Jane Austen has left a lasting legacy in Bath. See if you can spot Mr Darcy hanging out around the Royal Crescent…
Helen, Original Traveller
The Dreaming Spires of Oxford are calling, indeed they are. Easily accessible for a weekend or longer, kick start your stay in the Cotswolds with a visit to the hallowed educational turf of Oxford.
Helen is here to help give you the inside track.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Easily accessible from London for a weekend getaway. Offers great hotels, wonderful luxury and is a firm family favourite
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Our guide to holidays in Oxford, the Cotswolds & Bath
Day 1: Heading out of London arrive in Oxford with your driver-guide for a walking tour of this lovely city. Explore Christchurch College and take a punt along the River (chauffeured or try it yourself!) before heading out of the city and for lunch at the Bear in the market town of Woodstock. After filling up on pub grub visit Blenheim Palace, the spectacular home of the Duke of Marlborough.
Day 2: After a leisurely morning at your hotel, depart for a privately guided tour of some of the prettiest (and off the beaten track) parts of the Cotswolds. Make for the Cotswold Hills or enjoy a private falconry class with a local expert.
Day 3: Head further north today to explore Warwick Castle, especially fun for the younger family as there is a multitude of activities on offer including jousting (watching, not partaking of course). Have lunch in Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon at the Lamb, an old favourite, followed by a visit to the key Shakespearian sites. While in the area, it would be a shame not to see a Shakespearean masterpiece such as Julius Caesar, a firm family favourite.
Day 4: Get out in the great outdoors exploring the Cotswolds by bike. However far you get, we know some great pubs in the area when little legs are weary.
Day 5: The final stop on the Cotswolds marathon is Bath, and some might say the best (we'll leave that up to you). A simply stunning city, Bath has played host to many a Jane Austin film, and fans can visit her museum. Must sees also include the Abbey, the Fashion Museum, and the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms - or perhaps even try the modern equivalent to ease those aching limbs? Down the road from Bath, the village of Lacock is a Harry Potter hangout, and the Sign of the Angel pub is heavenly…