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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I love bringing visitors to Magdalen College, Oxford; the gardens are lovely, and this is my favourite moment. I'm sure there must be hydrangeas growing in heaven!

 
#hydrangeas #hydrangeasmakemehappy #hydrangeaseason #oxforduniversity #magdalencollegeoxford #magdalencollegegardens #julygarden #july #gardenvisitor #gardentours #gardentourism #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond

I love bringing visitors to Magdalen College, Oxford; the gardens are lovely, and this is my favourite moment. I`m sure there must be hydrangeas growing in heaven!


#hydrangeas #hydrangeasmakemehappy #hydrangeaseason #oxforduniversity #magdalencollegeoxford #magdalencollegegardens #julygarden #july #gardenvisitor #gardentours #gardentourism #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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Kew Gardens, The Hive, by artist Wolfgang Buttress. It stands in a small wildflower meadow, and as you approach you can hear the buzzing of bees in a hive. Elsewhere in Kew Gardens vibration sensors on a real beehive pick up the movements of the bees inside, and these power the humming, buzzing, and lights inside The Hive, reflecting the movements of the real bees. It's mesmerising!

#kewgardens #bees #beehive #wildflowers #wildflowermeadow #sculpture #gardensculpture #artinagarden #gardenartist #gardenart #wolfgangbuttress #botanicgardens #july #julysunshine #summerdays #londongardens #gardenvisitor #londontourguide #driverguide #tourlondonandbeyond

Kew Gardens, The Hive, by artist Wolfgang Buttress. It stands in a small wildflower meadow, and as you approach you can hear the buzzing of bees in a hive. Elsewhere in Kew Gardens vibration sensors on a real beehive pick up the movements of the bees inside, and these power the humming, buzzing, and lights inside The Hive, reflecting the movements of the real bees. It`s mesmerising!

#kewgardens #bees #beehive #wildflowers #wildflowermeadow #sculpture #gardensculpture #artinagarden #gardenartist #gardenart #wolfgangbuttress #botanicgardens #july #julysunshine #summerdays #londongardens #gardenvisitor #londontourguide #driverguide #tourlondonandbeyond
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Kew Gardens, the 'Maid of Kent' looking gorgeous.
I'm lucky to live close to Kew Gardens, and can treat it as my own local (and rather special) park.

#roses #rosesofinstagram #pinkrose #pergola #kewgardens #gardenvisitor #gardenlove #gardenlife #walkinthepark #londongardens #botanicgarden #gardentourism #londontourguide #driverguide #tourlondonandbeyond

Kew Gardens, the `Maid of Kent` looking gorgeous.
I`m lucky to live close to Kew Gardens, and can treat it as my own local (and rather special) park.

#roses #rosesofinstagram #pinkrose #pergola #kewgardens #gardenvisitor #gardenlove #gardenlife #walkinthepark #londongardens #botanicgarden #gardentourism #londontourguide #driverguide #tourlondonandbeyond
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Hampton Court Palace, where demonstrations of Tudor cookery techniques regularly take place in Henry VIII's kitchens. Edible decorations for the tables in the banqueting hall are being made  out of sugar today.
These could be very elaborate. Cardinal Wolsey, the first owner of the palace, is known to have commissioned sugar models of churches, animals, birds & swans, flowers, a chess set, and even people dancing. Henry VIII commissioned sugar models covered in gold, and when the Earl of Leicester entertained Queen Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle, sugar confectionery was hung from the trees in the garden.

#hamptoncourtpalace #hamptoncourt #tudorkitchens #tudorcookery #henryviii #tudorfood #tudorarchitecture #tudorpalace #banquet #foodpreparation #royalpalace #royalfood #royallife #privatetourguide #driverguide #londontours #tourlondonandbeyond

Hampton Court Palace, where demonstrations of Tudor cookery techniques regularly take place in Henry VIII`s kitchens. Edible decorations for the tables in the banqueting hall are being made out of sugar today.
These could be very elaborate. Cardinal Wolsey, the first owner of the palace, is known to have commissioned sugar models of churches, animals, birds & swans, flowers, a chess set, and even people dancing. Henry VIII commissioned sugar models covered in gold, and when the Earl of Leicester entertained Queen Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle, sugar confectionery was hung from the trees in the garden.

#hamptoncourtpalace #hamptoncourt #tudorkitchens #tudorcookery #henryviii #tudorfood #tudorarchitecture #tudorpalace #banquet #foodpreparation #royalpalace #royalfood #royallife #privatetourguide #driverguide #londontours #tourlondonandbeyond
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Look carefully. In the middle of this vast building site is the church tower of All Hallows Staining, in London's business area, usually referred to as the City, the oldest part of London.
I like to imagine what's going through its mind (bear with me, I'm sure it must have a mind). After watching fire and plague and the era of Victorian improvements, this survivor from the early Middle Ages now awaits the emergence of another tall glass office block. It will be dwarfed, but I don't think it will be defeated. People will seek it out and find rest in its shadow as they sit and munch their lunchtime sandwiches. It will still be respected and loved as a venerable survivor. 
And there it stands, propped up for the moment, perhaps bewildered but also defiant and confident in itself.
I was drawn by the poignancy of its fate, but if you want to know more about it my colleague @look_uplondon wrote an excellent blogpost at the end of May.

#allhallowsstaining #allhallowsstainingtower #citychurches #cityoflondon #medievallondon #walkinglondon #buildingsite #medievalarchitecture #contemporaryarchitecture #oldandnew #ancientandmodern #theshockofthenew #londonwalkingtour #londontourguide #privatetourguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond

Look carefully. In the middle of this vast building site is the church tower of All Hallows Staining, in London`s business area, usually referred to as the City, the oldest part of London.
I like to imagine what`s going through its mind (bear with me, I`m sure it must have a mind). After watching fire and plague and the era of Victorian improvements, this survivor from the early Middle Ages now awaits the emergence of another tall glass office block. It will be dwarfed, but I don`t think it will be defeated. People will seek it out and find rest in its shadow as they sit and munch their lunchtime sandwiches. It will still be respected and loved as a venerable survivor.
And there it stands, propped up for the moment, perhaps bewildered but also defiant and confident in itself.
I was drawn by the poignancy of its fate, but if you want to know more about it my colleague @look_uplondon wrote an excellent blogpost at the end of May.

#allhallowsstaining #allhallowsstainingtower #citychurches #cityoflondon #medievallondon #walkinglondon #buildingsite #medievalarchitecture #contemporaryarchitecture #oldandnew #ancientandmodern #theshockofthenew #londonwalkingtour #londontourguide #privatetourguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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Hampton Court RHS Flower Show.
I love hydrangeas, but I'm not an expert so this one is new to me. It will be first on my shopping list if ever I have a garden of my own.
Hampton Court is well worth a visit for its gardens, not just for the palace and Henry VIII. And of course, to hope to spot Henry IX, their palace cat

#hydrangea #hamptoncourtflowershow #hamptoncourtpalace #londongardens #royalgarden #plantbreeding #flowerlover #gardeninspiration #gardenlover #hydrangealove #gardenvisitor #gardentourism #privatetour #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond

Hampton Court RHS Flower Show.
I love hydrangeas, but I`m not an expert so this one is new to me. It will be first on my shopping list if ever I have a garden of my own.
Hampton Court is well worth a visit for its gardens, not just for the palace and Henry VIII. And of course, to hope to spot Henry IX, their palace cat

#hydrangea #hamptoncourtflowershow #hamptoncourtpalace #londongardens #royalgarden #plantbreeding #flowerlover #gardeninspiration #gardenlover #hydrangealove #gardenvisitor #gardentourism #privatetour #driverguide #britainsbestguides #tourlondonandbeyond
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