• St Pauls Cathedral driver tour
  • King Henry at Hampton Court Palace
  • Trooping the Colour guided tour
  • Windsor Castle entrance

Full day tours from London up to 8 hours

The most popular short day tour from London is to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Queen Elizabeth II spends most of her time at Windsor Castle and King Henry VIII used Hampton Court Palace.
Other places not far from London include the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Syon Park which is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland and Osterley Park, an 18th c house designed by Robert Adam.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is about an hour’s drive west of London, situated beside the River Thames. It is the place where the Queen spends most of her time, so see if her standard is flying. It contains a world-class collection of furniture and paintings, plus St George’s Chapel which is the burial place of many of our famous English kings and queens, including Queen Elizabeth’s parents. St George’s Chapel is where, in 2018, Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank. Also, view Eton College, on the other side of the River Thames, where Princes William and Harry went to school.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a massive mansion built in two different centuries - firstly for Cardinal Wolsey in 1500s and secondly for King William III in 1600s. King Henry VIII took the palace from Wolsey and brought some of his wives here. You often find “King Henry” walking around as you explore. King William’s apartments are grander and definitely designed to impress. The gardens are a riot of colour in summer, and there is even a maze where the children can get lost.


Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens

This day tour combines the Tudor palace of Hampton Court with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Royal Palace Kew Gardens
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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a massive mansion built in two different centuries - firstly for Cardinal Wolsey in 1500s and secondly for King William III in 1600s. King Henry VIII took the palace from Wolsey and brought some of his wives here. You often find “King Henry” walking around as you explore. King William’s apartments are grander and definitely designed to impress. The gardens are a riot of colour in summer, and there is even a maze where the children can get lost.

Kew Gardens driver tour

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens cover over 300 acres and show off a diverse plant collection. There are several greenhouses with different climates, including a Palm House, Alpine House, Waterlily House and Princess of Wales Conservatory containing different climate zones. For those who don’t wish to walk, Kew does provide a land-train service around the garden, which means you can also see the Pagoda and Queen Charlotte’s little thatched cottage. Kew also boasts a royal palace, but not on the scale of Buckingham Palace - it was lived in by King George III while he was suffering one of his fits of madness.

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