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5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London

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icon5 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Explore peaceful scenery and medieval cities on this 5-day tour from London to Wales and central England. Follow the footsteps of William Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, see the epic peaks of Wales’ Snowdonia; and discover Chatsworth House and the spectacular landscapes of the Peak District. Finally, admire the historical highlights of York and sublime university city of Cambridge on route back to London. Four nights’ 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York, and travel by a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach are included. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
  • 5-day tour from London to North Wales and the heart of England
  • Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and see the sights that inspired Shakespeare's masterpieces
  • Discover the beautiful Peak District and visit the small town of Buxton
  • Visit Snowdonia National Park, home to Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon
  • Explore the historical cities of York and Cambridge
  • Enjoy four nights of 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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4 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast in either a B&B or 3-star Hotel.
Driver/guide
Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Admission fees

Departure Point

Green Line Coach Station, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SS, UK

Departure Time

9:15 AM
Get to know beautiful central England and north Wales on this 5-day tour from London, with an expert guide. Leaving London behind, head for Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and an essential fixture on many England visitors’ bucket lists. After a 2-night stay in the pretty town of Shrewsbury and time to appreciate Wales’ awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park; explore the sweeping landscapes of England’s Peak District and then spend two nights in history-rich York. Finally, visit Cambridge as you wend your way back to London, where your tour ends.

Your tour includes round-trip transportation in a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, plus two nights’ accommodation in a 3-star guesthouse or hotel (your choice) in both Shrewsbury and York in turn. Daily breakfasts are included, as is free time each day for you to enjoy lunch and dinner at your own expense. Entrance fees to attractions are not included.
Itinerary
Shakespeare's Birthplace
The birthplace of Shakespeare has an impressive array of black and white Tudor buildings. Home to the bard’s birthplace, schoolhouse, and resting place, you have time to explore this charming market town and enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants and riverside pubs.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Ironbridge Gorge Museums
The oldest iron bridge in the world is the centrepiece of an area that was the cradle of the 18th century's Industrial Revolution.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Shrewsbury
You make your way to the county town of Shrewsbury; the narrow-streets of the town centre is almost completely encircled by the River Severn. Charles Darwin was born in this bustling market town, and its timber-framed black and white Tudor buildings are your home for the next two nights.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Shrewsbury. Please note – on some dates this tour may stay in Chester for the first two nights.
Meals:
  Not Included
Conwy Castle
Set on a river bank near an impressive pair of bridges, this brilliantly preserved 13th century estuary fortress is a visual treat.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Llanberis Slate Quarry
Next, you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, its slate quarries, and travel through the dramatic Pass of Llanberis in the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Shrewsbury. Please note – on some dates this tour may stay in Chester for the first two nights.
Meals:
  Not Included
Chatsworth House
The magnificent grand house of the Devonshire family lies in a stunning estate, famed for its amazing fountains and verdant maze.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Castleton Visitor Centre
After a spectacular drive, you arrive in the charming village of Castleton. Overlooked by William the Conqueror’s Peveril Castle, this hospitable place offers a chance for a picnic of fine local fare.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in York.
Meals:
  Not Included
York Minster
Today there are two options. You can choose to spend the day exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings, and Normans. Alternatively, you can journey out with your guide on a half day excursion across the Yorkshire Dales to the handsome market town of Knaresborough. Here, you experience famed Yorkshire hospitality at its best before heading to some of the more remote areas and impressive scenery of the Eastern Dales. Whichever option you choose, you spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of York.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in York.
Meals:
  Not Included
King's College Chapel
A towering Gothic chapel dominates the heart of this charming university city and its beautifully maintained colleges.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stamford
You stop in the town of Stamford, famed for its abundance of historic stone buildings. This town was declared ‘the finest stone town in England’ by Sir Walter Scott, and it has more than 600 listed buildings made from mellow limestone.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Please note that on some rare occasions, this tour may stay in Chester instead of Shrewsbury
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For your optional attraction tickets (i.e Shakespreare's Birthplace, Conwy Castle, Chatsworth House) you must reserve your time slot in advance. Please use the link printed on your voucher. If you choose not to book in advance or book the incorrect time and date, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to visit the attraction on the day. So, reserve your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners

If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London.

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great small group tour in England
Anne Z
, Oct 2019
This small group tour exceeded all my expectations. Driver Russell Chapman was knowledgeable and helpful and fun. The Rabbies orientation to small groups in a smaller vehicle suing smaller local resources makes the possibilities endless and fun. every day had many new adventures and yet lots of flexibility to explore on our own. many days had unexpected bonuses. I will definitely book with Rabbies again: they explore Scotland, England, Ireland and now Europe. Might suggest a 2 day trip including Cambridge and Lincoln to see the old fort and the Magna Carta hint hint.Loved loved loved the trip!
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Lovely experience, knowledgeable guide.
xtinac206
, Jun 2019
Booked the five day heartland of England. I had a great time, I didn’t have to worry about transportation or lodging. In addition our guide Peter was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. Most of all I like that the guide provides suggestions, you get to decide how to spend your time.
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If you want to be absorbed in...
Helen T
, Sep 2017
If you want to be absorbed in beautiful landscapes and history, then this is for you!!! A small group made this tour even better. Our driver/guide, Ambrose was fabulous, with his personality and knowledge of the countryside and all it had to offer. Castles, Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Richard III, Guy Fawkes, the Rollright stones, Yorkminster, Kings College, right up my alley. York was absolutely amazing I just wish there had been more time but so much to do in the time allowed, walking tour, ghost tour, museums and much more. Cambridge too, is a must go back there, place on my list. Lodgings were at some gorgeous, welcoming, B and B and were A1.
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Great trip. Spent quite a bit of...
JillC
, Oct 2015
Great trip. Spent quite a bit of time in the mini coach but were able to explore villages etc.
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The places we went were very...
Deb
, Jul 2015
The places we went were very interesting and worth seeing and the accomodation excellent. What wasn't good was that the tour guide was late on the first and third day, did not communicate well and the address system was broken on the bus and there was a complete lack of interest from him in getting a new headset. So 5 days with no commentary! If it wasn't for road signs we would not have known where we were. I would recommend this tour but not with Rabbies.
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Jeff: was just wonderful ! He made our...
Bethany K
, Jun 2015
Jeff: was just wonderful ! He made our trip so mush more than just a tour.
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First B and B was a little small...
Katherine R
, Jun 2015
First B and B was a little small, in the attic, not cool enough, wifi was too weak. But other than that, a great trip!
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I had a wonderful time on the Heart...
Liza N
, Oct 2014
I had a wonderful time on the Heart of England Tour earlier in September (12th – 16th). Steve was an excellent tour guide and added so much to the trip. There were only a few of us on the journey and we received such personalized attention. Rabbies is to be commended for running their tours regardless of the number of people who sign up. The tour began on Friday morning, departing from Victoria Coach Station, and we drove to Stratford upon Avon and then to the Ironbridge area on the River Severn, before driving the rest of the way to Shrewsbury where the tour spent two nights. The bed and breakfast where we were booked, The Trevellion House, was delightful. Sonia took excellent care of all of her guests, there was a cooked to order breakfast, and the single room that I stayed in had a very comfortable double bed and a spacious bathroom. Saturday was spent in Wales. In the town of Conwy, we explored the ruins of Conwy Castle and did a tour of Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan house that was really amazing. In the afternoon we drove into the Snowden National Park and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and learned that the sheep outnumber people in Wales 10 to 1. On Sunday morning we said goodbye to Shrewsbury and drove into the Peak District. Our first stop was at the spa town of Buxton, known as the Bath of the North. Then onto Chatsworth! The house and gardens were truly something to see, you could easily spend an entire day there. After driving to York, Steve dropped us off at our accommodations, and I had a great dinner at Jamie’s Italian restaurant. I stayed at The Groves in York, which was a B and B style hotel. On Monday, I had a fun day seeing York Minster, the York Castle Museum, Clifford Tower, and walking around city, and had a nice late lunch at the most popular restaurant in the city, Rustique. Tuesday was the last day of the tour, and we visited Cambridge for a few hours before returning to London. It was a great trip!
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Will check out other tours before...
Genevieve M
, Aug 2014
Will check out other tours before sign on with Viator again for 4 reasons: 1. The GUIDE part of the driver- guide designation was very poor. We had to keep after him for information. All on tour were disatisfied. 2. Viator subcontracted Rabbies tours. Their itinerary was different than the one I had signed up for on Viator. I specifically wanted to go to Trefriw for woolen business and see Chatsworth House. We did not go to Trefriw and got 30 minutes at Chatsworth house. 3. Subpar B and B. The B and B in York was one step up from a hostel! Peeling paint, dirty rugs, no charm, and angry cook who just threw breakfast on table..jam was molded, and cereal stale. Was amazed Viator could accept this. 4. Information from Viator when calling is impossible as seemed to be a bank of operators who had no experience with specifics of trip. Thus, in my estimation, Viator is not worth the money that it charges for it's tours and I would be hard pressed to use them again.
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Our driver Ambrose was very...
Jennifer W
, Jul 2014
Our driver Ambrose was very informative and friendly. The B and B's were lovely. Would book tour with Viator again.
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