Out of London Tours

Suggested Itineraries for Coach Tours Outside London

Full day Windsor Castle and Hampton Court

On certain days of the year, Windsor Castle, the State Apartments and/or St George's Chapel may be closed. Check at the time of booking this tour.


Windsor Castle

Some 25 miles west of central London, the charming town of Windsor is dominated by the castle which has been there for 900 years. It is the oldest residence in the world to have been continually inhabited by royalty (over some 900 years). St George's Chapel, one of four great Perpendicular Gothic chapels surviving in England, contains many royal tombs and is the chapel of the Garter Knights.

The State Apartments include the Waterloo Chamber, the Garter Throne Room and the Rubens room. The rooms were refurbished under Charles II in the 1660s, with lavish decorative work by such notable artists as Grinling Gibbons and Antonio Verrio. A later restyling under George IV adds to the grand effect. Of particular interest is the bullet that killed Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar 1805 and the sword with which the Japanese surrendered at the end of the second World War.

View Queen Mary's dolls house, designed by Lutyens and furnished by many notable artists, to raise money for Queen Mary's favourite charities.

On some days there is a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle, weather permitting.

It is possible to do a trip to Windsor Castle on its own in a half day, although if travelling from central London it is advisable to allow 5 hours for such a tour.

Lunch is often taken in one of the many pubs or restaurants in Windsor before leaving for Hampton Court, some 15 miles from Windsor.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Located on the River Thames, Hampton Court was easily accessible from London. It is first mentioned in the Domesday Survey, later owned by the Knights of St John, and then leased by Henry VIII's right hand man, Cardinal Wolsey. When the Cardinal fell from favour, Henry VIII took over the palace, rebuilding extensively.

The Great Hall, the Astronomical clock and the Tudor Kitchens are the highlights of this building spree. Later under our joint monarchs William and Mary the architect Sir Christopher Wren laid out new King's and Queen's Apartments which have recently been splendidly restored.

The gardens at Hampton Court reflect horticultural interests from Tudor times on - from the Tennis Court where Henry VIII played Real Tennis, the Great Vine, to the recently restored Privy Garden of William III and the maze from Queen Anne's time. Some of these places may attract an additional charge to the main entrance fee.

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Other Possible Out of London Tours:

To the South East

  • Canterbury
  • Leeds Castle
  • Rochester
  • Dover Castle
  • Chartwell
  • Rye
  • Hastings
  • Battle
  • Sissinghurst
  • Brighton

To the North & North East

  • Constable Country
  • Cambridge
  • Hatfield, Audley End, Ely and St. Albans
  • Woburn

To the South West

  • Bath
  • Stonehenge
  • Avebury
  • Salisbury
  • Winchester
  • Wells
  • Glastonbury

To the West

  • Oxford
  • Cotswolds
  • Stratford upon Avon
  • Warwick
  • Blenheim
  • Coventry