British Isles Cruise – Intro Part 2

As a reminder, we were in London for our British Isles cruise which began the next day and we were on a tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Intro Part 1 was about the first half of our tour–here is the second half.

In Stratford-Upon-Avon we visited the birthplace of William Shakespeare. He was born in the house around the 26th of April, 1564 and believed to have lived there to at least age 18.

In 1601 he inherited the house from his father and it became an inn. He died in 1616 and left the property to his daughter Susanna Hall. Family ownership continued until the late 18th century.

The house fell into decay until 1846 when there was a national campaign to buy the house for the nation in 1847. It was ‘restored’ in the 1860s in which many of the original internal structures, such as the hearths and rear window positions, remain intact.

  • Exterior
  • Exterior 1
    Exterior 1
  • Exterior 2
    Exterior 2
  • Fireplace
  • Dining room
    Dining room

Then it was on to Warwick Castle. What a place…it’s like an amusement park but it’s a real castle at the same time! You could spend an entire day here. There is so much to see and do.

Some of the activities and events to see during the day include:Warwick Castle - Trebuchet

Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular  The Trebuchet is the largest working seige machine in the world. The colossal catapult is an authentic recreation of on of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time.

Flight of the Eagles – show featuring vultures and eagles flying from the castle ramparts.

Jousting Tournament!

Stunning display of swordsmanship as some of England’s finest fully-armoured knights trade blows in the Central Courtyard.

Click here for a panoramic birds-eye view of Warwick Castle and the peaceful countryside.


Optional tickets can be purchased for:

Actors and special effects bring to life some gruesome tales in the Castle Dungeon or Merlin: The Dragon Tower

You can even book a Tower Suite for the night – on a single floor of the 14th century Caesars’s Tower! Your stay includes a private tour of the castle, champagne, breakfast in your suite and 24-hour concierge .



That’s it for today – stay tuned for our the next episode of our British Isles cruise.

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