On this family-friendly exploration, you'll be educated, inspired and entertained by your expert local Cox & Kings guides as you immerse yourself in the history and legends of England. Thrill to the storied past and vibrant present of London before traveling onward to Salisbury Cathedral and enigmatic Stonehenge. After discovering the Roman heritage of Bath, visit the charming villages of the Cotswolds and the lively university city of Oxford.
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London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.
Oxford is home to a world famous university, and most of the colleges and university buildings are located in the centre of Oxford, within easy walking distance. Don't miss the Bodleian Library, which has its own shop, and nearby the Radcliffe Camera, which is not open to the public, but is well worth a view from the outside. Also nearby, in the Broad, is the Sheldonian Theatre, venue for official University functions as well as concerts. The University also owns the Botanic Garden, founded in 1621 as Physick Garden for the study of plants for medicinal and scientific use - peace and quiet from the city just two minutes down High Street.
When the temperature rises in Bath, join the crowds to picnic or laze around in Royal Victoria Park, just below the Royal Crescent, with a duck pond, botanical gardens and a grotto to explore. Alternatively, Parade Gardens is picturesque spot next to the river and in the heart of the city. You can sit in a deckchair and enjoy views of the Weir and Pulteney Bridge. Then there is the more secluded Sydney Gardens Jane Austen often visited. Take a free walking tour around the centre of Bath or hire some bicycles from Avon Valley Cyclery behind the railway station and cycle along the canal. Visit Prior Park - a Capability Brown landscape garden on a hill above Bath with views of the city and a remarkable Palladian bridge. Choose from boat trips on the river and the canal, while the boating station of Forrester Road hires out punts for a quintessentially English experience.
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