Explore Shakespeare’s England
*This experience runs every Tuesday between February & November 2019
*Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own
3 days roaming around Shakespeare’s inspirations
Visiting 1 country: United Kingdom
We offer far more than Shakespeare; yes, he’s a fascinating bloke, but the country of his birth is equally as remarkable, so we’ll highlight the best of middle England, a quiet yet vibrant region, steeped in history and nature that will redefine what you think of this country. Step back in time with us, navigate cobbled, winding streets, walk through sturdy stone-built buildings, and frolic in luscious green valleys, as we find out more about the man who moved millions with his words.
Day 1: Blenheim Palace, Bronze Age, Beers
As your first day kicks off, we couldn’t be more excited. Now let’s get out of London and see something interesting! The adventure kicks off as we head to the breathtaking Blenheim Palace, one of the most significant structures in England, primarily as the architecture is utterly stunning and emanates a regal charm that is alluring, but also as the birthplace of arguably Britain’s most notable Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Embrace the beauty of the Palace, as the World Heritage Site has stunning gardens to meander round, majestic interiors to admire, even a little train track you can ride around the estate. Though we bet you just want to pretend you’re a princess or prince for the day. Go on, we won’t judge.
Our next stop on this tour takes us to the Bronze Age… who’d have thought The Cotswolds, just a little North West of London, was so far behind the times! In all seriousness, we’re here to visit megalithic stone formations, the Rollright Standing Stones, dating back thousands of years. These impressively large rocks have been placed by people to mark significant events of the time and are truly magnificent. Such structures are evocative of the hideout of the 3 witches in MacBeth… not that we are trying to spook you!
The Hook Norton Brewery
As day one comes to a close, we may as well raise a toast to our new friendships, the journey we’re sharing, and Shakespeare, with these pertinent words“I drink to the general joy of the whole table”, so why not sip on a beverage at the Hook Norton Brewery. A proud local brewery to find out about the production of beer and its vitality in one of the most beautiful areas of England.
Day 2: Let’s Get Medieval
Polish up your armor, chuck on your chain mail, and upholster your sword, as we take on Warwick Castle, an outstanding landmark that has remained extremely well preserved despite nearing it’s 1000 birthday!
Our prelude to the day is concluded and we make our way down to Stratford-Upon-Avon for our first dalliance with William Shakespeare. As you wander around the town, you get a real feeling of how this area influenced Shakespeare’s work; from visiting his birthplace and Arden’s farm where his mother once lived, to inspecting the Tudor architecture (keep an eye out for the thatched-rod houses where his wife Anne Hathaway once lived) and feeling sentiments Shakespeare may too have lived… it is a truly unique experience.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is worth further exploration, as the town has grasped tightly onto its medieval heritage, reflected in the architecture. Winding, narrow streets lead you past black and white Tudor settlements, with the aforementioned characteristic thatched roof. A sleepy town this is not, with a bustling market, the Royal Shakespeare Theater providing constant entertainment, and the River Avon offering paddle boat excursions and cruises, you’ll have plenty to keep you going.
Our night will be spent in Stratford-Upon-Avon, because after such a busy and informative day in a genuinely marvelous place, why would we stay anywhere else? Now go soak up some of that medieval ambiance and enjoy your evening!
Day 3: The Calming Cotswolds
After such a jam packed day, we’ve arranged an easier pace today, so you can relax and explore on your final day.
Departing Stratford-Upon-Avon, we bid farewell to Shakespeare and his quirky wee hometown, and march on to The Cotswold, a scenic area spanning 5 counties that’ll capture your heart with its rolling, green nature, cozy remote villages, and remarkable landscapes. Much like Stratford-Upon-Avon, it’s the old-World charm that shines through and wins over visitors, as you not only glimpse but step into how life once was in Ye Olde England.
Stow on the Wold
“Stow on the Wold” provides our first stop of the day, and beside the highly confusing name, it’s also the highest town in The Cotswold. Perched at the top of an 800 foot hill, the small market town is the epitome of quaint and quintessentially English, so feel free to immerse yourself in the local culture by taking a gander round this lovely town.
Bourton of the Water
Roll down the hill into the next village of Bourton of the Water, another picturesque town with a gentle, shimmering river. Could this place be any more pleasant? ‘The Venice of The Cotswolds’ delivers goods, not gondolas, with ancient architecture dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period.
To bring things up to date a little, we head to Bampton, a town that may mean little to you, that is, until we mention Downton Abbey. Now that got your attention, didn’t it?! Yes, the historic timepiece drama is filmed locally, so don your best frock and posher up that accent, and you’ll fit right in.
The World famous Oxford
Unfortunately, we’ve landed in our final spot of the tour… but don’t worry, it’s only the World famous Oxford! Famed for its University, you will be mesmerized by the stunning architecture of the various campuses, scale the towers to access a gorgeous view across the city, inspect various filming locations from the Harry Potter franchise, and finally visit the Ashmolean Museum, a dedicated archive to all things Oxford. With all that education, we’ll hope you’ve learned a thing or two about Oxford; we’ll be testing you before we head off to London!
Back to London
Finally, we embark back to London, ending an incredible trip around middle England, embracing the works of Shakespeare and gaining an intimate view of his life, and exploring a rare part of England that offers so much diversity and joy. Next time you visit England, we know you’ll be skipping the big smoke of London and Manchester, and darting straight to The Cotswolds!
Less than 1 week
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
Blenheim Palace – Architects argue over the merits of this one-of-a-kind Baroque building. But we simply think it’s stunning.
Warwick Castle – This 1,000-year-old castle takes you back in time to the marvels of the Medieval Ages.
Oxford – Smarten up as you walk amongst the intellectuals and grand halls of this lovely little town.
Stratford-upon-Avon – Some of Shakespeare’s hometown hasn’t changed since he lived there. And on this tour, it’s yours to explore.
Hook Norton Brewery – It’d be rude to say “no” to an award winning beer offered in such an amazing Victorian Tower brewery.
Stow-on-the-Wold – Cosy cottages, tiny tea shops, and green gardens: this is your quintessential English village.
Bampton – Visit this quaint Cotswold village and understand why the Downtown Abbey producers chose to film here.
- 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
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 Stratford-upon-Avon
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