Discover the astounding historical monuments and quaint towns of Southern England. Just a short drive from London, in Oxford, you can walk the grounds of the colleges where Britain’s elite and famous poets received their esteemed educations. Literature fans will be delighted to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son William Shakespeare. It’s a town so rich in history that feels as if you have taken a step back in time to 16th-century, England. Take a stroll around the town and end at Shakespeare’s schoolroom, to see the place where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights.
Enjoy the Cotswolds’ idyllic rolling hills, charming villages and storybook cottages, and the elegant town of Bath – famous for its Roman ruins and ornate Georgian architecture.
Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight, just off England’s south coast, for spectacular scenery. At Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, you can visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, bathing beach, and children’s play-cottage, for an intimate look at the royal family’s life. Stroll through the lush garden terraces and take in breathtaking views.
In Salisbury, visit the striking Cathedral, with its Early English Gothic architecture and the best-preserved, original Magna Carta. Immerse yourself in the relaxed charm of Castle Combe – a postcard-perfect, 13th-century village.
You can ponder the mystery of one of the world’s most astounding sites, at prehistoric Stonehenge. Start by exploring the exhibitions at the visitor center, then take the shuttle to the world-famous stone circle to admire this magnificent monument up-close.
End your Southern England discoveries in the bustling city of London and witness remarkable landmarks, including the Crown Jewels, which have been housed in the Tower of London since the 1600s; St. Paul’s Cathedral, the wedding site of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; the Houses of Parliament and the stately Buckingham Palace. Take a ride on the London Eye — a giant Ferris wheel — for a birds-eye view of the city and the River Thames. Don’t forget to participate in England’s local custom of afternoon tea and pastries and shop at Harrods before your journey to stunning southern England is complete.
From the vibrant city of London to the relaxing, unspoiled Isle of Wight, on a Globus tour of Southern England, your tour director will bring the destinations to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge of the history, treasures, and secrets of the area. Plus, they will provide you with authentic experiences and special adventures, such as tea and pastries in The Refectory restaurant in Salisbury and a private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom.
For your own enriching and exciting journey exploring the treasures of Southern England, contact one of our Great Britain tour experts.