Tour one of the University of Oxford’s famous colleges; visit the Ashmolean Museum and see the Egyptian mummies; take to the water on a punt or boat and enjoy the views along the banks of the River Thames.
Lose yourself in academia, ancient and modern, at the university of 27 British Prime Ministers and a ‘New College’ built in the 14th century. Head to the home of Worcestershire Sauce, tomb of one of England’s most hated kings and a historic pub crawl. Then Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon: stand where the greatest English writer was born, lived and is buried.
Discover Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll during a tour of Christ Church College at Oxford University. Founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, Christ Church College is one of Oxford’s largest colleges and with a number of architecturally significant buildings including Tom Quad, the largest quadrangle in Oxford, and the Great Dining Hall. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll) taught mathematics at Christ Church, where he met his muse, Alice Liddell, who Carroll’s world-famous tales of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is based on. Enjoy lunch at The Bear Inn Grab a bite to eat and marvel at the pub’s collection of over 4,500 snippets of club ties. Tie ends were clipped with a pair of scissors in exchange for half a pint of beer. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology Explore the world’s oldest public museum, founded by Elias Ashmole in 1677, with a rooftop restaurant. New College – One of the largest and most architecturally striking colleges, New College was built from 1379 as a miniature version of Windsor Castle. Balliol College – The oldest academic institution in the English-speaking world still on its original site. It was founded by Sir John de Balliol in 1263. Corpus Christi College –The college has two tortoises, named after the college founders – Fox and Oldham. They invite tortoises from the other colleges and put them in the centre of the back lawn, surrounded by a ring of lettuce. First tortoise to ‘make contact with’ the lettuce wins the race. Beyond the City – Blenheim Palace A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. Enter the Palace and explore the gilded State Rooms and priceless collections set against striking stonework, and experience the beauty and magnificence of this Grade I listed building.
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Best known for its magnificent Cathedral but is also famous for the world renowned Worcester Porcelain and the piquant Worcestershire Sauce.
Begin your exploration of Worcester at The Commandery Encounter the past brought to life in a beautiful Grade I listed building with an 800-year history. Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Commandery is most famous for being the Royalist Headquarters during the deciding battle of the English Civil War – the Battle of Worcester 1651. Birth place of Sir Edward Elgar Visit the birth place of famous composer Sir Edward Elgar Witley Court and Gardens Once one of the great country houses of England but after a devastating fire in 1937 it became one of the country’s most spectacular ruins. Experience choral evening song at Worcester Cathedral Visit the oldest effigy of a King of England and discover the birth place of the American National Anthem at Worcester Cathedral. Worcester Cathedral is the burial place of King John (1199-1216), who is infamous as the king who, in 1215, was forced to agree to Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter, which was designed to reduce the level of power that the king held. The annual Three Choirs Festival has been held since 1715, and the organist for the 1790 festival was John Stafford Smith who wrote ‘The Anacreontic Song’, which became the American national anthem, ‘The Star-spangled Banner.’
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Take a train to Warwick and stop off and visit Warwick Castle – before taking the next train directly to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Begin your visit at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house situated in Henley Street where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. When you visit look out for the witches’ marks carved into the beam at the top of the staircase leading to the cellar. They’re known as daisy wheels or hexafoils and were believed to both protect against evil and be a good luck charm. Royal Shakespeare Theatre Finish the day with a pre-theatre dinner at the RSC Rooftop Restaurant followed by a play at the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1,040 plus seater thrust stage theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Just fifteen miles north of Stratford is this medieval fortress that became an Elizabethan palace. Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall At Shakespeare’s Schoolroom see where William Shakespeare spent his schooldays, discovered theatre for the first time and was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright. At the Guildhall, step back in time and explore the Medieval guildhall, the heart of bustling civil life for over 400 years