England and Wales Up Close and Personal
*This experience runs every Friday from April till October 2019
*Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation.
5 days visiting the Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire
Visiting 1 country: United Kingdom
You roam the lively, Roman-walled city of York. You admire the magnificent medieval military architecture at Conwy. You experience the surroundings of Shakespeare’s Tudor England. And you wander amongst ancient college buildings in the beautiful university city of Cambridge. But it’s not just history. You also explore the rugged mountainous area around Wales’ highest peak and the verdant rolling landscapes of the Peak District National Park. It’s a trip that lets you learn about how England and Wales developed into the countries they are today.
- Learn about Britain’s industrial revolution at Ironbridge
- Find your inspirations in Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare
You leave London and travel to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon. Home to the bard’s birthplace, schoolhouse, and resting place, you have time to explore this charming market town and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants and riverside pubs.
You then head to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron. Built during the age of Industrial Revolution, explore how it was pieced together or simply enjoy the views from above the lazily-flowing River Severn.
You make your way to the county town of Shrewsbury; the narrow-streets of the town centre is almost completely encircled by the River Severn. Charles Darwin was born in this bustling market town, and its timber-framed black and white Tudor buildings are your home for the next two nights.
- Head into the heights of Wales’ Snowdonia National Park
- March around the imperious walls of Conwy Castle
- Your tour takes you to the heart of North Wales today.
Firstly, you explore the imposing might of Conwy and its medieval castle. Built by Edward I in the 13th century, this fortress offers spectacular views from the battlements.
Snowdonia National Park
Next, you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, its slate quarries, and travel through the dramatic Pass of Llanberis in the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak.
Learn about Welsh struggles for independence and the tales of the rebellious Owain Glyndwr as you head back over back over the English border to your accommodation.
- Set your sights on the expanses of the Peak District National Park
- Stroll around the fine stately home and gardens at Chatsworth House
Peak District National Park
Lying northeast of Shrewsbury is the Peak District National Park, an expanse of rugged moorland with walled pastures and wooded valleys. Picturesque villages and unbeatable scenery line your route as you wind through this area’s unique landscape.
After a spectacular drive, you arrive in the charming village of Castleton. Overlooked by William the Conqueror’s Peveril Castle, this hospitable place offers a chance for a picnic of fine local fare.
Home of The Duke of Devonshire
In the afternoon, you make your way to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous stately home and gardens at Chatsworth. This renowned building is regularly named the UK’s favourite country house thanks to its immense collection of furniture, priceless paintings, and neoclassical sculptures.
Travelling northwards, you pass through some of the old industrial heartlands of northern England to the historic walled city of York, where you spend the next two nights.
- Spoil yourself with the churches, museums, and riverside sights of York
- Venture to the magnificent market towns of Knaresborough and the Yorkshire Dales
Today there are two options. You can choose to spend the day exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings, and Normans.
Alternatively, you can journey out with your guide on a half day excursion across the Yorkshire Dales to the handsome market town of Knaresborough. Here, you experience famed Yorkshire hospitality at its best before heading to some of the more remote areas and impressive scenery of the Eastern Dales.
Whichever option you choose, you spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of York.
- Study the stunning university city of Cambridge
- Marvel at the medieval buildings of Stamford
Departing the fair city of York in the morning, you begin your journey south to London. You stop in the town of Stamford, famed for its abundance of historic stone buildings. This town was declared ‘the finest stone town in England’ by Sir Walter Scott, and it has more than 600 listed buildings made from mellow limestone.
Leaving Stamford, you continue south to the city of Cambridge. The iconic King’s College Chapel dominates the heart of the city. Take a guided punting ride along ‘the backs’ of the colleges, or climb the steps of St Mary’s tower to get a skyline view before heading back to London.
Less than 1 week
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
Stratford-upon-Avon – The birthplace of Shakespeare has an impressive array of black and white Tudor buildings.
Ironbridge World Heritage Site* – The oldest iron bridge in the world is the centrepiece of an area that was the cradle of the 18th century’s Industrial Revolution.
The mountains of Snowdonia – These mountains offer a sense of scale and rugged beauty rarely seen in the UK.
Conwy Castle – Set on a river bank near an impressive pair of bridges, this brilliantly preserved 13th century estuary fortress is a visual treat.
Peak District National Park – Broadleaved woodlands give way to deep valleys in this geological wonderland.
Chatsworth House – The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate, famed for its amazing fountains and verdant maze.
York and the Dales – The north of England’s remote sheep-rearing valleys lay beside the bustling, history-rich city of York.
Cambridge – A towering Gothic chapel dominates the heart of this charming university city and its beautifully maintained colleges.
- Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
- Air conditioning as standard
- The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- Entry fees to visitor attractions
- Tour accommodation
Where does this tour stay overnight?
Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own:
- 2 nights in Shrewsbury
- 2 nights in York
Please note – on some dates this tour may stay in Chester for the first two nights
09.15 – Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
- Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
- One 15 kilogram bag per person