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Take a day out of your London city break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, traveling to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Warwick Castle before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace. Then explore Oxford and its university buildings, and drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Full-day trip from London to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle with a guide
Explore medieval Warwick Castle and its gardens (entrance included)
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon and see the Tudor-era house where William Shakespeare was born
Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford and see the famous university where the likes of Albert Einstein studied
Soak up the views on a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This seamless tour includes entry to Warwick Castle and Shakespeare’s Birthplace, plus an Oxford walking tour.
Depart from central London and then travel by luxury coach to Warwick Castle, which dates back to the Middle Ages. See its magnificent ramparts and towers; climb the staircase to the Princess Tower; or head down into the dungeons. You can also stroll through the gardens, where falconry, jousting, and archery take place in the summer.
Next, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here, visit William Shakespeare’s Tudor-era home and make the most of free time to explore independently or have lunch (own expense).
Afterward, head to the famous city of Oxford, known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires.’ On arrival, plug into your provided headset to help you hear your guide’s commentary, and set off on foot to explore time city. See the ivy-strewn, honey-hued university buildings that have inspired generations of scholars, including the likes of Kate Beckinsale and Bill Clinton. Visit Bodleian Library and the famous Christ Church College, which was featured in several 'Harry Potter' movies.
After a break for refreshments (own expense), continue through the beautiful Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your tour concludes in the evening with drop-off in London.
Journey back 1,100 years to Medieval England with a visit to magnificent Warwick Castle. Rising high above the River Avon and set within 64 acres of rolling landscaped gardens, you will have the opportunity to explore the lavishly decorated State Rooms and 17th-century Great Hall; a room boasting an impressive collection of artefacts including suits of armour and medieval weapons. Bring the history of Warwick Castle to life at the Time Tower and enter the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction to learn more about the famous historical figures that feature throughout the incredible history of Warwick Castle. Whilst there, why not enjoy a live display of typical medieval sports such as jousting and archery?
This ancient market town is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, widely regarded to be the greatest writer in English literature and the world's greatest ever dramatist. You'll visit the 16th-century half-timbered house where Shakespeare was born in 1564 and grew up. Enjoy a fascinating insight into tales of his family life and admire rare artefacts on displays from the Shakespeare Trust's world-class collections.
Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Possibly the most famous writer in the English language, Shakespeare is known for his sonnets and plays such as 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet'. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre on the banks of the River Avon.
Oxford, a city in central southern England, revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of its 38 colleges in the city’s medieval center led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the 'City of Dreaming Spires'. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views) to the Botanic Garden on the River Cherwell.
The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library.
In Christ Church college, you will be visiting one of the University's most prestigious colleges. Founded by Henry VIII in 1532, Christ Church also functions as the UK's smallest cathedral.
Its beautiful architecture has seen it featured in movies such as Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, while it has also inspired replicas around the world. The famous dining hall, for example, has been reproduced in Cornell University & the University of Chicago. The dining hall in all Harry Potter movies is modelled on the Christchurch dining hall!
This was an excellent day-long bus tour to the Midlands. Warwick Castle is an eye opener as a genuine Norman castle. Stratford upon Avon us a delight and the focus on Shakespeare is both interesting and enlightening. Oxford is always a treat. The guide was both informative, interesting and very approachable. An accommodating driver added to the experience. A very worthwhile tour.
A great day in the English countryside with a well informed guide and experienced coach driver. The visit to Warwick castle was good. Great history. Oxford was good and the fact that the guide was a native was a treat. The Cotswalds were beautiful even on a dreary winter day.
Very good tour.
Very well organized and informative sightseeing tour
, Nov 2019
The day trip from London was a perfect combination of famous student city, nature, history and castle-building! With open eyes and ears I learnt a lot and got detailed answers to my questions; both the guide and the driver were really great and should earn 5 scores!
What an amazing day! From the bus ride which was beautiful to the tour guide who was entertaining and knowledgeable we loved it all! Warwick Castle was fun to explore and Stratford-upon-Avon was an adorable little town! Being in Shakespeare's birthplace was amazing! We loved driving through the gorgeous Cotswolds and Oxford was a great place to visit - so rich in history!
I felt the timing for visiting the places was poorly calculated.
We had plenty of time to explore Warwick Castle, to the extent that people gathered by the bus waiting for departure far in advance. However in Oxford i felt being hurried and we had maybe half an hour to explore.
Also, my headset was broken and the tour guide failed to replace it. Wgen I approached her to give it back, she said she was not to carry everyone's headsets.
On the bus on the way home the said tour guide went on a political rant about Boris Johnson being an idiot.
I didn't come to a political rally. I traveled from the US to visit English countryside.
That behavior of your tour guides is not acceptable.