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Offered in: English


Explore peaceful scenery and medieval cities on this 5-day tour from London to Wales and central England. Follow the footsteps of William Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, see the epic peaks of Wales’ Snowdonia; and discover Chatsworth House and the spectacular landscapes of the Peak District. Finally, admire the historical highlights of York and sublime university city of Cambridge on route back to London. Four nights’ 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York, and travel by Mercedes minivan are included. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
  • 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
Get to know beautiful central England and north Wales on this 5-day tour from London, with an expert guide. Leaving London behind, head for Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and an essential fixture on many England visitors’ bucket lists. After a 2-night stay in the pretty town of Shrewsbury and time to appreciate Wales’ awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park; explore the sweeping landscapes of England’s Peak District and then spend two nights in history-rich York. Finally, visit Cambridge as you wend your way back to London, where your tour ends.
Your tour includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable Mercedes minivan, plus two nights’ accommodation in a 3-star guesthouse or hotel (your choice) in both Shrewsbury and York in turn. Daily breakfasts are included, as is free time each day for you to enjoy lunch and dinner at your own expense. Entrance fees to attractions are not included.


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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Sep 2017

If you want to be absorbed in beautiful landscapes and history, then this is for you!!! A small group made this tour even better. Our driver/guide, Ambrose was fabulous, with his personality and knowledge of the countryside and all it had to offer. Castles, Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Richard III, Guy Fawkes, the Rollright stones, Yorkminster, Kings College, right up my alley. York was absolutely amazing I just wish there had been more time but so much to do in the time allowed, walking tour, ghost tour, museums and much more. Cambridge too, is a must go back there, place on my list. Lodgings were at some gorgeous, welcoming, B and B and were A1.

, Aug 2017

Great tour and Jeff was a great guide

, Oct 2015

Great trip. Spent quite a bit of time in the mini coach but were able to explore villages etc.

, Jul 2015

The places we went were very interesting and worth seeing and the accomodation excellent. What wasn't good was that the tour guide was late on the first and third day, did not communicate well and the address system was broken on the bus and there was a complete lack of interest from him in getting a new headset. So 5 days with no commentary! If it wasn't for road signs we would not have known where we were. I would recommend this tour but not with Rabbies.

, Jul 2015

Jeff: was just wonderful ! He made our trip so mush more than just a tour.

, Jun 2015

First B and B was a little small, in the attic, not cool enough, wifi was too weak. But other than that, a great trip!

, Oct 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!

, Oct 2014

This tour was amazing!

, Oct 2014

This tour was amazing!

, Aug 2014

Our driver Ambrose was very informative and friendly. The B and B's were lovely. Would book tour with Viator again.

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