About Us

Introduction

Launched in 2012 at the start of the United Kingdom’s amazing Olympic Games success, Chigwell Tours and Visits(CTV), started with a vision to put Chigwell , Essex-( South East England) on the global map as a place of fabulous tour and leisure opportunity with amazing history, fantastic landscapes, wealth, culture and friendly people: a place to do business and relax with family, friends and associates.

Today, Chigwell Tours and Visits provides an exciting range of tours in London,  Essex, the UK and Ghana.  If you’re planning on staying in the UK and want to create lasting  memories, let us put our experience to work and create the perfect city or country break for you, so you can take home unforgettable memories. Our tours are suitable for individuals, families, groups and corporate incentive travel and international visitors to the UK. Our tours can be customised to meet your needs and special requirements.

Your vacation could vary from a 2-hour hop stopping tour of Chigwell and Hainault Forest Country Park: a mystery tour and Afternoon Tea at Down Hall Country House; A  Bristol City and the British Airways Supersonic Concorde MuseumTour; A London City Tour contrasting with breath taking views of the Essex countryside; Roman Baths tour in Bath or a two-week winter break new year’s  tour to Ghana, West Africa.

Explore the best of England with us!

Here’s what we do best:

  • Customised packages for day, short weekend breaks, or  2 week packages.
  • London City & Essex countryside tours,
  • Sunset Evening Cruises with Supper (Maldon).
  • Award Winning Vintage Bus, Steam Train with Afternoon Tea (Epping Ongar).
  • Black Water Estuary tour & boat cruise.
  • International students’ tour Packages.
  • 3-5 Day Corporate Incentive Packages
  • A range of Christmas Tours.
  • Internship and Work Experience opportunities for students from the Universities and Colleges in London and international students from France.

The year 2019, will see the launch of our second Nostalgic Steam Train Tour with Afternoon Tea.  This tour is offered in partnership with Buckinghamshire Rail.  Our aim is that this tour will capture the imagination and interest of   those wishing to travel back in time and enjoy the nostalgic travel of yester year.

We also have another addition to our steam train tours. Have you had the pleasure of visiting Fawley Hill Rail and Museum, the private steam established by the late Sir William McAlphine, the builder and rail enthusiast? Well, neither have we at Chigwell Tours until recently!

The rail is set in 200 acres of glorious countryside in Henley on Thames, integrated with an animal sanctuary,  and has the  steepest steam train hill climb in Europe. It has one of the largest collections of rail museum library in the UK.  A day out at Fawley Hill is a must for those with interest in rail history.

This summer, Chigwell Tours will host our first tour at Fawley Hill Rail and Museum.  By invitation only, the VIP day offers a unique opportunity for our past customers and  supporters of our previous steam train tours, to join us in July for a day out at Fawley Hill.  We will select winners from our competition to attend as our guests.  Details about how you can join us will be posted on our monthly newsletters and social media platforms , Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Hope you can join us!.

Our History

Chigwell Tours started out as part of the management programme of Concept Consulting RMT in 2010. Salome Ahenkora, the Senior Consultant at Concept Consulting RMT, initiated the extensive two-year research, with graduates from the University of East London (UEL), local Chigwell historians John Redfern, Peter Comber and a team of local professionals, who enabled us to launch Chigwell Tours in 2012. The timing was significant as the London skyline, was changing in anticipation of the global 2012 Olympics.  Chigwell’s connections with Sir Winston Churchill, the local MP for the area for over 25 years, was as important as Charles Dickens (1812- 70), a frequent visitor to Chigwell leading him to describe it as “the finest place in the world”.  Today, we provide tours to some parts of the UK, and   winter new year break packages to Ghana.

In 2015, Salome was awarded the Inspirational Woman Award, and dedicated the award to the staff team at Chigwell Tours and has used the experience to mentor and support enterprising young women and graduates, to succeed in business, life and reach for their stars by achieving their goals whatever the obstacles and challenges.

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