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From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

From £55 per person

Join this Cotswolds day tour from London and spend a relaxed day exploring charming scenery, traveling along narrow country lanes, and visiting historic towns and villages.

About this activity

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a full day exploring the best of the Cotswolds
  • Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside
  • Have free time to explore each location
  • Travel in an air-conditioned minibus along the country lanes
  • Learn from your knowledgeable local guide
Full description
Travel from London and spend a relaxing day exploring the quintessentially British countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its beautiful green landscape, charming villages and honey-colored stone cottages. This small-group tour spends the day exploring some of the highlights of the Cotswolds, as well as some of the quieter, less visited areas of countryside. The first stop of the day will be the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. Affectionately known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, this pretty location is one of the most charming towns in the Cotswolds and a popular visitor destination. Take ample time to stroll along the river, wander over the small bridges and admire the stone cottages. The next stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of ancient inns and antique shops located around the market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and is known historically as the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. The town has provided inspiration to many, including JRR Tolkein, and while here there will plenty of time to explore, visit ‘England’s oldest pub’ and have a traditional British lunch.  The journey through the heart of the Cotswolds continues and the next stop is Bibury, often described as the prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the gentle river and see the iconic Arlington Row, a set of weavers cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds, as shown in the images above. Bibury is an unmissable Cotswolds destination so you can enjoy plenty of time to explore the village. The final stop of the day is the small town of Burford, known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Burford is one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns where many buildings are nearly 600 years old. The magnificent church is also known as one of the most historic in the region and whilst here there will be time to visit the church, stroll along the attractive high street and explore the town. The tour returns to the Mercure Kensington, London, by approximately 5:30 pm
Includes
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Local driver/guide
  • Free time to explore each destination
  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point for this tour is the Mercure Kensington Hotel, near Earl's Court station. The tour departs at 8:30 AM, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before to check-in.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • There is a maximum of 16 passengers per tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 276 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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If you have limited time and/reaources to explore the cotswolds. This is it. Fantastic guide and a fanstastic tour. Was a highlight of my trip to the UK. It’s very “untoury”, i.e. you get a lot of freedom to explore on your own and do what you want. Would recommend for couples and solo travelers

5 January 2022

My family of 4 enjoyed our full day tour to Cotswold yesterday, 29 Dec. Our tour guide /driver was Glenn. He was prompt and was at the pick up point waiting for us. Glenn's explanation on cotswold was very informative and knowledgeable. He was very clear in his explanation on the history of cotswold. He was clear in his instructions on the meet up timings at the various stops/towns and gave us enough time to explore.

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30 December 2021

Glenn was amazing! I got sick and had to transfer the name the tickets were under at 9:30pm the night before and it was a painless process. -Taylor I went instead. Excellent service, perfect trip. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an affordable day out to escape London or to anyone stopping in London and looking for a well thought out, great tour through the English countryside. - Adam

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14 December 2021

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