Countryside tours for people with reduced mobility

Stonehenge is one of England’s most accessible sites!

 

The English countryside conjures images of fresh green hills, quaint cobbled streets, historical castles and thatched buildings. While these things do not sound all too accessible to those with limited mobility, heritage sites in the UK have undergone many changes, meaning that most sites in the UK are accessible to a much wider range of peoples. Over the years, British Tours has kept up to date with accessibility on sites, and we can help our clients in letting them know about Countryside tours for people with reduced mobility

A popular tour for our clients is our Windsor Castle, Eton and Hampton Court Palace tour. Access to the State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms at Windsor can be had through use of the lifts or the ramps. There are a few steps to enter St George’s Chapel, or for wheelchair users, a ramp can be accessed upon request. Inside the chapel, all the steps have accompanying ramps. There are a few rooms that are not accessible for wheelchairs, like the Dolls’ House room in the Castle, but generally the site has good accessibility. The duration of the tour spent in Eton is a panoramic tour of the village so you will be able to see this from the comfort of your car, while your private driver-guide talks you through the history of the college and village. Hampton Court Palace is nearly fully accessible, with only the renaissance gallery inaccessible for wheelchair users. The rest of the Palace and the Gardens are fully accessible. These improvements at each site mean that you will be able to see the highlights of each site with your private tour guide, including the grave of Henry VIII of England at Windsor, and the famous maze at Hampton Court Palace, without feeling that you are missing out.

Our Stonehenge, Salisbury and Winchester tour is another great option for our clients, not only as it introduces parties to two of England’s beautiful cathedrals, but visits Stonehenge, the iconic landmark known throughout the world for its mystery and varied theories for its construction. Since 2012 the site has benefited from a refurbished visitor centre, which has made the site fully accessible for those with mobility problems. The journey between the visitor centre and the site is through step free and wheelchair friendly shuttle buses, and the path around the stones is through a tarmac path, which means that there are no bumps in the earth, or muddy fields for wheelchair users. Similarly Salisbury good access, and with the exception of the above ground areas of the Cathedral, such as some of the smaller chapels, the rest of the Cathedral is wheelchair friendly. Winchester is very much the same in terms of its access. Apart from its tower and crypt, the rest of the Cathedral is fully accessible, with ramps and lifts to enter the nave and upper ground floor. Winchester is also the final resting place of the famous English Novelist Jane Austen, who is buried in the nave!

In addition to the example tours on our website, we create custom tours for clients on a regular basis. If you have a particular site that you’d like to visit, please do get in touch so we help you plan your vacation time in the UK.

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The History of Stonehenge

There are plenty of exciting and interesting attractions away from London that you can experience on a UK Tour and one such place is the very famous stone circle of Stonehenge. Located in the English county of Wiltshire, this giant monument is one of the most famous in Europe and can be enjoyed during a Stonehenge Tour. Conveniently, the attraction is open every day for tours and an inspiring wander around this huge circle of stones.

A private car or minibus will pick you up for the journey to the village of Avebury and stones. Accompanying you will be a well-educated and knowledgeable tour guide who will provide an informative voice allowing you to gain as much from the visit as possible. The away day from London will start and end at your central London hotel and take around 8 hours in total.

The history of Stonehenge dates back around 4500 years and the area has a wealth of inspiration and spiritual offering to its visitors. As well as the actual stones there is an exhibition and visitors centre, which allows you to get an in depth look at one of the wonders of the world. Experience a cutting edge audio-visual display that will help you to appreciate the stones and the people that built this incredible structure.

Even after several visits you will probably still marvel at the sheer size of these mega stones and wonder how such a monument could be created back in such a primitive time. How these stones, which weigh up to 50 tonnes each, could be transported and assembled in the area is still an enduring mystery. Whatever your motivation for visiting this awe inspiring site you would probably take home memories which will last for a long time and provide a spark of inspiration well into the future.

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.

Enjoying London like a local with Private London Tours

 

There are many famous attractions to visit in London and the hardest part of a trip is probably deciding which places to visit during a day trip. Tours of London need at least a full day to even touch the surface of what London has to offer for a tourist. A London Day Tour can be highly personalised and tailored to individual requirements.  When you visit, it is best to have private transport as this means you can visit all the attractions you wish to see without waiting around.  This maximises your experience of this fabulous city.

If it is your first trip to London then you will probably be most interested in visiting the most iconic locations right across this capital city. Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace or take a wander across the beautiful royal parks in area. If it is large churches which you wish to marvel then visits to St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are sure to be on the agenda.  Buckingham Palace is certainly a sight not to be missed; as well as this; Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are part of the iconic view across the Thames.

During the day if it’s hot and busy then take a cool and refreshing trip along the river Thames. This allows you to have a completely different view of the fantastic buildings that run along the riverside, and give you a completely different and refreshing perspective of this truly spectacular and fascinating city.

A more experienced and frequent visitor to London could take a London Tour with a completely different format. If it is history that fascinates you then a trip to some of London’s finest museums are surely places to go. The choice is overwhelming with the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums within a stone’s throw of each other.

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.

Corporate Treats with London Tours

Has the ‘corporate bonding experience’ had its day?  We only ask because we personally think not.  Corporate days out are a great way to say “well done” to your colleagues.  What better way to reward their contribution towards the achievement of corporate goals than a great day out with, for example, a trip around the great city of London?

A private and superbly organised sightseeing tour of London can be the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.  To spend a whole day with a personal London city tour guide and private transport at your beck and call must be the best way of getting around London taking in all that this iconic city has to offer.

If you have never been to London then the famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London have to be on your bucket list.  To witness the Changing of the Guard or gaze upon the Crown Jewels is to understand some of the history that surrounds you.

Regular visitors will be delighted by lesser-visited sites like the famous (yet much photographed) Abbey Road of The Beatles fame, or the world’s most famous court of justice the Old Bailey.  Camden Lock Market is an interesting place to see.  This huge open-air market complex offers a huge variety of goods to buy and the choice of food stalls has to be seen to be believed.  If you only get to visit one of London’s many great markets you will not be disappointed in Camden.

For those who wish to incentivise and re-energise their colleagues the ultimate bespoke London sightseeing tour is perfect and British Tours can put together a memorable itinerary for you.

Day Tours in London

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life”.  You could say ‘that was then but this is now’.  London today is so packed full of things to see and do that you could not possibly tire of it.  The only regret you could have is not seeing all the important sights on your list.

Imagine you could be collected by private car, by your own London tour guide, and then taken anywhere you want.  That has to be the best way to see the most important sights and places in and around the city.  British Tours has an extensive choice of day tours that take in not only traditional London landmarks but also some more contemporary ones, like the Kate and William Tour for example.  This takes in all the places of significance that shaped the relationship of Britain’s favourite Royal couple including the magnificent Westminster Abbey where their Royal Highnesses were married.

London is a city steeped in history and this is illustrated no better than the imposing 900-year-old Tower of London, the place where Kings, Queens and noblemen were imprisoned or executed.

There are so many museums to choose from but, if you only visit one then try the British Museum which houses exhibits from prehistoric to modern times.  The Natural History Museum is also a fantastic day out with a chance to see the spectacular dinosaur exhibition.

The Tate Modern showcases a collection of modern and contemporary art housed alongside a fine restaurant.

How could you leave without visiting Madame Tussauds for a face-to-face encounter with the most famous – and lifelike – mannequins in the world?