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Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages Day Trip from London

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21 reviews
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London
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Overview

At a glance
Category: Day Trips
Duration: 1 day
Highlights
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Multiple departure times and locations available
All entrance fees included
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Description
After our central London pickups we make our way to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford- Upon- Avon. You will be given a short orientation walking tour. Millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts flock here annually to relive his life and appreciate his work. You will also be given some free time to explore Stratford where you may enjoy discovering more about Shakespeare’s life by visiting Ann Hathaway’s cottage and gardens (entrance not included) or perhaps you may enjoy shopping in Stratford with its many choices ranging from gift shops to antique shops, boutiques to bookshops and plenty more.

We then take a scenic drive through the beautiful Cotswolds villages, an area in Southern England renowned for its beauty and unspoilt honey stone-built houses, historical towns and stately homes and gardens. The coach will stop at certain point so that you can take some wonderful pictures of the scenery and surroundings.

Our last stop of the day is to the city of Oxford, otherwise known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, where you will enjoy a walking tour with your guide who will point out many points of interest such as The Sheldonian Theatre, Balliol College and the museum of History of Science. You will again be given some free time to take a look around the city. You may wish to visit some of the points pointed out to you on your walking tour or perhaps visit the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford (please note: some of the colleges may be shut during certain times of the year and admission fees may apply) or maybe climb the Carfax tower for magnificent views of the city.

After a full day we will begin our journey back to central London arriving at approximately 7pm (your tour manager will give you an exact time and location to meet back at the coach).

Please note: From 1st April 2018, entrance to Shakespeare's birthplace will not be included in the tour. Instead, a guided walking tour of Stratford upon Avon will be provided.
Inclusions
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Walking tour
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Gratuities (optional)
Local Attraction Entrances

Location

Meeting point
Pickup from designated meeting points in central London

Reviews

joshie_cox,
Dec 2017

It was raining on the day of our tour but that did not dampen the spirits of our tour guide Christina. She did an excellent job giving us the stories behind each college in Oxford and answered all our questions. She was pleasant, funny and well informed. We also enjoyed Startford upon Avon visiting Shakespeare's birth house and the little villages in Cotswold.

Lois Anne D,
Oct 2017

This was a charming trip in every way, except for the timing. My companion and I are huge Shakespeare fans and we needed more time in Stratford. But the things we wanted to see were just too spread out to reach all of them.We might have been better off doing a separate trip to Stratford. Otherwise, this trip to the Midlands was a pleasant journey outside the city, giving us a taste of the English countryside. Oxford lived up to the imagination as the classic university town and the thatched cottages of the Cotswolds tickled the imagination. Its a tour that recreated many a literary landscape for myself and my companion, particularly since both of us are or have been English teachers.

Pamy T,
Jan 2018

I had fun on the tour! Stratford was amazing, and the stop at Cotswold was lovely. I found Oxford interesting as well, but not as enjoyable. If I had to make a tiny tweak to the itinerary, I'd spend maybe an extra half hour at Stratford and make up for it by spending slightly less time in Oxford.

Bridget S,
Nov 2017

We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable on the areas we stopped at. The size of the group was great and the transportation was very accommodating.

Carol W,
Aug 2017

Great excursion! Pick up prompt. Great guide. Would recommend this trip

Sarah T,
Aug 2017

Our tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and fun during the day. The only reason this tour is not getting 5 stars is the organization of the day. Honestly, this tour had a little too much crammed into one day. All the places we visited were great, but there was a general rushing of time and there was not nearly enough time to stay and enjoy everything. Also, if you are rushing around to see everything on your free time, you will do a LOT of walking. My pedometer said 27,000 steps at the end of this day, and I was beat.
When we got to Stratford, we waited in line for group admission into Shakespeare's birthplace. Finally, my friend and I decided to just go do our own exploring, because there was less than 2 hours to see everything. It was sad we had to make that choice, but I will have to just make a plan to go back to Stratford one day to give myself more time.
The Cotswolds were beautiful, but because we were behind on time, we only had a 10 minute stop in one town, so there wasn't really time to see much of that. It would be better to cut that out of the tour and see that on a separate full day.
Finally, Oxford included a walking tour. It is a beautiful city, and I am curious if they still do tours on the Oxford campus, though, when there are students there for the school year. Either way, pop into the Eagle and Child. They have signatures of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others on one of their walls. I thought it was neat, if you are into literature at all.

Christopher T,
Jul 2017

... after a little hiccup with the tour company operating this trip, they were able to rectify the situation and we were treated to a smaller private tour. There is plenty of free time to explore on your own, and the guide that was assigned to us was quite knowledgable.

Evan P,
Sep 2017

Although we did enjoy seeing these sights, we felt that more dialogue as to the sights that we passed in the bus would have made the trip more interesting.

Christopher R,
Jul 2017

This was a fun way to spend the day outside of London. You don't really get much time at any location but it was nice to see Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. Our tour guide was very informative, especially about Shakespeare.

Anca,
May 2017

Anderson tour was not a good choise for Oxford tour. We had a totaly unexperienced guide, Sandra, who didn and #39;t provide any information about Oxford. She was talking about places to eat and our tip at the end of the trip. Avoid Anderson, avoid Sandra!