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From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

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

After a morning pick-up in central London, you’ll head to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds on a full-day tour that takes you through English history and beautiful countryside. Visit Shakespeare’s Stratford, take a short walk past the house where Shakespeare was born in the center of town, and then visit Shakespeare's Schoolroom with your tour manager. Afterward, you will have free time to explore Stratford with its rich Tudor and Shakespearean history. Enjoy a drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of astounding natural beauty. Admire the landscapes of beautiful rolling hills and honey-colored stone villages. Weather permitting there will be time for photo stops. Next stop is Oxford for a walking tour with a guide who will show you many points of interest, such as the Sheldonian Theater, Balliol College, Christ Church, and the Museum of Science. Your expected arrival time back in central London is 19:00.

From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

2. From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

Depart London and journey towards Warner Bros. Studio to take "The Making of Harry Potter" tour. Located in former aircraft hangars in the residential district of Leavesden, the unique attraction recreates the magic of Harry Potter and all your favorite characters. Board the original "Hogwarts Express" train at a recreation of Platform 9¾, and explore the inside of the train carriage featured in the films. Take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the station's brick wall. The studio staff will reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets and unveil the intricate prosthetics and make-up that transformed actors into creatures in the blockbuster films. See sets from the original movies, and get a peek inside the college of Hogwarts during the 4-hour studio tour. Journey through attractions such as The Great Hall, Gryffindor Common, Hagrid's Hut, the Weasleys' kitchen, and the Ministry of Magic. Take a tour of the backlot and a special effects tour, see a model of Hogwarts Castle, and much more. Depart the Studios and journey to Oxford to explore the real college buildings, including the medieval Divinity School. Upon arrival in the university city founded in 1167, take a guided tour of the historical center and admire some of the most famous college buildings, cloisters, and quadrangles. Delve down alleyways and into chapels, look inside dining halls and across cobblestone squares under the shadows of the legendary "dreaming spires." Enter the hallowed heartland of academia, including the Bodleian Library, Radcliff Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, and other select colleges.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

3. 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.

Oxford: CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour

4. Oxford: CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour

Discover the lives and work of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, two of Oxford University’s most famous graduates. Take a guided walking tour through the city of Oxford to see where these writers studied, lived, and worked. Meet your guide in the city center to begin your experience. Walk past Exeter College, where Tolkien studied, and see the University Church that Lewis preached at during the Second World War. Stroll past the Eagle & Child pub, where Inklings used to meet every Tuesday, to talk about their work. Hear about the colleges where Tolkien and Lewis taught, and listen to stories told by your guide. Discover more about the unique writing style of these writers and their influence on English Literature. Jump back in time and get a feel for how Oxford used to be in the early 20th century.

Oxford: Inspectors Morse and Lewis Guided Walking Tour

5. Oxford: Inspectors Morse and Lewis Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour of Oxford that’s perfect for fans of the city’s famous TV detectives, Inspectors Endeavor Morse and Robert Lewis. See the stunning filming locations of these series — which made Oxford famous to millions of people all over the world — and experience the unique atmosphere that the city of dreaming spires has to offer. Enjoy a tour led by expert, official guides who are also enthusiastic fans of Morse and Lewis. Each tour is unique as your guide takes you on their own journey through the city, weaving together individual stories and locations along the way. With over 150 hours of Inspector Morse alone to explore, you’ll want to come back for more. As you walk, get reminded of several of the episodes and storylines while you learn about the history of Oxford’s iconic buildings. You don’t even have to be a Morse fan to enjoy this tour — there’s plenty of interesting background information in the original novels by Colin Dexter about the city and university that form the backdrop to the storylines.

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Highly recommend. Melanie led our Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis and Endeavour tour through Oxford. This tour is pure magic for anyone who is a fan of any or all of the three British detective series. Melanie provided otherwise unobtainable context, locale, peers behind the scenes, and interesting connections between and among the series. Her expert guidance and use of still photos from the shows on her mobile brought back wonderful memories of Morse, Lewis, Hathaway, and Endeavour. An absolute must for anyone who visits the United Kingdom and who loves these shows.

Excellent guide, bus and number of people (we opted for a tour with few people - there were around 18 people). It was a smooth and very good ride. Would do again and recommend.

The trip to the Harry Potter studio was an extraordinary experience that our child will never forget. She was super glad to be there. Mike was en excellent guide.

16 Passenger Mercedes Van is perfect size for tour. Drivers are great. Personable and knowledgeable. Great time.

Great day out with just enough activity. No rushing around or tight timeframes so plenty of time to explore.