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Immerse yourself in the history, heritage and grandeur of some of the most iconic sites in England on this four day experience. From the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ironbridge Gorge and Blenheim Palace to the inspiring Shakespeare's County, you will enjoy a broad spectrum of Enland in times gone by.
From: 03 Aug 2012 - To: 31 Oct 2012
Arrive at your hotel at lesiure. Once settled in, why not take some time out to explore the locality before enjoying dinner in the restaurant and your first overnight stay.
Head into Shropshire and spend today immersing yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ironbridge Gorge. Ironbridge is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. It contains all the elements of progress that contributed to the rapid development of this industrial region in the 18th century, from the mines themselves to the railway lines. Learn all about this in the Museum of the Gorge, before continuing your day at another fascinating site - Blists Hill Victorian Town. This is a living history experience - you can meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces, see all the animals, enjoy a horse & cart ride or maybe even treat yourself to a cone of traditional Fish and Chips. Return to the hotel to relax for second night after a full day of sightseeing.
Shakespeare Country is the order of the day today. Head into Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy a stroll along the river and maybe enjoy a coffee break in the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, taking in the magificent views across the water. Shakespeare's Birthplace is in the heart of this lovely town and you can see many artefacts & learn more about the great Bard during your visit. Leaving town behind, visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage - a thatched farmhouse with stunning grounds and gardens, which overflow with beautiful blooms, and traditional shrubs. Indulge your romantic side and discover where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home. Spend the afternoon at Warwick Castle; delivering everything you'd expect from a castle - towers, ramparts, knights, princesses, jousting and spectacular birds of prey - this 10th-century edifice immerses visitors in castle life throughout the ages, from the murky Middle Ages and the gorgeous Georgians, right through to what life was like at the castle in Victorian times. Return to your hotel for your third night.
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast and checking out of your hotel, end your tour with a most memorable visit. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all. Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874.
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