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    Day Trip Passing Through Palaces and Castles Between London and Birmingham

    Day Trip Passing Through Palaces and Castles Between London and Birmingham
    Starts from

    London

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    8

    Duration

    12 hours

    Length

    126 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    London

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    12 hours

    Length

    126 mi

    History and Culture
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    Hamit Gokay Meric

    Hamit Gokay Meric

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Be mesmerized with the views of Thames River from a historic stone bridge.
    • Have lunch in a baroque style palace.
    • Titillate your imagination wandering inside a thousand year old castle.
    • Relive the heroic moments of the Second World War in a secret mansion.
    London and Birmingham are the two biggest cities in England and they are only three hour apart by car but there are countless sights worth seeing in between. Picturesque villages, fine heritage sites, historic palaces are only some of the things to see on the road from London to Birmingham. Grab your car and head into a day of sightseeing that will take you to medieval castles, green parks, secret war headquarters and a bridge over Thames River. You'll be amazed by the stories behind these spots while you step back in time and learn about history of England.

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    London and Birmingham are the two biggest cities in England and they are only three hour apart by car but there are countless sights worth seeing in between. Picturesque villages, fine heritage sites, historic palaces are only some of the things to see on the road from London to Birmingham. Grab your car and head into a day of sightseeing that will take you to medieval castles, green parks, secret war headquarters and a bridge over Thames River. You'll be amazed by the stories behind these spots while you step back in time and learn about history of England.
    Hamit Gokay Meric

    Hamit Gokay Meric

    Travel Expert

    • Be mesmerized with the views of Thames River from a historic stone bridge.
    • Have lunch in a baroque style palace.
    • Titillate your imagination wandering inside a thousand year old castle.
    • Relive the heroic moments of the Second World War in a secret mansion.

    Day Itinerary

    8 Activities
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    Day 1

    126 mi0.3 mi

    Inspiring Route Full of History From London to Birmingham

    This road trip begins with a quick coffee stop and walk by the Thames River, the journey will continue onwards to a lavish baroque style palace. The next stop will be a big secret spot of England, which played a pivotal role in WWII and then the route will take you to a grandiose castle that is older than a thousand years. You'll feel like being escorted by knights and princesses in medieval times. Before reaching Birmingham, you'll make one more stop to the world famous poet William Shakespeare's birth town and have an early dinner with a great view.
    Henley Piazza
    09:0030 min

    Henley Piazza

    Café
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    Get a take away coffee from here and head to the riverside to take a walk. This part of the riverside is officially the end of the Thames Path, which is a 300 km long walking trail following the Thames River. You may catch a glimpse of the rowers going up and down the river as Henley on Thames is the host city for Royal Regatta.
    0.5 mi10 min
    Henley Bridge
    09:4510 min

    Henley Bridge

    Bridge
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    You can cross the Henley Bridge during your stroll in Henley on Thames. Henley Bridge was built in the 18th century and it connects Oxfordshire with Berkshire. Although the stone bridge's history is not very ancinet, a wooden bridge used to stand here before. The oldest record of a brdige at this location dates back to the 13th century but some authors claim that Romans had a brdige here in the 5th century. Cross the river by walking atop the 5 stone arches and enjoy the stunning views of the most famous river of England.
    33.3 mi1 hr
    Blenheim Palace
    11:001 hr 30 min

    Blenheim Palace

    Palace
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    This palace used to be a home in the past. Can you imagine what it was like to be a lady or a lord living in this lavish home? The magnificent palace grounds and the carefully manicured formal gardens will be a delight to explore. Did you know that Sir Winston Churchill was born here? After touring the palace, have lunch here at the Orangery Restaurant in its high ceiling elite salon and admire the green garden views from the grand windows.
    36 mi1 hr 10 min
    Bletchley Park
    13:5530 min

    Bletchley Park

    Landmark
    Open Details
    If you like war movies, you have certainly heard of something called the Enigma Code. The mansion in Bletchley Park, aka the Code Breaking Huts, was where this code was broken by the British Intelligence and it was the biggest secret of UK during World War II. The park is located in Buckinghamshire and it is totally worth to visit due to its crucial role at the end of the war. You'll be amazed to see how well the site has been restored to make the visitors feel the atmosphere of 1940's. You'll feel like you're in the movie The Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing and his team that worked here to crack the code. Don't forget to get a headset guide as the information here can be a little intense.
    47 mi1 hr 10 min
    15:355 min

    Car Park

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park the car to get to Warwick Castle
    0.3 mi5 min
    Warwick Castle
    15:451 hr 30 min

    Warwick Castle

    Castle
    Open Details
    Your next stop is deemed to be the most popular castle of England, which dates back to William the Conqueror. Despite its 1100 years of history, it is really well preserved and it will surely activate your imagination no matter how old your are. Travel back in time and imagine how it was in the medieval times, when the great battles were won by heroic knights and pretty princesses roamed inside the castle. You can even come across live performances and watch the world’s largest working catapult in action.
    8.9 mi20 min
    Tudor World
    17:351 hr 30 min

    Tudor World

    Museum
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    Stratford Upon Avon is famous to be the birthplace of William Shakespeare and there are a number of houses in this heritage town from different times of the poet's life. Even only wandering in the streets will give you the feeling of Will's life. However, there is one experience in this town that you can't miss, The Tudor World Ghost Walk! They will take you to the most haunted building in England and let you discover what life was like when Shakespeare lived here. Who knows, maybe you'll meet him yourself!
    0.8 mi5 min
    Pen & Parchment
    19:101 hr 30 min

    Pen & Parchment

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    After a scary experience, you must be hungry! Walk to this riverside pub and relax a little bit before leaving for London. They have great mussels, plus you'll love the views from here.
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