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Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest - and oldest - universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges which make up the university are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. We enjoy an extended walking tour of the glorious city, taking in sights such as the grand college of Christ Church, home to Oxford’s Cathedral and the university’s largest quad. So atmospheric is the college’s dining hall that it was chosen as a key location in the Harry Potter films. The college’s famous students include Albert Einstein and Lewis Carroll, who wrote his enchanting tales of Alice in Wonderland here.
The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language and home to the theatres of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare lies buried. There are some wonderful half-wooden buildings that date back to Shakespeare’s time, including the famous cottage of Anne Hathaway, who married the great writer in 1582. You can even see the school Shakespeare attended. Our tour includes a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace, before we enjoy lunch in a 15th century inn in the picturesque Cotswolds.
This is the greatest medieval castle in Britain. With a history that dates back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle will take you back in time to a world of sumptuous banquets, bloody battles and royal splendour. Enter over the footbridge and explore the castle’s ramparts, towers and gardens. Enjoy a traditional British scone and some tea as you listen to a unique history talk from one of the castle’s resident experts. Visit the waxwork displays of Madame Tussauds, where you can watch, and hear, the Earl of Warwick’s preparations for battle. Feeling brave? Then take a look at the ghostly dungeons where prisoners were tortured. Alternatively, relax with a stroll through the castle’s beautiful gardens.
- All entrance charges included. Lunch not included.