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Private Tours of England

Experience England in Private

Embark on the holiday of a lifetime with a private Active England tour designed especially for you. Whether you want to ride among the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, climb towering fells in the Lake District or swim in Devon and Cornwall’s crystal-clear waters, our exceptional local guides will create the itinerary of your dreams, leading you on a perfectly curated adventure.

Our Private Tour Creators

Gaby Cecil

Luxury and bespoke travel expert. Keen cyclist and swimmer.

Dajana Trzin

Long-time travel advisor. Passionate about creating memorable trips.

Will Cairns - Active England Managing Director

Will Cairns

Active travel pioneer. Knows England like the back of his hand.

Example Private Itineraries

Tailor-made trips in England. Here are some bespoke trips we’ve recently planned for people just like you.

Private Walking Tour of the Cotswolds

Quintessential England, the Cotswolds are brimming with history, culture, charm and beauty. The very best of rural England, just an hour or so from London. The perfect place to curate your private trip.

Trip highlights: The best walking routes in the Cotswolds. Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon. Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Bibury and the set of Downton Abbey.

Private Cycling Tour of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds promises some of the finest biking country in England thanks to miles of gorgeous country lanes, sensational coffee stops and a wealth of accommodation and restaurant options. Let’s ride!

Trip highlights: Whisper quiet riding, rewarding hills and grin-enducing descents. Gin tasting at a local distillery. Coffee at one of the most upmarket farm shops in the country.

Private Tour of Oxford, The Cotswolds & London

No trip to the UK would be complete without a visit to Oxford and London. Experience the capital’s best sights and revel in the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ before exploring the Cotswolds countryside.

Trip highlights: Famous Oxford Colleges and punting on the river. Majestic Blenheim Palace. Idyllic Cotswold villages and never-ending rural vistas. Regency architecture in Bath. Iconic London.

Private Grand Tour of England

England’s greatest hits in less than two weeks – designed and experienced by you. Be amazed by nature in the Lakes. Be astounded by the buildings of Bath. Be at peace on the beaches of Cornwall.

Trip highlights: Visit a traditional English brewery and cheese creamery. Spectacular views in the Lake District. The turf of Cotswold Gardens. The surf of Cornwall’s best beaches.

Private Trips Created By Local Experts

Having run and operated tours for many happy clients, our experts have a wealth of knowledge to draw upon when creating a tailor-made trip. We can arrange the very best activities, excursions, experiences and behind-the-scenes tours. 

Gaby Cecil

Gaby is Active England’s resident Cornish expert. She loves cycling, coffee and capturing the moment on her phone – she’s a dab hand with a camera.

Although she’s Cornish at heart, you’ll often find her cruising around the Cotswolds.

From creating tours featuring the greatest hits of England to smaller, but no less bespoke trips, Gaby knows how to make the very best of your precious time.

Will Cairns

With an encyclopedic knowledge of the UK’s best spaces and a love for the outdoors and travel, Will is someone you want on your side when creating a private trip to England. 

Will has Dartmoor on his doorstep, the Cotswolds embedded in his every fibre and the rest of the UK scurried away for when you require it. He knows all the places to experience, drink, eat and stay.

After scouting new walking routes with his dog Forrest, Will can be found curating the best way to add his latest find to your dream trip.

Dajana Trzin

With an unbridled passion for travelling, Dajana is the perfect planning companion.

For Dajana, it’s the little things that make a big difference; her attention to detail takes your holiday in England from mundane to magnificient.

Dajana loves creating bespoke, tailor-made holidays in England. Whether you have an inkling of an idea or a complete itinerary that needs finessing, Dajana can’t wait to hear your plans.

Handpicked Hotels

We’ll help you find hotels that exceed your requirements – accommodation options that provide only the very best experience, service and local cuisine.

Cornwall - 5* Option
The Pig Harlyn

Cotswolds - 5* Option

Lucknam Park, Chippenham
This gracious restored Palladian mansion is set within 500 acres of glorious parkland. The hotel and spa has the relaxed elegance of the quintessential English mansion perfect for unwinding and escaping - a country house hotel that will be your home away from home

Cornwall - 5* Option
The Pig Harlyn

Cotswolds - 5* Option

The Painswick, Painswick
A luxury boutique hotel nestled very nicely in the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' village of Painswick. This picture-perfect Palladian house boasts roaring fires, sink-into-me sofas and boutique bedrooms. Kick back on the terrace or in one of the cosy lounges and treat yourself to the decadence of afternoon tea, or indulge in the latest seasonal a la carte and tasting menus at The Restaurant.

Cornwall - 5* Option
The Pig Harlyn

Cornwall - 5* Option

Idle Rocks, St Mawes
Perched perfectly on the rocks, in the heart of St Mawes, the hotel is your home away from home. Each of our bedrooms is individually designed to reflect the ultimate beauty in waterside comfort & luxury. With an award-winning restaurant, relaxing treatment room and unprecedented south-facing views across the water, the environment is relaxed and the hospitality is genuine and engaging.

The Newt - 5* Option
Gidleigh Park

Somerset - 5* Option

The Newt, Somerset
This working country estate in Somerset has acres of splendid gardens, woodland, farmland and cyder orchards to explore. The main house was built in the 17th century, then remodelled in Georgian times. Sip tea in the Library, play croquet on the lawn or enjoy a game of badminton in Old Knobbly.

Cornwall - 5* Option
The Pig Harlyn

Cornwall - 5* Option

The Pig at Harlyn Bay
One of Cornwall’s most historic houses dating back to the 15th century, The Pig has far-reaching sea views, oodles of quirks and character and stacks of original features. The unique bedrooms enjoy views out across the headland and Harlyn Bay the gardens or the courtyard. The restaurant has an obsessive commitment to home grown produce and a serious love of all-things local.

Devon - 5* Option
Gidleigh Park

Devon - 5* Option

Bovey Castle, Dartmoor
Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle Hotel and Spa stands within 275 acres of beautiful countryside. You can enjoy fabulous food, including afternoon teas, relaxed dinners in Smith’s Brasserie, or private dining, as well as fine dining in the Great Western Grill.

Looking for Luxury?

Our tailor-made luxury tours are upscale adventure holidays, authentically designed to immerse our guests in England’s most stunning locations.

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