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UK Ashes 2019Official Supporter Tours

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1stAshes Test
Edgbaston

Birmingham
1 - 5 Aug 2019
2ndAshes Test
Lord's

London
14 - 18 Aug 2019
3rdAshes Test
Headingley

Leeds
22 - 26 Aug 2019
4thAshes Test
Old Trafford

Manchester
4 - 8 Sep 2019
5thAshes Test
The Oval

London
12 - 16 Sep 2019

Our Test Match venue - Edgbaston

Often described as the ‘best ground outside Lord's' Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to the Warwickshire Cricket Club, is the second largest cricket ground in the UK. Established in 1882, the first international Test played at the ground was the first Ashes Test of the 1902 Series between England and Australia. The atmosphere here for visiting teams is reputed to be hostile, with the level of noise generated by the crowd rivalling those of much larger venues. The capacity at Edgbaston is 25,000.

Getting to Edgbaston

While there are regular public bus services to and from Edgbaston, CATO recommends the National Express West Midlands shuttle bus service from the city centre to Edgbaston. Shuttle buses will be available between 9am and 11am from Smallbrook Queensway and are convenient for users of both New Street and Moor Street Train Stations. They will also be running from Edgbaston after close of play. A return journey on the shuttle bus service is £5 for adults and £3 for children.

About Birmingham

As the launch pad for the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham has been a hive of activity for hundreds of years. To this day, the city remains Britain's biggest outside of London. A landscape of innovative architecture sits comfortably alongside cultural and historical gems, plus an abundance of pubs, bars and international shopping brands.

Getting to Birmingham

As the hub of the UK's transport network, getting to Birmingham is easy. The airport is located only 10km from the city and there are connections via train to cities all across the UK. For those preferring to drive, motorways are just a short distance from the city centre.

From Australia
Fly direct into Birmingham Airport, there's frequent connections from Heathrow and Gatwick. From the airport to Birmingham city centre:
  • Train: it's an easy 10-15 minute journey from the airport (Birmingham International Rail Station) to Birmingham New Street Station, with regular services throughout the day. Fares range from £15 to £25.
  • Taxi: The 23 km journey will take approximately 20 minutes. Fares range from £25 - £35.
Fly into London Heathrow Airport or London Gatwick Airport, connect by train to Birmingham. From London Heathrow or Gatwick airports to Birmingham:
  • Tube: Take the Tube from the airport to London Euston Station, where it's a 2.5-hour train ride to Birmingham. Fares range depending on time of travel and when tickets are booked. For timetable and tickets visit https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

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Europe
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus European Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,691per person twin share
$3,217 single supplement
Ireland
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus Ireland Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,027per person twin share
$2,976 single supplement
Italy
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus Italy Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,860per person twin share
$3,238 single supplement

Independent Travel Package for 1st Ashes Test Edgbaston

Edgbaston
Edgbaston

Birmingham
1 - 5 Aug 2019
  • Guaranteed reserved seat
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Official CATO function
  • Official souvenir merchandise
  • Test transport pass
  • CATO staff assistance

Our Test Match venue - Lord's

Lord's Cricket Ground is the game's spiritual headquarters. Lord's owner, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), remains the guardian of both the Laws and the Spirit of Cricket. MCC sides (which play around 500 games a year) perform a key role in promoting cricket in Britain and abroad. The ground, which celebrated its two hundredth anniversary in 2014, is also the setting for the state-of-the-art MCC Cricket Academy, the unrivalled MCC Library and the world famous MCC Museum - where exhibits include the Wisden Trophy and, of course, the Ashes urn. The capacity at Lord's is 30,000.

Getting to Lord's

Lord's is in St. John's Wood, north-west London, and is easy to get to by bus and London Underground. The recommended Underground station is St. John's Wood on the Jubilee line, approximately 10 minutes' walk from the ground.

About London

One of the world's great travel destinations. Iconic modern architecture towers over ornate bridges and buildings steeped in history. Aside from world famous sights such as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and the London Eye, the city offers many treasures. Take a ride on the big red buses or grab a black taxi and explore market stalls, street art and world class wining and dining. Whether this is your first visit or one of many, there are new discoveries to be made each time.

Getting to London

As one of the largest cities in the world, there are a myriad of ways to get to London. By air, there are two international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. By rail, the Eurostar operates daily from Paris and Brussels plus there are regular trains to/from London from across Great Britain.

From Australia
Fly into London Heathrow Airport. From the airport to London city centre:
  • Train: The Heathrow Express offers easy and cost effective transport from the Airport to Paddington Station (fares range from £25 one way, £37 return). Runs every 15 minutes and takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Taxi: London taxis are available outside each terminal, you can expect a fare ranging from £45 - £70, with a journey of approximately one hour.
Fly into London Gatwick Airport. From the airport to London city centre:
  • Train: The Gatwick Express is the fastest way into London. Trains run every 15 minutes non-stop between Gatwick Airport's South Terminal and Victoria Station. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and fares range from £20 one way, £36 return.
  • Taxi: A taxi rank is located outside the airport terminal, you can expect a fare ranging from £50 to £90, with a journey of approximately one hour.
From Birmingham - London

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Europe
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus European Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,691per person twin share
$3,217 single supplement
Ireland
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus Ireland Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,027per person twin share
$2,976 single supplement
Italy
1st & 2nd Ashes Test Matches
plus Italy Highlights
31 Jul - 19 Aug 20 days

$11,860per person twin share
$3,238 single supplement
Edinburgh
2nd & 3rd Ashes Test Matches
plus Edinburgh Highlights
13 Aug - 27 Aug 15 days

$9,299per person twin share
$2,385 single supplement
Stratford
2nd & 3rd Ashes Test Matches
plus Stratford/York Highlights
13 Aug - 27 Aug 15 days

$8,604per person twin share
$2,062 single supplement

Independent Travel Package for 2nd Ashes Test Lord's

Lord's
Lord's

London
14 - 18 Aug 2019
  • Guaranteed reserved seat
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Official CATO function
  • Official merchandise
  • Test transport pass
  • CATO staff assistance
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Our Test Match venue - Headingley

Headingley Stadium is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. There are two separate grounds at this venue, with a two-sided stand housing facilities for both the Headingley Cricket Ground and Headingley Rugby Stadium. The cricket ground opened in 1891 and has been used for test matches since 1899, last hosting The Ashes in 2009. With most of the stadium completely rebuilt since 2000, the ground has a seated capacity of 17,500.

Getting to Headingley

There are regular public bus services to and from Headingley. Options include the Number 1 bus to Headingly (Headingley Lane stop) followed by a ten minute walk to the ground, or the Number 19A bus to Headingly (Kirkstall Lane stop) followed by a five minute walk to ground.

About Leeds

Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK. Home to a diverse population, Leeds has a thriving economy boasting strengths in financial services, legal, manufacturing, health and retail. There’s plenty of opportunity to shop, with Trinity Leeds considered one of the finest shopping destinations in the UK.

Getting to Leeds

Leeds has excellent road, rail and air links for visitors to the region. Leeds Bradford Airport is situated approximately 12km from the city centre, with frequent connections from Heathrow and Gatwick. There are also direct trains from London, with a journey taking just over two hours plus easy access by car.

From Australia
Fly into London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and connect to Leeds Bradford Airport. From the airport to Leeds city centre:
  • Taxi:Taxi is the easiest option from Leeds Bradford Airport to your hotel. Arrow Cars is the official taxi company for Leeds Bradford Airport - the only taxi company operating at the terminal entrance. You can book via an app or phone number or via the Arrow Cars Airport Office . Approximately £25 - £30
  • Bus: Harrogate Bus Company 757 line will deliver you to Leeds Train Station and Leeds City Square (stop P5). There is no train service from Leeds Bradford Airport.
Fly into London Heathrow Airport or London Gatwick Airport, connect by train to Leeds. From the airport to Leeds city centre:
  • Tube: Take the Tube from the airport to London Kings Cross Station from there it’s just over 2 hours train ride to Leeds. For timetable and tickets https://www.virgintrains.co.uk
From London - Leeds

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Edinburgh
2nd & 3rd Ashes Test Matches
plus Edinburgh Highlights
13 Aug - 27 Aug 15 days

$9,299per person twin share
$2,385 single supplement
Stratford
2nd & 3rd Ashes Test Matches
plus Stratford/York Highlights
13 Aug - 27 Aug 15 days

$8,604per person twin share
$2,062 single supplement
Scotland
3rd & 4th Ashes Test Matches
plus Scotland Highlights
21 Aug - 9 Sep 20 days

$9,791per person twin share
$2,159 single supplement

Independent Travel Package for 3rd Ashes Test Headingley

Emerald Headingley
Headingley

Leeds
22 - 26 Aug 2019
  • Guaranteed reserved seat
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Official CATO function
  • Official souvenir merchandise
  • Test transport pass
  • CATO staff assistance

Our Test Match venue - Old Trafford

Old Trafford opened in 1857 as the home of Manchester Cricket Club and has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864. This is England's second oldest Test venue, hosting England’s first Ashes Test in 1884, with a pitch historically the quickest in England. Extensive redevelopment has taken place to modernise facilities in an effort to safeguard international cricket at the venue. The venue has a Test match capacity of 26,000.

Getting to Old Trafford

There are regular public bus, train and tram services to and from Old Trafford. Free trams operate from the city to the ground, Tram Number 1 or 2 provides the closest service, stopping at the Old Trafford Tram Stop, a five minute walk from the stadium

About Manchester

Youthful, diverse and energetic; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. The region has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport and the city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums and galleries. Greater Manchester offers quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces to be explored. The city region is easily navigated, with transport links both in and around Greater Manchester.

Getting to Manchester

Thanks to an integrated transport network, Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK. Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. For drivers, Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via motorway links. Direct rail services are also available, with three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

From Australia
Fly into Manchester Airport. From the airport to Manchester city centre:
  • Train: From Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly Station in the city centre will take around 20 minutes. Services operate every 10 minutes, seven days a week.
  • Taxi:From Manchester Airport to the city centre will take around 30 minutes, at a cost of approximately £30
Fly into London Heathrow Airport or London Gatwick Airport, connect by train to Manchester. From the airport to Manchester city centre:
  • Tube: Take the Tube from the airport to London Euston Station. From there it’s a two hour train ride to Manchester Piccadilly Station. For timetable and tickets https://www.virgintrains.co.uk
From Leeds - Manchester

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Scotland
3rd & 4th Ashes Test Matches
plus Scotland Highlights
21 Aug - 9 Sep 20 days

$9,791per person twin share
$2,159 single supplement
Paris
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus Paris Highlights
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$9,320per person twin share
$2,564 single supplement
On Request, contact CATO
Amsterdam
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus Amsterdam Highlights
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$9,153per person twin share
$2,588 single supplement
London
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus additional time in London
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$8,343per person twin share
$2,493 single supplement

Independent Travel Package for 4th Ashes Test Old Trafford

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Old Trafford

Manchester
4 - 8 Sep 2019
  • Guaranteed reserved seat
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Official CATO function
  • Official souvenir merchandise
  • Test transport pass
  • CATO staff assistance

Our Test Match venue - The Oval

Located in Kennington, The Oval is home to the Surrey Cricket Club. This venue hosted the first Test match between Australia and England in 1880, making it only the second ground in the world to stage a Test after the MCG. In 1882, Australia won a Test here by seven runs within two days which led The Sporting Times to print a mocking obituary for English Cricket, leading to the creation of the Ashes trophy. Since then, The Oval has hosted a multitude of cricket matches in all forms of the game with the final Test of the English season traditionally played here. The capacity at The Oval is 25,500.

Getting to The Oval

The Oval is located in Kennington, south of the London city centre. The recommended Underground station is Oval Station on the Northern Line, approximately five minutes walk to the ground.

About London

One of the world's great travel destinations. Iconic modern architecture towers over ornate bridges and buildings steeped in history. Aside from world famous sights such as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and the London Eye, the city offers many treasures. Take a ride on the big red buses or grab a black taxi and explore market stalls, street art and world class wining and dining. Whether this is your first visit or one of many, there are new discoveries to be made each time.

Getting to London

As one of the largest cities in the world, there are a myriad of ways to get to London. By air, there are two international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. By rail, the Eurostar operates daily from Paris and Brussels plus there are regular trains to/from London from across Great Britain.

From Australia
Fly into London Heathrow Airport. From the airport to London city centre:
  • Train: The Heathrow Express offers easy and cost effective transport from the Airport to Paddington Station (fares range from £25 one way, £37 return). Runs every 15 minutes and takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Taxi: London taxis are available outside each terminal, you can expect a fare ranging from £45 - £70, with a journey of approximately one hour.
Fly into London Gatwick Airport. From the airport to London city centre:
  • Train: The Gatwick Express is the fastest way into London. Trains run every 15 minutes non-stop between Gatwick Airport's South Terminal and Victoria Station. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and fares range from £20 one way, £36 return.
  • Taxi: A taxi rank is located outside the airport terminal, you can expect a fare ranging from £50 to £90, with a journey of approximately one hour.
From Manchester - London

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Paris
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus Paris Highlights
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$9,320per person twin share
$2,564 single supplement
On Request, contact CATO
Amsterdam
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus Amsterdam Highlights
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$9,153per person twin share
$2,588 single supplement
London
4th & 5th Ashes Test Matches
plus additional time in London
3 Sep - 17 Sep 15 days

$8,343per person twin share
$2,493 single supplement

Independent Travel Package for 5th Ashes Test The Oval

The Oval
The Oval

London
12 - 16 Sep 2019
  • Guaranteed reserved seat
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Official CATO function
  • Official souvenir merchandise
  • Test transport pass
  • CATO staff assistance