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Tours Outside London

… Thanks for picking us up from our cruise ship at Southampton and taken us back to London via Salisbury and Stonehenge.
It was great seeing the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral and to view those ancient stones at Stonehenge.

I’m glad we opted for Mikro Tours rather than taking the big coach to London, which would have meant not seeing these wonders.

Your guide Adam had great knowledge of both places and immensely added to our enjoyment of them. The trip back to London was also very comfortable.

We’d certainly recommend Mikro Tours to any friends of ours coming to England.

Tony Tudor,
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Mikro Tours offers tailored UK tours - day trips to many of the historical and scenic attractions within easy reach of London.

Our friendly, well-qualified tour guides and luxury tour coaches and minibuses ensure that your England tour, taking in some of the UK's most famous attractions, is as comfortable and relaxing as it is fascinating.

Below, we list some popular itineraries. There are many other fascinating places to go in England, of course. Let us know your 'hit list' of places to visit, and we'll put together a great day of sightseeing just for you.

Oxford , Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle

Founded in the 9th century, Oxford, the city of the Dreaming Spires, has been a seat of learning for more than 800 years. Nearly 40 colleges make up Oxford University, probably the most famous university in the world. Visit Oxford with us to see a number of them.

Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright, is a must for all lovers of English literature and theatre. Our journey between Oxford and Stratford takes you through the beautiful Cotswold Hills and their picturesque villages – magnificent views abound.

We can also have the option of take in Warwick Castle, whose history stretches back more than 1,000 years. Warwick Castle is just a 10 minute drive from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stonehenge, Salisbury and Winchester

The origins and purpose of Stonehenge, the world-famous Stone Age stone circle, are shrouded in mystery. Thought to be some 5,000 years old, Stonehenge is the site of the druidic summer solstice ceremony. Learn fascinating Stonehenge facts and myths as you visit the mysterious monument.

750 year old Salisbury cathedral looms magnificently over the picturesque town around it. Wander around the cathedral close (Britain's largest, at 80 acres) and admire the tallest spire in England - (123 metres - 404 feet). In the Chapter House, located within Salisbury cathedral, the best preserved copy of the 13th century Magna Carta (1215) can be seen.

Winchester, was England's original capital city, and the home of King Alfred the Great, widely recognised as the first King of England.

Dominating the many historical buildings in the city is Winchester Cathedral, dating from the 11th. century. Winchester Castle, dating from medieval times, houses the Round Table, claimed to be that of the legendary King Arthur and his knights.

CRUISE TRAVELLERS DOCKING AT SOUTHAMPTON HAVE THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE SOME OF THESE ATTRACTIONS EN-ROUTE TO LONDON.

Stonehenge and Bath

For details on Stonehenge, please see above.

Bath city is set in the beautiful countryside of the ceremonial county of Somerset, in South West England. The city was established by the Romans in AD 43, under the name Aquae Sulis - "The Waters of Sulis". The hot springs of the city were thought to ease complaints such as rheumatism.

In 1702, Queen Anne made the trek from London to the city's mineral springs, launching a fad that was to make Bath, Somerset the most celebrated spa in England. Bath was also the home of celebrated novelist Jane Austen, and is widely recognised as a jewel of Georgian architecture.

Bath continued to grow in popularity with visitors from around the world throughout the Gregorian and Victorian periods. The city continues to fascinate today.

Chartwell and Hever Castle

Approximately 30 miles from London, deep in the Kent countryside, are two magnificent country estates, just a few miles apart, they tell stories from key periods in English history, some four centuries apart.

Chartwell was for over forty years the country home of Winston Churchill, Britain's great wartime leader, and his wife Clementine.

The house, a much-loved refuge for Churchill during the dark days of World War II, is preserved largely as it was during his lifetime, full of his possessions and packed with historical interest. Outside are the beautiful gardens and grounds where Britain's greatest Prime Minister would relax: He loved Chartwell's sweeping views across the Kent countryside.

Hever Castle, built as a country house in the 13th century, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second and most controversial wife of Henry VIII, and mother of Elizabeth 1st.

Hever castle fits the fairytale picture perfectly, with its moat, wooden drawbridge and imposing portcullis. Inside it is packed with Tudor-related exhibits, telling the astonishing story not only of Anne Boleyn, but all six wives of Henry VIII. Outside, enjoy a series of formal gardens, largely laid down in the early 20th century by the castle's former owner, American tycoon, William Waldorf Astor.

To find out more about how we can create an idyllic English tour for you, just email: tours@mikrotours.com, or phone +44 (0)20 8954 5544 and ask for details.