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Visit some of England's showpiece sights on this full-day trip to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle from London. Travel to Oxford for a walking tour of highlights including its beautiful, ivy-clad university colleges, libraries and chapels. Then, head to picturesque, half-timbered Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace. After free time to explore and have lunch here, 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, and snap plenty of Warwick Castle pictures as mementos!

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
  • Explore medieval Warwick Castle independently
  • All entrance fees and hotel pickup are included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Brilliant tour of some of the country's most famous sights. You see grand old Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's birthplace and the prestigious university colleges at Oxford.

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What You Can Expect

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

See Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon

Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and travel 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.

Next,  continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare, England’s greatest playwright, was born in 1564. Enjoy 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.

Afterward, 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 firelit 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.

Having explored the castle, reconvene with your guide and relax on your coach ride back to central London, where your tour concludes.

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Customer Reviews

Janet H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very impressed and highly recommend! Guide was great, very interesting and fun. We learned a lot of interesting things. We had enough time at each location to see it. Loved Warwick Castle, Oxford and Stator Upon Avon. Bus very nice and comfortable too.

Trisha C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was very nice - however be warned that the day starts off stressfully at Victoria Coach Station. However, once you're on the tour bus, you can sit back and relax. The tour guide we had was very informative and told us about each stop before we got there. It is a whistle stop tour, so you don't get much time at each location. We quickly made our way through Warwick Castle and ran back to the bus before heading off to Stratford-upon-Avon. We we're excited about this stop, but it was a disappointment. The Shakespeare museum was so packed wall-to-wall people that it didn't feel safe. It would have been nice to go see some other sites off the beaten track, like Anne Hathaway's house. The star of the show was Oxford. We enjoyed this tour so much, we want to go back and spend more time. Make sure you do Christ Church Oxford, because that made the entire tour worthwhile. Several people on tour who didn't select the option wanted to add it at that time, but weren't able to. We also got to skip the line and we made it in before the masses, which was nice. If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you will love this place. Parts of the movie we're actually filmed here and it was just a beautiful place to visit.

Cecilia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My guide was very knowledgable and went all the way to keep us informed and happy.

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour! Even though it is a full day tour, could use an extra half hour at each location to explore a little more.

kristin s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great guide! Even in the rain a wonderful day.

Judith N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was the best. We did several day trips and this was one of our favorites. We could have used about 30 more minutes at each stop....it was just a touch rushed along with in spite of that we would do it again.

Saurabh K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Trip was very good. Our tour coach was a knowledgeable person as well as very funny. Tea at Warwick castle was a cherry on top. However, timing to roam around in Oxford was very limited. Apart from it, I was also expecting to see some of the locations of Harry Potter movie scenes in this tour at Oxford but failed due to time shortage and non-inclusion of those colleges in this tour. Still, I would highly recommend this tour for 1st timer in UK.

Saida N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The trip was amazing! Lucy the tour guide and Malcolm the driver did excellent job.

Jemma C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We had an amazing day at these 3 locations, completely froze but had fun doing it! The guide was really entertaining with information on each of the places but also the insight into english life on the bus really made the travel time enjoyable. Highly recommend this trip!

Joe M A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour was great. sights were amazing. I only wish they had wi fi on the bus so we could look up things to compliment what our guide was saying. In addition, we took so many pictures, it would have been nice to have charging stations on the bus.

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