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Driver Guided Tours

Many visitors want to capture the atmosphere, see the sights and unravel the scenery and visitor attractions by exploring at their own pace.

A Driver-Guide provides a personal and flexible service on small group tours for individuals, small groups or families, from 1- 7 passengers, with tailor made tours throughout the UK.

Tours can range in duration from a half day or full day to extended tours of several days, from cities to coast and countryside, castles to country houses, shopping, walks, wildlife and more – a driver guide can take you off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Here’s what you can expect from a Driver Guide:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, professional host
  • Flexibility throughout the tour
  • Accommodation location suggestions, from bed and breakfasts to 5-star hotels
  • Booking of visits to historic houses and gardens, museums and galleries
  • A vehicle which is comfortable, excellently maintained, fully insured and licenced for Private Hire.

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Driver Guided tours offer flexibility, comfort and a door-to-door facility that cannot be achieved when travelling in the UK by coach, train or bus. Just choose an area or location and let us plan the route to encompass the best of geography & scenery, history and culture.

Tours for up to 6 guests with full luggage: can start and finish anywhere in the UK and can be as long or as short as you like, from half a day to several weeks. You can choose anything from a city panoramic to cathedrals and castles, galleries and museums, gardens, countryside, coast, or whatever interests you.

Throughout England, from Lands-End in the South-West to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North-East, the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few ideas:

South-West England

Ancient stone circles such as Stonehenge and Avebury, The Roman baths, the Iconic Glastonbury Tor and Abbey all offer a peek into ancient history.

Marvel at the cathedrals in Winchester, Exeter, Salisbury and Wells. Here are the beautiful beaches of Dorset and South Devon, the Jurassic Coast, wild Dartmoor and Exmoor, the rugged coast of Cornwall with the majestic St Michael’s Mount. Here, the area of Mining heritage is now the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK. Travel in the footsteps of King Arthur, visit Poldark and Doc Martin country and see the spectacular and incomparable open-air Minack Theatre.

See the Literary landscapes of Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, John Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman or the areas described by Daphne du Maurier and Rosamund Pilcher. With the mild climate of the south-west, there are glorious gardens to visit such as Trebah, Trengwainton, Glendurgan and the delightful Lost gardens of Heligan. The region has also long been a haven for sculptors and artists, so much so that the Tate has its own modern art gallery in Cornwall, the Tate St. Ives.

Midlands & South

From Shakespeare Country, to the delightful and charming villages of the Cotswolds, the rugged Wye Valley and the scenic Peak District, the midlands and southern landscape is tranquil, rural and memorable.

See Shakespeare’s Birthplace and his schoolroom and, close by, the Cotswolds, largest of all the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. The Cotswolds portray what many consider the quintessential image of rural England. Known for its gently undulating hills (‘wolds’) and sweeping meadows and dry-stone walls, the area is dotted with charming towns and villages, instantly recognisable by their honey-coloured stone.

Cathedrals, abbeys, castles and historic houses are in abundance, from Gloucester and Lacock, both used in filming Harry Potter, to Highclere castle renown as TV’s Downton Abbey. Mighty medieval Warwick, Kenilworth and Chepstow castles take your breath away and Royal Windsor, with its stunning state apartments, is the largest and oldest occupied Royal castle in the world.

There is much to see in towns and cities. Vibrant Birmingham with its fountains, squares and historic Jewellery Quarter. Bletchley Park is where you can see where and how World War II Codebreakers broke the Enigma codes, shortening the war by two years. In studious Oxford, among ancient architecture of colleges and museums, JRR Tolkien wrote the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Narnia was created by C S Lewis, and Colin Dexter wrote the Inspector Morse novels, which continue to delight TV audiences.

North-East England

Travel north and discover an area less visited than much of England, but with no less scenic beauty, history and cultural surprises.

See the scenic Durham Dales with a fascinating mining heritage and its Unesco Geopark. Visit medieval Raby castle and majestic Durham Cathedral which was the first in the world to use stone vaulting. See rail heritage in the National Rail Museum at Shildon with Stephenson’s rocket recognising 200 years of the Stockton and Darlington railway, Newcastle with its seven river bridges including the ‘Winking Eye’ bridge, excellent museums and galleries and the castle after which the city takes its name.

In the North-East you are in the territory of the TV series Vera, Sunderland’s National Glass Centre and the reconstructed historic buildings of Beamish, a living, working museum, set in 350 acres of beautiful Durham countryside.

Climb aboard the last of Admiral Lord Nelson’s Frigates, the oldest British warship still afloat. Tour into picture-perfect Northumberland and walk beside 1900 years of Roman history at the famous Hadrians Wall. Take time to wander where the Northern Saints settled on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne,.

Northumberland has a castle-lined coastline and more castles than any other English county – romantic ruins at Dunstanburgh and Walkworth, Chillingham- said to be one of the most haunted buildings the UK, Bamburgh with its beautifully restored interior and Alnwick, filming location for Harry Potter, Transformers-The Last Knight and Downton Abbey. Take a wee dram at the County’s very own whiskey distillery and combine your visit with the Anglo Saxon treasures displayed in the museum of the ancient Anglo Saxon Royal Palace of Ad Gefrin.

There are Gardens to visit at Belsay, Wallington and Lindisfarne and a restored walled garden at Aukland Castle, ancient home of the Prince Bishops of County Durham. No matter what type of visit you’re looking for, the North-East has endless opportunities.

Cumbria and the Lake District in North-West England

The county of Cumbria is known for its scenic lakes, majestic mountains and sparkling mountain tarns. With not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites it is, understandably one of the UK’s most loved regions. The region has witnessed major and defining events of British history, from Roman and Scottish invasions to the modern day building of Nuclear Submarines, all of which have shaped the diverse nature and characteristics of the countryside, towns and cities. But your Driver Guide knows the places where you can avoid the crowds, feel away from it all and see scenery without equal in England.

Lakes such as Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston can be viewed from a scenic lake cruise, whilst other less visited lakes like Buttermere, Crummock Water and Wastwater can be seen from often isolated shorelines, via high passes with incredible lake and mountain views.

Visits can include historic houses and delightful gardens such as Levens Hall, Holker Hall, Sizergh castle, Muncaster castle. Visit Brantwood, the 19th century home of John Ruskin and Blackwell, one of the UK’s most outstanding examples of Art & Crafts Architecture.

Carlisle’s medieval cathedral is stunning and there are many smaller sacred churches, designed in the attractive Lakeland style and oozing history.

The Romans recognised the importance of minerals in the region and built forts, and roads, some linked to Hadrian’s Wall, the second of Cumbria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and a fascinating structure to visit.

This is the land of the Lake Poets and Wordsworth-Grasmere is an informative and evocative museum incorporating and complimenting Dove Cottage, once the home of possibly the most famous of British poets, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.

Sheep are everywhere, including treasured rare breeds such as Herdwicks, the future of which was encouraged by famous farmer and writer Beatrix Potter whose farm can be visited to this day.