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

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • 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
Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Oxford walking tour
Admission to Shakespeare's Birthplace & Divinity School Oxford
Explore Cotswolds villages the big buses cannot get to!
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 (at your own expense) 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 film the famous Harry Potter movies. 

Bid your guide farewell near Oxford train station and continue exploring independently if you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shakespeare's Birthplace
Meet your guide in central Oxford, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and head to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born. Learn about the town’s famous ex-resident on a minibus tour of Stratford, including his school and the Holy Trinity Church where the playwright and poet was baptized and buried. Hop out of your minivan and head inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace — now a museum — and see a range of exhibits about the beloved bard.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
Next, make a brief stop in Shottery for photos of the thatched-roof English cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.
Pass By:  
Holy Trinity Church
Photo stop
Stop At:  
Burford Library
Then, continue to the Cotswolds, the attractive region that prospered from its wool trade during the Middle Ages. Admire the scenery as you travel along tiny one-track lanes through gently rolling hills, and gaze at the golden-stone villages, green pastures and pretty churches that adorn the landscape. With your guide, walk around the village of Burford, explore the delightful Coln Valley and tour the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bourton on the Water
Part of the Cotswolds tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square
Included as part of the Cotswolds tour
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Christ Church
Upon your return to Oxford, we'll set off on a walking tour around the genteel city, famed for its prestigious university. Stroll around the city center and look out for the some of the notable university buildings, seeing some of the eminent colleges such as All Souls, Christ Church and Divinity School, and learn about the well-known writers, artists and politicians who studied inside the colleges’ walls. Hear about the lives of JR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll — who each lived in the city — and see places used as filming sites in the popular Harry Potter movies. Your tour then concludes near Oxford train station, leaving you free to continue exploring the city's narrow streets and lanes as you wish.
Pass By:  
All Souls College
Pass by on the tour of Oxford
Stop At:  
The Divinity School
Enjoy a visit to Oxford University's oldest classroom, the 15th century Divinity School.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
International Friends
Tour with International Friends
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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HATCF
, Aug 2019
Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Was already in Oxford so was surprised that guide came with a group of people from London and then proceeded to give a short tour of Oxford. Would have preferred more time in Stratford instead of just 1 hour.
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It was a full day but we were glad...
Kerry W
, Aug 2017
It was a full day but we were glad to see everything in the area. The guide gave us a lot of interesting information.
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Absolutely fantastic tour! Guide...
Kristan B
, Jan 2017
Absolutely fantastic tour! Guide was great! Would have loved a tour of the Cotswolds but I guess there is only so much one can do in a day! Would highly recommend
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This tour was very enjoyable and...
grace.cc.chang
, Sep 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.
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This was a fantastic tour, Will the...
Sharon P
, Jun 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
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We felt very rushed through the...
Catherine S
, Oct 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.
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A good tour of the Cotswolds and...
Sonny
, Mar 2015
A good tour of the Cotswolds and Stratford-On-Avon, but be forewarned that it is not really enough time to explore Oxford.
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Debbie and Mike were excellent tour...
Kent F
, Oct 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.
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