Itinerary ideas: Heart of England
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
Heart of England
What's it all about?
Central England has so much to offer that this 10 day tour is simply not long enough! Taking in sights that range from the English Cotswolds to Shakespeare's Stratford and the historic city of Oxford, this tour is packed with beauty and history. Lovers of nature will appreciate the ancient beauty that has remained untouched as civilisations and have come and gone.
Region: Central England
Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Transport options: Vehicle hire
Start and End: Flexible
Inclusions: 9 nights B&B and hotel, car hire with insurance, Entrance fees, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: GPS system, meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
Heart of England Itinerary
Day 1-2: Oxford
Arrive in Oxford, check into your Great British Trips partner hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring Oxford's charming centre including it's fantastic historic university buildings and museums. The famous university city of Oxford has plenty to see and you'll have 2 full days to explore its delights, which include its many colleges. Christ Church College was where 13 British prime ministers were educated, and also a film location for the Harry Potter films. You can also visit Magdolen College with its unusual gargoyles and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest public libraries in the world. On your second day you could also take half a day out to visit Blenheim Palace just outside Oxford. The palace has over 200 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens and of course the stunning palace itself.
Day 3 - 4: Cotswolds
From Oxford it's just a short hop for 2 days into the Cotswolds. We'll hire you a car for the next few days so you can travel to your hotel situated in one of the quintessential Cotswold towns, and then have the freedom to get out and explore one of the most picturesque regions of England. The Cotswolds comprise an area of gentle hills dotted with pretty little villages with honey-coloured stone, manor houses, charming churches, dry-stone walls and country pubs in abundance.
Day 5: Stratford Upon Avon
You'll drive to Stratford Upon Avon, most famous for its literary hero William Shakespeare who was born here in 1564. Shakespeare who spent most of his life here has 5 houses linked to him which can be visited, and you can also take in one of his famous plays at one of the Royal Shakespeare Company's fine theatres in the town.
Day 6: Warwick
Today you will make your way to Warwick, most famous for its extremely well preserved medieval castle. Spend an entire day exploring the castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068, whether it rains or shines, it's a fabulous day out offering a blend of history and fun for adults and children.
Day 7: Ironbridge Gorge
Today you will drive to the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire which makes it one of the country's most interesting destinations for geographers, historians, geologists, and tourists.There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the wild River Severn - still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge.
On day 8, you'll make your way south to the towns of Great Malvern and Tewkesbury. Spend some time in the quaint Malvern Hills and in particular the Victorian Spa-Town of Great Malvern with its steep rambling streets, tree lined avenues and a miniature mountain range as its backdrop. Tewkesbury is lying on the western fringes of the Cotswolds and renowned for having one of the best Tudor townscapes in Britain. The town has a beautiful abbey, and the excellent Countryside museum. After spending more time visiting the area, your tourwill end in Oxford where you will drop your hire car off.