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Things to see & do in England this Summer

The 2012 Olympics in London is rapidly approaching and Classic England still has opportunities for visitors to this event to extend their stay and visit the beautiful countryside around London. 

The Garden Tour of Kent takes in some of the finest gardens in the world, including Sissinghurst Castle, created around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion by Vita Sackville West, and Great Dixter, the pioneering garden of Christopher Lloyd, famed for his experimental planting schemes. At Wakehurst Place you can see the country home of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, an internationally significant botanic garden with plants from around the world, carefully planted in a secluded valley. Included in this is Kew's Millennium Seed Bank which contains 10% of the world's seeds. This garden tour can be combined with visits to some of England’s great castles such as Dover, Hever and Leeds Castle.

Alternatively, you could visit the scenic Cotswolds, with its rural villages hewn from the golden limestone of the area. Visit historic Bath on the Southern fringe and wind along country roads to Shakespeare’s Stratford, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Visit the City of Oxford, with its secluded colleges and visit Blenheim Palace nearby, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the seat of the Duke of Marlborough.

2012 is also an important year in the literary world, celebrating the works of Charles Dickens to mark the 200th year since his birth. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit places and attractions of some of the greatest authors in the English language including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, as well as more contemporary authors such as J.K. Rowling.

If you would like to extend your visit to London, during the Olympics, or would like our Official Olympics Tour Guide to take you around the venues for the sporting events, please contact us and we can build a personal itinerary for your perfect vacation in England.

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