Welcome to The Midlands & the Marches


You'll also find the relics of centuries of industrial history, exemplified by the World Heritage–listed mills of Ironbridge and the Derwent Valley, and by today's dynamic cities, including Britain's second-largest, Birmingham: a canal-woven industrial crucible reinvented as a cultural and creative hub, with striking 21st-century architecture and vibrant nightlife. Beyond them are tumbling hills where the air is so clean you can taste it. Walkers and cyclists flock to these pristine areas, particularly the Peak District National Park and the Shropshire Hills in the Marches, along the English–Welsh border, to vanish into the vastness of the landscape.


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$19.66 Tours & Sightseeing

City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this City Sightseeing tour is the best way to see the sights of Stratford-Upon-Avon! You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 10 stops in total and the entire route takes approximately 55-65 minutes. The bus departs every 30-60 minutes from each stop (weekdays and weekends differ). Along the route, passengers will pass numerous famous locations relating to the famous English Language writer, William Shakespeare - including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare’s Grave! Did you know that Shakespeare is the best selling fiction writer of all time with over 4 billion copies sold?!  First up is Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stop 2, hop-off and discover the story behind Shakespeare’s life as a child, how his father made a living as a glove manufacturer and the first few years he was married to his wife whilst living in the cottage. Hop-off at Stop 4 And visit New Place, where you can walk-in the footsteps of Shakespeare and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens located here. Hop back on as the tour heads to Hall’s Croft, the former home of Shakespeare’s eldest, Susanna, where she lived with her husband in the 17th century. This elegant house boasts an extremely well-preserved exterior, as well as beautiful furnishings and decorations inside. Take a break from learning about Shakespeare and hop-off at the River Avon to take a peaceful strong along the riverside, or hop-off at the Maybird Shopping Centre and enjoy a fabulous shopping spree! Other major attractions along the route include Shakespeare’s Grave at Trinity Church and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage along Cottage Lane. Hop-off and discover the former farmhouse where Shakespeare’s wife Anne once lived. Other stops along the route include: Visitor Information Centre, Bridge St Shakespeare’s Birthplace Market Sq and American Fountain Shakespeare’s New Place and Guild Chapel River Avon & Royal Shakespeare Theatre Hall’s Croft, Holy Trinity Church & Shakespeare’s Grave Evesham Place Alcester Road Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Maybird Shopping Centre

$17.04 Kid Friendly

Warwick Castle Full-Day Admission Ticket

Full to the turrets with dazzling shows and attractions, spell-binding story-telling and fun experiences all year-round, Warwick Castle is a fun, action-packed and unforgettable day out for everyone!Watch the spectacular Flight of the Eagles Show (twice daily show), featuring Eagles, Buzzards and Vultures and look out for Rosie, the UK’s one and only free-flying Andean Condor which is the largest bird of prey in the world! With a wingspan of over 10ft you will be in awe as you see her take to the skies. A day at Warwick Castle is jam-packed with exhilarating daily shows – witness the world’s largest working catapult launch a flaming fireball over 150m into the air as part of the Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular Show! Explore 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens and keep an eye out for the resident peacocks in the picturesque Peacock Garden! Climb the Castle’s ancient towers and ramparts and then marvel at the mesmerising panoramic views from the top of Guy’s Tower.Beyond the Castle’s wall marvel at the magnificent great hall and the lavish interiors of the adjoining state rooms. Visit the castle dungeon if you are brave enough? This exciting 50 minute walkthrough brings together live actors, shows and spectacular special effects that will send chills down your spine (over 10s only – it’s that scary!)Enter Time Tower and journey through time on a whirlwind adventure through Warwick Castle’s rich and vibrant history, to reveal its 1100 year true story. Wars of the Roses Live is newly added to this tour. It is 1455 and the House of Lancaster holds the English Throne. King Henry VI’s crown is challenged by the House of York. The rival houses clash in battle and the bloody war that ensues was to last over 30 years.Marvel as the legendary Wars of the Roses unfolds before you during a live action show!

$52.43 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: High Street Chipping CampdenOne hour of free timeDuration: 1 hourStop At: Dover's HillViewpointDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Broadway TowerStop at Broadway Tower Country Park. Tower has magnificent views. Climbing to the top of the tower is optional. Cafe and shop available. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market SquareLunch stop at Stow-on-the-Wold. Free time. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Arlington RowVisit to Bibury (including the famous Arlington Row of cottages)Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Bourton on the WaterFree time to explore the village.Duration: 40 minutes

$65.54 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour of Glastonbury

Begin your day with a guided walk across Avalon, be transported back 2000 years through the mists, to a time of magic, myths and legends, a time when the family of Christ arrived to these shores of Avalon. Stand next to the Holy Thorn Tree which grew from the staff given to Joseph of Arimathea, by Jesus himself. He planted the staff as a symbol of the birth of a new way, the early Christian way, and worked with the Pagans and Druids who had used the ancient Isle of Avalon as a site for spiritual initiation for thousands of years.Then be guided, via the hidden chapel of St Margret, to the site of the Wattle Church in the centre of the Glastonbury Abbey. The Wattle Church is England’s first ever building for Christian worship, built by Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea in 62AD. A few steps away we find the last resting place of King Arthur and Gwynevere and find out why it is there and how they are linked to the family of Christ. The windows within St Johns church perfectly paint a picture of the hidden stories of old.After lunch we go on our quest for the Holy Grail, said to be buried under the Chalice Well. Find out why these waters in this tranquil garden are said to be healing by drinking them yourself. Balance the red waters, the female energies of the Chalice Well, with the waters of the White Spring, the male energies, which is very close by, in a beautiful candle-lit water temple.We leave the best for last, a climb to the top of the Glastonbury Tor. Witness the amazing energies of the Tor, find out why these hills are called sleeping dragons and look out over the sacred landscape all the way to Wales.

$26.22 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Warwick Castle Admission Ticket and Including Cream Tea

Visit: Warwick CastleCombine your visit to Warwick Castle with mouthwatering English tradition: enjoy a fresh fruit scone with clotted cream, jam and tea or coffee with this fantastic package. Cream team can be redeemed before 12.30pm or after 3pm only, in the Conservatory Tea House.Full to the turrets with dazzling shows and attractions, spell-binding story-telling and fun experiences all year-round, Warwick Castle is a fun, action-packed and unforgettable day out for everyone! Watch the spectacular Flight of the Eagles Show (twice daily show), featuring Eagles, Buzzards and Vultures and look out for Rosie, the UK’s one and only free-flying Andean Condor which is the largest bird of prey in the world! With a wingspan of over 10ft you will be in awe as you see her take to the skies.A day at Warwick Castle is jam-packed with exhilarating daily shows – witness the world’s largest working catapult launch a flaming fireball over 150m into the air as part of the Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular Show! Explore 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens and keep an eye out for the resident peacocks in the picturesque Peacock Garden! Climb the Castle’s ancient towers and ramparts and then marvel at the mesmerizing panoramic views from the top of Guy’s Tower. Beyond the Castle’s wall marvel at the magnificent great hall and the lavish interiors of the adjoining state rooms. Visit the castle dungeon if you are brave enough? New for 2017, Wars of the Roses live: It’s 1455 and the House of Lancaster holds the English Throne. King Henry VI’s crown is challenged by the House of York. The rival houses clash in battle and the bloody war that ensues was to last over 30 years. Marvel as the legendary Wars of the Roses unfolds before you during a live action show. Pledge your allegiance in an epic battle for the English Throne in this all new, heart pumping, fist thumping, live action show.

$13.04 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

National Motorcycle Museum Admission

The National Motorcycle Museum is ideally situated in the once renowned workshop capital of the world, centrally based in the UK, with ideal network links through all major routes, i.e. M42, Birmingham International Railway Station and Birmingham International Airport, all on our doorstep. The Museum has ample free parking with wheelchair accessibility.Set over five halls this tour will take you back in history, from Veteran and Pioneer motorcyclist to Riders of the Modern Superbike era.The gift shop offers an extensive range of motorcycle related books, souvenirs & memorabilia to motorbike apparel catering for all the family.The Museum’s Archive stocks an ever changing inventory of original motorcycle books, technical literature & sales publications (Bruce Main Smith). Available to purchase in shop and online you will find an alphabetical listing of an extensive archive of over 4000 photocopy sets, including motorcycle Workshop Manuals, Illustrated Parts books, Annual Sales Catalogues and Instruction books.