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Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

1. 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. 

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

2. Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip.  Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. The next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride. To this day, the property holds items of original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of the UK. With quaint villages and breathtaking scenery, the Cotswolds looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook. The tour makes photo stops at 3 stunning Cotswolds villages: Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its low bridges and stone banks, Burford which features an ornate medieval bridge and Bibury, a town once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. After a wonderful day of sightseeing, arrive back to London at the approximate time of 7:15 PM.

From London: Warwick Castle Day Trip by Rail

3. From London: Warwick Castle Day Trip by Rail

Explore world-famous Warwick Castle, which traces its history back more than 1,100 years. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of rail service from London on this historical and dynamic day trip. Start your tour at Marylebone Station in the capital as you board a train bound for the home of the Earls of Warwick, at one point the most powerful noble family in England. Learn about this fortification, stately home, and prison for royalty and its long, bloody history. From William the Conqueror to the War of the Roses, travel through time and bring the history of Warwick Castle to life. Explore the lavish state rooms and wander through its immaculately maintained gardens, including the Victorian Rose Garden and Peacock Garden. Visit the original dungeon at Caesar’s Tower, where you can still see the graffiti left behind by prisoners hundreds of years ago. Experience one of the many living history displays on offer, from live jousting and archery to birds of prey displays. Your tour ends back in London at Marylebone Station.

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We really enjoyed the excursion. Everything was well organized and you had just over an hour at each destination to explore everything yourself. On the trip, our guide gave a lot of information about the castle and the two places. Only in Oxford was there a short tour with the guide showing the most important buildings. Overall it was very informative, but of course the time at each destination was too short to see everything sufficiently for yourself. The guide described the trip as a "tapas tour". Only the meeting point was a bit difficult to find if you take the wrong exit at Victoria train station. But that was also possible.

Morton was a fantastic guide. Gave the perfect amount of information, was attentive, and even went above and beyond for other guests on the tour. The tour itself is long, but well worth it to have a sampling of other areas away from London. We could’ve used more time in Warwick to see the bird display or explore town, and more time in Oxford, but enjoyed the time we did have.

I had Peter as our guide and Paulo as our driver and they were the best!! Loved all the history and how we got to explore each place. Really amazing tour, highly recommend!!

Ellen was great! She is not only a tour guide, she also like a friend, care and full of knowledge

Everything was so good. Buss was good. Guide and driver are good. I am grad to join this tour.