Boxing Day Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle with Lunch

We begin Boxing day with a visit to the university town of Oxford.  Enjoy a walking tour and pass the Bodleian Library and many colleges.  Next we drive through the pretty Cotswolds village as we head towards Stratford-Upon-Avon.  See William Shakespeare’s; the famous writer’s birthplace, before we sit down for  lunch in a historic pub in the market town of Stratford.  After refreshments we then travel to Warwick Castle.  Enter the State Rooms and see Victorian party preparations on this medieval experience.

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Tour Highlights

  • Medieval Warwick Castle
  • Drive through the scenic Cotswolds
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Walking tour of Oxford
  • Entry to Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Luxury coach
  • Professional guide
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72% humidity
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Tour Schedule

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a medieval delight that will whisk you straight back to the Middle Ages!  This 1,100 year old castle sits in 60 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens and immerses visitors in medieval life. During your visit to Warwick Castle, you can see the Great Hall and the State Rooms, fully restored to their 17th century elegance!  These rooms are home to the Castle’s most prized artefacts.  Experience the sights and smells of 15th century battle and climb to the top of the towers on the rampart trail – this is no ordinary castle experience! (Please note that entrance to Warwick Castle Dungeon is not included in this tour.)


After visiting Warwick Castle, the tour will drive through the Cotswolds as we head to Stratford-upon-Avon.  The Cotswolds are known for their natural beauty and feature lush green hills, quaint villages and market towns.  It’s the English countryside at its very best!


Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is a bustling market town on the River Avon.  You will visit the pretty town to see the half timbered house when the world’s most famous playwright was born as your guide tells you all about his life in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Walk through the rooms where Shakespeare was born and subsequently grew up during a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. This half-timbered house has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years and gives a fascinating insight into the life of the playwright.

Take a break from your Boxing Day sightseeing with a two course lunch at a historic pub.

Walking Tour of Oxford

Oxford has been known as a centre of academic excellence for over 900 years!  Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford boasts a mixture of architecture from different periods.  You will see some of Oxford’s beautiful landmarks and buildings during a walking tour of the city that will take you to view the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College.

This tour will arrive back in London at approximately 19.00pm.

Important Information

2 Course lunch menu

Traditional fish and chips or Lasagne.

Christmas pudding with water, tea of coffee.

Departure details

Date of Departure: Tuesday 26 December 2017

Check-in time: 08:00am
Departure time: 08:30am
Return (approx.): 19:00pm

Departure Point: 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH
Return Point: Victoria


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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