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Avon Boating - River Avon
The Arden Hotel, Stratford

Heart of England in Winter

Created by Kate Varvedo


Day 1 – Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon

Check in to your hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon & have some free time to explore.

Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace & take a canal boat tour on the river Avon.

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon or similar

Day 2 – Day Tour to Cotswolds

Get picked up from your hotel by a coach at 09.00 am

The tour visits a variety of towns, villages and beauty spots that characterise the beauty of the Cotswolds – a region of quintessentially English countryside and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The stops on our Cotswolds day tour are:

Dover’s Hill view point.

Chipping Campden (1 hour free-time, maps provided).

Broadway Tower.

Stow-on-the-Wold (1 hour 15 minutes free-time, maps provided).


Bourton-on-the-Water (45 minutes free-time).

We also visit a secret of-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village – but you’ll have to join us on a tour to find out about this one!

Overnight, Bed & Breakfast at the Arden Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon or similar

Day 3 – Goodbye Stratford-upon-Avon

This morning after breakfast, your adventure ends.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace

The perfect starting point for exploring Shakespeare’s works, family, life and times. Explore Shakespeare’s childhood world and hear tales of his life from costumed guides. Your journey will take you from an exhibition about his influence through the centuries and his inspiration around the world to the rooms of his childhood home and his father’s glove-making workshop. You will also wander through the beautiful garden and see live theatre from our costumed actors Shakespeare Aloud! Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy. It’s a…

Avon Boating - River Avon

Avon Boating

Established in 1898, Avon Boating is one of England’s oldest and largest traditional boating companies, offering boats for hire on one of the finest rivers in the country, the Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon. It operates a fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels on regular public cruises from the Bancroft Gardens next to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and offers a variety of private cruises for groups. From the old boathouse on the edge of the river bank, it hires out rowing boats, punts, and self-drive motor boats for those wanting to explore the further reaches of the river independently. There are also…

The Arden Hotel, Stratford

The Arden Hotel

Located in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, The Arden Hotel has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to create an elegant and sophisticated 45-bedroom luxury hotel. The beautifully renovated Arden boasts the chic Waterside Brasserie, stylish Champagne Bar and spacious suites with fabulous views over the River Avon, providing an inspirational backdrop for your trip, whether business or pleasure. Set in glorious Warwickshire, the luxury hotel, with its large car park, is an ideal base for exploring some of England’s most famous and picturesque countryside, including the charming villages of the Cotswolds, the…

Go Cotswolds

Go Cotswolds provides small-group day tours of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and between June and September we tour on Thursdays too! We pick up passengers from all accommodation providers in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as from Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Moreton-in-Marsh rail stations, making our Cotswolds Day Tour easily accessible by train from London, Oxford, Birmingham or further afield. Tours cost just £40 for adults, £30 for children (ages 3–16) and £110 for a family ticket (2 adults 2 children). In a maximum group size of just 16 and with a friendly, local…