Stratford-upon-Avon
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From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

1. From London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous ‘city of dreaming spires’ and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your visit. You’ll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Enjoy a walking tour and free time. Stratford-Upon-Avon A market town with a difference, Stratford-upon-Avon is the famous home of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare. Delve into the charms of this bustling market town at your leisure. Cotswolds We will drive through the Cotswolds, a charming blend of breathtaking natural beauty, bustling market towns and sleepy villages. Warwick Castle Be part of Britain’s Greatest Medieval Experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall becomes a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Enjoy a walking tour and explore this lovely town with its host of attractive buildings.

Stratford upon Avon: The Dark Chronicles Horror Walking Tour

2. Stratford upon Avon: The Dark Chronicles Horror Walking Tour

Try something different for the night and embark on a horror walking tour of Stratford upon Avon's streets. Follow your guide through 2000 years of the town's darkest secrets and discover the terrifying and torturous stories that lie beneath the surface. Meet your guide as the sun sets and the ancient horrors of Stratford upon Avon's past awaken from their slumber. Walk the streets and hear the tales that expose the horrific underbelly of humanity. Pass by Shakespear's Birthplace, and hear how the famous playwright escaped the plague. Admire the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and learn of the many dark mishaps that have occurred there. Then, pass by the outside of the Holy Trinity Church and learn of the haunting stories from the Plague to mysteriously stolen skulls. As you walk along the River Avon, listen closely to hear the lost soul's who drowned there and get spooked by their stories. Scratch the surface of this beautiful town, and maybe never look into the mirror again.

From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

3. From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on a tour that stops at 6 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the Northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have an hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as the prettiest village in England it's also the home of the iconic Arlington Row of cottages • Bourton-on-the-Water: famed for the crystal clear waters of the River Windrush and the pretty bridges that cross it Between the stops, your driver-guide will tell you the story of the Cotswolds with a fun, fact-filled commentary as you travel the narrow back lanes only the locals know about.

Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

4. Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. You'll be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning University Church of St Mary the Virgin and furtively discover unspoiled narrow alleyways, ancient squares, and towering spires. Entry to the 13th century University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Soak in spectacular sights of the unique baroque design and architecture as you explore the center of the University of Oxford. This absolute gem is a must-visit on your trip to Oxford. After visiting Oxford, you will leave the university city and return to London. The Cotswolds Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England's most beautiful regions. Stratford–upon–Avon  A unique market town, famous as the home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world's greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half-timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood. Shakespeare’s birthplace: See where the famous playwright grew up and spent his years as a married man. Warwick Castle  Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience deep in the heart of Warwick Castle. Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size. Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations. 

Cotswolds: Walks and Villages Guided Tour

5. Cotswolds: Walks and Villages Guided Tour

Starting with hotel pick up in Stratford-upon-Avon, or meeting your guide at the train station in Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh, set off into the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Begin with a short, countryside walk to the iconic Broadway Tower (1 mile/1.6km). Soak up the panoramic views and see if you can spot the resident herd of red deer. Walk back to the minibus (1 mile/1.6km) and drive to Broadway village, or descend into the village on foot by walking a short section of the famous Cotswold Way (1.5 miles/2.5km). Enjoy free time in the stunning village of Broadway to explore at your own leisure and grab some lunch. Travel through the scenic countryside before embarking on a beautiful circular walk (2.75 miles/4.5 km) to discover quiet, quaint villages along the Windrush Valley. Here, you'll truly be off the beaten track, discovering hidden churches, surprising history, and gorgeous Cotswold villages without the crowds of tourist hot spots. Unwind after in the historic market town of Burford, where you can admire the historic buildings, shop for gifts or relax in a local pub or cafe. Listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary throughout the day about local life and history.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

6. From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour to see some of England's most glorious sights and countryside. Travel in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, and enjoy an intimate, personalized experience as you visit Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds villages. Head out of the city on a route that shows you some of off-the-beaten-path London, and your guide will provide full commentary along the way. Then travel into the countryside, heading north-west to picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. Before you arrive in Stratford, hear about the town’s history and its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. On arrival you’ll have the option of visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace if you wish, or you can explore the town on your own. Enjoy lunch in Stratford, and then take a guided walk through the town that includes a stop at the unusual church where Shakespeare is buried. Leaving Stratford the tour heads south to Oxford, passing through the stunning landscape of The Cotswolds. See some of the loveliest villages that the country has to offer. Narrow country lanes wind their way through classically English villages with clusters of thatched cottages. When you arrive at the world-renowned university city of Oxford, your guide will lead you on a walking tour to take in the city’s stunning architecture. See Oxford University’s colleges, some dating back 900 years. Explore gardens, alleys, pubs, and other hidden delights this city has to offer, as you hear about its history. After the walking tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore further at your own pace, armed with a map provided by your guide. Afterwards the coach will head back to London, arriving at around 08:00 PM.

From Brighton: Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds Day Trip

7. From Brighton: Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds Day Trip

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Cotswolds before arriving in the charming village of Bourton-on-the-water. You will have some free time here to relax in the "Venice of the Cotswolds". You will then continue your journey from The Cotswolds prettiest village, to one of England's most beautiful houses, for a photostop at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Your guided walking tour of the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, includes the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare, the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatre, and other important sights connected with the great writer. There will be plenty of free time for you to visit Stratford's museums and other attractions.

From London: Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford Upon Avon Tour

8. From London: Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford Upon Avon Tour

Enjoy a picturesque, small group tour of the Heart of England on a full-day trip from London to Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, the enchanting Cotswold villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and the University City of Oxford. Start by driving west over the Chiltern Hills and continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Enjoy an expert narrative about the history of the poet as you drive to sites that were important in his life, such as the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptised and buried. Stop at his birthplace to go inside. After some free time to explore the town on your own, drive to Shottery to photograph Ann Hathaway's Cottage, the thatched roof house that was the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. Continue through the beautiful Cotswold region, where stone villages and green pastures chequer the landscape. Marvel at ancient churches, built by the wealth of the wool trade. Your guide will lead you down tiny one-track lanes through rolling hills. Stop at Burford, and walk around Bibury to see the weavers’ cottages. Explore the delightful Coln Valley and the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Then, it’s time for a lunch stop in Stow-on-the-Wold. After lunch, drive south and upon arrival in Oxford, you will explore the dreamy spires of the university buildings. Founded in 1167, it is one of the oldest, and most famous, universities in the world. Take a walking tour of the college buildings, and discover shady cloisters and library courtyards. See where statesmen, writers, artists and inventors studied. Hear about the famous alumni, such as J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis of “Alice in Wonderland” fame. Discover where scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot. Then, enjoy some free time to explore the narrow streets alone.

Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare & Hathaway TV Sites Tour

9. Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare & Hathaway TV Sites Tour

Step into the world of Shakespeare and Hathaway on our 2 hour walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon. The hit BBC daytime crime drama Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators is set and filmed in Shakespeare’s home town and pays tribute to the great writer’s plays. The show includes quotes and character names from Shakespeare’s plays and some episodes are loosely inspired by Shakespearian plots from The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, among others. All the while interweaving a modern day mystery for Luella Shakespeare, Frank Hathaway and Sebastian to investigate. During your walking tour, your local guide will entertain you with anecdotes from the show as you are guided through this beautiful market town. As you go along you’ll see visuals from the series, showing you were some of the funniest, most touching and memorable moments from all four series were filmed. These include the pedal boat chase scene; where Sebastian helps Gloria scatter her dog’s ashes and the tour group that discovers the severed hand. The tour starts near to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, just a short walk from Stratford-upon-Avon railway station. You’ll jump straight into your first locations where Luella and Frank find a client with amnesia, Lu uses her charm to help solve a case and Sebastian bumps into the imposters who posed as Lu and Frank. As you meander through Stratford-upon-Avon you’ll pass Tudor style houses, shops and cafes which form the backdrop to the show, including the cobbled street used as the exterior to Gloria’s costume shop and Sebastian’s flat. Part of the tour also includes a short stroll along the River Avon where you’ll pass by the boat club as seen in the finale of series 1 and you’ll see the spot where Frank Hathaway was arrested on suspicion of murder! The tour stops by several of Stratford-upon-Avon’s top attractions, including the UK’s largest Butterfly Farm, Tudor World, the Stratford Big Wheel, and, of course, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, whose cast members often feature as guest stars in the TV series. In addition to seeing the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, you’ll also stop outside The Other Place, Stratford’s other theatre, where Sebastian got to play Hamlet and Lu and Frank had to save the star of Juliet and Romeo. During the tour there’ll be plenty of photo opportunities with historic buildings, by beautiful scenery and with famous statues including the Jester and of course William Shakespeare. Beware of gangsters for the final leg of the tour as you look for locations featured in the episode ‘The Cursed Hand.’ The tour finishes by Holy Trinity Church, where William Shakespeare was baptised, married and buried. You’ll be guided around the tranquil churchyard and see locations from several episodes, including when Frank’s paid £5K to go on a hike; Lu chases a pensioner in an electric wheelchair and Sebastian poses for selfies as William Shakespeare’s ghost.

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What people are saying about Stratford-upon-Avon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16 reviews

What a fabulous day out exploring the Cotswolds! Our guide Colin is so knowledgeable and friendly, he ensured we had the best experience. Loved the secret village he took us too - it was personally the highlight of the day for me :) Also appreciate how thoughtful Colin was - he made a list of all the hiking trails I could explore solo without a car and shared it with me. Definitely recommend!

This is an excellent walking tour. Enjoy the beauty of Cotswolds with a well guided tour. Our guide, Tom, is an excellent guide. He is knowledgeable to provide all the necessary background of Cotswolds. At the same time, he is excellent trial walk guide. I highly recommend the tour.

Fantastic tour. The walking pace is rather relaxing so it's great for people who can't walk very fast. We enjoyed it greatly.

Excellent organization. Very good and nice driver-guide. Perfect tour to get to know the Cotswolds.

Very nice excursion to discover the nature of the Cotswolds.