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

1. 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.

Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

2. 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 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.

Warwick: Entry Ticket for Warwick Castle

3. Warwick: Entry Ticket for Warwick Castle

Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Spectacular shows and attractions, spellbinding storytelling and exhilarating experiences all year-round. Pledge your allegiance in an epic battle for the English throne and feast your eyes and ears on the giddying ferocity of War of the Roses live, search the skies overhead as free flying Birds of Prey thumping, live action show (on selected dates from May to September). Open 364 days a year, Warwick Castle is ideally located in the heart of the country, and just off Junction 15 of the M40. At around 30 minutes from Birmingham and just over 80 minutes from London, it’s closer than you think.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

4. From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

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 ‘city of dreaming spires’ and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your visit. You’ll be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Enjoy a walking tour and free time. A market town with a difference, Stratford-upon-Avon is the famous home of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare. Delve into the charms of this bustling market town at your leisure. Drive through the Cotswolds, a charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns and sleepy villages. 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. Enjoy a walking tour and explore this lovely town with its host of attractive buildings.

From London: Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, & Warwick Day Trip

5. From London: Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, & Warwick Day Trip

Enjoy the opulence of Oxford! Renowned for over 900 years as a centre of academic excellence, follow in the footsteps of its famous students; from Bill Clinton to Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis. Uncover the university town of Oxford at a leisurely pace and take in the Bodleian Library and the captivating college courtyards on your travels. Be guided through unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of the historic town and view the many colleges, notably Christ Church, the film location for the Harry Potter movies. Cotswolds The tour drives through the Cotswolds, a charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns and sleepy villages. Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon Stratford is a market town with a difference. Bask in the birthplace of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare, situated on the outskirts of the Forest of Arden. See Shakespeare's Birthplace - the half timbered house where he was born, to gain a fascinating insight into his childhood. You will view Shakespeare's birthplace from the outside, as it is closed for the holiday. Warwick Castle Be part of Britain’s greatest Medieval experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall becomes a hive of activity! 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. (Entrance to Warwick Castle Dungeon is not included in this tour).

From London: Warwick Castle Day Trip by Rail

6. From London: Warwick Castle Day Trip by Rail

Explore world-famous Warwick Castle, which traces its history back more than 1,100 years. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of rail service from London on this historical and dynamic day trip. Start your tour at Marylebone Station in the capital as you board a train bound for the home of the Earls of Warwick, at one point the most powerful noble family in England. Learn about this fortification, stately home, and prison for royalty and its long, bloody history. From William the Conqueror to the War of the Roses, travel through time and bring the history of Warwick Castle to life. Explore the lavish state rooms and wander through its immaculately maintained gardens, including the Victorian Rose Garden and Peacock Garden. Visit the original dungeon at Caesar’s Tower, where you can still see the graffiti left behind by prisoners hundreds of years ago. Experience one of the many living history displays on offer, from live jousting and archery to birds of prey displays. Your tour ends back in London at Marylebone Station.

Warwickshire: The Explorer Pass by Shakespeare's England

7. Warwickshire: The Explorer Pass by Shakespeare's England

Make the most of your time in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire with The Explorer Pass by Shakespeare's England. The versatile Explorer Pass gives you the flexibility to build your perfect itinerary, explore at your own pace and save money on admission prices too. The more you see, the more you save! The added value pass covers Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and the surrounding countryside and includes the region’s finest attractions like Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, Stratford Butterfly Farm, Kenilworth Castle, the British Motor Museum plus many more! Simple and easy to use, the pass is available as a 1, 2, or 3-day pass. Present the pass QR code at any attraction included to enter for free. It really is sightseeing made easy! The Explorer Pass comes with a booking app where you can book your attractions, manage your admissions, and find information about all of the attractions plus any special offers included with the pass. An Example 2-Day Itinerary: Day 1 Warwick Castle Warwickshire Gin Company Day 2 Shakespeare's Birthplace Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall Stratford Butterfly Farm Saving: £36.45 per person!

From London: Warwick Castle, Stratford & Oxford Day Tour

8. From London: Warwick Castle, Stratford & Oxford Day Tour

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 influence on the young playwright. You will be invited to enjoy a private tour before the school opens to the public in the morning, including the chance to take part in a Tudor lesson, write with a quill and ink, witness the rare medieval wall paintings, and much more.  Stratford-Upon-Avon The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language and home to the theatres of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare lies buried. See some wonderful half-wooden buildings that date back to Shakespeare's time, including Shakespeare’s birthplace. Warwick Castle This is, quite simply, the greatest medieval castle in Britain. With a history that dates back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle will take you back in time to a world of sumptuous banquets, bloody battles, and royal splendor. Enter over the footbridge and explore the castle's ramparts, towers, and gardens. Oxford and the Cotswolds Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest and oldest universities as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. Soak up the atmosphere of this remarkable town with a guided walking tour of the city or take tea in the shop where the real-life Alice (inspiration for Alice in Wonderland) bought her sweets! Your trip to Oxford promises an unforgettable experience for young and old alike. On the way to the remarkable city you will also enjoy a short drive through the scenic Cotswolds.

Shrewsbury: Walking Tour & Audio Guide of Darwin's Origins

9. Shrewsbury: Walking Tour & Audio Guide of Darwin's Origins

Stroll down historic streets, along medieval town walls, around beautiful Quarry Park and among the blooms of Shrewsbury’s Dingle Botanical Garden on this walking tour through the medieval town where evolutionist Charles Darwin grew up. As you make your way from Shrewsbury Castle to the Darwin Gate’s sculpture in the center of the town’s shopping district, I’ll tell you how young Darwin’s interest in life science was shaped by what he observed in the Quarry and at the botanical garden. Along the way, you’ll see the 16th century Old Market Hall, St Alkmund’s church, and St Mary's Church where Darwin worshiped as a boy. We won’t stop at Darwin, though. On this medieval meander, you’ll also hear about the town’s Anglo-Saxon origins, the historic significance of Shakespearean characters like Harry Hotspur and Prince Hal, and how Shrewsbury flourished as a major trading center for Welsh cloth. I’ll share the story of a local hero, Admiral Benbow, who inspired the folk-song ‘Brave Benbow’ and you’ll learn about the origins of the world’s longest-running flower festival, the Shrewsbury Flower Show. You can also look forward to seeing: • The original 17th century Shrewsbury School, attended by Darwin, the Conservative politician Michael Heseltine, and Monty Python actor, author and travel documentary maker Michael Palin • Luxurious medieval houses in the Tudor style, fit for royalty • The gravesite of Ebenezer Scrooge • Shrewsbury Abbey, the setting for The Cadfael Chronicles, a thriller series by Ellis Peter • St Chad’s Church, the largest circular church in Britain • The Lion Inn where Darwin embarked on his five-year-long journey around the world that helped him form his theory of evolution By the end of the tour, you’ll have the answer to questions like: • What was it like to live in a turbulent frontier town close to the Welsh border? • How did streets like Dogpole, Wyle Cop and Murivance earn their strange names? • Who was Aethelflaed and how did she reconquer lands previously lost to Danish Vikings? • What treasures are hidden in plain sight within the Shrewsbury Museum? • How did Shrewsbury become a thriving culture, shopping and tourism hotspot? Allow yourself at least 90 minutes for this Shrewsbury tour, or take as long as 2 hours and make the most of your experience. The pace is up to you! So come, join me in the footsteps of history’s greatest biologist as I use audio to guide you on a walking tour of historic Shrewsbury! Music credit: Brave Benbow folk song recording provided courtesy and copyright of Daniel Kelly.

Warwick Exploration Game: Ghosts, Crime & Legends

10. Warwick Exploration Game: Ghosts, Crime & Legends

A walking tour of key locations in Warwick. Uncover the dark history of Warwick, that isn't found anywhere else. Discover the Gunpowder Plot, Demonic Dogs, Vicious Murders and more. Find lesser-known photo opportunities of Warwick Castle. Become a junior dark investigator, tasked with finding the worst tales in Warwick's past. This game is guaranteed to reveal parts of history you never knew about! The app offers precise directions through the city. Play at your own pace. Feel free to pause and explore your surroundings whenever you wish. After you book the game, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to play. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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4.4 / 5

based on 369 reviews

Great! though too rushed at Cotswold and Oxford for a day trip. Guide Stefan is funny and cheerful and the driver Jose is polite and nice. Overall good experience.

It was the best experience of our trip for us! Pleasant, comfortable, fun and competent! Thank you very much!

The excursion is good. I would have liked the explanation and time given in Oxford to have been longer.

Amazing day. The guide was outstanding (Oscar). It was well worth it. We recommend without hesitation.

eileen was a very good tour guide very professinal