I took a day tour with Golden Tours out of London.
8:30 AM – Departure from Victoria
Our day started with an early morning buzz in Victoria, London. The tour bus is a little hard to find. Our tour set off with a rather random factoid on Waterloo Bridge which I thought was really interesting.
10:45 AM – Arrival at Warwick Castle
Our first stop was the imposing Warwick Castle. Steeped in history, this fortress, built by William the Conqueror in 1068, transported us back to medieval times.
12:30 PM – Departure from Warwick Castle
We then bid farewell to Warwick Castle, carrying with us the echoes of its ancient walls and storied past.
1:00 PM – Arrival at Stratford-Upon-Avon & Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Next, we arrived in the picturesque Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The quaint market town, nestled on the banks of the River Avon, was like a page from an English fairy tale. We explored the house where Shakespeare was born, surrounded by artifacts and stories of his family life.
2:10 PM – Departing Stratford-Upon-Avon
A brief stop by the statue of a jester in Stratford-Upon-Avon reminded us of the town’s theatrical legacy, a fitting homage to its most famous resident.
3:30 PM – Arrival in Oxford
Our late afternoon was dedicated to Oxford, the city of spires and home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. A walking tour revealed the Bodleian Library, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the town’s charming alleys and historic squares. The architectural beauty and academic aura of Oxford were truly captivating.
5:10 PM – Departure from Oxford
As the day drew to a close, we left Oxford and its academic tranquility, heading back to the hustle and bustle of London.
7:00 PM – Estimated Arrival Back in London
Our return to London marked the end of a day brimming with history, culture, and the timeless charm of England’s most iconic cities.