If you want to see what else this beautiful country has to offer beyond London, let’s get out of town for a day. Travelling no longer than 2 1/2 hours, through those green rolling hills of the southern English countryside we will discover some historic gems together. Britain is truly great!
Note: It’s best to travel by train, but I can arrange a car and driver for that added flexibility to stop at a traditional pub or tea-shop on the way there or back.
- The City of Oxford – an academic and architectural jewel since the 1200s.
Colleges of Oxford University are like something out of Harry Potter, yet they are real places of learning in the 21st century; students in strange old-fashioned uniforms and weird traditions; famous political, scientific and literary figures, like Theresa May, Bill Clinton, C.S Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Stephen Hawking; great pubs and trips on the river – Oxford has it all.
- The City of Bath – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The intriguing Roman settlement still with the natural hot spring water that gave the city its name – yes the Roman Baths are still there for us to visit. Bath is famous for its beautiful gothic cathedral, elegant sweeping architecture and the era of Jane Austen ‘s novels and polite society in 18th century England.
- Stratford-upon-Avon – the home of William Shakespeare.
Let’s visit the Shakespeare Birthplace where the great wordsmith was born, often brought to life by actors who will act out a small part of your favourite play; let’s see where Shakespeare went to school, where he retired with all that money he made in London and where he found his final resting place in the Church of the Holy Trinity in 1616.
“…To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil.” Hamlet
- Stonehenge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dating back to around 3700BC, this is one of the wonders of the world and Europe’s best-known prehistoric monument. We will explore the ancient landscape, walk around the famous stones and get an idea of everyday Neolithic life in the excellent museum. We still don’t really know what it’s all about so let’s visit the mysterious place together.