Spires, Shires and Shakespeare - 1 day


Our day begins with a visit to Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. Known the world over as the birthplace of the great poet William Shakespeare we, quite rightly, take you to the house where he was born (entry included) and to Holy Trinity church where he was both baptised and buried. Many other centuries-old houses survive, some of these have associations with the writer. After a panoramic tour of the town and some free time we continue for a photo stop at Anne Hathaway's cottage, a beautiful timber-framed thatched farmhouse that was Shakespeare's wife's childhood home before travelling south through the stunning Cotswolds.

Here we can find the little back roads taking us away from the busy highways. We meander down country lanes, through villages of honey coloured stone, passing Cotswolds Hills to Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton on the Water (otherwise known as 'Venice of the Cotswolds') and Burford. A stop for a leisurely lunch is made in Stow-on-the-Wold. After the Cotswolds village drive we then we set off to Oxford, the home of oldest English speaking University in the world.

The journey from the Cotswolds to Oxford is a little over 30 minutes and we then arrive in the 'city of dreaming spires'. Your visit begins with a guided walking tour amongst the cloisters and quadrangles of Britain's oldest University, founded in 1167 when King Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Ivy clad medieval college buildings compete for space with Georgian shops and ancient churches around busy streets which both 'Town and Gown' call home. Our guided walking tour will take you into the heart of this land of hallowed academia, to the Bodleian Library, to the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, Harry Potter film locations and University buildings. Entry is included to the Divinity School, built in 1488 for the teaching of theology. This splendid room is the University's earliest purpose built teaching room, and its first examination hall. With an elaborately vaulted ceiling and 455 carved bosses, it is a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.

After the guided tour there will be some free time to enjoy the city, before we depart Oxford and take the short drive to London.

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.

London Departure/Pick up Information

07:15AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance

07:30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch

07:45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside hotel entrance)

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Number of days before start date of your arrangements that notification of cancellation is received by us.

More than 28 days:  20% of booking value27 – 15 days:  50% of total invoice cost including supplements14 days or less:  100% of total invoice cost including supplements

Where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number of free places and/or concessions agreed for your booking we will recalculate these items and invoice you accordingly.  Please note that other service providers may impose higher cancellation charges. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

Spires, Shires and Shakespeare - 1 day
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