10 Days / 9 Nights
Historic England Self Drive
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DAY: 1 Arrival: Arrive in Bath area where you will spend 2 nights. Bath and the stunning countryside surrounding it is one of England’s most beautiful places to visit. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, impressive Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling countryside, just over 100 miles west of London, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit.
DAY 2: Bath: Spend today exploring the city of Bath. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath is home to some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside an extensive collection of museums and attractions. Discover Bath’s heritage at the world famous Roman Baths, bathe in Britain’s only natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa or visit the 15th century Bath Abbey. From art and history, to fashion and Jane Austen, there really is something for everyone. Return to your accommodation in the Bath area.
DAY 3: Stratford – upon – Avon: After breakfast, enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon. You will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where the Bard was born on April 23, 1564 and died on the same date 52 years later, as well as the Shakespeare Centre, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. Make a visit to Holy Trinity Church, the parish church where Shakespeare is buried, located in an attractive setting near the River Avon. Visit Anne Hathaway’s House, made famous on chocolate boxes and tea towels, is arguably the most picturesque of the Birthplace Trust properties. The cottage nests in the idyllic setting of Shottery, which lies a mile west of Stratford. The cottage belonged to the prosperous Hathaway family and was the pre-marital home of William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne. Although referred to as a cottage, it is actually a substantial, twelve-roomed, Elizabethan farmhouse. Externally the building with its low thatched roof, timbered walls and lattice windows has changed very little since Anne Hathaway’s time. Parts of the building structure date back further than the 15th century, using some of the earliest English house-building techniques. The cottage was built on a slope, and parts of the building consequently sit at different levels. Overnight at your hotel in the Stratford area.
DAY 4: Shrewsbury & Chester: Today you will visit the town of Shrewsbury on the border between England & Wales. Shrewsbury has been called ‘England’s finest Tudor town‘ with good reason, black and white properties are everywhere and over 660 listed buildings all linked by ancient shuts or passageways. Charles Darwin, perhaps the town’s greatest son, would still recognise much of modern Shrewsbury. His statue stands outside the library, erected in 1894 – even though at that time he was still considered a dangerous atheist. Shrewsbury is also known as the ‘Town of Flowers’, having won floral awards and accolades such as a gold medal in the National Britain in Bloom competition, gold in the European Entente Florale competition and winner of the International Communities in Bloom. The towns beautiful Quarry Park provides the setting for the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show during the summer. Chester Encircled by a two-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare and truly magical blend of the ancient and traditional with modern cosmopolitan chic. Step back in time amid pristine Georgian and Victorian architecture, shop in the unique medieval two-tier galleries called the Rows and enjoy the city’s classy café culture. Continue through the Peak District. In the northern area you can roam on wild open moorland with magnificent views overlooking sites such as the Derwent Dams. Further south, stroll alongside sparkling rivers in wildlife-rich valleys far from the hustle and bustle of town. Visit grand houses such as Chatsworth with its farmyard and adventure playground, or the caverns at Castleton featuring unique Blue John stone, stalactites and stalagmites and even a boat ride underground. There are also stone circles, castles, museums and working mills to explore. Travel on to Nottingham area for overnight.
DAY 5: York: The roots of this city lie predominantly with the Viking settlement, Jorvik, which was established in the 9th century. Make sure to visit the Jorvik Viking Centre, as it documents the everyday life and culture of that era. The cathedral and medieval sights are also worth a look. Like Durham, York is less of a bustling metropolis and more of peaceful, cultural destination. Overnight in York
DAY 6: England’s National Parks: Today you have the opportunity to visit some of England’s most beautiful National Parks, easily reachable from York. The majestic rolling hills, old stone villages and farming heritage of the Yorkshire Dales truly showcases the best of the British countryside. Extensive footpaths and bridleways offer cycling, riding and walking for all abilities, from gentle strolls over the undulating countryside to the impressive Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
- An area rich in farming heritage, discover heather blanketed uplands and rolling green valleys scattered with traditional field barns and drystone walls.
North York Moors National Park
- A place of extraordinary surprises, from wide open moorland and swathes of purple heather to dazzling dark skies and a glorious coastline. There is so much more to the North York Moors. High hills, deep wooded dales, crinkly coasts, ancient abbeys, tumbling streams and timeless villages – everything that’s great about England, in fact, and perfect for walkers and cyclists.
Lake District National Park (distance a little longer)
- An awe-inspiring landscape of high fells, deep glacial lakes and quaint rural villages. Now a World Heritage Site, the rugged yet beautiful Lake District National Park offers some incredible fell-walking and has the highest mountains in England. Get active in the hills, take to the many lakes or relax in one of the idyllic villages found throughout the Park.
Day 7: Nottingham – The Legend of Robin Hood: Today, discover the legend of Robin Hood. Visit the home of the Sheriff of Nottingham at Nottingham Castle. Wander through the museum and art gallery, and take a souvenir photo at the statue. Have lunch at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, said to be the oldest inn in England. Spend the afternoon at the Tales of Robin Hood, the city centre attraction which brings the legend to life. Overnight in Nottingham.
Day 8: Nottingham – The City of Caves: Today you can discover the City of Caves & the National Justice Museum. Nottingham is built upon over 500 sandstone caves dating back to the dark ages. Take part of the Cave tour and investigate the social history of the caves and learn more about the events that once happened inside these fascinating underground dwellings. As part of your visit you will see the only medieval underground tannery in the country, head to the Anderson air raid shelter where thousands of people sought refuge during WWII and explore the remnants of Drury Hill Victorian slums. Before heading to the next attraction, make sure to grab lunch at the “Pitcher & Piano Bar” nestled just between the two attractions. This old Church building was transformed into a bar and is definitely a unique experience. Afterwards, make your way up the street to visit the National Justice Museum. Based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade II* listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol. The museum uses original courtrooms, dungeons and prison cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell. Overnight in Nottingham.
Day 9: Cambridge: After breakfast travel to the University City of Cambridge and spent the day exploring. The city has an unrivaled reputation for being a centre of excellence in learning. Now its famous Colleges are home to over 17,000 students – Kings College Chapel is a familiar image all over the world. Cambridge’s heritage also includes an outstanding record of scientific and artistic achievements – Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, Milton, Ian McKellan, John Cleese, Emma Thompson and Zadie Smith were all educated here. Cambridge is rich in museums, ancient churches and historical tradition. Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum, with its outstanding picture collection, or the Round Church, one of only 4 round churches in Britain. The University College Gardens are one of the great secret delights of the city – Clare’s, Emmanuel’s and Newnham’s are particularly spectacular. Overnight in Cambridge area.
Day 10: Departure: Sadly, it’s time to leave the UK, check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport.
- 9 nights accommodation sharing a double room inclusive of breakfast
- Service & Vat
- Roman Baths
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- From Field to Feast –Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Pub Safari – Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Robin Hood Town Tour
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