Spires, Shires & Shakespeare - Combine a day trip from London with 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 a meander around the country lanes and beautiful villages of The Cotswolds.
Small group day trip - maximum 16 people per tour
Admission to Shakespeare's Birthplace & Divinity School Oxford
Walking tour in Oxford
Explore Cotswolds villages that the big buses cannot get to!
We begin our day trip from London by travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon, 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 a photo stop outside his wife's childhood home, Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shottery. Your guide will bring those early formative years of the Great Bard to life, followed by some free time to explore the town.
We use the narrow country lanes to visit off the beaten track places, including idyllic Burford, vibrant and charming Bourton on the Water, sleepy Taynton and the picturesque twins of Great and Little Rissington, 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. The town boasts some fine historic pubs and traditional tea rooms.
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. Learn of the famous writers, artists, inventors and statesmen that studied here. Stroll around some of the older parts of the city and discover ancient college buildings, including a visit to the University's oldest classroom, the beautiful and historic 15th century Divinity School. After your walking tour and free time to explore, our small group day trip ends and we journey back to London.
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 the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Cumberland 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