• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Visit some of England's top sights on this full-day trip to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle from London. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon for a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom before it opens to the public. Continue to Warwick Castle, Britain’s greatest medieval fortress. Soak up its colorful history brought alive by actors, Madame Tussauds' waxworks, and special effects, as you explore independently. Then travel to Oxford for a walking tour of highlights including its ivy-clad university colleges, libraries, and chapels.

Highlights

  • Day trip from London to Warwick Castle, Stratford and Oxford
  • Enjoy a full day of sightseeing around England's beautiful countryside and historical towns
  • In Oxford, enjoy a walking tour and see the famous university colleges
  • See Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Take a private tour of Shakespeare's Schoolroom before it opens to the public
  • Explore medieval Warwick Castle independently

What You Can Expect

Oxford, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from London

See Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon

Depart Victoria Station by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare, England’s greatest playwright, was born in 1564. Head to Shakespeare's Schoolroom, attended by Shakespeare in the 1570s, and take a private tour before it opens to the general public, including a lesson in the schoolroom.

Afterward, take some free time to explore this charming market town, famous for its half-timbered buildings and the theaters of the hallowed Royal Shakespeare Company. Perhaps take in the views of the pretty Avon River as its snakes past Holy Trinity church, the burial place of Shakespeare, and if you wish, visit other history-steeped sites such as Shakespeare’s childhood home or school.

Have lunch (own expense) at your choice of the town's many cafes and restaurants, and then drive on to Warwick, home to Warwick Castle. Dating to the 11th century, this magnificent fortress is Britain’s greatest medieval castle and will instantly transport you back to a world of royal jousts, bloody battles and fire-lit banquets. 

Head inside, and after an introduction to the castle’s history, enjoy ample time to explore on your own. Stroll around the towers and ramparts, and experience the eerie dungeons and chambers where history is brought to life with actors, special effects and waxworks from the famous Madame Tussauds. Be sure to visit other areas of the building such as the lavish State Rooms and impressive Great Hall, once the heart of castle life, and where the nobility ate, drank and slept.

Continue north to Oxford, one of England’s most beautiful cities and home to one of the world’s oldest and most renowned universities.

On arrival, take a walking tour to admire the architectural and historical highlights of this glorious university city. Stroll around the honey-colored streets and passageways, and learn about the university’s famous colleges as you behold their ivy-bedecked walls, courtyards, chapels and libraries.

Afterward, reconvene with your guide and relax on your coach ride back to central London, where your tour concludes.

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Customer Reviews

Rihanna Haryant M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour guide was splendid and very knowledgeable. The sights of the town and Warwick Castle was awesome.

Terri W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing tour with the best guide (David) and bus driver ever! David was incredibly knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about the UK. His insights made the trip exciting! The bus driver was a safe driver who kept us on time and even went out of his way to help us learn how to get back to our hotel

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I loved loved loved Stratford. The time there is interactive and unique. There was a market going on in the town and there wasn't time to participate, but that was understandable. I could have spent all day there. Warwick Castle is very commercial. The building is imposing, but knowing what I know now, it is not a must see. We took the Tour on a weekend and were not able to enter the buildings at Oxford, something I would have loved to do. I would love to see these tours focus on just two locations and give you more time for each, however, given the structure, I felt this tour gave more time at each place than most.

Our guide was Claudia. I cannot say enough good things about her. Knowledgeable, kind and found the right balance and talking and remaining quiet. I took 3 tours with Viator this trip, and Claudia was definitely the best guide.

So, bottom line is given that these tours are designed to give you a taste of several areas and given Claudia...5 stars.

CHARLES L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour. Richard, the guide was exceptional. Long day, but SO WORTH IT!!

George W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We thoroughly enjyed the tour and our guide, and felt the time given to each location was just about right. Warwick was described by some as a Disneyland, but wher else could you eat inside a real castle albeit a weak lunch. Shakespeare's school was a real experience. Would recommend this tour.

NEVILLE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We would rate the trip at five stars! It started out at the Victoria Coach Station which should not be confused with the other two Victoria stations and the bus station was confusing to a newbie, but the Premier Tours folks at gate 19 were well organized. The tour consisted of three 1 1/2 to two hour bus trips between activities and then 1 1/2 to two hours at each site. The tour guide, Ann Marie, did an excellent job of explaining and guiding us and, in general, made the trip more enjoyable. Some may think it was a long time on a bus, but it didn't feel that way and it was interesting to see some much of the countryside.

Bodfam6

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I really loved this day trip. We saw so much in one day! Our guide was very kind and full of great information. I would book this again in a heartbeat!

locamalcher

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour is very good and the guide John very knowledge about everything, the time is correct and the bus confortable, the driver Martin is also very good.
The visit to Shakespeares house and school, Warwick Castle and Oxford worth every penny spended and the day was wounderfull.
If you like to see medieval places, this is one of the trips I recommend.
A lot of people talk about the comercial side of Warwick castle, but all revert to conservation which make possible for us to visit

Vanessa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing tour, a long day but totally worth it! The tour guide was fantastic he was so knowledgeable providing a great introduction to each site and general history along the way. I absolutely loved this tour and would highly recommend!

Pitch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I highly recommend this trip. It is well organized and our guide, Claudia, was very good. The day started at Warwick Castle which is an interesting, an very old, castle. We have just under two hours to spend there. Next was a visit to the birthplace of William Shakespeare. After an informative trip through his family home, we were given plenty of time to explore the town on our own. We arranged our own lunch there in Stratford and I enjoyed a very good lunch at a local pub. The last stop was to Christ Church, Oxford. Wonderful!!! The only negative thing of this trip is that because of the time change at this time of year, the sun went down at 4:45 so we left Oxford in the dark. Otherwise, the day was well worth it!

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