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Stratford at Christmas


The Festive Season in Shakespeare's Hometown

6 days Sold out

2020 Tour code: SFX21

About the tour

Take 2 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. Discover Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the Poet and Playwright Shakespeare.


What’s included


Day 1 - Stratford

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

  • Dinner
Day 2 - 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
Severn Valley Railway
Day 3 - 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 a free afternoon. You may like to visit Stratford's butterfly farm, a tropical enclosure that lets you experience these delicate creatures close up. This evening, you could attend Midnight Mass, with sherry and mince pies available on your return.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Christmas Day in Stratford

Today is about relaxation and festive fare. After a relaxed morning we enjoy a champagne and canape reception before a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Afterwards we enjoy a Christmas quiz, then a light buffet supper tonight after a free afternoon of relaxing or exploring the town at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Christmas Dinner
Day 5 - 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, the former home of Shakespeare's wife, on the outskirts of town which dates back to the 15th century. Mary Arden's house, owned by Shakespeare's mother, is also well worth a look. Tonight, we enjoy an early dinner ahead of one of the highlights of our tour, an evening performance at the Royal Shakespeare, or Swan Theatre.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway
Day 6 - Stratford

After breakfast this morning, your holiday concludes, and you are free to depart Stratford in your own time, or explore the area further.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Severn Valley Railway

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Stratford at Christmas

The Festive Season in Shakespeare's Hometown


Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson