London Calling – The Cotswolds, London and the South East
Our ‘London calling’ transfer tour is a great way to link Wales and the southeast of England.
Our knowledgeable driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel in one of our luxurious Mercedes vehicles and transfer you in comfort and style directly to your accommodation in London or the southeast. On the way, we break the journey up with stop-offs at some of the most interesting locations on the Welsh borders and central England, turning what could have been a dull day driving through the industrial heartlands of England into a day to remember.
Originally built by Welsh Princes in c1250, Powis castle was the prominent fortified residence in the Kingdom of Powys. After the English conquest of Wales, the castle fell into neglect until it came into the hands of the Grey family who, in 1530, began a program of rebuilding and renovation that made the castle the most impressive fortified residence in the north and central Wales. 50 years later, the castle and estate were purchased by the Herbert family and it stayed in their hands until it was bequeathed to the nation by the 4th Earl of Powys in 1952. In 1784, Henrietta Herbert married Edward Clive, son of the famous Robert Clive, the man responsible for bringing India into the British Empire. Edward succeeded his father in becoming Governor of Madras and between them, they built a huge collection of Indian artifacts including ivories, textiles, ceremonial armour and gold and silver ornaments. These are now housed in the castle’s Clive Museum. Outside the castle rolling down the hill to the southeast, are one of the finest examples of terraced gardens in Europe.
If you picture the idyllic English countryside with a quintessentially English cottage made from honey-coloured stone and covered in roses in full bloom – chances are you are thinking of the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is an unspoiled area in the heart of England typified by rolling hills and quaint market towns made rich by the wool trade. We travel through sleepy villages where time appears to have stood still for 300 years and past grand country houses and award-winning gardens. One of the pretty Cotswold villages is the perfect place to stop for lunch or a mid-afternoon English cream tea.
Time allowing, a visit to Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is a must. Oxford is a city full of history and character and home to Britain’s oldest university. Crammed with visual delights whichever way you turn, from the architecture of ancient buildings that form the University campus to the rivers and parks that surround the city centre. A walking tour is THE best way to see the sights and sounds of Oxford.
Use this transfer day to get you to or from the Cotswolds, Oxford, London and South East.