With our guided minibus tours you can drop in on Shakespeare’s birthplace; visit ancient sites like Stonehenge, Avebury and Viroconium (Wroxeter); and see landscapes that inspired authors and composers such as Tolkien and Elgar. You can explore great gardens and stately homes; enjoy pretty Cotswold villages like Broadway and Bibury; and discover world-famous cities such as Oxford and Bath. Admire great cathedrals like Salisbury and Gloucester, and castles like Windsor and Warwick. You can even journey to the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.
Straddling the border between England and Wales, the riverine landscapes of this dramatic valley are matched by impressive man-made creations such as the ruins of Tintern Abbey, as well as towns like Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye.
With hidden valleys, honey- coloured villages and miles of dry-stone walls, the Cotswolds are the epitome of the English countryside. Steeped in history, these hills are punctuated by gardens, manor houses and the spires of medieval ‘wool’ churches.
The home of William Shakespeare and a pleasant market town in the heart of rural Warwickshire. Visit his Birthplace and his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, plus other attractions. Nearby Warwick has England’s finest medieval castle.
THE IRON BRIDGE
A World Heritage Site situated on the River Severn in Shropshire. Home to the world’s first Iron Bridge, it is also the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. The towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury, as well as the lovely Shropshire Hills, are all nearby.
A World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the world, a 90-minute drive from Oxford. It is possible to combine a visit with a trip to nearby Salisbury and its spectacular cathedral, as well as the ancient landscape of Avebury.
Yet another World Heritage Site, not just for its ancient thermal springs, which first became a local attraction back in Celtic times, but also for its perfectly preserved Georgian architecture, with steep terraces and imposing streets and crescents.
Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes
Famous for its nursery rhyme, you’ll also find Gulliver’s grave here, and Banbury cakes. Broughton Castle is home to a real lord, and Sulgrave Manor was home to George Washington’s forebears. Stratford and the Cotswolds are both nearby.
OXFORD WALKING TOUR 2HRS
Visit Oxford and take a walking tour through the City of Dreaming Spires, learning about historical events as well as some of the famous people who have studied or taught here. We also talk about student life and the collegiate system and will visit a college (if available). Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland also feature.
Travel from Oxford to see and experience the rolling hills and picturesque honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, with great viewpoints and stops including Burford, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold.
OXFORD TO STRATFORD FULL-DAY
Drive to Stratford, where we have a 90-minute walking tour of Shakespeare’s town and visit to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and a number of other attractions. Followed by a trip to Warwick Castle or alternative venue of your choice (eg Cotswolds) in the afternoon.
OXFORD TO BANBURY AND BEYOND FULL-DAY
A trip up the road to Banbury, where we take in the origins of the famous nursery rhyme and visit the old centre and a famous old pub. Followed by a tour of the local brewery and a visit to a moated castle or manor house, and a prehistoric stone circle.
BATH & STONEHENGE FULL-DAY
Journey from Oxford to the World Heritage city of Bath, including a minibus tour of the Georgian city (with stops) and a visit to the Roman Baths Museum, before heading to the astonishing Stonehenge, another World Heritage Site.
STONEHENGE & AVEBURY PLUS SALISBURY FULL-DAY
Journey from Oxford to see and experience the iconic World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, before visiting nearby Salisbury for its spectacular cathedral, Old Sarum and the wonders of Neolithic Avebury.
STONEHENGE HALF-DAY 5 HOURS
Oxford to Stonehenge and back via the Marlborough Downs, spending two hours at this World Heritage Site.
WYE VALLEY FULL-DAY
Journey from Oxford to Chepstow, from where we begin the tour of the Wye Valley via Tintern Abbey, Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye. Includes a stunning walk and an impressive castle.
SHROPSHIRE AND THE IRON BRIDGE
Journey from Oxford to see and experience the beautiful countryside of Shropshire, stopping at an ancient priory before visiting the cradle of the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge with its numerous attractions.
Oxford to Ludlow followed by the Shropshire Hills and Shrewsbury (hotel), finishing up with 1-hour guided walk of the town.
Shrewsbury to Ironbridge via Wroxeter Roman City, visiting the famous Iron Bridge, Coalbookdale and Blists Hill Victorian Town before returning to Oxford.
4-DAY GRAND TOUR
Taking in Windsor, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
GUIDED MINIBUS TOURS
None of the tours above are set in stone. We can make even the most radical of changes if desired, helping you create your own personalised experience which can last from a few hours to several days (see Grand Tour above). We can mould a tour to your interests, whether they be in industrial heritage, archaeology, arts & crafts, country houses, gardens, ancient churches, film locations, gastronomy and even tracing your ancestors.
We can collect you from Heathrow, Gatwick or Birmingham airport and take you direct to Oxford or anywhere in the region. From Heathrow the journey can take in the Thames meadow at Runnymede, where King John signed the Magna Carta, and Windsor Castle*. The route back to Oxford could continue either direct via the motorway or through the attractive Chiltern Hills to Henley and Wallingford, heart of Midsomer Murders Country.
GULLIVER’S GUIDES covers other areas of the Heart of England, including Birmingham and Coventry, the Malvern Hills, the Staffordshire Potteries and the Peak District. But we venture further afield as well, to areas very familiar to Tony Gulliver, including Yorkshire where he grew up, Northumbria, the Lake District, the mountains of North Wales, and the Southwest.
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