Stunning Stately Homes, Amazing Gardens and Tudor Heritage
'Scratch' Britain and it 'bleeds' history!
Henry VIII’s masterpiece Hampton Court Palace is set in over 60 acres of gardens and parklands along the scenic River Thames. Another "Tudor gem" is the double moated Hever Castle but it actually dates back to about 1270. It is most famously known as Anne Boleyn's childhood home.
Enjoy a fabulous day out from the capital!
Henry VIII’s masterpiece Hampton Court Palace is set in over 60 acres of gardens and parklands along the scenic River Thames. You won’t want to miss the Great Vine (planted by Capability Brown,) the rose gardens and the famous Yew tree hedge Maze. There is one of the few ‘real’ tennis courts to be seen here too. Along with the Tudor Kitchens, Henry VIII's State Apartments are the most popular attraction inside the palace. The Great Hall is the palace's largest and most impressive room, with an ornate carved-wood ceiling and a collection of Flemish tapestries that date back over 500 years.
Another "Tudor gem" is the double moated Hever Castle but it actually dates back to about 1270. It is most famously known as Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Upon the death of her father, the property came to King Henry VIII who bestowed it to Anne of Cleves during their annulment proceedings. The most recent private owners were The Astors, who transformed the property and installed the gardens as what we see today. Inside the castle offers antique furniture, Anne Boleyn's prayer books, instruments of torture, and a large collection of Tudor paintings while the highlights of the extensive gardens include the famous yew maze, Tudor garden, rose garden and the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculpture.
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DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00
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All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.
SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)
MONDAYS Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages
TUESDAYS Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester
WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock
THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum
FRIDAYS Tudor Day Out - Hampton Court & Hever Castle
SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)
SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)
SUNDAYS Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley
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