Our Stratford tour features a fantastic Audition Tour at the famous Royal Shakespeare Company, a boat cruise, mighty Warwick Castle and stately Sudeley Castle.
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel & Spa

Set in separate buildings within 65 acres of picturesque countryside, this lovely hotel is superbly located between historic Warwick and cultural Stratford-upon-Avon. The main building includes the reception area, restaurant and bar and has an internal link to bedrooms located in the Woodlands wing. There is lift access to all floors in this building. There are also bedrooms in the Orchard Mews building (accessed by 8 steps) and The Coach House, both of which are accessed externally. Each of the 149 bedrooms offer light and airy, stylish accommodation. There is also a beautiful, open plan restaurant, terrace and a bar, with lovely views over the Victorian gardens. The leisure facilities are located in a separate building and include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.

• Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee making facilities • Leisure facilities • En-sute bathroom • Hairdryer • Telephone • TV • Iron and ironing board • Wi-Fi •

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course dinner with 3 choice menu

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • 45-minute river cruise

  • Royal Shakespeare Company - Audition Tour

  • Entrance to Warwick Castle

  • Entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens with a 35-minute talk

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Stratford River Cruise & RSC Theatre
We begin our day with a relaxing 45-minute river cruise with an engaging guide who will bring Shakespeare's Stratford to life, before spending some free time in Stratford. In the afternoon, we head for the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre where we enjoy an Audition Tour, taking a whistle-stop journey through the production cycle of a play, peeking inside the vast Costume Store and trying on some of those used in rehearsals, taking the chance to try out our Shakespeare and seeing how we would fare in an audition, and walking through the gardens hearing stories about the theatre making process.

Day 3

Warwick Castle
Today, we spend time at leisure at magnificent Warwick Castle. With more than 1,000 years of jaw-dropping history the castle's attractions include a maze, a Time Tower and the Mighty Trebuchet - the largest working siege machine in the world - this colossal catapult is an authentic recreation of one of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time. Behind the castle's mighty walls, the real heart of the castle can be found in its beautiful grand interiors. Please note, a visit to the castle involves a fair amount of walking and steps.

Day 4

Sudeley Castle & The Cotswolds
This morning, we make our way to stately Sudeley Castle, where we enjoy a 35-minute talk (seated) on the history of the castle with an expert guide before we have time to explore the castle rooms and gardens. We travel through the beautiful Cotswolds to the historic village of Broadway in the afternoon, where we have time to browse the independent shops and cafés.

Day 5

We make our way home today.

Other Information

Royal Shakespeare Company - Audition Tour

There is plenty to discover on this guided theatre tour. Starting at The Other Place, take a whistle-stop journey through the production cycle of a play. Peek inside the vast costume store and try on some of those unused in rehearsals, try out your Shakespeare - how would you fare in an audition? Walk though the gardens to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with stories about making theatre.

Warwick Castle

Experience a full day out with more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle!

Warwick Castle is packed with things to do, inside and out:

  • Battlements, towers, turrets, awesome interiors and the Great Hall.

  • Interactive attractions and walk-through adventures including our new Horrible Histories Maze.

Sudeley Castle

Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s most notable characters in the castle’s beautiful gardens, join in our busy calendar of exciting events and discover Sudeley’s many treasures in our fascinating exhibition. Sudeley Castle offers a spectacular day out in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.

• 1000 Years of history • 80 Varieties of roses • 16 Breeds of rare pheasants •

45-minute River Cruise

Cruise and enjoy the charm and beauty of historic Shakespeare’s hometown with Bancroft Cruisers, Stratford upon Avon’s only sightseeing river trip with a live tour guide. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the glorious Warwickshire countryside from the comfort of the heated cruiser. From 45-minute, walk-on sightseeing cruise they provide a fantastic river experience – complete with expert guides.

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