Tour of English Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country.

 

Tour Group at Chipping Campden, Cotswolds.

Tyday, I am providing an illustrated itinerary of a one-day tour of the ever popular Cotswolds and Shakespeare country in central England.

First, depart lodgings in Oxford and drive north for one hour to  first destination of Bourton on the Water. This is a popular village built around the banks of the River Windrush. Here, there are many shops, a model village, motor car museum and other places of interest.

Bourton on the Water, England

Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds, England

After an hour at Bourton on the Water  continue north to  Chipping Campden. This is another popular Cotswold village, which prospered from the medieval wool industry. Here there are shops, hotels, a fine church and houses with thatched roofs.

 

Chipping Campden Church. A wool church rebuilt in 15th century.

Market Hall at Chipping Campden. Dates from 1627.

Thatched House at Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

After an hour at Chipping Campden move on to nearby Shottery, to visitethe cottage where Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife grew up. This house extends to twelve rooms, has a thatched roof and benefits from an extensive and well maintained garden.

Bedroom in Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery

Summer flowers at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Next, to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here undertake a walking tour covering Shakespeare’s Birthplace, River Avon, Canal Basin, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s School.

School where Shakespeare was educated, Stratford upon Avon

Harvard House, High Street, Stratford upon Avon

Burial place of William Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

 

River Avon at Stratford upon Avon, England

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford upon Avon

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