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Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswolds Tour from London with Lunch

21 reviews
| 10 hours


At a glance
Category: Tours, Day Trips
Duration: 10 hours
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Family friendly
Lunch included
Make your own way to the tour starting point in Victoria, central London, to meet your guide and group. Hop aboard a climate-controlled vehicle and journey from the city into the English countryside.

Begin with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, roughly two hours away. Explore the medieval market town and the half-timbered house where the legendary bard was born. Learn about Shakespeare's family from a fascinating collection of artifacts and experience how his extraordinary work is still relevant today.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. See where the iconic English writer spent his school years in this fascinating trip to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. Explore where it all started for the playwright, before he moved to London to bring his plays to the stage.

Continue to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens. See this historical English home — a thatched farmhouse containing original Tudor furniture — where Shakespeare courted his former bride. Meander the cottage’s gardens and grounds overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.

Complementary lunch pack included. Sit down to a box lunch aboard your vehicle and gaze out at the rolling hills and storybook villages as you ride through the Cotswolds, a designated "Area of Natural Beauty."

Stop for photo opportunities in three of the region's prettiest villages, including Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water, often described as the “Little Venice.”

After a day of sightseeing, arrive back in London at roughly 6:30pm. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.
Entry to Shakespeare’s birthplace
Entry to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens
Entry to Shakespeare's Schoolroom
Photo stops at Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury
Free Lunch Pack
Transportation by Luxury Air-Conditioned Coach
Professional Guide
Entry/Admission - Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
Hotel pickup and drop-off


Meeting point
Golden Tours, 4, Fountain Square, 121-151 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH, UK


Jan 2020

Great tour on Jan 5, 2020. Our driver Antonio did a wonderful job driving us to and from all the destinations safely and comfortably. Our guide Tom was one of the best informed, polite, and helpful we have ever had. He narrated the English history around Shakespeare and made it really interesting to us. The tour filled up the entire day but was not too taxing. It covered 5 different and interesting destinations. Highly recommended as a day tour from London.

Dec 2019

We are so glad we took this tour. The bus left on time. When we arrived at Cotswold, it was raining and the driver, Antonio, gave us ponchos (nice ones too). Ruth, the tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable. We were given a nice boxed lunch, which was a nice surprise. We stopped in a few places in Cotswold. Then, we went to Anne Hathaway's cottage, William Shakespeare's school, and home. I highly recommend this tour.

Nov 2019

The Tour Director and Driver were excellent. Visited two lovely villages in the Cotswolds. Also Ann Hathaway’s cottage and Shakespeare’s school, and museum. Enjoyed the visit and talk at the school. The packed lunch was a great idea which left me more time to spend at each location as we were allowed to eat the lunch on the bus.
Highly recommended tour

Aug 2019

My boyfriend and I enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Simon, was fantastic. He was efficient, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The Cotswolds is a cute and quaint area--definitely worth leaving London to see. The only disappointment about this tour is that it does not go to Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare's place of burial.

Aug 2019

Great time in Stratford-upon-Avon - wish we had more time there. Very interesting visit to schoolroom and excellent presentation

Aug 2019

Our guide Ivan and driver Maurice were superb. We had the best time. Ivan was very helpful, caring and punctual. It was a day well spent. Stratford upon Avon visit was a dream come true. We enjoyed Shakespear's School the most!!

Jul 2018

Amazing sites got to see. The Cotswold and other stops where beautiful. Great day out.Fantastic guide and driver. Driver was so nice he helped me up and down bus stairs as he could see i need help.Lovely day out lovely people.Great tour

Oct 2017

What a lovely day! Had the perfect amount of time in each location with a very friendly guide- can't get much better than that!

Oct 2017

A must see part of England, lots of very pretty villages and some interesting history regarding Shakespeare

Aug 2019

This tour would likely have been better with a good guide. Our guide Dolly was an absolute catastrophe. She was rude, disorganized and made constant racist comments. These comments targeted the Chinese, Americans, Meghan Markle and George Washington (yes the first president of the United States). She told stories that were made up and demonstrably false. The “lunch” they advertise was cheese on a roll, so bring something with you. They don’t allow enough time anywhere to actually eat. We were rushed through the stops in the Cotswolds and ended up with too much time in Stratford-upon-Avon. As we were about to leave for the ride back to London we were held up for half an hour because our bus left to pick up another group whose bus had broken down. When the bus returned there were not enough seats for everyone and an argument broke out. The other group refused to get off the bus and we all sat there waiting for another coach bus to arrive and take that group back. What a nightmare.

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