Our Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour combines the beauty of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon with a drive through some of the breathtaking scenery of the North Cotswolds.
Our tour begins by heading north (from Oxford) to follow a rural route that meanders through a succession of delightful ironstone villages, including “the Tews”, until pass the site of the famous English Civil War Battle of Edgehill.
Catching glimpses of imposing castles and stately homes, including the beautiful Charlecote Park (where Shakespeare is reputed to have poached for deer) we reach Stratford-upon-Avon.
Our short guided walk of Shakespeare’s home town will take you past charming timber-framed houses, the Shakespeare theatres and the River Avon, finishing with an optional visit of Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
After lunch, we leave Stratford, passing by Anne Hathaway’s cottage and head into the Cotswolds. A delightful cross-country route takes us through the village of Ilmington and past the famous Kiftsgate Court and Hidcote Manor Gardens, to our next stop in Chipping Campden – the centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds.
Here, you can browse in the quaint shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’ and ruined manor house.
We return to Oxford, following another scenic route through the stone villages of Broad Campden and Blockley. We stop in the busy market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, with its art galleries and antiques shops and then continue on to Oxford via Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).
Day for this tour:
Wednesday, 09:30 – 17:30
£85.00 per person
Tours depart from The Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford.
Price does not include entrance to optional attractions.
The above itineraries and routing may be subject to change depending upon weather, traffic restrictions or other factors beyond our control.
Please note: This Wednesday schedule is only available as part of our Spring/Summer Programme, which runs from 1st April 2017 through to the end of October. After this the programme will change, so if you are planning a visit later in 2017, please bear this in mind. Contact us for further details.