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1. City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
As well as Britain's most famous playwright William Shakespeare and the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford is great for a day on the River and then chilling out in the evening in one of the many chic restaurants and bars in the centre of town. Travel to all the Shakespearean Houses: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, New Place, Nash's House, and Hall's Croft. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre where the Bard's plays are performed for the majority of the year. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, protected by a cursed tombstone. The Old 15th Century Grammar School where Shakespeare was educated. You also get to enjoy a lovely tour through the scenic Warwickshire countryside, visiting Wilmcote, the village where Mary Arden's House (Shakespeare's mother) can be found. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Visitor Infor...
Wonderful experience with useful and informative audio guidance. Did what it said on the tin..
2. Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket
Discover the excitement of Alton Towers Resort with its variety of rides, attractions and entertainment for thrill-seekers, families and kids of all ages! See the Alton Towers Dungeon which was launched in 2019 and is a hilariously hideous journey through Staffordshire’s darkest history. Experience 7 world-class rollercoasters throughout the resort. Ride on the latest addition, "Wicker Man", that brings together wood and fire, as well as "Nemesis" with its iconic twists and turns, "Oblivion" with its sheer vertical drop, and "The Smiler" with its world-record 14 inversions. For those with little ones in tow, explore "CBeebies Land", which is the perfect place to meet some of your favourite CBeebies friends including the Teletubbies, Peter Rabbit, and Postman Pat. Families can also discover Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, learn to drive at Cuckoo Cars Driving School, catch the Runaway Mine ...
Entry was good and parking efficient. The waiting time for rides was too long as the greatly reduced the number or rides that could be tried.
3. Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London
Depart London on a full-day (10-hour) tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and Oxford and Stratford, England’s most romantic cities. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Warwickshire countryside, and enjoy 2 hours in the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your guide will provide suggestions on the best sites to see. Take a walk around the town center to see beautiful Tudor-style buildings and sites connected with the life of Shakespeare, including the Swan Theatre. Next, your drive will continue through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recomme...
Our guide was James. Darren also came along and he was very nice. James was cheerful and happy to give us info about Stratford , Oxford, and the cotswold village we visited. James lives in Stratford so he had great recommendations on food and things to do. Everything ran on time minus the traffic on the way back but that was due to road construction. It was a wonderful day, thank you!
4. Warwick Castle: Entrance Ticket
Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Spectacular shows and attractions, spellbinding storytelling and exhilarating experiences all year-round. Pledge your allegiance in an epic battle for the English throne and feast your eyes and ears on the giddying ferocity of War of the Roses live, search the skies overhead as free flying Birds of Prey thumping, live action show (on selected dates from May to September). Open 364 days a year, Warwick Castle is ideally located in the heart of the country, and just off Junction 15 of the M40. At around 30 minutes from Birmingham and just over 80 minutes from London, it’s closer than you think.
A really interesting day out with plenty to do, including the War of the Roses reenactment (jousting) the birds of prey display and looking around the castle, definitely worth the entrance fee.
5. Birmingham: Winterbourne House and Garden Admission Ticket
Only minutes from Birmingham city center, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction set within beautiful botanic gardens. Find yourself in a 7-acre oasis home to over 6000 different plant species, and enjoy a peaceful stroll in tranquil surroundings. Inside, escape the modern world as you explore period rooms filled with antiques and Edwardian era soft furnishings. Learn about the families that lived here and how Winterbourne came to be part of the University of Birmingham.
A delightful garden in the middle of the University ~ we will be back as the garden will change through the different seasons.
6. 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 7 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 • Broadway Tower: a quirky 18th-century folly perched on the second-highest point of the Cotswolds hills • 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...
It was an amazing experience. Colin, our tour guide, was extremely marvellous. He shared so many interesting facts and histories about the villages. We had so much fun. Even my two teenagers enjoyed the tour and found it very fascinating. In a day, we learnt so much about different villages. It was a worthwhile tour led swiftly by Colin who knows his way around very well. I would seriously recommend this tour.
7. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths Day Trip
Windsor Castle Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames, just outside of London. From William the Conqueror to the current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. See for yourself the splendor of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, in one of them! Bath Bath, another world heritage site, is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces, and architecture. Following a panoramic tour of the city, visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, where the river Avon cascades over the weir. You can also...
Great day trip. Enough time at all 3 stops to fully enjoy the site. We had Steve M. As our guide and he was crazy knowledgeable! Sareef was our driver and was excellent...never feared for our life.
8. Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Entrance Tickets
Open daily, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall invites visitors to explore one of the rarely seen places of William Shakespeare’s childhood and youth, a place that helps to fill the missing chapter in the story of his time in his home town. The newly-restored venue offers a glimpse into Shakespeare’s formative years and sheds light on his time as a schoolboy. Step into the shoes of the young Shakespeare, sit in the very room that he sat in as a pupil and learn about what subjects the great man would have studied and the teaching methods of the day. You will hear how he encountered the riches of classical literature and theater and saw some of the country’s finest actors perform in this building. Built in 1420, Stratford's Guildhall is one of only a few remaining medieval Guildhalls in the country. The authentic and immersive experience of a visit to this early fifteenth-century b...
We were almost railroaded into this activity, due to Shakespears birthplace and Ann Hathaways cottage being closed on Thursday and Friday! (During school holidays and in an era when every business is trying to get back on its feet, go figure?) Anyway, I am glad they were, because in all honesty we would probably not bothered to go here otherwise. A very evocotive building and you can almost feel the history coming out of its walls. Perhapse a little disjointed with the various things happening, film show, school master (ensure you brush up on your Latin), school room etc, and how you are shown around, but there is alawys someone on hand to point you in the right direction. Oh, and if you're into history (obvs) wait until you see the medievel painting!!
9. Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London
Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle. Admire the magnificent Great Hall and State Rooms, and climb the towers and ramparts for an archer’s view of the historic town. Join Richard Neville as he prepares for battle at the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction, or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Then, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and get a fascinating insight into the life of the legendary playwright. See the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford, where you will embark on a walking tour of the university city on arrival. Admire the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century, and hear about former students such as Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Discover where Harry Potter was filmed at Christ Church college before the d...
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.
10. London: Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath, and Cotswolds
Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. First, you will head straight to Stonehenge, the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Marvel at the huge 40-ton Sarsens and the volcanic blue stones that were brought from the Preseli Mountains, located more than 280 miles away. Next, visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. You'll have plenty of time to shop and explore before driving through the Cotswolds, for breathtaking views of open countryside, crisscrossed by dry stone walls and bustling market towns. Finally, the birthplace of William Shakespeare awaits at Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the home of the greatest writer in the English language and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Admire Stratford, a charming market town in the heart of rural England with a delightful river that winds its way past the...
Well organised, our tour guide Ann Mary was very helpful and gave lots of information and tips... and the drive was excellent
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Fascinating museum. I learned a lot about Shakespeare ‘s life and plays. Really good exhibition and lovely gardens. An amazing feeling to realise you are walking in the footsteps of such a revered poet and playwright.
Great way to get around Stratford. Bus driver’s were most helpful and friendly.
Great day guide Alan was very informative would highly recommend
Buses were regular and the staff were very helpfull
Excellent place to visit in the heart of Stratford