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Cotswold Exploring

Oxford, United Kingdom
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About Cotswold Exploring
The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries. Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let us show you the English countryside at its best.
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Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

If you're short on time but want to experience the Cotswolds, book this half-day tour from Oxford. The region is known as an English countryside idyll with its gentle hills and thatched-roof villages, and you'll discover its highlights with the help of a guide. The experience includes sights of all the must-see villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, Asthall, Stow-on-the-Weld, and Woodstock where Sir Winston Churchill was born.
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5 hours
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Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour

Spend a day in the Cotswolds with this guided day trip from the city of Oxford. A region of postcard-perfect English villages, green hills, and manor houses, the Cotswolds has been designated as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. See its highlights with a guide, and discover villages such as Asthall, Swinbrook, and Bourton-on-the-Water -- places that inspired writers and artists with their idyllic appeal. Through the day, you'll enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore at your own pace.
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8 to 9 hours
from US$117.47

Cotswolds Summer Adventurer Tour

The Cotswolds, a picturesque region in England, epitomizes idyllic village life. Visit a trove of thatched cottages, trout farms and tea shops, and centuries-old estates during this small-group guided tour. Highlights include Bibury’s Arlington Row—known as the prettiest street in England—and the real-life backdrop to hit series “Downtown Abbey.”
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8 hours
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Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds

Head into the English countryside to visit Highclere Castle, the site of Downton Abbey, on this day trip from Oxford. You'll have the chance to see where filming took place at the real-life home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and explore the grounds of the castle. Then check out the village of Bampton, which stood as Downton village, where Lady Mary, the rest of the Crawley family, and other characters spent much of their time. Lastly, take a drive through the villages of the northern Cotswolds. A stop for lunch is made at the Swan Inn in Swinbrook (not included).
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8 hours
from US$138.19

Cotswold Winter Adventurer

The Cotswolds are the epitome of classic English countryside: from thatched-roof cottages and riverside hamlets to rolling green hills, the scenery has earned the region an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation. This full-day, small-group tour from Oxford makes it easy to see the sights. Traveling by luxury minibus, you’ll venture to some of the Cotswolds’ prettiest villages. As you go, your guide will share facts and stories about the region’s key landmarks and wealth of history.
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7 hours
from US$117.47
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Jennifer C wrote a review Dec 2020
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My husband and I recently went on the half day Cotswolds taster tour and had an incredible time! The tour began with the introduction of our two fab guides who were so knowledgable and friendly. They greeted us wearing face masks and shields which put us at ease right away. They greeted me by name as well, impressive! We met them on Broad street which has some cafes that open early so make sure to grab one to go. We are local to Oxford but don’t have a car and this was perfect for a day out of the city to see the country. We sat socially distant from the guides and they even had sanitiser and water on hand if we needed it. They opened the door for us and kept themselves socially distant which was important. They were very professional and got to know us so they could customise the tour a bit to show us more churches and schools which we were interested in. I really loved our first stop at Minster Lovell and my favourite spot was Bourton on the Water. We will be going back to those places for sure. They definitely have more to see including historic sights and shops in those two places. Honestly the day was perfect and we felt like VIPs. This was the best half day taster tour and we are already planning to go again once restrictions are lifted. We even gave our families and friends their contact to book tours because we were so impressed. Fantastic driving Dave and Ed was so knowledgable about the area. Great communication with us pre tour and post. Thanks so much and definitely worth booking!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Karen S wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom26 contributions21 helpful votes
My friend booked a tour to the cotswolds for my birthday, we wasn’t disappointed we had a really fantastic time, our tour guild Isobel and David was very knowledgable and interesting, we had a great time. I would strongly recommend this company very professional.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ana wrote a review Oct 2020
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Beautiful trip to the Cotswolds, enhanced by the Autumn colours! The guiding couple were very nice and attentive and we were left impressed by the guide knowledge and the driving was safe. They were happy to pull over in "the middle of nowhere" just for us to get out to take pictures or experience the sounds and quietness of the environment - very appreciated. We definitely recommend the trip, even under pandemic circumstances, is an outdoor activity and there are not many tourists at this time. The trip is not too tiring as part of the time is spent driving across the villages. We visited several villages, we have seen lots of sheep and pheasants, nice countryside properties and beautiful fields - a relaxing and lovely day out. Thank you for the day Isobel and David!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Penny S wrote a review Sep 2020
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We thoroughly enjoyed the Cotswold trip. Our tour guide, Isobel, was very knowledgable and answered all of our questions. We were shown all sorts of hidden gems on the trip, and also learnt a lot about the areas we passed through between stops. The mini bus was very clean, and masks and hand sanitiser were provided. We felt very safe and well looked after during the trip. Thank you!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Marris Guitering wrote a review Aug 2020
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Lovely guides., a great introduction to Cotswold., visited several picturesque villages., worth a try when in Oxford
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Date of experience: August 2020
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