Stratford upon avon tour

Warwick Castle, Stratford, the Cotswolds & Oxford - see where Harry Potter was filmed

Highlights:

  • Visit Christchurch where Harry Potter was filmed
  • Visit to Warwick Castle ~ the greatest medieval site in Britain
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Lunch stop at 15th century inn followed by a drive through the Cotswolds (food/drink not included)
  • Soak up the atmosphere at Oxford and hear about life in the university town

The Tour:


Warwick Castle

This is, quite simply, the greatest medieval castle in Britain. With a history that dates back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle will take you back in time - to a world of sumptuous banquets, bloody battles and royal splendour. Enter over the footbridge and explore the castles ramparts, towers and gardens. The castle really brings history to life. Visit the waxwork displays of Madame Tussauds, where you can watch, and hear, the Earl of Warwick's preparations for battle. Feeling brave? Then take a look at the ghostly dungeons where prisoners were tortured. Alternatively, relax with a stroll through the castles beautiful gardens.


Sratford-Upon-Avon

The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language, and home to the theatres of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare lies buried. There are some wonderful half-wooden buildings that date back to Shakespeare's time, including the famous cottage of Anne Hathaway, who married the great writer in 1582. You can even see the school Shakespeare attended. Our tour includes a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, before we enjoy lunch in a 15th century inn in the picturesque Cotswolds,(food/drink not included.)


The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds represenst an area that is forever England, remaining seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. Rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, perpendicular churches and sparkling clear streams fuse with tiny villages and hamlets with their charming limestone houses, tea shops and inns. Our full day tour of the Cotswolds begins in Burford, where the magnificent High Street, which slopes down to the River Windrush, holds every variety of Cotswold stone. There will be time to visit the small tea houses before heading south to Bibury.


Lunch in the most beautiful village in Britain!

Lunch beckons and what better way to satisfy your hunger than with a fabulous two course lunch in the Swan hotel, situated in the centre of Bibury, overlooking the River Coln. The 17th century former coaching Inn serves a fabulous range of traditional cooking, ales and fine wines. Bibury was described as the 'prettiest village in Britain' by William Morris.


The afternoon is spent exploring Bourton-on-the-water, another delightful village in the Cotswolds that is 'forever England.' We then head to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a short walking tour passing Shakespeares Birthplace before entering New Place, the great writers final home before he died. Here we take time to enjoy the lovely knot gardens while being served strawberry scones and refreshments!


Oxford

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the worlds greatest - and oldest - universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. We enjoy a unique tour which journeys through the heart of this ancient building before we head to the colleges spectacular dining hall, chosen as a key location in the Harry Potter films.


Our tour allows us to access parts of the hall usually out of bounds to the public. We will also linger by the open fire as your guide reveals anecdotes about the movie and the remarkable links of Christchurch with the Alice in Wonderland stories. Before visiting Christ Church you can even take tea in the shop where the real-life Alice bought her sweets! Our trip to Oxford promises an unforgettable experience for young and old alike.


(Occasionally when the hall is not available for a viewing due to filming or private functions we shall enjoy a walking tour of the city)


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