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Discover the quintessential charm of the English countryside on a full-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds from Oxford. With a knowledgeable guide, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, to discover the rich historical heritage of the area. Stop at Anne Hathaway’s quaint cottage and then discover a selection of charming villages in the Cotswold’s region. Conclude your day with a comprehensive walking tour of Oxford and marvel at the architectural grandeur of the historical university city.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford
  • Discover several of England’s beloved historical sites with an expert guide
  • Tour Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Pose for photos outside Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Shottery
  • Enjoy photo stops in stunning Cotswolds villages such as Burford and Lower Slaughter
  • Explore the university city of Oxford and learn about famous alumni such as Andrew Lloyd Webber

What You Can Expect

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Greet your knowledgeable guide at a central Oxford location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for Stratford-upon-Avon. Get acquainted with the rich history of Shakespeare’s birthplace as you travel, and then embark on a panoramic coach tour of the town on arrival. See the Holy Trinity Church, site of the playwright’s baptism, and then disembark at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a former cottage transformed into a museum. 
Enrich your literary knowledge further with a stop at the thatched cottage of Anne Hathaway, the wife of Shakespeare. Capture photographs outside of the quaint house and then travel onwards to the Cotswolds, a beautiful region famed for its charming villages and stunning scenery. Weave your way down narrow country lanes and enjoy whistle-stop tours of Burford and Upper and Lower Slaughter before revitalizing with lunch in the traditional market town Stow-on-the-Wold. 
Return to your coach refreshed and relax during the journey back to Oxford. On arrival, embark on a comprehensive walking tour of the historical city and see notable buildings belonging to the prestigious Oxford University. Listen to anecdotes surrounding famous figures who attended the university and see sites used to filmed the famous Harry Potter movies. 
Bid your guide farewell near Oxford train station and continue exploring independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

Sharon P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a fantastic tour, Will the guide was excellent putting history into context and just the right amount of group time and free time

Sonny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A good tour of the Cotswolds and Stratford-On-Avon, but be forewarned that it is not really enough time to explore Oxford.

Kent F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Debbie and Mike were excellent tour guides. They were flexible to accommodate our interests, but very punctual throughout the day. Debbie answered all our questions about the history and operation of Oxford University and its colleges, and Mike had an experienced guide's knowledge about what was important to see in the Cotswolds and Stratford. Like Debbie, he also had an extensive knowledge of the history and folklore of the area.

grace.cc.chang

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2016

This tour was very enjoyable and educational. However, I was very frustrated when I realized that we were never informed that the tour included transportation from and to London. My husband and I wasted a lot of time and money on train tickets. There should be better communication from Viator.

Catherine S

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

We felt very rushed through the tour. Our driver was entertaining and informative and quite speedy! The walking tour of Oxford was very informative but again very short. It was a full day.

HELEN W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2016

Very disappointing day. Very rushed. Very little commentary. No map. No time to enter Anne Hathaway's cottage. Rushed through Cotswalds villages. Could not recommend.

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