Private Stratford upon Avon Tours
“Sweet swan of the Avon! My Shakespeare ….. He was not of an age, but for all time!” Ben Jonson
Stratford upon Avon is an attractive English market town – and also the birthplace of our best-known writer, William Shakespeare. Several homes associated with Shakespeare and his family have survived and can be visited, including his own birthplace. The church where he was baptised, and later buried, stands on the banks of the River Avon, only a short stroll from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatre.
All tours are by car, for up to 6 people, with your own private driver-guide. Tour prices range between £700-£720.
Stratford & the Cotswolds
Crossing the Cotswolds to Stratford upon Avon, you can choose how to divide your time. One option would be to visit on or two pretty Cotswold villages, and maybe lunch in a rural Cotswold pub. The other would be to spend longer in Stratford.
Stratford upon Avon & Oxford
We would have time to visit one of the Oxford University colleges before driving on across the Cotswolds to Stratford upon Avon. Lunch in a pub is a possibility. Then, in Stratford, visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the church where he is buried.
Stratford upon Avon & Blenheim Palace
See the very contrasting birthplaces of two famous Englishmen in one day. Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford will seem little more than a humble cottage in comparison with the magnificent Blenheim Palace, where Sir Winston Churchill was born.
Stratford upon Avon & Warwick Castle
Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, or if you have children with you, take them to Mary Arden’s Farm. This childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother has lots of activities to capture their imagination.
Then, on to Warwick Castle, to a world of knights in armour, ghosts, battlements and dungeons.
Stratford upon Avon & a garden visit
Both Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage have lovely gardens. Then, from Stratford you can follow the history of Shakespeare’s times via the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to Coughton Court, which is nowadays more famous for its roses than its political conspiracies.
An early start would enable you to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace before attending a matinée performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre.
Alternatively, spend all day exploring Stratford. You might catch some of the events commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Children would love some of the activities at the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden’s farm.