Spires, Shires & Shakespeare - Combine a visit to the University city of Oxford, with its dreaming spires and secluded cloisters, a chance to see the birthplace of the great writer William Shakespeare, and his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and wrap it all up with a meander around the country lanes and beautiful villages of The Cotswolds.
Maximum 16 people per tour
Admission to Shakespeare's Birthplace & Divinity School Oxford
Walking tour of Oxford
Explore Cotswolds villages the big buses cannot get to!
We journey up to Stratford-upon-Avon to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and enjoy a guided tour of the town by minibus viewing the remarkable array of timber framed Tudor buildings that survive from Shakespeare's own lifetime including his church, school and family homes. We then enter the house he was born in, as well as photo stop outside his wife's childhood home, Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shottery. Our guide brings to life those early formative years of the Great Bard then we enjoy some free time to explore the town ourselves.
We then drive out to the beautiful Cotswolds, a range of limestone hills with green valleys and villages made up of honey coloured cottages. We use the narrow country lanes to visit off the beaten track places, including Burford, Bourton on the Water and the Rissingtons, our journey featuring plenty of meandering streams and sleepy hamlets. We will make a lunch stop in the delightful town of Stow-on-the-Wold with its village green and historic market square.
Ending the day in Oxford, we will take an informative and in-depth walking tour of the University, colleges and town. Here we see how this ancient University founded in 1167, operates within its traditional collegiate system. Stroll around some of the older city and college buildings and enjoy a visit to the University's oldest classroom, the 15th century Divinity School.
Central London Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Upon Avon Tour of Cotswolds villages including Bourton on the Water, the Rissingtons, Burford and Stow on the Wold
Cotswolds Villages Oxford
London Victoria Station
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually between 6-7pm.
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.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street (MAP). Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
Outside Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch. From Spring 2019, the Cumberland Hotel will be changing its name to to the 'Hard Rock Hotel'. (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (MAP) (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside the hotel entrance) Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road
Weekday departures Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street (MAP) You will be transferred by taxi to Oxford Services where you will meet your guide at 09:00am from outside WH SMITH Newsagents, inside the service station.
Sunday departures Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street (MAP)