Changing of the Guard

Stonehenge

Bath

Oxford University

Cotswolds Villages

Sissinghurst White Garden

Hampton Court Palace

A Private Guide & Car for Your London or UK Tour

I am a registered tour guide specialising in day tours out of London and longer tours around the UK. I drive a comfortable and spacious touring car, a car that will carry up to six passengers and has plenty of space for luggage.

I can offer you a standard itinerary, or help you design your own tour. Scroll down to see my most popular destinations, and click on the photos or headings to find out more.

You will find lots of ideas for your trip to the UK by exploring this website, or you can simply contact me by email.

Institute of Tourist Guiding London Blue Badge; private guide

Popular Tour Destinations

Below are my most popular tour destinations, but it’s YOUR private tour – you can create your own itinerary if you wish

Stonehenge

Tours to Stonehenge

Take a private tour to Stonehenge by car, and also include the King’s residence at Windsor Castle, or one of the cathedral cities of Salisbury or Winchester, or maybe a historic house, a beautiful garden, and a pub lunch. For a longer day, visit the Roman & Georgian city of Bath.

Private car tours from £645 – £1020

Windsor Castle

Tours to Windsor

An official residence of the His Majesty the King, Windsor Castle is steeped in history and filled with beautiful works of art. As well as the magnificent State Apartments, you will see Queen Mary’s Dolls House.

You may like to combine a visit to Windsor with Stonehenge, Oxford or Hampton Court Palace.

Private car tours from £555 – £850

Canterbury Cathedral

Tours to Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful buildings in England, filled with coloured light from its stained glass windows.

Drive on to Dover to see the famous White Cliffs and the medieval castle that became the Admiral Ramsay’s HQ during the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940. Or visit Leeds Castle, “the loveliest castle in the world”.

Private car tours from £750

Oxford University Radcliffe Camera

Tours to Oxford

Visit this ancient university, and then go on to see any one of the following – the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace Blenheim Palace, William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the lovely Cotswold villages, Warwick Castle or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey).

Private car tours from £640 – £880

 

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Stratford upon Avon

Tours to Stratford upon Avon

In Stratford upon Avon you can visit the house where William Shakespeare was born, the thatched cottage where his wife grew up, and the church where they were buried.

You could also visit Oxford, or Warwick Castle, villages in the Cotswolds, or maybe a lovely garden.

Private car tours from £840

 

Cotswold Thatched Cottage

Tours to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area famous for pretty cottages and beautiful gardens set in a gentle English landscape. Visit one of the many gardens & historic houses open to the public, eg Hidcote Manor or Blenheim Palace, or just potter around villages.

A drive through the Cotswolds can be included in a Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) tour.

Private car tours from £750 – £880

Private Tours of London

Guards walking at Buckingham Palace

London Highlights Tours

A tour for your first visit – see Westminster Abbey, the royal palaces, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall &10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus & Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London & the Crown Jewels, St Paul’s Cathedral, London’s famous bridges and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Private walking tours from £200 to £330 + bus fares; tours by car from £475 to £715

Roses in Regents Park London

Explore London

If you’ve seen the highlights and want to explore further, take a look at my tours exploring London’s parks & gardens, architecture, artists, shops & markets.

Private walking tours from £200 to £330 + bus fares; tours by car from £475 to £715

British Museum - the Sutton Hoo Helmet

London Museum & Gallery tours

Visit some of the world’s great museums and galleries in the company of your own private guide – the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain & Tate Modern, and the Courtauld Gallery.

Private museum & gallery tours from £200

“Off The Beaten Track” Tours

Discover some of England’s most enchanting places

Hidcote Manor garden

Historic houses & gardens

England has some of the finest gardens in the world, and many of them are close to London – Hidcote Manor, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are perhaps the best known, but there are many small gardens that could be slipped into another tour, such as the Heale Garden near Stonehenge.

Some of the great ‘Treasure Houses’ of England are also only a short drive away – Blenheim Palace, Arundel Castle, Woburn Abbey and Wilton House, to name just a few. And there are many more historic homes, eg Anne Boleyn’s childhood home Hever Castle, or Sir Winston Churchill’s Chartwell.

Private car tours to great houses and gardens from £620 – £860

Sissinghurst Castle

Artists, writers, actors & others

Follow in the footsteps of your favourite artists, writers, musicians, scientists, films & television series. Henry Moore, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin, Henry James, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell all had homes that are now open to the public. Alternatively, you can seek out the landscapes that inspired so many artists, or the pub in which hobbits, lions, witches and wardrobes were discussed!

“Downton Abbey”, or Highclere Castle, is currently very popular; did you know that when the 5th Earl of Carnarvon lived there, he was also funding the excavation that discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun?

Car tours from £620 – £860

Statue by Sir Jacob Epstein & the Houses of Parliament

Artists and Architecture in London

I offer walking or car tours to discover London’s architecture, public sculpture, art collections and garden design. I also have a number of walking tours that follow in the steps of artists, and see London through their eyes.

There are several small historic homes open to the public, such as Sir John Soane’s Museum, William Hogarth’s House, Lord Leighton’s House, Emery Walker’s house, or William Morris’s two homes.

In the foreground of the photo above is Sir Jacob Epstein’s statue of Jan Smuts in front of Sir Charles Barry & A W Pugin’s Houses of Parliament.

Walking tour prices from £200 – £330 + bus fares; car tours from £475

Your Tour Guide, Angela Akehurst, & Her Car

Tour guide Angela Akehurst

A Private Guide for Your Family & Friends

My name is Angela Akehurst. I am a London ‘Blue Badge’ tourist guide, registered with the Institute of Tourist Guides. I hold a Private Hire Driver licence, and am a member of the Driver-Guides Association.

I am particularly interested in art, architecture, sculpture & garden design. I like a new challenge…… and I love my job!

Tour car at Richmond Green

About My Car

My VW caravelle has 6 comfortable passenger seats, air-conditioning, sockets for charging your phone and iPad, and mobile WiFi.

It is a long wheelbase vehicle, and will easily carry luggage for 6 people when touring or transferring from the airport or cruise terminal.

It is fully licensed and insured for Private Hire work – for more information see the About Your Guide & Car page.

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`Dunk your dog`! A rural hotel in the Cotswolds that thinks of everything, and takes good care of all its guests! It`s very individual, for two and four legged guests, a perfect retreat.

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In the week of Chelsea Flower Show, a reminder that so many of us will garden in whatever space is available! This is a lovely flowerpot display in the city centre in Bath

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In the week of Chelsea Flower Show, a reminder that so many of us will garden in whatever space is available! This is a lovely flowerpot display in the city centre in Bath

#gardener #englishgarden #englishgardenstyle #chelseaflowershow #nationofgardeners #cityofbath #visitbath #discoverengland #privatetour #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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Snowshill, in the Cotswolds, is such a perfect little village.
St Barnabas church occupies a central position beside a village green, with that favourite historic monument, the red phonebox. Next to it is the village pub, and next to the pub the Manor House home of eccentric collector Charles Wade, now open to the public, and cared for by the National Trust. The cottages and houses of the village cluster around this historic nucleus.

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Snowshill, in the Cotswolds, is such a perfect little village.
St Barnabas church occupies a central position beside a village green, with that favourite historic monument, the red phonebox. Next to it is the village pub, and next to the pub the Manor House home of eccentric collector Charles Wade, now open to the public, and cared for by the National Trust. The cottages and houses of the village cluster around this historic nucleus.

#visitengland #exploreengland #hiddenengland #englishvillage #cotswolds #cotswoldvillage #ruralengland #gettingawayfromitall #privateguidedtours #driverguide #offthebeatenpath #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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In St James's Park underground station, inside what may once have been a ticket office window, is a 'tiny park' with a tiny pink pig, and I hope a friendly dinosaur.
For just a few moments I was captivated!

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In St James`s Park underground station, inside what may once have been a ticket office window, is a `tiny park` with a tiny pink pig, and I hope a friendly dinosaur.
For just a few moments I was captivated!

#tinyparks #quirkylondon #besurprised #explorelondon #discoverlondon #travellinginlondon #londonunderground #londonundergroundstation #londonlife #mylondon #londontourguide #guidelondon #privateguide #gardenvisit #tourlondonandbeyond
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Jane Austen's house, Chawton.
The table is laid for breakfast in this lovely sunny room. I love the colour, which is a reproduction of the original wallpaper from Jane's lifetime. 
Jane Austen wrote three of her novels here, and prepared the other three existing manuscripts for publication..

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Jane Austen`s house, Chawton.
The table is laid for breakfast in this lovely sunny room. I love the colour, which is a reproduction of the original wallpaper from Jane`s lifetime.
Jane Austen wrote three of her novels here, and prepared the other three existing manuscripts for publication..

#janeausten #chawton #janeaustenshouse #writershouses #literarytour #exploreengland #discoverengland #visitbritain #privatetourguide #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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