8 Days England Self Discovery
To United Kingdom - 3 Nights
- United Kingdom
- 3 Nights
- Travel Dates:
- 01/08/22 to 31/08/22
- Offer Expires:
Price per person
Mind the gap! We love an icon, and we love to explore. England is a gold mine of “pinch me” moments. From visiting Buckingham Palace in London to visiting 5,000 year old prehistoric monuments. This self drive itinerary has it all!
Explore some of England’s treasures with this 7 night South to North Self Drive Discovery. Visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of The Queen and home of the British monarchy for more than 900 years. Unravel the mystery behind Stonehenge and its construction more than 5,000 years ago. See Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of only four surviving original Magna Carta documents from 1215. Wander the streets of Georgian Bath and explore the historic Roman Baths. Travel through the Cotswold’s and into the West Midlands where you will experience more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle and visit the restored 16th-century half-timbered house that was Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Spend time exploring Birmingham learning about the fascinating industrial heritage and surprising wildlife of the local waterways on a skipper guided tour. Wander the four distinctive glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Explore Liverpool, the city that gave us The Beatles before finishing in Manchester a city synonymous for its world-famous soccer teams.
- 1 night at Premier Inn Slough Central South Hotel Windsor including breakfast^
- Admission to Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral & Stonehenge for self-guided tours
- 1 night at Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel Bath including breakfast^
- Admission to the Roman Baths & Warwick Castle for self-guided tours
- 2 nights at Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon including breakfast daily^
- Admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Hall’s Croft
- 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre including breakfast daily^
- Admission to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
- 1 hour Sherborne Wharf Boat Cruise around Birmingham’s Canals
- 1 night at Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (Portland Street) including breakfast^
- 8 days Enterprise car hire in a Ford Focus automatic vehicle+
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LONDON – WINDSOR – BATH – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – BIRMINGHAM – LIVERPOOL – MANCHESTER
DAY 1: WELCOME TO THE UK
Arrive into your London airport and pick up your hire car. Continue to the Windsor area to start exploring the Great West Way. If time allows, enjoy a hop on hop off sightseeing tour of Windsor and Eton or visit Windsor Castle, the home of the Royal Family, where Prince Harry married his Meghan, before checking into your hotel. Overnight: Windsor area
DAY 2 – STONEHENGE AND BATH
Continue your exploration of the Great West Way today. You may choose to visit prehistoric Stonehenge – part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – before continuing to Bath. On the way why not stop into Salisbury, take a walk around this picturesque market town and stop by Salisbury Cathedral for a visit or for photos of the tallest cathedral in England. Overnight: Bath or area
DAY 3: BATH & THE COTSWOLDS
Take a walk around Bath, one of the most beautiful and recognisable cities In England, and why not visit the historic Roman Baths before starting your drive north? Drive through the Cotswolds. Think of England and The Cotswolds may well spring to mind. This area of limestone hills is picture-postcard England at its most enchanting. Explore villages made of honey-coloured stone, sip pints in ancient pubs and see some of Britain’s most beautifully preserved medieval churches. It’s a favourite getaway for British celebrities so excellent food and luxury places to stay abound. Overnight: Stratford-Upon-Avon or area
DAY 4: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Shakespeare fans will relish the chance to walk in the bard’s footsteps: visit the timbered home where he was born at Shakespeare’s Birthplace; explore the house where he courted his wife at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and pay your respects at his final resting place in the Holy Trinity Church. Overnight: Stratford-Upon-Avon or area
DAY 5: WARWICK CASTLE
Experience more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle! Enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens of Warwick Castle including the Mound which was first built in 1068 on the orders of William the Conqueror. The Mound formed the most important part of the Norman Castle’s defence system. The Peacock Garden, designed by the Victorian landscape gardener Robert Marnock includes topiary peacocks. Running gently down to the river is the Pageant Field, flanked on either side by trees, of which some, like the Cedars of Lebanon, are over 200 years old. The transformation from a fortress to a stately home created by one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, Lancelot “Capability” Brown. It is believed that Warwick Castle was Brown’s first independent, castle commission and his achievements here during the 1750’s won him praise and national recognition. Overnight: Birmingham or area
DAY 6: BIRMINGHAM
Enjoy a cruise in Birmingham. Discover Birmingham’s Canals and it’s Industrial Heritage on one of Sherborne Wharf’s luxury passenger narrowboats. Your cruise on one of our three passenger narrowboats will depart from the International Convention Centre Quayside, opposite Brindley Place, the bustling heart of Birmingham. You will cruise along quiet stretches of the canal which first brought commercial life to Birmingham and was the start of the first industrial revolution over two hundred years ago.
The City Heritage Route covers the Oozells Street and Icknield Port loops of the original James Brindley Canal, a section of the Sir Thomas Telford’s Main Line and the area around the National Indoor Arena and the International Convention Centre before going through the Worcester Bar at Gas Street Basin and turning to disembark at the ICC.
In the afternoon why not visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are open every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Being one of Birmingham’s best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforest to arid desert, playground, tearoom and garden gift shop all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. There are four glasshouses which range from our exotic Tropical House through to our Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid Houses. There is a large lawn in front of the glasshouses with a range of beds and shrubberies around its perimeter. Overall, the character is that of a Victorian public park with a bandstand set in 15 acres (6.1 ha) of landscaped greenery. Overnight: Birmingham
DAY 7: LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER
Today drive to Liverpool, the city that gave us The Beatles, Liverpool has moved on from its industrial roots to become one of Britain’s most dynamic and vibrant cultural centres. You can spend an afternoon at The Beatles Story museum, see the houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up and enjoy a night out at the Cavern Club, where the band famously performed. Or explore some of Liverpool’s 7 free museums. You can ponder modern art at the Tate Liverpool or entertain the kids at the excellent World Museum Liverpool. Continue on to Manchester for your overnight stay. Overnight Manchester
DAY 8: MANCHESTER AND END OF TOUR
If time allows it, enjoy a city alive with character, Manchester is rich in art and heritage, and as proud of its music scene as it is of its world-famous soccer teams. You can then take a flight from Manchester airport or a train to continue your journey through the UK.
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