Wales, Shakespeare's England & Cambridge
4 day tour

The heart of Shakespeare country lays open for you on this tour of the pretty gardens, rugged mountains and historic towns that inspired The Bard.

Tour map

Highlights

Unesco Heritage Sites
Mountains
National Parks
Cathedrals
Castles
Universities

Places you'll explore


Stratford-upon-Avon - The birthplace of Shakespeare, home to many Tudor thatched cottages and the gardens of The Bard’s wife, Anne Hathaway.

Ironbridge World Heritage Site - One of the birthplaces of the English Industrial Revolution, this world famous bridge and heritage site marks one of the crucial moments in the rise of the British Empire.

Chester - Renowned for its well-preserved Roman walls made of local red sandstone, this 2000 year old city positively bristles with historical richness.

The mountains of Snowdonia - Inspiring historical figures such as Charles Darwin, these mountains offer a sense of scale and rugged beauty rarely matched in the U.K.

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 sheltered deep valleys in this geological wonderland.

Chatsworth House (April - December) - The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate, famed for its amazing fountains and verdant maze.

Lincoln and its Cathedral - Take a trip back through time to this fabulous cathedral city and its 2000 year history.

Cambridge - A towering Gothic chapel extends over this charming university city and its beautifully maintained residences.


Your journey


Delve into the heart of Shakespeare country on this 4 day tour. Historical cities that offer quintessentially English culture make way for the stunning valleys and scenery of the Peak District.

Taking in the peaks of Welsh mountains all the way to formidable castles, you experience the land that helped create The Bard’s most famous plays.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria
Returns
19.00
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, and one carry-on bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport on 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

Itinerary

Day 1

Departing from London, you travel to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon. Home to the beautiful gardens and thatched Tudor cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway, you have time to explore the charming village of Stratford.

Enjoy lunch in one of the quaint restaurants before heading to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron, set in a distinctive forested gorge on the River Severn. The amazing sights here were developed during the rise of Britain’s Industrial Revolution and there are many attractions within the site for you to learn more about this fascinating period.

From here, you travel to the medieval town of Chester, a town built with red sandstone that will offer you a cosy spot to rest over the next two nights.

Day 2

Your tour takes you to the heart of North Wales today. Firstly, you explore the picture book beauty of Conwy and its picturesque medieval castle. Built by Edward 1 in the 13th century, this estuary fortress offers spectacular views from the battlements.

Next, you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, delving into the massive Dinorwic slate quarries and the powerfully dramatic Pass of Llanberis under the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak.

Returning to Chester in the afternoon, you have spare time to discover the superbly maintained ancient settlement walls and the stunning cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture swathed in local and national history.

Day 3

Lying east of Chester are the stunning peaks and troughs of the Peak District National Park, a sublime mixture of impressive landscapes and charmingly quaint villages. Unbeatable scenery lines your route as you wind through the park’s inimitable landscape. After a visually spectacular drive, you arrive in the attractive village of Castleton, nestled at the head of the Vale of Hope. Overlooked by Peveril Castle, this hospitable place offers a chance for a pretty picnic and to enjoy the fine local fare.

In the afternoon, you make your way to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous mansion house and gardens at Chatsworth. Home to the Cavendish family, this renowned building is regularly named the UK’s favourite country house thanks to its fantastically large collection of furniture, priceless paintings, Old Master drawings and neo-classical sculptures. Leaving the steep hills behind, you head to the historic city of Lincoln, where you spend the night.

Day 4

A leisurely and relaxing morning in Lincoln awaits you. A city densely packed with history dating back to the Roman Empire, you are free to roam the pretty city centre streets, browse the locally sourced goods at the Central Market or stride the path up to the castle and incredible cathedral, once the tallest building in the world!

After an early lunch you head south to the university city of Cambridge. Home to one of the world’s finest universities, the iconic architecture of the 16th century Great Gate and the historic medieval streets surrounding it are a delight to behold. Wander through the world famous Kings College Chapel and stroll alongside the river Cam before heading back to London.

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Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay in Chester for two nights and Lincoln for one.


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 hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


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, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


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. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


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. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


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 rooms 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 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person 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. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. 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). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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