ideal way to see the top sights of London in a relaxing environment.

Big Ben Tours – Why Big Ben is the most iconic London sight

A visit to London is never complete without a mesmerizing tour of this lovely and historic city; Big Ben is by no means an exception.  Big Ben’s official name is the Elizabeth Tower, but local residents have affectionately nicknamed her “Big Ben” after the nickname of the Great Bell that is housed within the stunning Elizabeth Tower. This massive clock tower is considered by many to be the most iconic sight in the city, not only for its spectacular view, but also for its colourful and inspiring history.

Guided tours of Big Ben will take its visitors up 334 spiral steps to the top of the 62 metre high clock tower to hear Big Ben strike the hour, as well as a unique opportunity to visit the mechanism room where you can learn about how Big Ben’s clock works. These tours are available free to UK residents, but require to be sponsored by a Member of Parliament or a Member of the House of Lords.

The actual origin of the nickname is not known; however there are 2 theories; one that is was named after the commissioner of works Sir Benjamin Hall who because of his large size was lovingly known in the house as Big Ben. The other theory is that it was named after heavy weight boxing champion Benjamin Caunt who was also referred to as Big Ben. Historians and landmark enthusiasts have argued these theories for decades.

Aside from its timeless beauty, masterwork construction, and unfaltering timekeeping, is the sensational history that surrounds it. Most notably its role in the Second World War, during this time Big Ben’s chimes were heard the world over on the BBC World Service radio. During the blitz people would listen for Big Bens uplifting chimes, it was these chimes that let the world know that Great Britain had not yet been defeated, which offered people a much needed feeling of comfort and hope.

British Museum Tour – Why the British Museum has something for all

Embarking on an exuberant and engaging day tour of London would not be complete without a visit to London’s magnificent British Museum where you can explore a wide array of historical and iconic artefacts from all over the world such as, stunning Parthenon sculptures, as well as a wide variety of relics from ancient Egypt to name a few. Whether you are young or old, a history enthusiast, have a passion for art and design, or enjoy learning about other cultures, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the British Museum.

Visitors touring this world-renowned museum get to experience an up close and personal look at the many historical and cultural items that the world has to offer in an exquisitely architected building.  View various currencies from all over the world, such as coins, banknotes and even shells, some of which that date back as far as 4000 years!

The British Museum hosts a wide variety of fascinating and engaging exhibitions, such as this years “Celts art and identity” exhibition that runs from 24 September 2015 through to 31 January 2016 which is the British Museums first ever major exhibition that examines the full history of Celtic art and identity.

Children of all ages will also find enjoyment at the museum with their various child friendly displays and hands on arts and crafts sessions that will give your children a genuine passion for learning.

While on your tour be sure to take advantage of the museums shop where you can buy anything from kid’s history gifts to stunning museum replicas that will allow you to continue to enjoy your favourite British Museum displays from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn more about what the British Museum has to offer, or if you are interested in finding out about any of their upcoming events or exhibitions then why not get in touch and let us help you plan the perfect trip.

Learn about Political History with House of Parliament Tours

Take an exhilarating step back in time with a guided tour of London’s iconic Westminster Palace and experience all the intriguing and political history that it has to offer.

For over 900 years The Houses of Parliament (AKA the Palace of Westminster) has been the centre of power throughout Britain.  William II completed construction of the Palace of Westminster started in 1097and in 1099; at the time of its completion it was the largest hall in all of England.

Its initial role was to be a royal only residence, but by 1512 a fire destroyed the private quarters of Henry VIII, after that Henry moved out and the lawyers and politicians moved in, it has been the hub for Britain’s political powers ever since.

The Palace of Westminster held numerous high profile treason trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. King Charles I being one of the most notable who in 1649 was tried and condemned as a traitor, tyrant, and murderer, despite the court having no real legal authority over him. In 1606 Guy Fawkes along with his co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot were tried, convicted, and executed.

The Palace has endured a myriad of bombings and other act of violence during it’s over 900 of years of existence. During the Blitz of World War 2 alone the Palace was hit more than 14 times. In 1812 former Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated there, and in 1885 a Fenian bomb severely damaged the Palaces common chamber as well as seriously injuring three people.

You can explore further into the aforementioned as well as many other historical factoids related to the Palace whilst on your House of Parliament tour!

London Day Tours – Can You See All of London in a Day

London is a very diverse and interesting city that is packed with character and possibility. The average tourist which turns up in this great European study would struggle to visit everything in a few weeks, never mind just a day! Taking a London Day Tour won’t guarantee covering even a fraction of everything London has to offer, but you can certainly cram the day full.

An advantage of this extremely busy and bustling city is that many of the attractions are close together. If you are willing to do the necessary planning of where you want to go then different sights and attractions can be linked together in the same visit. For example, you can visit Number 10 Downing Street, where the Prime minister lives, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks, Whitehall and the Cabinet Wars within a few roads.

A speciality tour will help to narrow down what you want to get from a sightseeing tour of London. Perhaps you have seen the main sites before or you want to explore a different side to this incredibly diverse and cosmopolitan city. The longer tours of 7 or 9 hours will definitely be able to maximise the amounts you can do in a day around London. A tour includes your own private tour guide and could be focused on one particular location in London such as Greenwich or one place such as the British Museum.

One way of visibly being able to cover the surface of London in a day would be to take a helicopter tour over London city. During a one-hour flight you will see the major landmarks from the air and enjoy a truly spectacular view across the city.

Where to Visit During London Guided Tours

There are many exciting attractions to visit during your stay in London, so why not incorporate a London Tour during your visit. On a London sightseeing tour you can take explore the amazing city and see some of the most historic sites in London; many places you will have seen on TV can be visited in person, including places such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. Tours for groups of two in a medium sized luxury car are a great way to get around the city quickly but if you want to visit with a big group you may prefer a whole coach load of visitors.

If it is great views of the city which you are looking for then head to the banks of the river Thames and hire your own private capsule on the London Eye. The wheel rises 135 metres right over the heart of central London and affords spectacular views over as well as beyond the London skyline. A memorable experience waits, as it is an attraction that provides a different and unique experience during the light of day or the twinkling lights of night. This iconic landmark, which was first opened as part of the millennium celebrations in 2000, provides a private function in your own pod in the sky that can be uniquely tailored to your own requirements.

A tour of London is never complete without a shopping trip in Knightsbridge and Harrods. The famous department store covers 4.5 acres of exclusive retail space across seven floors. Almost everything which you could desire is found under one roof, from the finest designer goods to exquisite jewellery and a host of exciting events across their 300 plus departments throughout the year. In addition, there are 28 different restaurants in the store to keep you fed and watered, from fine dining to light snacks.