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Tailor your own day tour from London with our variety of options.


Day tour from London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-6pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices: 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 pass = £680.00; 5-7 pass = £720.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



Itinerary: select any 2 from our 6 options below to create your full day tour:

Option 1: BLETCHLEY PARK (half-day)

Bletchley Park was the UK’s main decoding centre during WWII. It was the place where the allied cypher school famously decrypted the German Enigma and Lorenz machines, which had been responsible for the deadly secret movements of U-boats in the Atlantic. The 1711 mansion also housed Station X, a secret radio intercept station. Many famous mathematicians and scientists were pulled in to work as part of the high-level intelligence team codenamed Ultra. In particular, Alan Turing, the young genius who helped invent the ‘Bombe’, the machine that deciphered Enigma. At its height, over 8,500 were employed here. The work of those at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the war by up to four years. The visitor experience has recently been revamped and a collection of historic computers is still housed here.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission fee payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 2: HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR (half-day)
At Leavesden in North London is one of the most exciting attractions to open in the capital for many years: the film company Warner Brothers have built a superb Studio Tour and Exhibition called 'The Making of Harry Potter'. Visitors can explore iconic sets from the movies such as the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s office and Diagon Alley. Plus the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid's hut, and the Potion classroom. View original props such as Harry's flying broomstick, Hagrid's motorcycle, and the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, and find out about special effects, animatronics and CGI. There are exclusive video pieces featuring the cast and crew, plus a studio cafe and souvenir shop. Wizard!
● Usually open daily.
● Entry tickets must be pre-ordered.
● The tour is self-guided.

Option 3: HATFIELD HOUSE (half-day)
Just over the Cambridgeshire border in Hertfordshire we find Hatfield House, a magnificent stately home with royal connections: it was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. After she took the throne she continued to return, holding her first council here in 1558. The house features the famous ‘Rainbow Portrait’ of Elizabeth, the first to portray her in her classic image, marketed and branded as 'Gloriana - the Virgin Queen'.
● Open May-Sep: Wed-Sun.
● Admission fee payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 4: ROALD DAHL MUSEUM (half-day)
This tour visits 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
● Dahl Museum open Tue-Sun.
● Admission fee payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 5: ST ALBANS (half-day)
St Albans was once an ancient British tribal settlement. The Romans named it Verulamium. It was the first major town for travellers heading north out of Londinium and became the second-largest town in Roman Britain after the capital. The town has some extensive Roman remains that can be visited: a theatre, dated to around 130AD, a hypocaust (underfloor heating system), city walls and city gate. Nearby, the Verulamium museum features some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the Mediterranean. Highlights include the perfectly intact Shell Mosaic, bronze Venus figurine, and Roman glass jug. The town was renamed after the first British Christian martyr. Saint Alban was a local Roman soldier beheaded on the orders of the anti-Christian Roman authorities. He is said to have sheltered an injured priest and helped him to elude capture. St Alban was beheaded as a traitor. His severed head is said to have rolled down the hill from the execution site and into a sacred well. A Benedictine abbey was founded on the execution site. and the present building dates back to 1077. It was once the most important abbey in England and the first draft of Magna Carta was written here. A mediaeval market grew up around the abbey, and history continued to have an impact on the town. The town still features a medieval pub, The Fighting Cocks, one of the oldest in England, which can still be visited. Today St Albans is still a thriving market town, although officially designated a city.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admission fees payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 6: STOWE GARDENS (half-day)
Stowe was built in the 18th century by the Temple family, the richest in the UK. No expense was spared on the property. The greatest gardeners and architects of the time worked on it, including John Vanbrugh, Robert Adam, William Kent, James Gibbs and Capability Brown. They created the most influential stately home and landscape gardens in the country. In fact, it was the first garden to have its own guide book for visitors (1744). By the 19th century, thanks in part to the money spent on Stowe, they became the UK's biggest debtors. In 1848, the creditors moved in, and in what was termed the 'sale of the century' the interior was emptied. However, the National Trust preservation society took over and restored Stowe, according to them: 'Britain’s largest work of art'.
● Open Mar-Oct: Wed-Sun; Nov-Feb: Sat & Sun.
● Admission fee payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-6pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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BOOKING POLICY AND NOTES:
Bookings are dealt with on a one-to-one basis via e-mail only.
To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
All tours subject to availability. Booking will not go ahead until availability is confirmed.
Tour is not guaranteed to go ahead until 100% of payment is received.
We do not usually pre-book tickets for attractions. We recommended these are paid
  for at the gate on the day. In circumstances where pre-booking is the only option for
  attractions, tickets must be paid for in advance and are non-refundable.
Administration fees may be added for extensive itineraries or advance ticket booking.
We do not arrange flights, accommodation, travel tickets or tickets for special events.
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PRACTICAL TOUR INFO:

Important note: 'Private tour' means a privately chartered guided tour. It does not entail exclusive private access. We do not offer tours to individuals wishing to join a larger group (for this you require a scheduled coach tour operator).

Timings: A recommended start time ensures the tour runs to schedule. The duration of this tour is timed from pick-up to drop-off and usually includes built-in stops for photo opportunities, facilities, and a one-hour lunch break.

Pick-up/drop-off: You can be picked-up for your tour anywhere in the central London area, whether at your hotel, place of residence, or venue of your request. The same applies as a dropping-off point after the tour. Tours from London may use fastest routes.

Vehicle: Our typical vehicle is a luxury people carrier. Usually a high-spec 7-passenger Mercedes, with leather seats, armrests, headrests, air-conditioning, tinted windows, front and rear electric sunroof, sliding passenger doors and luggage space.

Driver-Guide: Our presentable, professional and friendly guides drive fully insured private vehicles and carry the British 'Blue Badge' accreditation allowing them to conduct tours, walks and interior visits of major London venues and other UK attractions.

Tour: The main tour is conducted personally by the guide, providing knowledgeable commentary, and assisting with practical issues. Sections of the tour may be conducted by in-house docents or using audio devices, but your guide may still escort you.

Lunch: An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub, or sandwich stop can be arranged for lunch (note: tour price does not include food or refreshments). Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. The guide may take a rest during this period.

Clothing: Clients should dress appropriately making allowances for the changeable British weather, outdoor activities or visiting churches, etc. Our main tip is to dress comfortably. For more tips to help make your tour even more enjoyable click here.

Format: The tour has been specially researched and designed by our staff (copyright applies) and is exclusive to Your London Tours & associates. Selected elements of different tours may be combined to create other tour options.

General: Rest assured with Your London Tours: All our tours are tailored to YOUR requirements. The guide will be exclusively dedicated to your family or group during the tour itself, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your day.



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