When we started Ye Olde England Tours in 2013, Green Tourism, sustainability and ethical practices are what drove us, it’s who we are.
We pioneered private tours and in fact were so revolutionary were initially thrown off Trip Advisor for it as it came as too much of a shock to the competition! We wanted to show the real London, England, Scotland and the rest of the U.K. and you can’t do that in a big group or as part of a large mass-tourist party.
As you will see, we have dozens of walking tours that are 100% sustainable, we even travel to meet you using the famous London Underground buses and the occasional bike or e-scooter.
Whilst many have tried to copy some of our tours, they don’t do it with our heart and commitment or indeed enthusiasm and expertise. We also have quite a range of green related tours that cover the Royal Parks, Canals and waterways, the River Thames, woodlands and lakes and not least our Sacred Secret Gardens Walking Tour that has been listed as the top authentic off-beat London attraction by Trip Advisor / Viator.
In fact our founder Stephen Liddell even has a book coming out based on this hugely successful tour and has had several environmental articles published in popular and academic publications.
We shun the big chains and corporations; touring with us you will discover local and independent museums, cafes and not to forget our famous pubs and the traditional markets. We even have a tour of some of the great London Cemeteries where we visit the resting places of some of the great figures of history all amongst the fading grandeur and naturally rich habitats that make them some of the most peaceful and beautiful parts of London.
Similarly on our day tours out of London though we go to the big sites like everyone else (and in a much more easy-going and authentic manner) we specialise in going off the beaten track; that’s what makes us so unique and pioneering and we try and ensure we help the local communities wherever we go. Come with us to Portsmouth and have some of the best fish and chips. Visit Walsingham on a Pilgrimage and you’d be mad not to try out the local farm shop. Spend a day exploring stone-circles or picturesque villages then small little cafe’s and local craft shops such as bakers or hand-made local pottery at Lacock are all part of it and you have the bonus of knowing anything you buy helps local crafts and businesses flourish in places the big tour groups don’t even try to go.
We think our tours speak for themselves but we’re always striving to be greener and we’re proud to be members and awaiting official grading by Green Tourism. What others find problematic or not profitable is actually central to our business and we think that’s why we do so well. In 2019, we even extended many of our walking tours in London just so that interested visitors could spend time at the Extinction Rebellion sit-down protests. For centuries London led the world in pollution and heavy industry and we cover these in some of our tours but now London is the worlds first National Park City and we want to share our beautiful green city and country to the world but in a way that doesn’t impact on all our futures.
With Ye Olde England Tours, having a great day out needn’t cost the Earth!