Explore England’s secret jewels on this amazing self-driven seven-night tour! From Shakespeare’s birthplace to the refined elegance of Chatsworth House, the scenic beauty of the Yorkshire and the historic cities of Oxford and York, this itinerary will inspire and delight you! Best of all, you’ll experience the charm of Europe first-hand with accommodations in some of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful manor houses!
Welcome to London! After picking up your car, you will travel to Hendon for your first night in Hendon Hall Hotel. The first full day of your trip will take you via Oxford through the beautiful Cotswolds on to Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and where you can stroll down the streets in the famous university town of Oxford, which is just an hour away. You’ll stay at the Ettington Park Hotel before setting off north toward Nantwich the following day. The medieval Coventry Cathedral, Lichfield, and National Memorial Arboretum, should not be missed along the way! That evening you’ll get a good night’s rest at the Rookery Hotel & Spa. Continuing on your journey, the next day will take you further north via Chatsworth House to Wetherby. You’ll want to allow some time to stop at Haddon Hall, an Elizabethan manor house which is often used for period film locations, before resting overnight at Wood Hall Hotel. The following day’s route will take you through York, Scarborough and Whitby into Yorkshire, the largest of all English counties, and finally into Yarm, where you’ll stay at the Crathorne Hall Hotel for two nights. You will have more time the next day to explore the beautiful area of North Yorkshire and Yarm in northern England. You can also travel to Hexam, an historic, bustling town in the heart of the Tyne Valley, and later on to Alston, the highest town in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your last stop on this amazing trek through the United Kingdom is Edinburgh, which you’ll reach via the coastal route. A visit at Alnwick Castle is highly recommended (did you know that this castle was featured in the first two Harry Potter films?), before retiring to the Norton House Hotel for your final night in Edinburgh.