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Spires, Shires and Shakespeare - 1 day

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Oxford, Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford

Available every Thursday and Sunday (new Wednesday departures for 2018)

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Entries included to Divinity School in Oxford, Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Panoramic tour of Stratford Upon Avon, including photo stop at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Drive through Bourton on the Water and Burford in the Cotswolds
  • Visit Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • Small group trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to places impossible by large coach!

Detailed Tour Description

Birthplace of William Shakespeare

Our day begins with a visit to Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. Known the world over as the birthplace of the great poet William Shakespeare we, quite rightly, take you to the house where he was born (entry included) and to Holy Trinity church where he was both baptised and buried. Many other centuries-old houses survive, some of these have associations with the writer. After a panoramic tour of the town and some free time we continue for a photo stop at Anne Hathaway's cottage, a beautiful timber-framed thatched farmhouse that was Shakespeare's wife's childhood home before travelling south through the stunning Cotswolds.

Birthplace of William ShakespeareHere we can find the little back roads taking us away from the busy highways. We meander down country lanes, through villages of honey coloured stone, passing Cotswolds Hills to Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton on the Water (otherwise known as 'Venice of the Cotswolds') and Burford. A stop for a leisurely lunch is made in Stow-on-the-Wold. After the Cotswolds village drive we then we set off to Oxford, the home of oldest English speaking University in the world.


The journey from the Cotswolds to Oxford is a little over 30 minutes and we then arrive in the 'city of dreaming spires'. Your visit begins with a guided walking tour amongst the cloisters and quadrangles oRadcliffe Cameraf Britain's oldest University, founded in 1167 when King Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Ivy clad medieval college buildings compete for space with Georgian shops and ancient churches around busy streets which both 'Town and Gown' call home. Our guided walking tour will take you into the heart of this land of hallowed academia, to the Bodleian Library, to the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, Harry Potter film locations and University buildings. Entry is included to the Divinity School, built in 1488 for the teaching of theology. This splendid room is the University's earliest purpose built teaching room, and its first examination hall. With an elaborately vaulted ceiling and 455 carved bosses, it is a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.

After the guided tour there will be some free time to enjoy the city, before we depart Oxford and take the short drive to London.

On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

Price Includes

  • Fully guided lecture standard tour
  • Entrance to Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Panoramic driving tour of Stratford Upon Avon, including visit to Anne Hathaway Cottage
  • Visit to Stow-on-the-Wold.
  • Drive through Bourton on the Water and Burford
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Entry to Divinity School
  • Travel in executive, comfortable purpose-built minicoach from Central London
  • Maximum group size 16 people


Why choose this tour?

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to spend more time out of the vehicle. We also employ only the very best driver/guides.

Friendly and Professional Guides - Small Groups - More Scenic Routes - More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money

London Departure/Pick up Information

07.20AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (MAP); nearest tube stations are Holborn Station or Tottenham Court Road Station
07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP); nearest tube station is Marble Arch Station
07.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance. Short walk from Gloucester Road tube station) (MAP)
Oxford Departure/Pick up Information

Thursday departures 08.30AM Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, MAP (you will be transferred by taxi to Oxford Services (South) where you will meet your guide at 9.AM from outside WH SMITH Newsagents inside the service station).
Sunday departures 09:15AM Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AS (MAP)

This tour normally ends by 7pm in at London Victoria  - or 5.30pm in Oxford

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website  - click here

To find great deals on hotels (often close to the above tour departure points) in central London click here

Make the most of your time with us

We prefer to spend your valuable time touring the places you have chosen to visit and we therefore offer a choice of 3 meeting points, which are easily accessible by public transport from all parts of London. Many tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London.