Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds – NEW TOUR
– Start with hotel only and then pick and mix from our suggested excursions –
From our hotel in Swindon, it is possible to embark upon the most quintessential of English breaks. The historic cities of Bath and Oxford are within an easy drive, and the beauty of the Cotswolds appears right on your doorstep. Discover this wonderful area of the country whilst based at Blunsdon House, a well-equipped and coach friendly hotel located in a beautiful green setting, which has everything your group will need for a comfortable stay.
We can offer a 3 or 4 night stay depending on your group’s requirements. Choose from the best of the areas attractions to create your own tailor-made package.
Price is hotel only. All suggested excursions carry a supplement – prices available on request.
18th June, 23rd June, 24th July, 7th August - all 2020
Worcester Cathedral and Museum of Royal Worcester with refreshments
Depending on where you are travelling from, Worcester is a great port of call. Described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s cathedrals, especially architecturally, Worcester Cathedral has been a place of worship since the 14th century. Here we enjoy a guided tour including King John’s Tomb and Prince Arthur’s Chantry. Next we arrive at the Museum of Royal Worcester where we enjoy a cup of tea served on Royal Worcester china. After this there is time walk through the museum admiring the large collection of porcelain through the centuries.
Gloucester Cathedral and Historic Docks
Our first stop is the 11th century Gloucester Cathedral, where a volunteer guide will reveal many of the stories and secrets of this extraordinary building. Of special interest is the medieval Great Cloister, famous for its fan vaulting. The cloisters have also appeared in the Harry Potter films and on TV in Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Doctor Who. The historic Gloucester Docks, just a short walk away, offers a dramatic waterfront, converted warehouses and an array of restaurants and bars. Next door is Gloucester Quays with more than 60 outlet shops.
Bath and the Roman Baths
Today we travel to the Roman city of Bath where there’s free time to discover the city’s Georgian architecture. Our tour includes admission into the world famous Roman Baths, one of the city’s finest historic sites where you can walk on the ancient cobbled pathways much as the Romans did 2,000 years ago. Then walk to the Grade I listed Pulteney Bridge. Completed by 1774, the bridge was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style. It is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides.
Scenic Cotswolds drive, Bourton-on-the- Water, Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Today we travel to the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Our scenic drive is likely to include Stow-on-the Wold, Chipping Camden and Broadway. We call in to Bourton-on-the-Water, where your group can choose to visit the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection or wander through the one-ninth scale replica Model Village. You can also travel to Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle, set in a beautiful 1,200 acre estate. This Castle has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past. Discover the connections to the Tudors, including Katherine Parr who is laid to rest here.
Walking tour of Oxford including Christ Church and Afternoon Tea at ‘Malmaison’ formerly Oxford Jail
This morning we travel into the centre of Oxford for a 1½ hour guided walking tour of the historic city’s most famous sights and hidden treasures. We go inside the architecturally stunning Christ Church College to see Christopher Wren’s Tom Tower. Our tour includes the Great Hall, quadrangles, the Cathedral and grand staircase. And if all of this looks familiar, it’s because it was used as the setting for ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films. After the tour we walk the short distance to Malmaison hotel, located in the former prison, we will enjoy an afternoon tea style lunch in the ‘Visitors Room’ during which our guide will tell us tales from the former gaol.
Visit MINI Plant Oxford
Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day. Gain insight into the automotive production during a guided 2 hour plant tour. Experience the production of MINIs, from the welding of steel parts into car bodies to the individual interior equipment in the assembly. This is a unique group experience and chance to learn about a quintessential and iconic English brand. There is also a small museum onsite with classic MINIs from the past. Please note the MINI Plant tour is not available in August.
Chavenage House and STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway
This morning we travel to Tetbury and Chavenage House, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house built from Cotswold stone situated in the Gloucestershire countryside. Many TV programmes used the house as a back drop, most famously Poldark. This will be no stuffy, run of the mill tour. Hence, enjoy some quirky anecdotes and a laugh or two along the way! Whilst here we enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch, prepared by another member of the family in the ‘modern’ extension of the house. Next it is full ‘STEAM’ ahead at the Museum of the Great Western Railway which tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway.
Blunsdon House Hotel, Best Western Premier Collection ****
Inspected by Greatdays staff in May 2019
Blunsdon House Hotel in Swindon is a four star hotel in Wiltshire situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, close to the M4, M5 and easily accessible by rail from London and Bristol. There are 108 comfortable bedrooms (40 of which are located in the adjacent Pavilion Building, about a 30 yard walk outside from the main hotel), 1 restaurant, 3 bars, and a Leisure Club with gym, indoor pool and spa. The hotel is situated within leafy grounds and has lovely views to the rear. There is a lift to all floors and complimentary coach parking on-site.
|Hotel only||4 day tour||5 day tour|
|Thursday 18th June 2020||Not available||From £265.00 per person|
|Thursday 23rd July 2020||Not available||From £265.00 per person|
|Friday 24th July 2020||From £199.00 per person||Not available|
|Friday 7th August 2020||From £199.00 per person||Not available|
Single supplement available on request
*Price is hotel only. All suggested excursions carry a supplement – price available on request.