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Shires & Spires: Oxford Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon

Product ID: 46769
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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.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Travel down tiny one-track lanes in the Heart of England and access places large bus tours cannot get to
  • 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
  • Enjoy a more personal experience in a small group of no more than 16 people
Full description
Enjoy a picturesque, small group 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.
Includes
  • Roundtrip transportation by executive mini-coach
  • Professional tour guide
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Drive through Cotswolds villages, such as Bourton on the Water, Burford and Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Visit to Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Entry to Divinity School, Oxford

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Meeting point

Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance, London, WC1B 3DG.

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Product ID: 46769