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Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Day Trip


Spend quality time in the Bard's hometown & wander the best of the thatched roof, golden stone 'honey pots'


Includes 'Downton Abbey' filming locations, Bampton & Swinbrook villages!

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Full Day from London

The region of the "The Heart of England" is famed for many things including quaint, thatched roof cottage villages, ancient market towns, charming antique and tea shops and, of course, a wondrous literary heritage. Come and enjoy a taste of 'Olde' England!


Our day sees us visiting the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, where you can discover the charming town and Shakespeare connections. Your visit will include time in the local church, burial place for the Bard, and the town centre, full of historic Tudor era buildings and lovely shops. Choose to visit the "in town" Shakespeare Houses as you please using the Shakespeare's Birthplace Pass (entrances included to your choice of Hall's Croft, Nash's House & New Place, and the iconic Shakespeare's Birthplace.)


The rest of our day will be spent day wandering through the wonderful Cotswolds villages, the inspiration for Tolkien as 'The Shire.' See ancient parish churches and market towns unchanged over the centuries, like Bibury, The Slaughters and Stow-on-the-Wold. There are the villages of Bampton & Swinbrook, each used as locations ofr the popular TV show Downton Abbey. Each village is unique and pretty in its own right and, if there is an interest, we might find time for a stop in a tea shop or antique shop en-route. With our small vehicle, we'll get where larger coaches can't and avoid the commercialized 'honey-pots,' discovering the best!


Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.


This is a suggested tour itinerary and can be modified to best you your individual wishes.

London Day Trips

A private/custom London day trip is a standard day up to 9 hours total, typically 09:00 - approximately 18:00 - variable by request. You would be picked up from and returned to your central London hotel.


Entrance fees and cost of lunch are not included in your up front rate quote and would be paid directly during your touring day.


The final price may vary per specific requirements but as a rough estimate, expect approximate rates for a private day trip to be:

Standard car accommodating from 1 - 3 guests, approx $755 USD flat rate

MPV/SUV accommodating from 4 - 7 guests, approx $875 USD flat rate

16 seat mini-coach accommodating from 8 - 15 guests, approx $925 USD flat rate


We are happy to assist with your overall holidayplans to UK/Europe if you wish. Please ask us for details. SGT is at your service!


Please note that this day trip is not endorsed, sanctioned or supported by ITV, NBC, PBS, Julian Fellowes or any other party affiliated with the TV series.​

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The Special Group Tours Advantage is our unique and intimate understanding of what you expect traveling in the UK and Europe. We have not only visited but have spent many years living in and loving the cultures you will experience down the ‘B’ Roads and off the beaten track. We have worked with local suppliers and our guide/companion team for over a decade, creating unique special interest itineraries. Special Group Tours offers our “insider” knowledge to you.


The SGT Small Group Touring Concept is traveling with just 4 - 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the 'real' country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. Our concept allows for a leisurely touring pace and flexibility to get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Of course you'll see the major sites but so much more too!


At Special Group Tours, it is our priority that you have the most enjoyable holiday possible. You deserve it!

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