1. Days 1 & 2 Oxford, the Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford

    Collect your vehicle at London Heathrow Airport and make your way in to central England and the Cotswolds countryside. First stop can be historic Oxford home to a unique academic ambience amidst the lawns, quads and spires of the historic University buildings which once inspired the likes of Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. Perhaps visit nearby Churchill's Blenheim Palace on route to Stratford-upon-Avon a picturesque, Tudor market town of timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon. Explore the town's wealth of Shakespeare heritage sites and landmarks before discovering the quintessential countryside of the Cotswolds including chocolate-box villages such as Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Stunning sites you can visit include Snowshill Manor and Garden, the 13th century cistercian Hailes Abbey and the medieval manor at Sudely Castle, linked to King Henry VIII and 2 of his wives.

    Overnight: Walton Hall Hotel or Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included (Day 2)

    Journey details: 95 miles / 145 km, 2 hours (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*

  2. Day 3 York City, York Minster and the Yorkshire Dales

    Today continue your journey north, you may choose to stop at one of England's hidden gems at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens. Then on to the city of York; York is home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites from the cobbled Shambles, Britain's first shopping street, to Viking heritage at the Jorvik Center. Stroll along the medieval city walls, gates and towers or visit the National Railway Museum, current home of the Flying Scotsman, visit the Mansion House or the Tudor exhibition at Micklegate Bar, before enjoying York's undoubted highlight at the iconic York Minster. Outside of the city the outstanding natural beauty with the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors on your doorstep as are the historic attractions at Fountains Abbey and Gardens and the majestic Castle Howard.

    Overnight: Hazlewood Castle Hotel or Middlethorpe Hall, near York City

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 145 miles / 235 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*

  3. Days 4 & 5 The English Lake District and Hadrian's Wall

    Departing York head West and explore the quaint Yorkshire towns of Harrogate and Skipton on route to the Lake District to enjoy some of England's most spectacular and inspiring natural beauty. Take time to explore the lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint lake-land villages such as Windermere and Grasmere. This region is a haven for walkers, writers, budding artists and photographers or those simply looking for a tranquil boat trip or lazy drives soaking up the scenery. Possible cultural visits include Wordsworth's Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage along with Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm as well as a wealth of stunning historic houses including Hutton in the Forest, Lowther Castle and Levens Hall. A short drive North brings you Birdoswald Fort part of the magnificent Hadrian's Wall which once stood on the most northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

    Overnight: Augill Castle Hotel or Lakeside Hotel, Lake District (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 75 miles / 120 km, 1 hour 20 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 6 The Beatles Liverpool and Historic Chester

    Today begin your return journey southbound. From the Lakes make your way to the bustling heritage city of Liverpool which received the accolade of European City of Culture in 2008. The city is home to not one but two impressive cathedrals, dozens of historic-listed buildings, the UNESCO heritage site Albert Docks and a wealth of Beatles Heritage sites including Matthews Street, the Cavern Club, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the Beatles Story Exhibition. A short onward drive brings you to the Roman city of Chester, home to Roman City walls and gate towers, the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded "Rows".

    Overnight: Crabwall Manor near Liverpool and Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 120 miles / 195 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Days 7 & 8 Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Bath and the Roman Baths

    Continuing the journey South from Chester pass through the quaint market town of Shrewsbury, home to elegant timberwork buildings, before visiting the nearby World Heritage site at Ironbridge; here you can see the bridge, a symbol of the Industrial Revolution, span the gorge and visit the adjacent museums and exhibitions exploring life in Victorian England. Arriving in the Bath area is a city which oozes Georgian opulence and is home to so many sites of historic importance that the entire city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, a wealth of quality museums such as the Jane Austen exhibition and of course the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room which date back to the 1st century AD.

    Overnight: Thornbury Castle Hotel, Thornbury or Homewood Park, near Bath (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 165 miles / 265 km, 3 hours 20 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 9 Bath City, Stonehenge and Windsor

    A short drive from your hotel will take you in to the charming city of Bath; Bath oozes Georgian opulence and is home to so many sites of historic importance that the entire city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent and a wealth of quality museums such as the Jane Austen exhibition and the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room which date back to the 1st century AD. Then make your way west on to the Salisbury Plain to see the famous standing stones at Stonehenge or lesser known but equally enchanting Avebury Stone Circle. By evening visit historic Windsor to explore its cobbled squares and narrow streets in the shadow of the world's largest inhabited castle and Queen's favoured residence at Windsor Castle.

    Overnight: Beaumont Estate near Windsor or M-Gallery Castle Hotel, Windsor

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 130 miles / 210 km, 3 hours (approx.)*

  7. Day 10 Return home

    This morning, enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel before checking out. Make your way to nearby London Heathrow Airport to check-in for your onward flight or make your way in to central London to explore the renowned English Capital city.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation in minimum 4* Castle Hotel or Manor House accommodation as per the itinerary (also listed below).
  • Full cooked English breakfast each morning.
  • 9 days car rental (manual or automatic transmission) inclusive of all mandatory taxes and insurances.
  • Attraction admission via the English Heritage Pass (9 day); passes offer entry to 100 historic attractions and castles across England including those highlighted on the above itinerary and including the iconic Stonehenge.
  • Adeo travel suggested driving itinerary.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Walton Hall or Alveston Manor Hotel, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • Hazlewood Castle or Middlethorpe Hall, York x 1 night
  • Augill Castle or Lakeside Hotel, Lake District x 2 nights
  • Crabwall Manor Hotel, near Chester x 1 night
  • Thornbury Castle, Thornbury Village near Bristol or Homewood Park Hotel near Bath x 2 nights
  • Beaumont Estate or M-Gallery Castle Hotel, Windsor x 1 night

All accommodations are subject to availability for requested dates however adeo Travel will offer a comparable alternative if/when the above are unavailable.

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here. All accommodations are subject to availability for requested dates however adeo Travel will offer a comparable alternative if/when the above are unavailable.

Optional extras

  • Add a two or three night stay in London before or after your castle tour. Ask for our recommended high-end hotel and package suggestions.
  • Take tickets for an open-top bus tour of York, Chester or bath.
  • Add dinner at one or more of your accommodations.
  • Upgrade to automatic transmission vehicle for your tour.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights to visit the beautiful South West of England after having visited Bath.
  • Add extra nights in any location to further explore the area.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with our Castles and Manors of Scotland Tour.

Departure Dates 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2017/18

From GBP£ 1179 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (September) with two people sharing a twin or double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Single supplement applies for solo-travellers – please ask for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in USD$ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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