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Stratford at Christmas

6 Days from £1,195per
Very good itinerary and hotel.
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The Festive Season in Shakespeare's Hometown

Take two steam-hauled train journeys into the countryside aboard the Severn Valley Railway and Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. Visit Warwick Castle and celebrate in the heart of England on this festive rail holiday.

  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Severn Valley Railway
  • Warwick Castle
  • Guided walking tour of Shakespeare’s Stratford
  • Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
  • Festive Christmas meals
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    5 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • All Transfers Included
    Optional Bag Concierge

Stratford at Christmas 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Stratford-upon-Avon

Meet in Stratford

Your tour starts as you meet your Tour Manager at the Arden Hotel, which enjoys an ideal location in the heart of this historic Warwickshire town.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Severn Valley Railway
Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway and Warwick Castle

We head to Kidderminster by coach to board one of the vintage steam-hauled trains of the Severn Valley Railway. Travelling in restored carriages, we make our way through the countryside of Worcestershire and Shropshire on a round trip to Arley. Later we continue to medieval Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Here you have time to explore the castle's many exhibits, as well as the gardens and ramparts which offer beautiful views over the wintry landscape.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Stratford

Christmas Eve in Stratford

This morning we embark on a guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. We take in some of the town's most important sites including Shakespeare's birthplace, Harvard house, and Holy Trinity Church - the bard's final resting place - before an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit Stratford's butterfly farm, a tropical enclosure that lets you experience these delicate creatures close up. Later this afternoon you will have afternoon tea. Later you could attend Midnight Mass; sherry and mince pies are available on your return.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner

Christmas Day in Stratford

Today is about relaxation and festive fare. After a relaxed morning we enjoy a champagne and canape reception traditional before a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, then a light buffet supper tonight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway

Our Boxing Day excursion takes us to Toddington, where we join the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for a steam-hauled journey through the Cotswolds. On our return you could go to see Anne Hathaway's cottage on the outskirts of town which dates back to the 15th century. Mary Arden's house, owned by Shakespeare's grandparents, is also well worth a look. Tonight, we enjoy an early dinner ahead of one of the highlights of our tour, an evening at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Customers

Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, your tour concludes and you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon

Delicious meals included

  • 10 meals, including 5 breakfasts, 1 Christmas lunch, and 4 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Afternoon tea on the day of arrival
  • Guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Evening performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Journey on the Severn Valley Railway
  • Visit to Warwick Castle
  • Excursion on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway to Cheltenham
  • Time at leisure in Stratford

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Stratford at Christmas

The Festive Season in Shakespeare's Hometown


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