Step into the world of William Shakespeare, explore stunning architecture, and go punting on the river
Stop 1 – Stratford-upon-Avon
As 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, it’s the perfect time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the town where he was born, grew up and died, and the home of the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.
The medieval market town is bursting with stunning timber-framed buildings, including Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street, and New Place, his home for 19 years and the place where he died. New Place re-opens in April 2016, following renovation work.
Make sure you don’t miss a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, a pleasant stroll along a well signposted footpath leading out of the town. Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife and grew up in the picturesque cottage which is just over 1.6 kilometres from the town centre and features stunning grounds and gardens.
Stop 2 – Oxford
The beautiful city of Oxford is home to 1,500 listed buildings, as well as being the oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the most prestigious in the world.
Wander the cobbled streets and explore the beautiful gardens, halls, chapels and museums that help to make up the 38 colleges. Climb up the Saxon St George’s Tower at Oxford Castle, the city’s oldest building and enjoy stunning 360° views of the surrounding area.
Oxford sits on the banks of the River Cherwell, which is perfect for punting along past the stunning Botanic Gardens.
Stop 3 – Cambridge
There is plenty to do in Cambridge, whatever time of year you visit. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, the colleges provide some wonderful museums and attractions to explore including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Botanic Garden, Kettle’s Yard and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Go punting on the River Cam; hire a bike and cycle around the city; enjoy a picnic in the park; or visit one of the art galleries that are home to an impressive range of contemporary and classic pieces. A visit to Cambridge isn’t complete without a visit to King’s College Chapel: you might even be lucky enough to hear its amazing choir whilst you’re there.