Icons of England Self Drive, 10 Days
The accommodationDay 1 Drive from London to Cambridge (75km)
From London, travel north, possibly stopping at Jacobean Audley End House and Duxford Imperial War Museum on route to the glorious university city of Cambridge where you can explore labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ's College. Take a stroll along the Backs, extensive parklands behind the university or take a punt on the river with one of the resident students.
Stay 1 night at Holiday Inn Express Cambridge.Day 2 Drive from Cambridge to York, (250km)
Continuing north arrive in the stunning medieval city of York with a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore from the cobbled streets such as the famous Shambles, Britain's first shopping street, the Viking Jorvik Center, the medieval city walls, gates and towers, the opulent Georgian Era Fairfax House and the National Railway Museum current home of the Flying Scotsman. The highlight of course will be exploring the iconic York Minster.
Stay 2 nights at Mercure York Fairfield Manor.Day 4 Drive from York to The Cotswolds (135km)
Passing south in to the Heart of England, make a stop at Kenilworth Castle before visiting England's most visually imposing fortresses at the stunning Warwick Castle. Arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon discover the abundant Shakespeare Heritage in this picturesque, market town of Tudor timberwork buildings. Explore the town including Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft.
Stay 2 nights at the Strozzi Palace by Mansley, Cheltenham.Day 6 Drive from The Cotswolds to Bath (144km)
Today explore the beauty of quintessential English countryside in the Cotswolds' rolling hills and eccentrically named villages such as Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh. Arriving in Bath, experience a UNESCO world heritage city which oozes Georgian opulence and is home to architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent not to mention the spectacular iconic Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Stay 2 nights at the Hilton Bath City .Day 8 Drive from Bath to Windsor (65km)
Returning East towards London, you may choose to stop at Lacock Abbey, used in TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter before passing on to the eerie Salisbury Plain to see England's most iconic site at the mysterious standing stones of Stonehenge before arriving in Salisbury to explore the cobbled streets and England's tallest cathedral spire. A final stop will be at Highclere Castle featured on television as Downton Abbey before arriving in Windsor.
Stay 2 nights at Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor.Day 10 Drive from to London(115km)
Spend today exploring the magnificent town of Windsor home to cobbled squares, timber fronted houses, and the world's largest inhabited castle at Windsor Castle, the Queen's favoured residence.
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