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The Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour

Just the Tonic! & Stratford upon Avon

Here’s a new short break staying overnight at the 4* Apollo Hotel, near Basingstoke with dinner, bed and breakfast and visiting Laverstoke Mill, the home of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. We also spend some time in the charming riverside town of Stratford upon Avon.

There has been a mill on the Laverstoke site since at least 903 AD but the first official records show Laverstoke as being a corn mill as detailed in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1719 it was operating as a paper-mill and in the mid-18th century the site was expanded to allow for increased production.

Bombay Sapphire’s heritage began in 1761 when distiller Thomas Dakin purchased a site in Warrington with the intention of distilling gin. In 1831 the Dakin family purchased a still and adapted it to separate exotic botanicals from the neutral grain spirit, capturing the flavours of the botanicals in the vapour, a distillation process known as “vapour infusion”, and this system is still faithfully utilized by Bombay Sapphire to this day. In 2010 the Bombay Spirits Company purchased Laverstoke Mill and carefully renovated it, preserving the natural ecology and heritage of the site. During the tour visitors can explore the distillery with one of the hosts who will be on hand to answer any questions and act as a guide through the site. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in stunning glasshouses which are infused into every drop of the famous gin. Your host will then help you to discover your preferred flavour palate in the Distillery Dry Room (handy later in the Mill Bar!) n.b. Please note Laverstoke Mill is a working distillery so the owners insist that all visitors must wear suitable footwear. Guest wearing open-toed shoes, high heels, canvas shoes etc; will not be permitted to enter the Still House. The charm of Stratford upon Avon lies in the streets that were there long before “ Guliemus Shakespere” was entered in the Parish register in April 1564. Then it was a thriving market town, where merchants built fine half-timbered houses, many of which survive to this day and have become the jewel in Stratford’s crown. Famous landmarks include Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Elizabethan Knot Garden and Havard House. ***This tour is for adults only; persons aged 18 years and over only permitted.


The 4* Apollo Hotel is ideally situated close to the M3 motorway on the outskirts of the Hampshire town of Basingtoke. Hotel facilities include lift, restaurant, lounge, bar and leisure suite. All bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone and tea/coffee maker.


Sunday: Travel southwards and to Stratford upon Avon where time is at leisure for lunch and sightseeing. Later we continue the journey to Baskingstoke and to the hotel. Settle into your room and enjoy your evening meal.

Monday: After a leisurely breakfast we bid farewell to the hotel and travel to Laverstoke Mill for our 11.00hrs guided distillery visit. (visit will be approximately 3 hours). Following our visit we commence the homeward journey.

*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel,
  • Overnight hotel accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast,
  • Visit to Stratford upon Avon and admission to Laverstoke Mill Distillery
  • VAT

Single Room Supplement

A single room supplement of £20.00 is applicable on this tour, for more information please call and speak to an advisor.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)
Wrexham, Dobbs Hill Layby
Wrexham, Plas Coch Pub, Near Sainsburys
Wrexham, Kings Street Bus Station
Chirk, Moreton Garden Centre

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