This tour is perfect for both local Londoners who want a few hours out of the house and away from the crowds but also for foreign visitors who want just a taste of the beautiful English countryside & see some picturesque village scenes ...in London but a 'village' where the locals live.
Stanmore is right at the edge of the London Underground and this area has been important for thousands of years. We will visit prehistoric sites and Roman battlefields, see the oldest Oak tree in London and visit a WW2 Pillbox next to the old RAF HQ during the Battle of Britain.
Visit the home of a famous Prime Minister and explore what even Victorians said were the largest and most beautiful ruins in London.
It's hard to imagine as we explore the beautiful streets and woods, fields and lakes that we are still in London albeit where Highwaymen lived and Victorians and Edwardians who changed the world.
Near the end from 500 feet up, you'll enjoy a 40 mile view & see London as never before.
Entrance Bentley Priory Open Space
Entrance Bernays Gardens
Entrance St. John's Church
Entrance to Stanmore Common and Open Space
What's Not Included
INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
CHILD: Age: 6 - 15
ADULT: Age: 16 - 99
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
Service animals allowed
Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
Your guide and yourself are welcome to wear face masks and we will keep to the UK law regarding social distancing.
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Public transportation options are available nearby
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
We have earmarked this tour as especially safe during the Coronavirus outbreak due to generally quiet places that we visit where social distancing is generally not a problem. All of our tours are private so it is just you/your family and your guide. To ma
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
What To Expect
Bernays Gardens is located on what was once part of the grounds of a large house called Manor House.
Admission Ticket Included
St John's Church
We will visit the grave of a famous Victorian here and admire the beautiful village church. Just a short walk across the graveyard we will explore the remains of the old church and hear how it ended up in ruins.
Admission Ticket Included
Bentley Priory Museum
Not the museum but the park. We will see Queen Adelaide's Lake, The Master Oak (the oldest and greatest Oak tree in North London), a WW2 Pillbox and the rear of old RAF Bentley Priory, HQ during The Battle of Britain
Admission Ticket Included
We will visit Grim's Dyke prehistoric earth works that dates up to 300BC. Visit the site of a British victory over the Romans and seethe location an old Roman settlement. We will visit the outside of great manor houses including the founder of BP and the home of Charles Fortnum (you might know his famous shop). Explore the old village at Little Common with the old brewery and lakes dug by Caesar and Queen Boudica. Hear about how the main road was the home to dangerous highwaymen and later a tragic Edwardian explorer. As we return to Stanmore Station if the weather is fair then you'll see the most amazing view of over 40 miles of London and many famous sights as you've never seen them before. And all without crowds and tourists :-)
Admission Ticket Free
A hidden gem within easy reach of the city centre.
Stephen was a delightful guide for the tour. His knowledge of the area was so interesting and informative, with so much to see and learn.
Beautiful area with a fantastic combination of history and nature.
Social distancing was maintained and current Covid guidelines were strictly adhered, consequently I felt very safe attending the tour, despite the current circumstances.
I enjoyed the experience so much I have booked in for the 'Secret Gardens of the City of London' tour and ordered the accompanying book written by Stephen himself.
I have been on several tours over the years with other companies, however have found Ye Olde England tours (and Stephen) to be one of the best there is. I cannot recommend highly enough if this is your thing (or even if it's not!) as you will definitely leave feeling enriched from the experience.
Stanmore Circular Walking Tour - a superb tour - and a lot of fun too!
Despite living in the area for many years, my prior adventures have taken me to the far off corners of the world, overlooking a treasure trove of sights and history that lay on my doorstep. Thanks to Ye Olde England Tours, that all changed! From their enticing range of well researched tours that provided something different to the standard offering, to owner Stephen Liddell, who guided the tour, I was highly impressed by the communications, punctuality and smooth running of the walk. In addition to his voluminous knowledge of English culture and history, Stephen knew the route inside out, so offered plenty of flexibility to not tire me out while still ensuring I saw all the sights without a rush. Furthermore, his patience, down to earth wit and charm ensured that the walk felt more like a pleasant sunday morning stroll with a friend rather something with the feeling of being herded around. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ye Olde England Tours, especially for those with limited time or wanting to combine a number of sights not accomodated by larger tour companies. Indeed, I shall be following up by booking a lengthier multi day private tour with Stephen shortly!
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