Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford

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  • 10 hours
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
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Tour Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford in one day, on this leisurely paced excursion with an expert guide. After departing Oxford by comfortable minivan, visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy a photo stop outside Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: the former home of William Shakespeare’s wife. Then, visit several picturesque villages in the beautiful Cotswolds region before returning to the timeworn university city of Oxford for a walking tour.

Please note that this tour also has departures available from London - 

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW England

Meet your guide in central Oxford, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and head to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born. Learn about the town’s famous ex-resident on a minibus tour of Stratford, including his school and the Holy Trinity Church where the playwright and poet was baptized and buried. Hop out of your minivan and head inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace — now a museum — and see a range of exhibits about the beloved bard.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH England

Next, make a brief stop in Shottery for photos of the thatched-roof English cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.

Pass By: Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG England

Photo stop

Stop At: Burford Library 86A High Street, Burford OX18 4QF England

Then, continue to the Cotswolds, the attractive region that prospered from its wool trade during the Middle Ages. Admire the scenery as you travel along tiny one-track lanes through gently rolling hills, and gaze at the golden-stone villages, green pastures and pretty churches that adorn the landscape. With your guide, walk around the village of Burford, explore the delightful Coln Valley and tour the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Bourton on the Water, Windrush river, Bourton-on-the-Water England

Part of the Cotswolds tour

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold England

Included as part of the Cotswolds tour

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Christ Church, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP England

Upon your return to Oxford, we'll set off on a walking tour around the genteel city, famed for its prestigious university. Stroll around the city center and look out for the some of the notable university buildings, seeing some of the eminent colleges such as All Souls, Christ Church and Divinity School, and learn about the well-known writers, artists and politicians who studied inside the colleges’ walls.

Hear about the lives of JR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll — who each lived in the city — and see places used as filming sites in the popular Harry Potter movies. Your tour then concludes near Oxford train station, leaving you free to continue exploring the city's narrow streets and lanes as you wish.

Pass By: All Souls College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL England

Pass by on the tour of Oxford

Stop At: The Divinity School, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK

Enjoy a visit to Oxford University's oldest classroom, the 15th century Divinity School.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: International Friends, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN England

Tour with International Friends

Duration: 10 hours

  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Oxford walking tour
  • Admission to Shakespeare's Birthplace & Divinity School Oxford
  • Explore Cotswolds villages the big buses cannot get to!
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Entry/Admission - The Divinity School
  • Entry/Admission - International Friends

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


22 Aug, 2019

Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Was already in Oxford so was surprised that guide came with a group of people from London and then proceeded to give a short tour of Oxford. Would have preferred more time in Stratford instead of just 1 hour.


02 Jul, 2019

We had a wonderful day on this tour. The group was small and they gave us the option of being picked up at the British Museum which was convenient for us as we were staying close by. It was a full day but we had a great guide and driver and saw many wonderful things. The Cotswolds are beautiful!

Shruti K

23 Jun, 2019

This is definitely more expensive than some of the alternative tours. But what we got was a small tour with only 5 guests in an 8-seat minivan. We were able to get to many parts of the Cotswolds that large buses can’t reach. Our tour guides, Chris and David, were also significantly better than the other tour guides we have had in England. They had great local knowledge, were very considerate, and very helpful. They could answer almost any ridiculous question we could throw at them. I recommend this tour for great local flavor and some personalization.


30 May, 2019

Today was a beautiful great day. International friends were great Steven was our guide and Buckly was our driver I hope I'm spelling it correctly. Well we went to Stratford and we went to see Shakespeare house we went to other stops along the way. There were amazing and super nice. It was a great experience and I surely recommend them 100% Thank you so much guys for this wonderful experience. MG,NY

Lynn S

14 Oct, 2018

I really wanted to see Oxford, and just sort of took the Cotswolds and Stratford along with the package. As it turned out, we saw a lot, without a lot of terrifying driving. Although I enjoy watching the comedies, I don't consider myself a Shakespeare buff. Despite this I really enjoyed Stratford. It is very picturesque, with more Tudor era and medeviel buildings than most places in England. Seeing Oxford was very satisfying, after having read descriptions of it all my life. I would have been happy to have more time in both places and skipped the Cotswolds stop. Our guide was entertaining and incredibly knowledgable. His pride in Oxford was pretty charming. This is a fairly expensive tour, but the smaller bus really does give you a more personal experience. My only complaint is that they didn't drop us off where they'd picked us up. If I'd known I was going to have to cross town after traveling all day, I would have at least brought my Oyster card.

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