Filming Trip to France and consultant to The CWGC (March 2017)
Last weekend I was delighted to be invited by the Comminwealth War Graves Commission to travel to the WW1 Western Front to present a short history related documentary that may even end up on the BBC. When not touring I write books and one that was published was Lest We Forget which relates to WW1. It’s obviously a great honour to be recognised in this way and I was more than happy to help research and present the film.
I put together the following little video on YouTube….
Obviously 99% of our tours relate to London, England and the U.K. though we also do a 3 day tour to the Western Front in Belgium and France too. You can see a little of what you’d see on our video below. So why not book with us for a friendly, private, unhurried tour by a real expert.
See our WW1 Ypres and The Somme tour page for details.
We’re on YouTube! (February 2017)
Ye Olde England Tours now has our very own YouTube Channel. Here we hope to post short videos featuring some of the big sights and hidden locations around London and the UK. Subscribe to keep up to date!
Ye Olde England Tours Are Featured In Harrods Magazine! (January 2017)
We are honoured to be featured in the latest edition of Halcyon, the official magazine of Harrods Aviation who are as prestigious in the travel world as the Knightsbridge Store is in the world of shopping.
Halcyon wanted their travellers to do something special but a bit different in London and so wrote a feature on Sherlock Holmes which I helped advise them with. It’s great for us to be mentioned in such a prestigious publication. If you’d like to do a special Sherlock location tour too, then check out our Sherlock tour page.
More New Faces Join The Team (December 2016)
We happy to announce that we can welcome two new faces to Ye Olde England Tours. Alison Lewin joined us in October and has already been out and about to Bath, Stonehenge and a few beautiful country houses having brought with her many years of running guided tours for prestigious tour groups in the UK and overseas.
Also joining us is Kevin Pearman. Kevin immediately made a big impact by getting a 5* review on his very first tour and a dozen trips further on, he is definitely proving to be a big hit with our guests.
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence (October 2016)
We’re delighted to be once again awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence!
Welcome Aboard Erin Tilley! (September 2016)
It is now almost 3 years I started Ye Olde England Tours with the aim of providing a professional, friendly and totally personalised series of tours. Originally there were just 5 tours to choose from and now have 39 (with some new ones about to launch). 250 tours and many thousands of miles driven and footsteps walked later, it is time to make a big move.
As well as providing unique and high-quality tours for my very special tourists and giving me a way to pass on my love and enthusiasm for London, England and in fact the entire U.K.; I always try to give special experiences and let my tourists see the sights in a way that the big coach operators and multinationals can’t hope to reach.
I’ve been more successful than I could ever have dreamed and over 2016, I’ve been turning down almost as many bookings as I’ve accepted which I hate doing. I don’t like disappointing people making their holiday plans and obviously from a purely business point of view it is a nice problem to have but still a problem as I can only do 1 tour at a time.
For the last few months I’ve been searching for someone who can help me so that I can offer the best tours possible to the most visitors I can. Obviously, it was important to find the right person and it took a lot of searching to find someone flexible, talented, people-friendly and with more than a bit of know-how about tours and all things London/British history and culture.
I’m delighted to say that I can announce the search is over and I can announce that the wonderful Erin Tilley will now be taking some tours on a part-time basis (at least for now!!). It means I don’t have to be double-booked so much and in peak periods work every day under the sun. Also though, it makes Ye Olde England Tours twice as good as before and let’s face it… with over sixty 5-star reviews, we weren’t too shoddy to begin with.
In keeping with the ethical way I run my life, my business and treat customers, I’m so thrilled to be welcome Erin onboard. Touring is a great way to make a living and not be stuck in the usual 9-5 job and I’m sure Erin will love it as much as I do and that all our tourists will love Erin too!
There’s always lots to do in London, and the U.K. here are some great ideas we want to share with you!
Spring is in the air!
Spring is nearly here, and it is one of the best times to visit London and explore England. There are comparatively fewer tourists even at the hotspots, recently on a tour we visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and the site manager said there were only 200-300 people there all day when in peak season there could be easily over 5,000.
Many of the places we visit hold special attractions for out of season visits and with the weather improving, the lambs in the fields and the flowers and trees coming out then this is the time to start planning a special day out.
For a short period only, anyone books a day tour with us will be offered a discounted walking tour of London.
450th Shakespeare Anniversary.
This week sees the beginning of a year long special Shakespeare celebration and if you like all things Shakespeare or simply want to visit a peaceful and beautiful small English town that just happens to be the home of the greatest literary writer then why not visit Stratford Upon Avon.
This week I had the pleasure of taking Wendy from South Africa on a number of tours. We explored London, and we visited the tremendous Warwick Castle with its scary dungeons, birds of prey and views of several counties from the top of the tower. However nowhere was better than Stratford Upon Avon.
The weather was warm and sunny even on the last day of April, so we took our time walking around this pretty town. There are 5 Shakespeare-related houses in and around Stratford Upon Avon, each one different in their own way and each with beautiful old traditional gardens full of formal flower beds, roses and expansive lawns.
One of the pleasures of visiting Stratford Upon Avon is simply walking down the pretty little streets, full of interesting old shops and cafes which as Wendy and I can confirm, served the most delicious goods.
As well as the Shakespearean houses there is the original period home of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University in the USA and if you can tear yourself away from the beautiful streets and buildings then it’s always worth the effort to walk along the picturesque river through the park as the swans and boats go by until you reach Trinity Church which is, of course, the final resting place of William Shakespeare. When we visited there this week, the inside of the church was festooned with floral bouquets and wreaths for our favourite writer but of course, the church is beautiful in its own right.
Instead of a rushed coach tour, why not take the time to enjoy all that Stratford Upon Avon has to offer with a private guided tour by Ye Olde England Tours.
Shout-out to Milwaukee!
A big thank-you to Pramana, Arianna and Annie who I have spent the last 9 days with in and around London. They were absolutely fantastic people to show around and I enjoyed my time with you tremendously. We spent 8 days in and around London, seeing not just the big tourist sights but also visiting some of the great markets, shops, pubs and restaurants that London has to offer plus a trip out to beautiful Cambridge. Greenwich seemed to make a lasting impression whilst Annie loved our special Sherlock and Sci-Fi day where we went round to all the Sherlock sights from the books to the current TV show as well as a trip to Forbidden Planet!
The weather held out for us mostly, and they were kind enough to bring me a large bag of goodies from Milwaukee so when they left I surprised them with one of my books and a bag full of various Cadbury Chocolates.
It was great meeting you all and sharing such good memories. I hope to have another Bubble-Milk one day soon!
Christmas Seasonal Days Out
If you’re in England now or planning a winter visit to the United Kingdom then why not have a seasonal day out with us. There are numerous and memorable Christmas Markets throughout the South East of England with arts and crafts from around the U.K. and Europe. Many of these are in beautiful old market towns and cities or even in some of the historical attractions that we visit throughout the year.
For something really seasonal, why not have a day tour to Windsor old town and, of course, see Windsor Castle too. Another very good idea is to visit Rochester in Kent, just east of London. Most of our modern Christmas traditions come from the Victorians and one man, in particular, Charles Dickens. You can’t have Christmas without the tales of Scrooge and The Christmas Carol. Rochester has many Charles Dickens related sights as well as a castle and a beautiful Cathedral. Visit the main shopping street and you’ll think you stepped back in time.