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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

North Wales, Heart of England and York 4 Day Tour

Highlights 
~ Shakespeare Country 
~ Stratford on Avon 
~ Ironbridge World Heritage Site 
~ Chester 
~ Snowdonian Mountains in Wales 
~ Conwy Castle 
~ Peak District National Park 
~ Chatsworth House (Mid-March to December) 
~ York 
~ Cambridge


4 Days exploring the Heart of England, Shakespeare country, the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, the mountains and castles of North Wales, the refined elegance of Chester and Chatsworth House**, the scenic beauty of the Peak District and the historic city of York.

Stay 2 nights in the historic medieval city of Chester and 1 night in York.

** From late December to early March Chatsworth House is closed and the tour will spend more time in York instead

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: approx. 19.30
Adult prices:  £
Discount prices:  £
Departing: Tuesday and Friday (until 31/03/14)

Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Takes you toWilliam Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford on Avon, home to the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. Following lunch in Stratford you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning gorge and World Heritage site of Ironbridge on the River Severn, before staying in the beautiful medieval/Roman town of Chester for 2 nights.

Day 2 is a day of contrasts as you are free to spend the morning exploring Chester's ancient walls and cathedral, before travelling west to the fairytale medieval Castle of Conwy for a visit and lunch. The afternoon is spent exploring the wild mountains of Snowdonia in Wales's most beautiful National Park.

Day 3 takes you through the rolling hills of the Peak District and the Victorian Spa town of Buxton, before visiting UK's favourite country house, Chatsworth (mid March to  22nd December), owned by the Duke of Devonshire, and famous for its house and gardens. From here you will travel east to finish the day in the wonderful city of York where you will stay the night.

Day 4 starts with a free morning in York before you begin your return journey south. Visit the amazing York Minster or just explore the maze of mediaeval streets and ancient city walls. On the way back to London you will make a stop in the University City of Cambridge.

Departure Point
All our London departures leave from Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH.
If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH. See Map.

Return
as above

Inclusions:
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions:
Meals and refreshments.
All Visitor Attractions.

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when towns we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Chester and York. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
I had a wonderful time on the Heart of England Tour earlier in September (12th – 16th). Steve was an excellent tour guide and added so much to the trip. There were only a few of us on the journey and we received such personalized attention. Rabbies is to be commended for running their tours regardless of the number of people who sign up. The tour began on Friday morning, departing from Victoria Coach Station, and we drove to Stratford upon Avon. Although I did not visit the Shakespeare museums, I enjoyed exploring the town and having lunch. We then drove on to the Ironbridge area on the River Severn where there was time to walk around and go the museum, before driving the rest of the way to Shrewsbury where the tour spent two nights. The bed and breakfast where we were booked, The Trevellion House, was delightful. Sonia took excellent care of all of her guests, there was a cooked to order breakfast, and the single room that I stayed in had a very comfortable double bed and a spacious bathroom. Saturday was spent in Wales. In the town of Conwy, we explored the ruins of Conwy Castle and did a tour of Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan house that was really amazing. In the afternoon we drove into the Snowden National Park and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and learned that the sheep outnumber people in Wales 10 to 1. Stopped at the National Slate Museum before returning to Shrewsbury, where my fellow tour-mates and I had a great dinner at Koochini’s restaurant. On Sunday morning we said goodbye to Shrewsbury and drove into the Peak District. Our first stop was at the spa town of Buxton, known as the Bath of the North. Then onto Chatsworth! It surpassed all expectations I had after watching the different specials on PBS over the years. The house and gardens were truly something to see, you could easily spend an entire day there. After driving to York, Steve dropped us off at our accommodations, and I had a great dinner at Jamie’s Italian restaurant. I stayed at The Groves in York, which was a B&B style hotel. My room was in one of the annex buildings across the parking lot from the main hotel, and I had a huge room with three single beds and a very nice bathroom. The hotel was a short walk to the walled city centre, and I spent Monday exploring the city on my own. (There was an option to drive into the countryside in the afternoon, but there was more than enough to do in the city so I decided against it.) I had a fun day seeing York Minster, the York Castle Museum, Clifford Tower, and walking around city, and had a nice late lunch at the most popular restaurant in the city, Rustique. Tuesday was the last day of the tour, and we visited Cambridge for a few hours before returning to London. Overall it was a great trip and I hope to take a Rabbie’s Tour again in the future.
Posted by Liza Neft on 09/10/2014


Best trip! Steve was informative and entertaining. I don't believe he's human because no one is this nice! We had a wonderful time! Thanks for the memories! We couldn't have picked a better trip for our honeymmon
Posted by Lee & Adi Romi on 08/10/2014


I went on this Heart England tour for 4 days back in last month and it was absolutely wonderful experience. The tour guide, Lord Kevin, is Hilarious!! He showed the group the best view of England along with great stories. Hotel arrangements were much better than expected. Caring, Considerate, Great sense of humor, hands down the best tour guide. I had a wonderful time!
Posted by Allison Fu on 24/10/2013


Thankyou Kevin for a wonderful tour . You were so knowledgeable everywhere we visited and always had some interesting little tidbits to add behind the scenes. Thanks for being so accommodating with rest stops and photo ops.You kept us on time, but we never felt rushed. Your music and sense of humour made everything more enjoyable. Loved the intimacy of the small bus tour. Great chance to get to know your fellow travelers. Could never get enough of the beautiful rolling countryside and of course the sheep! Great to mingle with the ever friendly locals and get to know their customs. Hope to one day travel on another Rabbies adventure. Would highly recommend this tour company.
Posted by Terry G on 27/09/2013


I really enjoyed the second day in North Wales, and the visit at Chatsworth Manor.
Posted by Valentina Busetto on 16/04/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Day 1
Depart from London and make your way to William Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford on Avon, home to  he Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. You will have time to explore he agnificent village of Stratford and enjoy lunch, before continuing to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge. Set in a stunning forested gorge on the river Severn this historic valley boast the world’s first ever iron bridge and a host of attractions to choose from. It was once described as the most extraordinary district in the world! From here you travel up to the historic medieval town of Chester for the next 2 nights.
 

Day 2
You will have some spare time in the morning to explore the ancient walls of Chester, the stunning cathedral with a history spanning almost 2000 years, built on an ancient druidic temple site, with the monastic cloisters present today dating from the late 11th century. The cathedral itself is a masterpiece of medieval architecture.
In the late morning your day will take you into the heart of northern Wales, with a visit to the picture book medieval castle of Conwy, built by Edward 1 in the late 13th century. You can enjoy lunch here before exploring the dramatic mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park including the huge Dinorwic slate quarries, the Pass of Llanberis below Snowdon - Wales’ highest peak and historic Trefriw - a spa town since Roman times.
You return to Chester in the early evening.

 

Day 3 
Immediately east of Chester lie the beautiful hills of the Peak District with historic spa towns very popular in Victorian times, including the stunning town of Buxton, famous for its mineral waters and its Opera House. From here you will explore some of the National Park and stop for lunch in one of the
beautiful little villages. In the afternoon you can visit the famous mansion house and gardens of Chatsworth, home to the Cavendish family, Duke of Devonshire. Chatsworth is often named the UK’s favourite country house and a visit will reveal some of the finest collections of furniture, priceless paintings, Old Master drawings and neo-classical sculptures.
From here you will travel east out of the hills to the wonderful historic city of York where you will spend the night. NB  Chatsworth is open mid March to December. During the winter more time will be spent exploring the Peak District with an earlier arrival in York.

Day 4
Today starts with a leisurely morning that gives you some free time to spend exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. Visit the amazing York Minster or just explore the maze of narrow streets and ancient city walls. After an early lunch it will be time to start the return journey south. On the way back to London you will make a stop in the famous University City of Cambridge with its ancient colleges, stunning architecture and medieval streets. See the world famous Kings College Chapel and take a stroll along the river Cam before arriving back in London around 19.30.

Photography Credits:
Visit Britain.
Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales.
Britainonview.
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Andrew Dunn (Cambridge)