Shakespeare's Stratford and the Cotswolds
Activity code: 17
- Experience the glorious beauty and rich history of Shakespeare’s birthplace
- See the half-timbered house where the famous Bard was born
- Visit his bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and garden
- Explore where it all began in Shakespeare's Schoolroom
- Take a trip to the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Stop off at two picturesque towns – Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water
- Travel in a luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- No need for a printer - E-tickets are accepted on this tour! The hassle-free alternative.
- Cancelled bookings up to 24 hours before travel receive a full refund
- This tour operates in English and Mandarin
Whether you’re taking a literary pilgrimage, embarking on a historical adventure or simply want to visit one of the most outstandingly beautiful areas of England, this day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds is truly unforgettable.
First stop on the trip is the picturesque and richly historical town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Hometown to arguably the most revered writer on the planet, William Shakespeare, pay a visit to the beautiful half-timbered house within which the legendary playwright was born. Your expert guide will give you insights into his childhood and the way people lived back then.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Next up, is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. An unassuming, quaint thatched farmhouse, this amazing piece of history features many original items of family furniture, including the Hathaway bed. Surrounded by stunning gardens, see where Shakespeare courted his future bride.
From 1st April, you’ll get to explore where it all began for the world’s famous writer at Shakespeare’s schoolroom. Explore the inspiring surroundings that spurred him to become the incredible playwright that we now know him as! Walk in the Bard’s footsteps and learn of the lessons he would have taken. A fascinating insight into the early life of Shakespeare!
The Cotswolds - Bourton-on-the-water and Bibury
The Cotswolds is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the breathtaking scenery is dotted with tiny English villages that look like they have jumped out of a storybook. Enjoy photostops at Bibury, a town that William Morris once described as ‘the most beautiful village in England’, Bourton-on-the-Water, known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its series of low bridges and tidy stones.
After a wonderful day of sightseeing, arrive back to London at the approximate time of 7:30pm.
What's Included in the tour
What's Excluded in the tour
- To see our social distancing and health and safety policy, click here
- Our vehicles are modern, comfortable, and kept to the highest standards of cleanliness, including a deep clean every day
- Bookings made after midnight for the same day will get vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used
- *During Peak Periods, Additional Vehicles Without Wi-Fi May Be Used
- You must bring the e-ticket provided to gain entry to this tour.
Days of Operation:
April to November: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
December to March: Thursday & Sunday
Departure point: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH
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Directions from Victoria Station to Bulleid Way: Exit Victoria Station via the Buckingham Palace Road Entrance, to the right of the Gatwick Express platforms. Turn left and walk down Buckingham Palace Road until you reach the first main junction. When it’s safe to do so, cross the road at the traffic lights and turn left. Walk around 20 yards, before turning right into Bulleid Way. Your coach will NOT depart from Victoria Coach Station.
Return Point: Golden Tours Visitors Centre, Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH, which is a 3 minute walk to Victoria station.
Due to a legal working hour’s restriction for drivers, if your tour arrives back into London after 7:45pm, you will be dropped off at Gloucester Road Underground Station, not Victoria. Your driver will drop you off within a couple of minutes’ walk to Gloucester Road Underground Station. Gloucester Road is in Zone 1 and is three stops on the Circle or District Lines to Victoria. The Piccadilly Line also runs through Gloucester Road, where it is only 5 stops to Piccadilly Circus.