Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford Upon Avon Full-Day Tour

Shires & Spires: Oxford Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon

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Duration
11 hours
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Live Guide
English

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What You'll Do
  • Admire the dreamy spires of the university city of Oxford
  • Go inside the birthplace of William Shakespeare
  • Drive through the wool farm villages of the Cotswolds
  • Stop for lunch in scenic Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Visit the twin stone villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter
  • Travel down tiny one-track lanes in the Heart of England
  • Learn about the famous students of Oxford
  • Wander around the village of Bibury to see the weavers cottages
  • Take a souvenir photo of the thatched rood cottage of Ann Hathaway
Overview
Drive through the heart of England on a tour from London. Stop in Stratford Upon Avon, home and birthplace of Shakespeare, England's greatest playwright. Marvel at stunning Cotswolds villages, and end with a visit to the famous University city of Oxford.
What to Expect
Enjoy a picturesque, small group coach tour of the Heart of England on a full-day trip from London to Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, the enchanting Cotswold villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and the University City of Oxford.

Start by driving west over the Chiltern Hills and continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Enjoy an expert narrative about the history of the poet as you drive to sites that were important in his life, such as the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptised and buried. Stop at his birthplace to go inside.

After some free time to explore the town on your own, drive to Shottery to photograph Ann Hathaway's Cottage, the thatched roof house that was the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife.

Continue through the beautiful Cotswold region, where stone villages and green pastures chequer the landscape. Marvel at ancient churches, built by the wealth of the wool trade. Your guide will lead you down tiny one-track lanes through rolling hills.

Stop at Burford, and walk around Bibury to see the weavers’ cottages. Explore the delightful Coln Valley and the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Then, it’s time for a lunch stop in Stow-on-the-Wold.

After lunch, drive south and upon arrival in Oxford, you will explore the dreamy spires of the university buildings. Founded in 1167, it is one of the oldest, and most famous, universities in the world.

Take a walking tour of the college buildings, and discover shady cloisters and library courtyards. See where statesmen, writers, artists and inventors studied. Hear about the famous alumni, such as J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis of “Alice in Wonderland” fame. Discover where scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot. Then, enjoy some free time to explore the narrow streets alone.
What's Included
  • Transportation by executive coach
  • Guides
  • Guided tour of Oxford
  • Visit to Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Visit to the charming twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon
  • Entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Meeting Point

Outside of the main entrance to the Zara store at 79 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge. The closest London Underground station is Knightsbridge.

Know Before You Go
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 16 people

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