Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful rural areas of England. Situated to the west of Oxford, it is an area of rolling hills, wooded valleys, fields of sheep and flowers, and, the reason for its fame and popularity, wonderful honey-coloured villages. Quintessential England! Stratford-upon-Avon is famous worldwide as the birthplace of the English language's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, and with its old medieval charm it is the perfect starting point for the day.
What can I see?
- The beautiful medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon
- William Shakespeare's birthplace and grave.
- The most beautiful countryside in southern England
- Rolling hills, fields of sheep and flowers
- Quaint honey-coloured villages
Plan for the day
First we head for Stratford to spend the morning wandering its pretty streets with their 500-year-old timber buildings. Your guide will introduce you to the life and times of William Shakespeare. You will have free time to visit his birthplace house in the centre of the town and to see his grave at Holy Trinity Church. The Cotswolds itinerary depends on the weather. If the weather is good, we will take some short unchallenging hill climbs so good walking footwear is recommended. However, whatever the weather we will visit the rural villages of Chipping Campden, Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-water passing through the winding country lanes and over the undulating pastures. You will have time to browse the shops and relax in the many cafes that flank the pretty River Windrush that flows through the heart of the village of Bourton. Back to Cambridge mid-evening.
- Cambridge to Stratford 2 hours
- Stratford to The Cotswolds 30 mins
- The Cotswolds to Cambridge 2 hours 15 mins
Stratford-upon-Avon 3 hours; There will be several village stops and viewpoint stops depending on the weather.
What is included?
- Return Travel
- Maps and information
- All-day guidance
Leave Cambridge at 0800; Arrive in Stratford at 1000; Depart Stratford at 1300; Afternoon touring of the Cotswold countryside with various village and scenic walk stops; Leave for Cambridge at 1745; Arrive in Cambridge at 2000. Please note that this tour is operated by Roots Travel & Tours www.roots-travel.co.uk