DAYS OUT WITH GROUPS DIRECT

Days out at are all about having fun. From steam train rides to walking tours and garden visits to guided brewery tours, we cover all areas of Group Travel. If you have an idea that we haven’t thought of, please let us know and we will create a bespoke itinerary just for you!

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LONDON

Known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, the Painted Hall is a spectacular 18th century masterpiece of baroque art.  iscover one of London’s hidden gems, the magnificent Painted Hall, in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent Painted Hall is an epic baroque masterpiece.  

Hidden beneath the streets of Westminster is a secret world that played a pivotal role in the defence of Great Britain during World War II as Churchill and his inner circle plotted the route to Allied victory. Your self-guided tour starts with a short introductory film, preparing you for the immersive and extraordinary glimpse into Churchill’s historic underground bunker that lies ahead of you. Within the price of this tour, audio guides are available. 

The consumer revolution has shaped the way we live, shop, eat, communicate and entertain ourselves. The Museum of Brands tells the extraordinary story of achievement and innovation, through things that have been largely discarded – packaged products, leaflets, posters, toys, magazines, postcards – from Victorian times to modern days. 

25th July - 23rd August 2020. Have a go at sword fighting, crossbow, 16th-century football and a ‘Tudor dance off’ during a summer of sporting activities for all visitors. Experience falconry and wrestling and see Tudor cooking demonstrations.

23rd to 31st May 2020. Support your chosen champion from the English and French camps as both Kings compete to up the stakes in everything from jousting, wrestling and foot combat, to courtly dance and quick-wit. Which King will win and how will the loser soothe his bruised ego? 

10th April to 31st August 2020. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, the Grand European Summit held between Henry VIII and Francois I of France, Hampton Court Palace will be the place to be for all things Tudor. 

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020. Following lunch, make your way to Kew Gardens. Kew’s 25th annual orchid festival will celebrate the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia - a vast archipelago of more than 17,504 islands, including Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali. Indonesia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes.

Treat your group to a lazy lunch cruise, with good food and great views of London’s iconic sights from the river Thames. Your 1 hour 45 minute river cruise, with live commentary, gives you plenty of time to enjoy both the view and the company of your group. 
 

Following a 2 course lunch in a nearby restaurant, make your way to Joiner Street where you will gain access to one of London’s favourite attractions.  Formally inaugurated on the 5th July 2012, London’s tallest building, The Shard, came to life. Standing proudly 1,016 ft above London Bridge Street in South London, The Shard was the vision of one man, Co-Owner and Developer, Irvine Sellar.
 

Go deep into the heart of the UK’s largest sports and music venue to those areas usually reserved for the biggest names in sport and music. Your tour will include the ‘Crossbar Exhibition’ and ‘Walk of Legends’, the changing rooms, press conference room, players’ tunnel, pitch-side, Royal Box and a photograph with the FA Cup.

Discover the beauty beneath your skin at BODY WORLDS London, the original display of real human bodies, now in its permanent flagship home on Piccadilly Circus. 

London Transport Museum, located in the heart of Covent Garden, explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site has almost 1000 years of intriguing tales to tell. Your group will meet the Yeoman Warders, better known as the Beefeaters, marvel at the fabulous finery of the Crown Jewels and discover an unrivalled collection of royal arms and armour in the iconic White Tower, dating back to 1075. They will also be able to explore all the roles this impressive building has had to play throughout the centuries – from medieval palace and fortress to infamous prison and execution site. 

We love Kew Gardens. All year round we send Group bookers to these relaxing and educational gardens where the views and smells will brighten up your day no matter what the weather is doing.

This new tour includes a guided visit to The Clink! The name ‘Clink’ seems to have been attached to the prison in the 14th century.

Finally, it's your chance to step inside this amazing venue which has been reopened due to popular demand and following a massive £50 million renovation.

This fascinating day excursion includes an informative and entertaining Blue Badge Guided tour of the Inns of Court, following a delicious three course lunch with a drink.
The Inns of Court are totally unique in ambience and character and there really is nowhere else quite like them in the whole of London, if not in the whole of England.

A tranquil oasis in the heart of London’s bustling Camden Lock. Board your traditional canal boat to explore London’s historic and picturesque Regents Canal before enjoying a delicious Fish and Chip lunch, which is an experience in itself!

Explore the famous Highgate Cemetry, with a fascinating 90-minute guided tour of the West Wing. You will also have free time to wander the East Wing, and see graves of famous people such as Karl Marx. Includes a 2 course lunch.

‘Picture This! Life Through A Royal Lens’. A new exhibition at Kensington Palace for 2020. Opening on 15 May 2020, Kensington Palace will reveal a new exhibition exploring the British royal family’s enduring relationship with the camera.

H. Forman & Son remains a family concern, the last of the original London smokehouses. It is not every day that you can witness a Guinness World Record Salmon Carver in action. Don’t miss your chance to see Darren Matson in action on this “outstanding” tour of the H. Forman and Son’s famous smokehouse. 

Go on a journey of discovery to find out the history of Beefeater London Gin, followed by a fish and chip lunch, followed by a visit to the Imperial War Museum, where you have free time to explore the newly created galleries.

The Postal Museum brings together fascinating exhibitions and unveils the mysterious Mail Rail to the public for the very first time. Journey through five centuries of world-class curiosities that changed the world. From global innovations and crackpot schemes to pirates and highwaymen, find out how the world’s first social network kept us all in touch.

Back by popular demand! With a colourful history spanning over 275 years and a range of unique things to see and do, the Foundling Museum is one of the most interesting places to visit in London.

Hear about the Kray Twins and their crime during the 50’s and 60’s, John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer, ‘Mad Frankie’ and other famous criminals. There is so much rich history on the streets of London that link to crime and gangsters.

Enjoy morning tea and coffee with breakfast pastries before going on a Grand Tour of this iconic music venue.

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