During this amazing day Tour, with qualified guide, 2 course lunch and historical landmarks,, you will experience the majesty of history, visit the scenes of Kings and Queens from Medieval England and discover the Royal connections between England, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, China, the United States of America and France.
Day/Time of Tour: Thursdays: 9.30am-5-5.30pm.
Price per person: £71- (concession); £75- £80 (wine with lunch)
This Tour is ideal for: Seasoned travellers of all ages who have an interest in history, politics, historical figures royalty, food and beautiful landscape.
Group bookings and customised packages available; call Symone now for more information on 0208500 9912
Full Tour Description:
During this amazing day Tour you will experience the majesty of history, visit the scenes of Kings and Queens from Medieval England and discover the Royal connections between England, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, China, the United States of America and France.
With in-depth commentary from our accredited Tour Guide you will visit some of the secret hideaways of well known historical figures such as Charles Dickens, Orson Wells and Churchill as you cruise through the most beautiful landscape of Essex.
And for lunch you will have the opportunity of enjoying Essex’s fine traditional English cuisine.
Meet your dedicated Guide at Theydon Bois Station (Central Line underground), your Tour begins with:
- A fascinating ride to the beautiful medieval town of Waltham Abbey
- Drive past the area made famous called Wake Arms named after the tree under which King Henry VIII stood to listen for the cannon that signalled the execution of his second wife Ann Boleyn.
- We journey through magnificent Epping Forest, passing Copped Hall the former family estate of Sir Winston Churchill, and former home of international musician, Rod Stewart.
- Pass the Gunpowder Mills and the 2012 Olympic White Water Rafting Centre, our European connections begin as we reach Waltham Abbey.
- We will alight at the Queen Elizabeth 1st hunting lodge (QEHL), situated on the edge of the Epping Forest, and one of the few remaining timber-framed buildings surviving from the 16th century with its breath taking views of Gilwell Park, built on the orders of King Henry VIII.
- Our journey continues with a visit to the statue of Sir Winston Churchill, a tribute to Britain’s war time Prime Minister.
- We will then enter Chigwell Village, one of England’s richest parishes. Here you will see the magnificent Ye Old King’s Head Inn (now renamed Sheesh) from where Charles Dickens wrote his fictional book ‘Barnaby Rudge’. Plus did you know that Sir Winston Churchill was reputed to have drunk here and held court? Now this is the setting for Lord Alan Sugar of BBC Apprentice fame, restaurant ‘The Sheesh’.
- Our guided Tour of Chigwell will include a Tour of St Mary’s Church, with its famous Norman period entrance door and also Chigwell School, the famous independent school which William Penn attended
- Included in the price is a delicious 2-course lunch.
- After lunch, we will drive past Hainault Country Park and view the ancient forest, and boating lake.
- Finally you will explore Chigwell Row and Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870), who coined the phrase “Chigwell, the finest place in the world” and we will see the former Georgian home of Sir Francis Chichester, the first man to sail solo around the world in a yacht and perhaps, visit the recently restored Bell Tower at All Saints Church, Chigwell Row with its panoramic views of Chigwell and Hainault Forest.
Our Tour Guide will then take you on to Theydon Bois, affectionately known as the village without street lights, where you will connect and catch the train for your home journey after experiencing an unforgettable day in emerald Essex.
Dates: First Thursday of each month; starting from 8th March
First Tour: 1st Thursday of each month: starting 8 March. Group bookings available throughout the year.
Final Tour of the year: 1st Thursday of December each year.