Penny Bowden

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Contact guide

Introduction:

With many popular British TV series making it on to small screens around the world, come with me and walk on to the real-life camera sets. Fancy following in the path of the magical boy wizard Harry Potter, or indulging in the pure yesteryear nostalgia of Downton Abbey by visiting its real-life counterpart, Highclere Castle? These are just two of the locations where we could go to realise your dream of the perfect tour.
Or maybe you want to see the enchanting settings that make up the well-trodden tourist trail on a day's outing from your London base. Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury, Stratford on Avon, Hampton Court, Salisbury Cathedral - these are just some of the exciting places we could reach.
In London, we can go to all the usual places you've perhaps only seen on film - on a highlight tour to see Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace from where we can take in the colourful Changing of the Guard, the Houses of Parliament, Kensington Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Greenwich, Eltham Palace to name but a few.
Moreover, I can do more than take you up to venues such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, the Tower of London and Windsor because as the holder of the coveted Blue Badge qualification, I am one of those who has the exclusive right to guide you inside locations like these.
How we get there is just as much a part of the experience as the destination itself. If you're part of a group I can take you by coach or minibus depending on how many you are, or arrange a private limousine if you're a smaller party. We can even use public transport - not only because it's more economical, but also because travelling as we do over here is a great way to immerse yourself in British life. Wherever you decide to go and however you choose to get there, let me guide you and make your travel experience a great one!
And as people always like to know something about the person guiding them, here's a bit about me: my background is in journalism, and I still use the communication skills of that profession in my guiding work. My interests span the usual, such as reading, TV and cinema, to the unusual: cemeteries! No, I'm not weird or checking out my possible final resting place, I assure you - graveyards tell fascinating stories of their permanent occupants, and tourism amongst "the villages of the dead" is on the up, believe me!
So if you want to make your visit over here count and be in the company of someone a bit wacky, fun but knowledgeable, get in touch - I can't wait for our adventure to start!

Personal Interests:

Lambeth Palace
Theatre & Music
History & Prehistory
Journalism - the Fleet Street of yesteryear, home to the birth of national and regional journalism
The world of Harry Potter and Charles Dickens

Special Interests:

History & Prehistory

From pre-historic to modern times -how the past has shaped the present and has influenced what we see and the way we are.

Literature

On the trail of the literati - the colourful world of Dickens, Chaucer and Shakespeare in London and beyond - and not forgetting Harry Potter, of course! A trip to Warner Brothers Studios a few miles from central London is perfect for Wizards and Muggles alike!

Media

Media London - as a former journalist working from Fleet Street, I can show you the colourful world of print journalism which operated for centuries from that iconic area

Regional Tours

Using London as a base, let me show you BATH, SALISBURY, WINCHESTER, BLENHEIM PALACE, CANTERBURY, THE COTWOLDS, HAMPTON COURT, OXFORD, STONEHENGE, STRATFORD ON AVON, WINDSOR CASTLE.
On a budget? some of the above can be reached by public transport, a great and fun way to get under England's skin. A longer day, but a rewarding one!!

Agriculture

Site interpretation to give the disabled an equal opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of London and beyond.

Sports & Pastimes

Sports crazy? There are plenty of stadiums offering tours to whet your appetite. Let me help you choose

Castles & Palaces

Everyone knows Buckingham Palace, viewable most of the year only from the outside. But to immerse yourself in royal history in the heart of the capital, let me show you inside the TOWER OF LONDON, still classed as a royal palace and once the gaol of VIP prisoners including Elizabeth l, known affectionately as Good Queen Bess.
Be dazzled by the Crown Jewels and frightened with tales of executions, torture and grim imprisonment
Others in London I can show you are KENSINGTON PALACE, home to royals including William & Kate, and after May, 2018, Harry & Meghan, and in the borough of Greenwich a few miles south-east of the centre a real gem, ELTHAM PALACE, once home to ancient kings and the birthplace of Henry Vlll, a place with gorgeous grounds. Your trip there with me will combine 1930s modernism with ancient history.
And within easy reach from London, there's the jewel in the Crown, WINDSOR CASTLE, which has been continuously occupied by royalty for a 1,000 years. This May, Prince Harry and Megham Markle will wed here at St George's Chapel.
Also just outside London, let me show you BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace of Winston Churchill

Music

Special tours for choir groups

Conferences & Incentives

A wide range of topical tours to suit any type of group

Endorsements:

British Museum, Parliament, 2012 Venues

Driver Guide:

No