I am available for walking tours of towns and cities, along with panoramic tours on coaches, minibuses, and chauffeur driven tours. I also provide private tours in your own vehicle/hire car. I have guided individuals, families, small groups and large groups on coach tours.
England is rich in history and culture, it is all around, and the Heart of England is no exception. The region includes Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare, I can show you places he would have known, for example, the cottage where he was born, his 15th century schoolroom, his wife’s cottage and the church containing the Shakespeare graves.
The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, containing many picturesque villages with honey-coloured cottages, impressive manor houses, and historic churches, all built in the local oolitic limestone. There are many fine medieval churches thanks to the wealth of the wool trade.
On the banks of Britain’s longest river, I can show you the towns and cities of Shrewsbury, Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester, the latter three sites of impressive cathedrals and an abbey, burial places of two medieval kings, and many of the powerful baronial families of that time. The River Severn also flows through the Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Here you can see the world’s first iron bridge!
The region includes the city of Oxford, ‘city of dreaming spires’, famous for its university, the oldest in the English-speaking world. Many famous people have been educated at Oxford including 30 British prime ministers.
The city of Birmingham, grew from small beginnings during the Industrial Revolution; it was once known as the ‘workshop of the world’ or the ‘city of a thousand trades’. Nearby is the city of Coventry, a city with long history, always important, it has evolved from a medieval city with royal connections, through industries such as watchmaking and car manufacture to a city of education with two universities.
I have travelled widely, visiting many countries but find England is one of most interesting with much to offer the visitor.