Main Castle Directory

7 days/6 nights

The real England tour taking you through some of the finest scenery in the country to castles, palaces, gardens and cultural highlights from prehistoric Stonehenge to Shakespeare’s Stratford and Jane Austen’s Roman Bath.

Day 1 Drive westwards towards the University City of Oxford to view the famous Oxford Colleges. A City sightseeing open top tour bus is the recommended way to see the best of the Oxford without the worry of city centre driving. The next highlight is the magnificent Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Overnight in 4* New Hall Hotel, near Birmingham (or similar).
Day 2 The first visit of the day is to fun filled Warwick Castle, Britain’s finest complete medieval castle before returning to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties and to explore this pretty riverside town. Overnight in 4* New Hall Hotel (or similar).

Day 3 Start the day with a visit Charlecot Park and then take a tour of the north Cotswolds to see picture book villages such as Broadway and Chipping Campden to view the wonderful gardens at Snowshill and Hidcote Manors before returning for overnight in 4* New Hall Hotel (or similar).

Day 4 Today’s highlight is the heritage city of Bath visit the Bath Assembley Rooms and the Fashion Museum before continuing into the West Country to Taunton for overnight at the 4* Castle Hotel or similar for overnight.

Day 5 Starts with a visit to Dunster Castle and a coast drive into the Exmoor National Park where wild ponies run free. The next highlight is fine gardens and impressive house of Knightshayes Court before returning to 4* Castle Hotel (or similar) for overnight.

Day 6 Travel west into Dartmoor National Park to visit imposing Castle Drogo and then a leisurely tour through wilderness scenery with wild Dartmoor ponies to visit Powderham Castle overlooking the sea. Return to Taunton to 4* Castle Hotel (or similar) for overnight.

Day 7 Travel back in time to visit the prehistoric World Heritage site of Stonehenge. Then its on to the 450 year mansion and treasure house Wilton House and Salisbury Cathedral before returning to London.

Tour includes:

• Three nights B&B at 4* New Hall Hotel followed by three nights at 4* Castle Hotel (or similar)
• Compact automatic rental car for duration of tour
• Admission to all 14 highlighted attractions
• Recommended daily touring itinerary

Optional Extras:
• Chauffeur drive
• Additional nights
• London pre and post hotels & tour packages


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