- Experiencing the contrast between the tranquil countryside in the Cotswolds and the Chilterns before passing into the lively capital of London along the River Thames.
- Following in the footsteps of the world famous Bard, Shakespeare, from his home in Stratford-upon Avon, his tomb at Holy Trinity Church and the Globe Theatre in London.
- Visiting the wonderful stately homes at Blenheim Palace and Stonor.
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time. His 37 plays are marked by extraordinary poetry, a highly inventive use of the English language, superb plots and vivid insights into human nature - characteristics that have ensured their popularity over the centuries.
Shakespeare's Way follows the route that the poet may have taken on his journeys between his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, where his wife Anne Hathaway and his children lived and the Globe Theatre in London , where most of his plays were first performed to public acclaim. Passing through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds and the Chilterns before following the River Thames into the heart of London , the route links some of England 's greatest attractions: Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace , Oxford and London. It also visits many picturesque villages and interesting market towns and passes a wealth of sites of historic interest. Shakespeare's Way can be followed in either direction or walked in sections.
From the poet's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Way meanders through the Cotswolds past Blenheim Palace and the charming town of Woodstock before following the River Thames into the historic city of Oxford . Highlights of the Cotswolds section of Shakespeare's Way include the five houses connected with Shakespeare and his family, his grave in Holy Trinity Church and the Royal Shakespeare Company theatres in Stratford; the attractive villages of Clifford Chambers, Preston-on-Stour, Hangington and Lidstone; the bustling market towns of Chipping Norton, Woodstock and Shipston-on-Stour; the 'lost' villages of Overchalford and Nether Chalford; the many delightful churches, each displaying some notable feature; the mysterious Rollright Stones, one of the most important stone circles in Britain; spectacular Blenheim Palace, presented by a grateful nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough as a reward for military triumph against the French; the magnificent colleges, museums and gardens of Britain's oldest university; and the tranquil countryside of the Cotswolds.
Beyond Oxford , Shakespeare's Way crosses the hills and valleys of the Chilterns passing through a succession of pretty villages and marvellous beech woods, before re-joining the Thames at the little town of Marlow . Highlights of the Chilterns section of the trail include Stonor House, a beautiful Tudor mansion nestling in a fold of the Chiltern Hills; attractive villages such as Hambleden with its beautiful little church; the lovely duck pond in the hamlet of Rotten Row; the tranquil beech woodland; the pretty villages of brick and flint cottages nestling around medieval churches; and the lovely riverside town of Marlow.
The final stretch of the trail follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Thames through the heart of London to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Highlights of the London section of the trail include Kew Palace, built in Dutch style in 1631; Kew Gardens with its unique collection of 40,000 plant species; the views of St Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament; Lambeth Palace, the London house of the Archbishops of Canterbury since the 12 th century; the wonderful array of bridges spanning the Thames; the giant wheel of the London Eye; and the amazing recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Shakespeare Way is usually walked from Stratford-upon-Avon to London . If you would prefer to walk the route from London to Stratford-upon-Avon please advise our office at time of booking.
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||Stratford-upon-Avon. Most convenient International airports: (1) Birmingham (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to Stratford-upon-Avon by train) or (2) Manchester (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes to Stratford-upon-Avon by train) or (3) London Heathrow (appr
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||Extra rest days: Can be added at any of the overnight stops. Add $124 per person per night, based on 2 people sharing a double room (except Woodstock add $141 pppn; Shakespeare GT and Southwark add $177 pppn). Shakespeare Way is usually walked from Str
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