Explore the heart of England, otherwise known as the midlands,
with one of our local driver-guides. Literature lovers should
meander around the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare,
Stratford-upon-Avon. See his wife's home, our favourite landmark,
Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Staying on the Shakespeare theme, watching
a play at the newly renovated Royal Shakespeare Company is
Cambridge, with its exquisite architecture, history and
tradition is renowned for its quirky rituals and its university
town with huge academic ancestry. The tightly packed core of
ancient colleges, the picturesque gardens leading on to the river
and the leafy green meadows that surround the city give it a far
more tranquil appeal than its historic rival Oxford. Enjoy amazing
gothic architecture at Kings College Chapel, (we would recommend
staying for choral evensong if time permits) marvel at the Tudor
building of Trinity College (of Stephen Hawking notoriety) and one
of the first public art museums in the country.
Heading further north guests should stop at the beautiful Peak
District, filled with traditional villages and rolling hills - but
surprisingly no peaks! The Peak District is home to one of
England's most beautiful stately homes - Chatsworth House.
Chatsworth has one of Europe's most significant art collections and
gives visitors the opportunity to see everything from Old Masters
to contemporary ceramics and artefacts from Ancient Egypt, through
to cutting edge modern sculpture and computer portraits.
Chester is a historical town which has evolved over time with a
varied mix of influences and styles, giving it a slightly haphazard
feel. Its mismatched buildings line the irregular streets in an
endearing, higgledy-piggeldy fashion. Tudor buildings are dotted
among the faithful Victorian reproductions, all of which is
testament to the city's endurance and importance over the ages.
This combines well with the nearby city of Liverpool, famously home
to the Beatles. Football fans will love the private tours we can
offer, or even training sessions with a former player.