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Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace Ticket

Explore the life of William Shakespeare with a visit to the house where he was born and grew up. Your ticket will be valid for one admission to the property. On entering the house, see the workshop where Shakespeare’s father, John, ran his prestigious glove-making business. Walk through the rooms where William Shakespeare spent his early life.  Shakespeare spent the first five years of his marriage living in this house, the largest house on Henley Street, with his wife Anne Hathaway.  Visit the Beyond Words exhibition and don't miss Shakespeare's Second Folio, the 1632 edition of his collected plays. Don’t forget to scan your smartphone and watch the videos that bring Shakespeare's stories to life.

London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

Make the most of your time in England with a day trip to the English countryside. Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford city and university including entry to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, witness the scenery of the Cotswolds, enter Warwick Castle, and visit the birthplace of Shakespeare. Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town, on this guided day trip by bus from London. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning University Church of St Mary the Virgin and furtively discover unspoiled narrow alleyways, ancient squares, and towering spires. Entry to the 13th-century University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Soak in spectacular sights of the unique baroque design and architecture as you explore the center of the University of Oxford. This absolute gem is a must-visit on your trip to Oxford. The Cotswolds Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England's most beautiful regions. Stratford–upon–Avon  A unique market town, famous as the home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world's greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half-timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood. Shakespeare’s birthplace: See where the famous playwright grew up and spent his years as a married man. Warwick Castle  Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience deep in the heart of Warwick Castle. Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size. Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations. Enjoy a meet and greet from a medieval host as well as an introduction to the spectacular castle.

Stratford-Upon-Avon: The Famous Walk Talk Show

Stratford-Upon-Avon: The Famous Walk Talk Show

Join a fascinating 90 minute guided walking tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon, covering its 14 centuries of history as well as much ado about the life and times of William Shakespeare; from birth to grave. You will see amazing buildings, beautiful scenery, and learn some absolutely fascinating and world-changing history. In just two years Stratford's famous WalkTalkShow has established itself at the very top of the visitor attractions feedback scores. Chart the complete history of Stratford, from its 7th century settlers to its 21st century town centre arcade whilst also exploring the life and times of the most famous human the world has ever known. Shakespeare's writing changed the world and continues to do so. Your walking tour starts at the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre where you begin to learn about this town's incredible history. See Shakespeare's birthplace, his famous home, and the church in which he was both christened and buried. See historic buildings, including the surviving taverns that served Shakespeare and his friends in the late 16th century, and can do the same for you 450 years later. What about The Guild of The Holy Cross? Their chapel, which dates from 1269, was the seat of power in the town for centuries; despite falling foul of King Henry the 8th and his successors. Next door is William Shakespeare's schoolroom, and the early 16th-century Almshouses - also built by The Guild. Talking of history, have you ever stood on one corner and clearly seen buildings spanning five centuries? In fact, you could throw a ball and hit any one of them; including the house where Harvard University's founding father, John Harvard, was born - in 1607. Explore to your heart's content as you experience life as it was in Tudor England, a period during which powerful forces forever changed the English way of life and understand that impact on the wider world. The WalkTalkShow route includes about a dozen stops; covering a total distance of just under 1.4km and is wheelchair and mobility scooter-friendly. Here's a summary of the stops on your circular Tour: 1. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2. Market Hall at Market Cross, 3. Shakespeare's Birthplace, 4. Rother Street Market, 5. Bell Court, 6. Town Hall and History Corner, 7. Shakespeare's New Place, 8. The Guild Chapel, 9. Shakespeare's Schoolroom, 10. KES as it is now, 11. The Swan Theatre, 12. Royal Shakespeare Theatre. WalkTalkShow.co.uk offers an unrivalled customer experience - we are the very best way to see and understand all things Stratford upon Avon. Just look at what our customers have to say!

Stratford-upon-Avon:City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Stratford-upon-Avon:City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Tour Stops: 1) Visitor Information Centre 2) River Avon & Royal Shakespeare Theatre 3) Hall's Croft, Holy Trinity Church and Shakespeare's Grave 4) Shakespeare's New Place and Guild Chapel 5) Shakespeare's Birthplace and The Shakespeare Centre 6) Market Square and American Fountain 7) Evesham Place 8) Alcester Road 9) Anne Hathaway's Cottage 10) Mary Arden's Farm 11) Maybird Shopping Centre

London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Bath Day Trip

London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Bath Day Trip

Explore the region beyond London with a full-day trip to some of England's most fascinating and essential sights. Uncover the secrets of Stonehenge, have free time to discover the city of Bath, soak up the charm of the Cotswolds, and visit Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Head straight to Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Marvel at the huge 40-ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from the Preseli Mountains, located more than 280 miles away. Move on next to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore the charming streets. Drive through the picturesque Cotswold region. Take in scenic views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Stop outside the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon. See the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford with its delightful river that winds its way past the Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare was laid to rest. Receive a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, take part in a Tudor lesson, and write with a quill and ink.

From London: Warwick, Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Day Tour

From London: Warwick, Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Day Tour

Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle on this day trip from London by bus. See where Shakespeare was born and explore the campus of Oxford.  Hop aboard a climate-controlled bus and relax on the drive to Warwick Castle. Admire the Great Hall and State Rooms, and climb the towers and ramparts for an archer’s view of the historic town.  Join Richard Neville as he prepares for battle at the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction, or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Board the bus for the drive to Stratford-upon-Avon. Gain fascinating insights into Shakespeare at his birthplace.  Discover the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford. Stop for a guided walking tour of the university city. Take in the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century. Listen to tales of former students such as Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Discover where Harry Potter was filmed at Christ Church college before the drive back to London.

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip.  Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. The next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride. To this day, the property holds items of original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of the UK. With quaint villages and breathtaking scenery, the Cotswolds looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook. This tour makes photo stops at 2 stunning Cotswolds villages: Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its low bridges and stone banks, and Burbury, a town once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England. After a wonderful day of sightseeing, arrive back to London at the approximate time of 7:15pm’ to ‘7:30pm.

Stratford-Upon-Avon's Town Walking Tour (10:30am & 2pm)

Stratford-Upon-Avon's Town Walking Tour (10:30am & 2pm)

Come and discover our quintessentially English town on our Daily Walking Tour with a friendly, local guide. Walk through the picturesque streets of beautifully kept, authentic buildings (many of which were standing in Shakespeare's time!), all whilst hearing the story of Stratford unfold. From Stratford's ancient origins to life in modern Stratford, the incredible tales of Danes running rampage to the establishment of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company -there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this walking tour! Join your local guide on a 1.5 hour stroll around the main sights of Stratford-Upon-Avon, along the way discovering the rich history behind our scenic canals complete with swans, incredible theatres and beautiful buildings - and discover some local secrets too! Discover: Royal Shakespeare Theatre Town Hall Canal Basin The oldest pub in town Holy Trinity Church Shakespeare's Birthplace …and much more you wouldn't discover on your own!

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets

Open daily, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall invites visitors to explore one of the rarely seen places of William Shakespeare’s childhood and youth, a place that helps to fill the missing chapter in the story of his time in his home town.  The newly-restored venue offers a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years and sheds light on his time as a schoolboy.  Step into the shoes of the young Shakespeare, sit in the very room that he sat in as a pupil and learn about what subjects the great man would have studied and the teaching methods of the day.  You will hear how he encountered the riches of classical literature and theater and saw some of the country’s finest actors perform in this building. Built in 1420, Stratford's Guildhall is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. The authentic and immersive experience of a visit to this early fifteenth-century building will fully engage all visitors in its unique story.  Soak up the atmosphere of the Guildhall, including the late medieval priest’s chapel with its rare and recently conserved wall painting and learn about the building’s role as a medieval provincial Guildhall.  The visit promises to be full of fun, excitement and drama worthy of Shakespeare’s legacy for any group. Take a guided tour with knowledgeable guides, see a short film by historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood, on the history of the Guildhall. Take a lesson with a Tudor Schoolmaster, practice quill writing and dress up in a Tudor costume. Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall is perfect for all ages.

From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

See the natural beauty of the North Cotswolds and historic Stratford-upon-Avon on a full-day tour from Oxford. Make several stops in quaint Cotswolds villages or towns and learn about the birthplace of Shakespeare. Head west from medieval Oxford and your first stop will be the quaint village of Great Tew with its pretty thatched cottages and delightful cafe. You then follow a route that takes you past more breathtaking views until you reach Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you’ll receive a tour of Shakespeare’s hometown, where you’ll see picturesque timber-framed houses, the famous Shakespeare theaters, the River Avon, and Shakespeare’s birthplace.   You continue the Shakespeare theme with a visit to Shottery, where you’ll see the enchanting home of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway. Leaving the Stratford area your journey takes you into the Cotswolds across rolling hills and quaint villages. Your first stop in the Cotswolds is in the charming old market town of Chipping Campden with its golden limestone buildings. Visit the old market hall and wander around the quirky shops. Another picturesque drive through narrow country lanes takes you to the pretty village of Snowshill with its charming stone cottages and 19c church. Your final stop is in the delightful village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the Venice of the Cotswolds with its enchanting river crossed by a series of stone bridges. Your return journey to Oxford takes you across stunning scenery through the old market town of Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'.

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Great tour with very interesting and informative commentary. Bus ride was comfortable and driver slowed/stopped at appropriate points where possible to give passengers the best chance of getting a good photo. The headphones could have done with longer leads or the ports needed to be positioned in the backs of the seats rather than at the sides but a minor inconvenience. Overall an enjoyable experience that we would repeat. A shame that Mary Arden's farm is no longer open to the general public.

It was a long day, but enjoyable! It was great to have an experienced driver who gave us a safe and smooth journey. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable with a good sense of humor and he went above and beyond in helping each passenger with their needs during and after the trip, with the best sightseeing opportunities, best restaurants to visit after the trip and many more invaluable insights into London life!

Our guide Cara was excellent. Very knowledgeable and very helpful. Can’t praise her enough she was that good. We loved it and will recommend her and team to any family and friends.

We really enjoyed the tour and the tasting at the end! The tour itself was informative but told in a way that kept your interest right the way through. Highly recommended.

Stephan and Dan were really good.. stephan is truly knowledgeable and can give the info in a most funny way