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  • Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    1. Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle. Admire the magnificent 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. Then, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and get a fascinating insight into the life of the legendary playwright. See the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford, where you will embark on a walking tour of the university city on arrival. Admire the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century, and hear about 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 d...

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.

  • London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

    2. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds

    Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. First, you will 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. Next, visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore before driving through the Cotswolds, for breathtaking views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Finally, the birthplace of William Shakespeare awaits at Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford, a charming market town in the heart of rural England with a delightful river that winds its way past the...

    Well organised, our tour guide Ann Mary was very helpful and gave lots of information and tips... and the drive was excellent

  • Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

    3. 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 home town 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. 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 and still to this day holds items or 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 i...

    The tour of the three towns were lovely and great to see Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaways cottage. However the tour wd have been much better there had been more historical information about all of the places we stopped at including Stratford upon Avon. We did not learn anything extra by being on a tour as opposed to going on our own. Tour guide made banal small talk that also consisted of insulting remarks abt fat Japanese children and drunken gypsies and " red indians" and angry black guys. Shockingly offensive

  • From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

    4. From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

    Start your unforgettable Cotswold journey by boarding the minibus in Oxford. Then, set off on a scenic drive to the charming village of Minster Lovell. Enjoy seeing the pretty thatched houses and exploring the ruined 15th century Hall. Continue the route through the idyllic villages of Asthall and Swinbrook to Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Make a stop here to give you time to stroll around the sloping High Street and browse in the quirky shops and cafes. Next, travel further on your panoramic drive through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons towards Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Take a walk along the quaint River Windrush crossed with delightful stone bridges. From Bourton-on-the-Water, follow the route through some enchanting Cotswold villages to Broadway with its golden stone houses. Find a pub or cafe for lunch in this village w...

    Isobel was our guide and David was our Tour driver. Isobel was very knowledgeable and helped us get around the beautiful Cotswold villages. The tour was well planned and we had ample time at every village to explore with Isobel highlighting the history and significance of each place. David and Isobel were both kind and even helped us to choose the best place to have our lunch and shopping. The tour even included stops at the eccentric lavender, poppy and wild flower fields. The tour along with Isobel and David made our day special.

  • Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    5. Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    Travel into Britain's past as you escape the hustle and bustle of London. Start off the day with a short walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world’s most famous universities. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are seen as some of the finest architecture in Europe. There will be some free time to shop for souvenirs before heading through the Cotswolds towards Stratford. Private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall Described as ‘one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain,’ Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's death. Step back in time to the 1570’s when William Shakespeare was a pupil learning to read and write, and see the room where leading theater companies came to perform - a strong influenc...

    Very knowledgeable guide made this trip very interesting and enjoyable. We learnt so much more about Shakespeare, his environment and where he grew up.

  • Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

    6. Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

    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. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. You'll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Brasenose College Brasenose College takes its name from the unique door-knocker of the Hall. This beautiful Oxford University college was founded in 1509 by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smyth, Bishop of Lincoln. Brasenose is a stunning example of traditional university architecture and is surrounded by lush green lawns and relaxing gardens. The college has been used as a filming location for both TV and movies. Past students includ...

    The tour was excellent, the guide was clear, friendly and new all the extra information that is not always given. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, even though it rained it did not spoil anything. Excellent service and good value for money. Thank you!

  • Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    7. Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    The first day of your tour will begin with you leaving London at 9:15AM, after which you will visit the world heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn about the history, explore the gardens, or even take a ride on the estate’s very own miniature railway line. Following lunch you will continue to the Rollright Standing Stones, these are an ancient complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments that sit on the crest of the Cotswold Hills. This magnificent site marks the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. You will round off the afternoon with a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery, where you will learn about the production of beer in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful areas and savor a lovingly produced local drink. At this conclusion of this day you will travel to Stratford Upon Avon which will be your base for the next two nights. On the second day you wi...

    This was such a great tour! Our guide Dan, aka Danny the Champion of the World, was fantastic! He had all kinds of information about each stop and each small town. The lodging was excellent in Stratford-upon-Avon-we had more space in our hotel room than we had in London- and we never started the day before 9 am. We were given enough time in each place we visited. Please note that you are on your own at all the destinations, not moving with a guide and a group. I enjoyed this because I could spend more time where I wanted and not have to keep up with the others. For example, we had a lot of time at Warwick Castle and after touring it my friend and I headed into the town to explore without having to worry about staying with the others. I would definitely do another tour with this company.

  • Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    8. Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    Embark on a small-group day trip departing from Oxford. Your day begins with an eye-opening guided walking tour of the city, including the ancient colleges and academic buildings of Oxford University, as well as picture perfect churches and chapels dating as far back as the 11th century. Afterwards, head to the timber-framed splendor of Stratford-upon-Avon for a guided tour of Shakespeare's hometown, where many buildings survive from his own lifetime. Enjoy a narrative from your expert guide 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 baptized and buried, and his birthplace, where you will have some time to go inside and explore.  After some free time in the town, a scenic drive will take you into the limestone uplands known as the Cotswold Hills. Narrow country lanes, meandering streams, honey-colore...

  • From London: Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

    9. From London: Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

    After a morning pick-up in central London, you’ll head to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds on a full-day tour that takes you through English history and beautiful countryside. Visit Shakespeare’s Stratford, take a short orientation walking tour with your tour manager. Afterwards have free time to explore Stratford Upon Avon and entrance to Shakespeare's birthplace. Enjoy a drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of astounding natural beauty. Admire the landscapes of beautiful rolling hills and honey-colored stone villages. Weather permitting there will be time for photo stops. Next stop is Oxford for a walking tour with a guide who will show you many points of interest, such as the Sheldonian Theater, Balliol College, and the Museum of Science. Your expected arrival time back in central London is 19:00.

    We changed our pick up point to Kings Cross, St Pancras. The instructions told us to wait opposite St Pancras library/Camden Centre which was very confusing as the stop is actually opposite the British Library. There is also another library in the area so this was very deceiving. The instructions mentioned 3 different places. Bus Stop A opposite the British Library would have been much more accurate and easier.

  • From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Tour

    10. From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll through the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous city of dreaming spires and see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, the home town of legendary playwright William Shakespeare. Pay a visit to the place where the famous Bard was born, a quaint and unassuming half-timbered house. Enter the fascinating Shakespeare’s Birthplace and follow in the footsteps of the Bard to discover his childhood home.  Then, head to the Cotswolds. Drive through this charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns, and sleepy villages.

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Isobel was our guide and David was our Tour driver. Isobel was very knowledgeable and helped us get around the beautiful Cotswold villages. The tour was well planned and we had ample time at every village to explore with Isobel highlighting the history and significance of each place. David and Isobel were both kind and even helped us to choose the best place to have our lunch and shopping. The tour even included stops at the eccentric lavender, poppy and wild flower fields. The tour along with Isobel and David made our day special.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.

Very well organised tour. Good value . Would definitely travel with them again.

Tania and Michael were excellent, tours info knowledgeable and interesting

Great day guide Alan was very informative would highly recommend