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Walk in the footsteps of the greats on this fast-paced tour of England. From Harry Potter locations to the home of the Beatles, we hit all the high notes. Our passionate local guides take you through gorgeous landscapes to must-see attractions. Experience Devon, the Cotswolds and Lake District. Tick off bucket list items like Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, and York. Visit the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site spa town of Bath. This is England in a nutshell - the perfect introduction to a magnificent country!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Welcome to your tour of England! Departing from London, we make our way to the iconic sight of Stonehenge. This archaeological wonder has stood for thousands of years since prehistoric times. You have the option to enter this ancient site for yourself and learn about the history of the area. We’ll then travel on to our lunch stop in Cheddar. It's here, in Cheddar Gorge, where cheddar cheese originated, with the caves maintaining the perfect temperature all year round for maturing cheese. You’ll get to sample some of the delicious varieties hand-made here, followed by some free time for lunch. We then head onward to Exeter. Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of this cathedral city before we enjoy an included welcome dinner together.
Today we’ll explore Devon and the neighbouring county of Cornwall, with the drive taking us through Dartmoor, with a photo stop in this national park known for its stunning natural beauty. Our next photo stop is Jamaica Inn, the UK’s most famous smuggling inn. We’ll then make our way to St Ives, one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts, the perfect place to grab a Cornish pasty for lunch. We then head for a quick photo stop at St Michael's Mount, a rocky island crowned with a church and castle. Our final stop of the day is at Mevagissey, a beautiful fishing village on the Cornish coast. Dating back to the 14th Century, you’ll have some free time to explore the narrow cobbled streets, and buy some of the best fish and chips in the world for dinner. After a full day of exploring we make our way back to our hotel in Exeter.
Our first stop this morning is the beautiful and historic city of Bath, famous for the Roman baths built here during the reign of the Roman Empire. Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour to see some of the main sights like the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. You’ll then have free time to wander the historic streets, or join a must-see optional excursion to the Roman Baths. We then drive through the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds to our lunch stop for the day. Bourton-on-the-water is a beautiful and tranquil village that has often been voted as England’s prettiest. With a river that runs through the village and a series of stone bridges, you’ll see why it’s described as the charming “Venice of the Cotswolds.” Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in Oxford, known worldwide for its famous university. A local guide will introduce you to the cities history and some of its most iconic sights and college buildings, such as Trinity, Christ Church and the Bodleian Library, which famously featured in the Harry Potter films, before enjoying an included dinner.
After breakfast we make for Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. A market town with more than 800 years of history, it still has many buildings that would be familiar to the bard if he was still around today. You'll enjoy some free time to explore - why not visit Shakespeare's house? We’ll then travel north to Liverpool, a famous British port city with a rich history - music fans will be enthralled to be in the home of The Beatles. Spot the famous sites with our driving tour of the city, and explore the city yourself during your free time this evening. We suggest you head to Mathew Street, the beating heart of the live music scene and home to the world-famous ‘Cavern Club’, where The Beatles first made their mark on modern music.
A short drive from Liverpool is our first destination, Samlesbury, where we’ll visit Samlesbury Hall, a famous medieval manor house and stately home built in the 14th century, this is included in your tour package. We’ll then visit Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, situated in the stunningly beautiful Lake District National Park. You’ll have some free time to explore Windermere before we head to our accommodation in Cumbria; considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, it has provided inspiration for many famous artists, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Our first stop this morning is Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans as the northern limit of the Roman Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then have the opportunity to visit Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland and the second-largest inhabited castle in England after Windsor Castle. This castle has also featured in many famous films and TV shows, including two Harry Potter films (The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets), Downton Abbey and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in York, where we’ll enjoy a walking tour of this historic walled city before an included farewell dinner this evening.
Unfortunately it’s the last day of your England tour, but we're finishing off with a real treat - today we make our way to the historic university town of Cambridge! Along with the exquisite architecture, quirky traditions and deep history, there are a significant number of bright sparks who have passed through the city’s famous university, including Charles Darwin, David Attenborough and William Wordsworth. We’ll do the traditional pastime and go punting along the river before we return to London where our tour concludes this evening.
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