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Stratford at Christmas


The Festive Season in Shakespeare's Hometown

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2019 Tour code: SFX20

About the tour

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


What’s included


Day 1 - 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 - The Severn Valley Railroad and Warwick Castle

We head to Kidderminster by coach to board one of the vintage steam-hauled trains of the Severn Valley Railroad. Traveling 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
Shakespeare's Birthplace
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 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
Severn Valley Railroad
Day 4 - Christmas Day in Stratford

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Christmas Dinner
Day 5 - Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railroad

Our Boxing Day excursion takes us to Toddington, where we join the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railroad 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 Theater.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Gloucestershire And Warwickshire Railroad
Day 6 - Homeward bound

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

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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.


The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Severn Valley Railroad
Stratford at Christmas

A Festive Rail Tour in the Heart of England


Dimitri Zgonis
Vaugnel Fletcher