Private Chauffeur Tours of the UK
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Meet our team and private driver guides.

At British Heritage Chauffeur Tours we have an elite team of gentlemen who take great pride in being able to entertain and enlighten our guests while accompanying them on their adventures throughout the United Kingdom.

John

John Calthorpe is the Co-Owner and Head Travel Planner of BHCT and has been building customised vacations for the North American traveler for over 14 years. After leaving school at 16 John went straight into the Army and served 9 years with The Royal Artillery based in Germany. Having decided that becoming a travel agent was what he really wanted to do he entered Canterbury Christ Church University and studied European Business Studies and Management and then enlisted the help and support of his wife Diana who takes care of all the administration involved in the running of a successful travel agency. They have enjoyed many wonderful trips around the UK, Ireland and Europe testing their itineraries and their main priority has, and always will be, the safety and enjoyment of their guests.

 

  

Ian

Ian is passionate about the history of our wonderful country and delights in sharing his knowledge with our guests. Also a passionate motorist, he spent thirty years in the motor industry at the highest level providing cars to the rich and famous. He changed career several years ago and is a fully qualified tour guide officially registered in London and a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association. He is undoubtedly our resident gourmand and interpreter as he speaks fluent Spanish.

 

Dave

Kevin

Kevin is one of the most experienced driver-guides in the UK. He is one of the select few to hold all the main touring qualifications including the coveted Blue Guide Badge, allowing exclusive access to guide in attractions and UK sites, plus the City of Westminster and City of London accreditations. Kevin also holds a master’s degree in history from the University of London. As a journalist and author, Kevin’s cultural expertise stretches from history, art and literature to music, pubs and football! Kevin is especially recommended for family tours with children or young adults.

 

Graham

Graham is an experienced, qualified Driver/Tour Guide, and works extensively throughout Great Britain. As a fifth generation Londoner, he has a particular interest in London and its history, and leads walking tours around both The ancient City of London and the City of Westminster with its Royal, Parliamentary and Ceremonial associations. He is equally enthusiastic showing visitors around our beautiful towns and cities including places such as Oxford, Bath, Stratford and York to name but a few. The Lake District, Wales and Scotland are also firm favourites. He is always keen to show visitors places that are ‘off the beaten track’ wherever possible and to include interesting stories and anecdotes. His main objective is to ensure that visitors thoroughly enjoy their time with him.

 

 

 

Howard 

 

Howard Smelt-Webb is from a farming background - the famous vet Alf Wight (James Herriot ) used to be the vet for the family farm. A former police officer in Yorkshire, he has lived and worked throughout the north of England all his life and would like to share his knowledge of the area with you. From major tourist attractions to hidden gems, country pubs to tea rooms, farm shops to boutique shops, from scenic walks to spectacular views - he knows where to take you to make your day extra special. He has now been a tour guide for ten years.

 

Glen

Glen was born just outside London and has lived, worked and played in and around London for most of his life. However, he realised how little he knew about his native city and country when friends, visiting from overseas, asked questions. Eager not to embarrass himself again, he took the Institute of Tourist Guiding‘s “Blue Badge Guide” course and he gained his qualification in 2004. He has experience of guiding families, groups of school children, A (and B!) – list celebrities and the presidents of multi-national companies.

Diana

Behind all good men is a great woman, Diana takes care of all admin and accounts, making sure everything and everyone is paid, so our amazing tours go without a hitch. John and Diana have been married for 21 years, brought up three children and worked with John since the start in 2008, they make a great team. She loves to go on their busman holidays exploring new places, and especially testing out new hotels and their facilities.


 

Cotswolds Pub

“Thank you - so very, very much - for all you did to create such an utterly fantastic trip for all of us. It was spectacular. Everything went perfectly and without exception, everyone had a splendid time every single day. From meals, to theatre, to (country pursuits), it was ALL tremendous. Even for us old, jaded types, the ‘trip of a lifetime.’ You were marvelous to put up with all our foibles and annoyances, and we are deeply grateful to you.”

John Ashford, CEO Hawthorn Group LC, Washington DC.

“We found no other tour service that offered the same uncompromising standards. Mr Frye and his impressively qualified team transformed a rudimentary travel sketch into a lifetime of heartfelt memories.”

Ann Marie & Robert Ludvik, President Balmoral Custom Homes, Toronto, Canada.