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STRATFORD & THE COTSWOLDS

Guided day tour from Cambridge

Adult £69.00/Student £64.00/Child £59.00

Maximum 16 passengers

If you have an image of old, rural England, this is probably it! On this tour we head back in time to visit William Shakespeare's birthplace town and the beautiful countryside and quaint villages of southern England.          

         

In the morning we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a small, pretty market town on the banks of the River Avon where Shakespeare grew up and where he spent the final years of his life. With its timber-framed houses overhanging busy shopping streets a visit to the town is a trip back into medieval England.                 

               

In the afternoon we head into The Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of southern England with its rolling hills, wooded valleys, tranquil streams, fields of sheep and flowers, and the main reason for its fame and popularity, its wonderful honey-coloured stone villages. This is chocolate-box Britain!

NEXT TOUR DATE: 17th November 2019

 

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PLAN FOR THE DAY

 

0800 We depart from Cambridge for the fast journey into the centre of England.

 

1000 On arrival in Stratford-upon-Avon join your guide on a 90-minute walking tour of Stratford from Shakespeare's grave in Holy Trinity Church, past the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre and some of the houses related to Shakespeare and his family, and finally to the Birthplace Museum.

 

1145 After the tour there will be free time for lunch, time to visit one of the Shakespeare properties dotted across the town or, if it's a Sunday, a visit to the craft market by the river. Before departing we make a short photo stop at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the home of Shakespeare's wife. 

 

1330 We depart from Stratford for the short journey uphill on to The Cotswolds.

               

1400 We arrive in Chipping Campden, our first Cotswolds stop, where your guide will reveal the beauty of a Cotswold village. Often in the ancient marketplace there are stallholders selling sheep skins, the ideal souvenir for a region made wealthy through its historic connection with the wool trade.

 

1500 Then, we take advantage of travelling by minibus which can access the narrow country lanes off limits to the large tourist coaches. We travel to quiet backwater villages and to countryside viewpoints as we weave our way across the region. Off-the-beaten-track we stop to take an easy peaceful walk between villages in a sublime Cotswolds river valley. Finally, we stop in Bibury, 'the prettiest village in England', with its trout-filled river and quaint cottages and a chance for a refreshing tea or coffee at the famous Swan Hotel.

 

1745 We depart from Bibury for the journey back to Cambridge.

 

2000 Arrive back in central Cambridge.

INCLUDED

 

  • Return travel from Cambridge
  • Expert guidance from a passionate, experienced driver-guide
  • Walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Free time to explore independently - we will give you a map and our recommendations
  • Bus tour of The Cotswolds through the narrow country lanes
  • Visits to viewpoints 
  • Countryside walks between villages

NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Meals - You are welcome to bring food and drink on to the bus and eat while we travel between destinations
  • Entry fees to attractions (unless stated)

DEPARTURE POINTS

 

All Stratford & The Cotswolds tours depart from the main entrance to Parkside Swimming Pool on Gonville Place at 8am. We return here at 8pm. Departure times and return times for all other departure points will vary - please check your e-ticket for the correct departure time.

 

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