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Spires, Shires & Shakespeare: Oxford, Cotswold and Stratford upon Avon Small Group Tour

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    • Adult (16+)
    • Child (3-15)
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Key Highlights

  • History, natural beauty and English pride covered in one full day tour
  • Visit the oldest classroom at Oxford University and stroll around the old city
  • Take the off-the-beaten track and experience charming hamlets of The Cotswolds
  • See the birthplace of the Great Bard William Shakespeare
  • Your guide will have loads of stories to share throughout the tour
  • Group of 16 and travel in a minibus makes the experience intimate and comfortable
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Overview

    Against the envy of less happier lands,

    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. – William Shakespeare

    Lets journey away to green fields, rambling hills, spires and shires of the English countryside with this guided tour of Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon.

    The ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ Oxford needs no introduction. During a fascinating walk, we will explore the University founded in 1167 and still operating within its traditional collegiate system. The guide will take us to the University’s oldest classroom, known for its intricate ceiling patterns and tall windows. When you enter the class, imagine students studying and discussing theology and giving their oral exams amidst the gorgeous Tudor arches. Stroll some more around the college buildings and the old city.

    Open countryside crisscrossed by dry stonewalls and bustling market towns with magnificent perpendicular churches, that is The Cotswolds for you. We will take the narrow country lanes that leads to less-touristy hamlets like Burford, Bourton on the Water and the Rissingtons. With a variety of different villages there is something to see around every corner of The Cotswolds. It is here that we will take a lunch break at the quaint little town of Stow-on-the-Wold, known for its historic market square.

    Tour Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Travel around town in a minibus and look outside the window as you drive past Tudor-styled buildings that exists from the time Shakespeare lived here. There is a lovely river that winds its way through the town and past the beautiful Holy Trinity church, where the Great Bard was buried. Your first stop at Stratford will be the house where Shakespeare was born. Listen closely to your guide as he tells you about the poet’s formative years and what inspired him to be part of theatre. Then it will be time for some photo ops at the cottage in Shottery where Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway grew up.

    About the Supplier: As the name suggests, International Friends, are your real buddies for tours in England. Their guides give you in-depth insights into the places that you visit with them and often take off-the-beaten route to show you more than what other tours offer. Why we like them? The city breaks from International Friends are limited to 16 people that guarantee an intimate and personalized experience.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday


    11 hours approx.

    Start time

    Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street: 7:15am

    Hard Rock Hotel, Marble Arch: 7:30am

    Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road: 7:45am

    When departing from Oxford: 8:30am and 9:30am

    Meeting Point

    When departing from London: Make your way to either of the below locations:

    Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street. Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.

    Outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch.

    Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside the hotel entrance). Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road.

    Oxford Departure: Make your way outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street.

    Ending Point

    London Victoria Station

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation
    • Guide
    • Admission to Shakespeare's birthplace
    • Admission to Divinity School, Oxford
    • Walking tour of Oxford
    • The Cotswolds villages


    • Hotel transfers (we’ll see you there)
    • Meals (it will be feast for your eyes)
  • Please note

     The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the start point 10 minutes early.

    Cumberland Hotel has been renamed to 'Hard Rock Hotel'.

    We ensure that the tour runs on time, however at times the itinerary might be revised due to weather, traffic conditions, etc.

    In London, your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre at the end of the tour. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

    If you are departing from Oxford, taxi transfers are applicable only on weekdays. On Sunday pick up would be directly from Broad Street.

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