Spend quality time in the Bard's hometown & wander the best of the thatched roof, golden stone 'honey pots'
Mondays; 09:00 - approx 18:00 (year round departures)
Includes 'Downton Abbey' filming locations, Bampton & Swinbrook villages!
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!
Weekly scheduled departures, subject to availability. Available for private departures day/date of your choice, subject to vehicle/driver/guide availability, for the appropriate private tour cost. Cost for private departures based on number in the party/size of the vehicle.
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.
Personal services of your SGT driver/guide/companion
Shakespeare Birthplace Pass for entrance into (your choice of) The Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Nash's House & New Place and Shakespeare's grave.
DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00
We are happy to assist with your overall holiday plans 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.
All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.
SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)
MONDAYS Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages
TUESDAYS Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester
WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock
THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum
FRIDAYS London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre
SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)
SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)
SUNDAYS Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley
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!