5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Escape busy London on a 5-day small-group tour to North Wales and the heart of England! Visit Stratford-upon-Avon to trace the footsteps of William Shakespeare; relax and enjoy the wilderness of Snowdonia National Park; visit the small town of Buxton and beautiful Chatsworth House in the Peak District; and explore the historical cities of York and Cambridge. Four nights of 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation is included, comprising two nights in Shrewsbury and two nights in York.

Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 5-day tour from London to North Wales and the heart of England
  • Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and see the sights that inspired Shakespeare's masterpieces
  • Discover the beautiful Peak District and visit the small town of Buxton
  • Visit Snowdonia National Park, home to Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon
  • Explore the historical cities of York and Cambridge
  • Enjoy four nights of 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Heart of England Tour from London: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Buxton and York

See beautiful Stratford on this 5-day tour of England!

Back in the 16th century, none of the inhabitants of Stratford-upon-Avon thought that their sleepy village would one day become one of the most important tourist attractions in the UK, but William Shakespeare, who was born there, certainly changed that. This famous town is the first stop of your 5-day tour from London to the heart of England. You’ll also visit Shrewsbury, where you’ll stay for two nights and York where you will spend two further nights in a 3-star guesthouse or 3-star hotel.

On your second day, visit Wales and the beautiful castle of Conwy. Continue through Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest mountain in Wales, and then visit the small spa village of Trefriw plus Llanberis, a favorite destination for lovers of the great outdoord.

Continue through the Peak District, a region of stunning landscapes, where you'll visit the small town of Buxton, and then head to Chatsworth House. Spend your final evening in the beautiful city of York. Explore its quaint cobblestone streets and see its magnificent monastery (St Mary's Abbey), and, of course, York Minster. Finally, stop in historic Cambridge on your way back to London.

Please note: breakfast is included in your accommodation and you'll have enough free time to enjoy lunch and dinner independently at your own expense.

Itinerary

Day 1: London Stratford-Upon-Avon Shrewsbury (B)
From London, head to Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Explore the beautiful, rural village and trace the playwright’s famous footsteps. Have lunch here (own expense) and continue your tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge, home to the first iron bridge in the world.

Then, make your way to the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury, where you’ll spend two nights in your choice of a bed-and-breakfast or hotel. Have free time to eat dinner in Shrewsbury (at own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Shrewsbury


Day 2: Shrewsbury Wales Shrewsbury (B)
After breakfast, your guide will lead you across the Welsh border into Northern Wales. Visit the castle of Conwy, which was built by Edward I and is an excellent example of a picture-book medieval castle.

After lunch in Conwy (own expense), move on to Snowdonia National Park. Take a look at the impressive Dinorwic slate quarry, and admire Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain. Then head to the small spa village of Trefriw, where you can enjoy free time before passing the village of Llanberis.

Return to Shrewsbury in the early evening and have dinner there in one of the various restaurants (at own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Shrewsbury

Day 3: Shrewbsury Peak District York (B)
After breakfast, head to the Peak District with its spectacular landscape, perfect for photos! Visit the pretty village of Castleton, home to Peveril Castle. Enjoy lunch in one of the local village pubs (own expense).

Stop at Chatsworth House, seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the setting for the hit Jane Austen film adaption, Pride and Prejudice. Choose to either visit the house (own expense) and admire its fine collection of furniture, paintings and Neo-Classical sculptures, or take a walk through the woods with your guide to the nearby village of Eyam.

Leave the Derbyshire hills by coach and travel through Sherwood Forest, home to legendary Robin Hood, on your way to the historical city of York. Check in to your hotel, enjoy the evening in the city and have dinner in one of the various restaurants (own expense)

Day 4: York (B)
Spend today at leisure exploring York, a city with a rich history that dates back to Roman times. Visit beautiful York Minster, or get lost in the maze of narrow streets with their ancient city walls. Eat lunch at one of York's many cafes, restaurants or bars, or take an optional half-day excursion (own expense) into the Yorkshire Dales to visit the pretty market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon and see the remote valleys and rugged scenery of the Eastern Dales. Then, enjoy an afternoon of free time in York.

Day 5: York Cambridge London (B)
After breakfast, start your journey south to London via the town of Stamford to admire its fine collection of historic buildings. Stop for lunch, and then continue to the city of Cambridge for a walking tour with your guide. Marvel at the city's majestic architecture and medieval streets, and pose for pictures in front of Kings College Chapel before returning to London in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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 and then to the Ironbridge area on the River Severn, 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.
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! 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 and B style hotel. On Monday, 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. It was a great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

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