Rewind the centuries and unwind while you spend a memorable day enjoying an experience of a lifetime.
This is a special, off-the-beaten-track, private tour that your family and friends back home will wish they could do too!
Most visitors to London see the main sites: Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Windsor Castle and many other popular well-trodden routes. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but why miss an experience that offers something completely different; even for just one day?
Medieval England is within reach!
John delivers private tours in London and also in Kent’s beautiful countryside, known as ‘The Garden of England.’ – He offers ‘the best of both worlds.’
Additionally, he shares a world that exudes Medieval England. – Away from the crowds of London – by showing a part of the real England many miss!
In the heart of the scenic Weald of Kent are two hidden gems. As a local guide, John knows their secrets!
Ightham Mote – Described by David Starkey, (Britain’s leading historian), as “One of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses.”
This house is nearly 700 years old and has been owned by various Medieval knights, courtiers in King Henry VIII’s court and wealthy Victorians. Now managed by The National Trust, this precious building has a moat; a quaint courtyard; Great Hall; chapel; crypt; a Tudor painted ceiling and even boasts a Grade I listed dog kennel!
Penshurst Place – A spectacular, remote, film location for productions such as ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, ‘Wolf Hall’ and more.
A former hunting lodge owned by King Henry VIII, (well, he basically took it from Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham whom he executed!), it has wonderful paintings, furniture and artefacts, including a Medieval Hall, enabling you to step into the 14th century. This extraordinary house has been and still is owned by the Sidney family 500 years consecutively. (Penshurst Place is open from the end of March to the end of October only. If you’re planning your visit outside of these months, ask us to make other recommendations).
These lovely properties have quintessentially English gardens taken care by skilful gardeners who help preserve England’s cultural heritage.
Scotney Castle – Visit the ruins of this 14th-century medieval castle which has rooms that are still accessible. The estate includes the Victorian ‘New Castle’ and has gardens which are a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, with the beautiful backdrop of the fairy tale castle ruin. A prominent former owner was Christopher Hussey who was Architectural Editor at Country Life magazine and helped preserve this and many other significant properties in England.
Bodium Castle – Touring with kids? Now here’s an opportunity for them to really experience Medieval England with you! For an extra nominal charge, (as it’s further away), we can swap one of the locations with, for example, medieval Bodium Castle in East Sussex. – This ruined castle is full of grandeur, including spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis. It’s for adults too! As the National Trust shares – “This is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.”
These are just two more options. – Please request a personalised tour should you wish to see Scotney Castle, Bodium Castle or another historic site in Kent; such as Rochester which boasts a medieval castle and a Dickensian town!
Medieval Fairs and Jousting – Subject to dates and availability, medieval fairs and jousting are held during the summer months. As they are, of course, fun and popular, please enquire for more information.
Guest testimonial. – “…A few days later I took a second tour with John and we visited Ightham Mote and Penshurst Place. Ightham Mote is a home built in the thirteenth century with a moat, lake, and gardens. I really enjoyed my visit there. Afterwards, we visited Penshurst Place which is a much larger home. It has very extensive and beautiful gardens which were just coming into bloom when I was there. I enjoyed my visit there as well.”
#LetLondonBreathe and avoid the stresses of the city centre’s notoriously heavy traffic. – John will collect you by car at Bromley South station, in London’s suburbs, where your private tour starts. He will drive you through country lanes in the scenic Kent countryside and on to your chosen locations.
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