Day trips from London
Here are some sample day tours from the London area. I can also create a tailor-made day tour for your group. For small groups some of the places below are accessible by train or we can hire a car and a driver to take us. For larger groups minibus or coach hire is required. If you have a coach already booked I will work with your driver or I can assist you with booking a coach or minibus. York is available by train only on a day trip. Contact me to discuss your itinerary and then I will give you a quotation.
Gloucester and the Welsh Borders.
We travel to Gloucester for a guided tour of the cathedral which has some fine Norman architecture and the earliest Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England. Gloucester has also produced some gifted Christian leaders including George Whitfield and Bishop John Hooper one of the most radical protestant reformers of Queen Mary's reign.
We then travel through the beautiful Forest of Dean to the view point at Symmonds Yat for a breathtaking view over the Wye Valley. Then we cross the Welsh borders to visit the dramatic ruins of Tintern Abbey. After a short guided tour there is time to enjoy this uplifting and peaceful place set in the midst of beautiful countryside. Tintern Abbey was left to become a ruin after the Reformation and it has inspired famous writers and artists such as Turner and Wordsworth to use their God given talents to produce inspiring literature and art. Hire of vehicle and driver is necessary for his tour.
Cotswolds and William Tyndale.
We will enjoy God's creation as we drive through the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds. We visit the dramatic William Tyndale memorial at North Nibley believed to be close to his birthplace and we will visit Burford and its parish church. On the wall of this church is an inscription from Tyndale's Bible and we will hear the story of how it got there. We will also include a stop in the pretty Cotswolds village of Tetbury. Hire of a vehicle and driver is necessary for this tour.
Cambridge and Ely Cathedral
Cambridge was a major centre for the reformation in England and was a haven for it's early preachers and leaders including William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, John Rogers and Thomas Bilney. Enjoy a walking tour focusing on Cambridge's Christian heritage. Visits to St John's College where William Wilberforce was a student and of course to the famous Kings College chapel can be included and CS Lewis will get a mention as well.
In the afternoon a visit to Ely can be included with a guided tour of Ely Cathedral which is one of England's most beautiful cathedrals with powerful Christian symbolism in the architecture and incorporated art works.
Cambridge can be combined with Lutterworth instead of Ely. John Wycliffe came to Lutterworth in 1374 to be rector of St Mary's church and to work on translating the Bible into English. The church still has the pulpit which he used and there is an impressive memorial to him in the town. A visit to Cambridge is possible by train but hire of a vehicle and driver is required if you would like to include Ely Cathedral or Lutterworth.
Oxford Christianity Tour
Discover the Christian heritage of Oxford on a walking tour, the Oxford martyrs, John Wycliffe who was master of Balliol College and started the struggle for the reformation in Oxford, John Wesley who started the Holy Club whilst a fellow at Lincoln College which led to the formation of the Methodist church and CS Lewis who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia in Oxford and was a fellow at Magdalene College. Visits to Christchurch, the college with a chapel which is also the smallest cathedral in England, to Lincoln College or to Magdalene College can be included. A visit to Oxford can be combined with the Cotswolds.
Canterbury Christianity Tour
Canterbury is where Christianity gained a firm foothold on English soil 1,400 years ago with the arrival of St Augustine. We will visit the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey which was founded by St Augustine in 598 AD. We visit the fine cathedral which was the site of Thomas Becket's martyrdom in 1170 and holds a unique place in the Church of England. It is still today the seat of its senior archbishop and the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We will also visit St Martin's Church which is the oldest church in the English speaking world still used for worship. We will also see the Mayflower Restaurant where Robert Cushman was contracted to hire the Mayflower on behalf of the Pilgrim Fathers.
This tour includes a guided tour of Salisbury Cathedral which is unusual in being built in just one style, the elegantly simple Early English Gothic Style. The chapter House has an outstanding Medieval carved frieze depicting scenes from Genesis and Exodus and contains one of the original copies of the Magna Carta. In the afternoon a walking tour of Salisbury can be included.
Wells Cathedral and Bath
A visit to the World Heritage city of Bath, famous for its 18th Georgian architecture, this is the period in Bath's history described in the novels of Jane Austen. A walking tour will be included and a guided tour of Bath Abbey and there will be one or two other references to Christian history as well. Then we travel through the beautiful Somerset countryside to the city of Wells for a guided tour of the cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, which is famous for the light and space of its interior and the striking west front of its exterior. Hire of a vehicle and driver is required for this itinerary.
Coventry Cathedral's architecture has an extraordinary and very powerful story behind it of ruin and rebuilding. Today the Cathedral has an equally remarkable ministry of reconciliation also born out of it's traumatic World War II destruction and rebirth. Coventry can be visited by train or with a car it can be combined with a short visit to Stratford upon Avon.
Enjoy a guided tour of York Minster. Minster means missionary church and King Edwin built the first York Minster shortly after his conversion. The present Minster is famous for its medieval stained glass and considered one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. A guided tour of the historic city of York will also be included, learn about the influence that the Romans, the Vikings, chocolate and the railways have had on this wonderful city as well as its role in the development of Christianity. York is accessible by train on a day trip from London.
Walk in the footsteps of John Bunyan in Bedford. It was whilst in prison here that he wrote PIlgrim's Progress. See the Bunyan museum which is attached to the meeting house where he preached. Bedford is accessible from London by train or if you prefer you can hire a vehicle and driver.