Shakespeare's England, Warwick Castle & the Cotswolds
3 day tour

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Learn about Shakespeare’s inspirations. Study the spires of Oxford. And venture through grand palaces and castles on this journey through England's most beloved sights.

Tour map

Highlights

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Places you'll explore


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.

Cotswolds Gin Distillery – It’d be rude to say "no" to such a tasty gin offered in such a delightful distillery.

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.


Your journey


The thick-walled castles inspired Shakespeare's battle-torn tales. The narrow cobbled lanes kindled his love stories’ twists and turns. And the deep, green valleys encouraged him to write about monsters, myths, and magic.

On this adventure, we take you through the landscapes that sparked his imagination and his inspirational hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

But this tour isn’t just about the famous playwright.

You find yourself a little tipsy as you sample a local gin at an old barn. You feel princely as you walk through the ancient hallways of Blenheim Palace. And you become snap-happy as you wander over the trickling rivers and peaceful hills of the Cotswolds.

Learn about Shakespeare’s inspirations and discover England’s most famous landmarks on this three-day tour.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Returns
19:15
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Visit beautiful Blenheim Place, one of England’s largest houses and the birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Unearth the ancient, Neolithic Rollright Standing Stones
  • Savour gin at an old barn that’s been converted into a distillery

Leaving London, you visit the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn about the history, explore the gardens, or even take a ride on the estate’s very own miniature railway line.

After the palace and a lunch break, you continue to the Rollright Standing Stones. These are an ancient complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments that sit on the crest of the Cotswold Hills. This magnificent site marks the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

You round off the afternoon with a visit to the Cotswold Gin Distillery. Learn about the production of gin in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful areas and savour a lovingly produced, local drink.

We drive the short distance to Stratford Upon Avon, your base for the next two nights.

Day 2

  • Get as close to the medieval ages as possible at Warwick Castle
  • Spend a whole afternoon discovering the canals, cottages, and cuisine of Stratford-Upon-Avon

You travel to Warwick Castle, one of England’s best preserved medieval castles. Dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle is often named as one of the best historic monuments in Britain.

In the early afternoon, you return to Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace and home of the playwright, William Shakespeare.

You now have a chance to explore the places that shaped the life of Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, or Mary Arden’s farm where Shakespeare’s mother once lived.

You can also explore the narrow streets of this medieval market town, visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or take stroll along the banks of the River Avon where you can rent a boat or take the ferry across the river. Overnight in Stratford and soak up the ambience of this historic and inspiring settlement.

Day 3

  • Observe the slower pace of life in England’s beautiful Cotswold villages
  • Set your sights on the sensational spires, cathedrals, and museums of Oxford

Today, you leave Stratford Upon Avon on a journey to the Cotswolds, a huge area that covers five counties and offers a variety of unique landscapes and charming villages.

The rolling hills, villages, and farms of this area give you a glimpse back in time to an England with a gentler pace of life. Our first stop of the day is in Stow on the Wold, the highest of the Cotswolds Towns. The large market square is testament to the huge markets and fairs that were once held in this hill top market town.

You continue onto Bourton on the Water, nestling in the rolling Cotswolds hills. Known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’, you have time to explore this ancient village that has stood on this spot since Anglo Saxon times.

Later you visit Bampton, where you can find the sights that have featured prominently in the TV series Downton Abbey.

Your final stop of the tour is in the City of Oxford, here you have time to explore the beautiful listed buildings, explore the precincts of the colleges, climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline, or see the art and antique collections in the Ashmolean Museum.

You then embark on the comfortable return journey to London.

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Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Stratford-upon-Avon.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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