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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.

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!

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.

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Customer Reviews

Bethany K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

Katherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!

Liza N

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!

Dorina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

Dorina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

Diane O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Top tour.

Diane O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

A fabulous tour through amazing countryside and historic towns. Small group is the way to go. Great B and B's and plenty of private time to explore. Just one recommendation - an extra night in York would have been a bonus.

RobnVince

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Weather at the time of pick up was appauling with flood warnings out and driving down the motorway was an aqua adventure. Our Bus Driver Ouen was a very entertaining fellow telling us many stories of his home in Wales and also where we were travelling to that day. By the time we arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon the rain had died down and we were able to walk around this beautiful part of England at our leasure. Even though traveling through the North of Wales was overcast and mist rain, it didn't stop us seeing and experiencing this panouramic area full of history and amazing scenery. Definitely travel with Rabbies again.

Louise S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Highly enjoyable tour.Tour guide was friendly and informative. Places visited were interesting and enough time was allowed for a good look around.

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