Warwick Castle

ESSENTIAL ENGLAND

A more youthful perspective on the "must see" sights in London, Warwick and Stratford, the south west and the south coast, combining on a tour offering a wealth of history and heritage.

DAY
1

Arrival in the UK, transfer to your chosen accommodation and time to settle in.
Overnight in central London.

DAY
2

A full sightseeing day in London, taking in the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, final resting place of seventeen monarchs, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, and Piccadilly Circus.

 
DAY
3

London Eye at twighlightToday is dedicated to taking in more of London’s great monuments including the Tower of London, the medieval castle which served as a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury, treasury, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Other ‘musts’ included in your visit are a walk over the iconic Tower Bridge to Butler’s Wharf, and on past City Hall, the HMS Belfast museum ship, The Globe – the replica of Shakespeare’s Theatre and the Tate Modern gallery and via the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren, where Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, the late Princess of Wales. For a bird’s eye view if it all why not enjoy an unforgettable ride on the London Eye.

DAY
4

First stop is a visit to elegant Knightsbridge to see the most famous of all English department stores, Harrods, and Kensington Palace which has been a royal residence for over 300 years. It was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the residence for Lady Diana. Today it houses a stunning collection of royal court and ceremonial dress, including dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. In the afternoon visit The British Museum and/or Madame Tussaud’s waxworks museum.

DAY
5

Today we travel west to Windsor to visit the town and Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen.  After taking in all this breath-taking royal palace has to offer, travel to Oxford, home of one of the world’s oldest universities with a visit to one of the prestigious Oxford Colleges.
Overnight in the Midlands area.


DAY
6

Warwick CastleAfter breakfast step back in time and visit England's greatest Medieval Experience, the wonderfully preserved Warwick CastleThe Kingmaker's House, the dungeon, the gardens and the fascinating display of weaponry are just some of the highlights.  Travel the short distance to Stratford-upon-Avonbirthplace and home of William Shakespeare. Whilst here you can enjoy a visit to Shakespeare’s house, the local church which contains his grave and the house of Mary Arden, Shakespeare’s mother. Next we travel south through the amazingly picturesque villages of the Cotswold HillsOvernight in the Bath area.

DAY
7

This morning explore the Regency city of Bath, prized by the Romans for its hot springs, and you can see why in the amazingly well preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room. From Bath we journey east to see the mystic circle of Stonehenge, a major gathering place for the ancient Druids.  Continue to Brighton via Winchester, a historic city and the ancient capital of southern England. Here is the world famous Mediaeval Round Table which some say is the legendary King Arthur’s original. 
Overnight in the Brighton area.

DAY
8

Today relax in the Regency  seaside resort of Brighton - a popular destination for summer holidays.  A visit to the Royal Pavilion and a walk along the famous pier are included.  On the way back to London this afternoon visit beautiful Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland to take a good breath of English fresh air perfumed with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons or roses, depending in the time of year.  
Overnight in central London.

DAY
9

Free time in London before transfer to London Heathrow.