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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 the 6 options below to create your full-day tour:

Option 1: AUDLEY END (half-day)

On the borders of the counties of Cambridgeshire and Essex stands Audley End, a magnificent stately home with a royal connection. Inherited by Thomas Howard, Admiral of the Royal Navy during the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, Audley End passed through various owners including King Charles II who bought it in 1666 to be near his stables at Newmarket. In the 18th century the greatest designers worked on it including Robert Adam, John Vanbrugh and 'Capability' Brown, and the architecture spans late Tudor, Jacobean, Gothick, Georgian and Victorian. Now preserved by English Heritage.
● Open Mar-Sep: Wed-Sun.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 2: BURY ST EDMUNDS (half-day)
The market town of Bury St Edmunds, is, descriptively enough, where St Edmund is buried! It has a long history dating back to at least the 6th century, when it became a Saxon royal towns. In the 10th century it became became the burial place of King Edmund, who was slain by the Vikings. Edmund became the first patron saint of England, and the town grew around this new site of pilgrimage (the Normans replaced him later with St. George). Sigebert, king of the East Angles, first founded a monastery here about 633. A Benedictine abbey was built in the 11th century, but destroyed in Henry VIII’s 16th century Dissolution of the Monasteries. The romantic ruins can still be visited. St. Mary's Church is the third largest parish church in England. It is the burial place of Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor. Bury St Edmunds Cathedral is an unusual Gothic revival church only completed in 21st century. In 1214, the barons of England met in the Abbey Church and swore to force King John to accept the Magna Carta. In the 15th century Dutch immigrants bought weaving skills to the town and it became very rich. However, a subsequent rivalry with Dutch cloth makers caused a crash in the weaving market. The inhabitants could not afford to build new houses so the town became stuck in a timewarp. Around 1640, many local families departed bound for the Massachusetts Bay Colony as part of the wave of English emigration to America. The town also has a darker history: It was the setting for the Bury St. Edmunds witch trials between 1599 and 1694. The Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins had 63 people executed for witchcraft here in 1645. On a lighter note, the town is also home to the famous Greene King brewery! It is also a very pleasant town to explore by foot.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 3: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY (half-day)
Cambridge is a centre of academic excellence, or the 'Other Place' as arch-rivals in Oxford refer to it. Cambridge University was formed by rebellious students from Oxford, and by the 15th century the change from market town to university town was complete. Unlike Oxford, however, the academic community is not so uptight, and there is a symbiotic relationship between ‘Town and Gown’, so the whole atmosphere is much more relaxed. Highlights include the Fitzwilliam Museum for 18th & 19th century art and classical antiquities, punting on the River Cam, known as the 'Backs', and visiting the colleges themselves, in all their gothic glory: among the most famous, Magdalen, Corpus Christi, King’s, Queens’, Jesus, Trinity and Gonville & Caius.
● Usually open Mon-Sat (except exam times).
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 4: CONSTABLE COUNTRY (half-day)
The area around Dedham Vale, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, is known as Constable Country. John Constable was born in Suffolk son of wealthy landowner. He was mainly an open-air painter, who created gentle pictures of the visible world – with a long lasting influence. He was happiest with the vivid, dewy greens of water meadows and mills, under fresh windy skies, his deep knowledge of which he owed to his early life in the local Suffolk countryside. As we explore the area he knew best, we seek out the location for perhaps his most famous composition The Haywain. A relaxing tour with a pastoral flavour.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 5: DUXFORD WAR MUSEUM (half-day)
Duxford is a military museum which features many United States connections. It is based on an aerodrome which was built during the First World War and was one of the earliest Royal Air Force stations. During World War II it served as a fighter station. There are a number of exhibitions in different hangars around the site including Land Warfare, Air & Sea, 1940 Operations Room and Battle of Britain. Most impressive is the American Air Museum which contains the finest collection of American combat aircraft outside of the United States including the awesome B52 bomber.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 6: SUFFOLK VILLAGES (half-day)
After an initial fast-track out from London, we find ourselves in the tranquil countryside of Suffolk. Discover the medieval town of Lavenham, rich in wool history and famous for its 15th century church and half-timbered cottages. Visit the Guild Hall which features a fireplace with witch marks. Plenty for options for pleasant lunch here too. Not far is the historic wool church at Long Melford. In his acclaimed book England’s Thousand Best Churches, Simon Jenkins places it in his top 20. In Sudbury,lies Thomas Gainsborough’s house. In 1750, when this artist was in his early 20s he painted his most famous work 'Mr and Mrs Andrews', a canvas which combines the two genres in which he specialized – portraiture and landscape. The Andrew’s estate is sited in Bulmer Tye, just a few miles across the county border from Gainsborough’s native county of Suffolk, and we search out this idyll in the process of the tour. Lunch can be arranged at a traditional country pub, of which there is a superb choice in Suffolk. All in all, this is a very relaxing tour in some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside that England has to offer.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admissions 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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