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The Cotswolds

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From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

Spend a day exploring the quintessentially British countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-colored stone cottages. Enjoy the highlights of the Cotswolds, as well as some of the quieter, less-seen areas of the countryside. First, stop in the small town of Burford, one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns with many buildings over 500 years old. Visit the historic church, stroll along the attractive high street, and explore the town. Next head to Bibury, known as the prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the river and see Arlington Row, a set of weaver's cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds. Enjoy free time to explore the enchanting village. Continue on to the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. Take ample time to stroll by the river and its small bridges, admire the stone cottages and have some lunch.  Cap your tour with a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of inns and antique shops situated around the ancient market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and was the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. It's also the location of ‘England’s oldest pub’.  Afterward, the tour returns to the meeting point.

From London: Cotswolds and Oxford Guided Day-Trip

From London: Cotswolds and Oxford Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a full-day guided tour of the English countryside from London. Admire the fairytale houses of the Cotswolds, the historic Oxford University, and the beauty of the English Countryside. Depart London on a full-day tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and the university city of Oxford. Drive through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. We will stop at Bibury and Burford, the two most loved villages of the Cotswolds. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Free-time for lunch in the heart of the city. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recommend a walking route that covers the most famous sites, including the Bridge of Sighs and Christchurch Cathedral. Learn about Oxford’s connection with Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. Find a great place for a meal (you guide will provide recommendations), or join local scholars and academics over a pint in the city’s most haunted pub. You'll be back in London by 6 in the evening and you can use the London Underground to travel quickly to all areas of London.

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with 2-Course Lunch

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with 2-Course Lunch

Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 3 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town known for its annual fairs. Enjoy a guided walk through the town center before returning to London.

From London: Small Group Cotswolds Villages Tour

From London: Small Group Cotswolds Villages Tour

Depart from London and leave the busy streets of the city behind as you head towards the Cotswolds, the single largest Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns, and picture-perfect villages, the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles of unspoiled countryside. Take a trip through its rolling hills, home to some of the most famous and historic towns and villages of England.  An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this range of hills in west-central England is packed with picturesque villages built of Cotswold stone, beautiful churches, and vast manor houses.  As you make your way through little villages and historic market towns you will have the opportunity to explore the honey-colored cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, and Burford.  Highlights include a stunning row of 17th-century weaver’s cottages and a tranquil river flowing through the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.

From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

Embark on a day trip from London and take a break from the busy city. Explore the university city of Oxford and 2 charming towns of the Cotswolds, Burford and Bibury. Meet in central London and travel northwest out of the city, passing through the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy the views of the picturesque countryside that has inspired television shows like Midsomer Murders and Vicar of Dibley. Make your first stop in the university city of Oxford, where you have time to explore the precincts of the many colleges. Climb to the vantage points to admire the skyline of the city, or choose to see the art and antiquities collections in the Ashmolean Museum. Continue to Burford, known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Take some time to explore this small market town lined with typical terraced houses along its charming High Street. Travel onwards a short distance to Bibury, often considered one of the prettiest villages in England. Stroll by the fairytale-like Arlington Row, with a row of tumbledown cottages dating from the 1300s. After a full day exploring the city of Oxford and the villages of the Cotswolds, relax on the return journey to London.

London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

Make the most of your time in England with a day trip to the English countryside. Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford city and university including entry to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, witness the scenery of the Cotswolds, enter Warwick Castle, and visit the birthplace of Shakespeare. Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town, on this guided day trip by bus from London. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning University Church of St Mary the Virgin and furtively discover unspoiled narrow alleyways, ancient squares, and towering spires. Entry to the 13th-century University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Soak in spectacular sights of the unique baroque design and architecture as you explore the center of the University of Oxford. This absolute gem is a must-visit on your trip to Oxford. The Cotswolds Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England's most beautiful regions. Stratford–upon–Avon  A unique market town, famous as the home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world's greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half-timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood. Shakespeare’s birthplace: See where the famous playwright grew up and spent his years as a married man. Warwick Castle  Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience deep in the heart of Warwick Castle. Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size. Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations. Enjoy a meet and greet from a medieval host as well as an introduction to the spectacular castle.

Blenheim Palace Admission Ticket

Blenheim Palace Admission Ticket

Discover the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wonder at this masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture, which houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe. Take a tour of the State Rooms and admire the portraits, tapestries, and exquisite furniture while learning about the 300-year history of this National Treasure. Visit the Churchill Exhibition and learn all about the life of the great Prime Minister, starting with his birth at Blenheim Palace in 1874. The exhibition features photographs, extracts from his diaries, artefacts, and a number of other elements. Explore this World Heritage Site set amongst over 2,000 acres of parkland landscaped by one of the UK’s most famous landscape architects, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Take a stroll up to the Grand Cascades or around the lake to admire some of the finest views in England. Discover the array of Formal Gardens, including the Rose Garden, Churchill Memorial Garden, Water Terraces, and Secret Garden. A short miniature train ride away from the Palace is the Pleasure Gardens, which boasts a Giant Hedge Maze, Butterfly House, Lavender Garden, and an exhibition about how the Gardens have been used and maintained throughout the Palace’s history. Icons of British Fashion arrives from 23rd March to 30th June 2024. Featuring world-class designers, fashion houses, and labels, the collection includes a captivating collection by Turnball & Asser inspired by Winston Churchill and a special creation by Milliner Stephen Jones. Each space along the visitor route in the 300-year-old Palace will pay homage to a British fashion icon starting in the Great Hall with designs on display by the late Dame Vivienne Westwood and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler (included with Palace, Park & Gardens tickets). Celebrate the extraordinary life of Sir Winston Churchill this year as Blenheim Palace marks 150 years since his birth. Discover the pivotal moments that unfolded here at Blenheim Palace – from his birth to his heartfelt proposal to beloved future wife Clementine Hozier. Embark on a captivating journey through the living history of this iconic figure as Blenheim Palace celebrates his enduring legacy. there will be a series of thrilling activities that pay homage to the remarkable journey of this legendary individual… 2024 events include, the Jousting Tournament 4th to 6th May, and the Flower Show 21st to 23rd June. Following a pilot programme last year, Blenheim Palace has expanded their reusable cup initiative to encompass the entire Estate. ‘Go green’ with takeaway hot drinks served in returnable cups, which come with a £2 deposit. Simply return the reusable cup to one of the numerous on-site return points, and scan the QR code to get the deposit refunded; there is the option to transfer deposits to Blenheim Palace’s charity of the year, Yellow Submarine. The cups are then washed and ready to use again.

From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

Tick off some of southern England’s top attractions on a guided day trip by bus from London to Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds villages, including the Bampton filming location of the TV show Downtown Abbey. If you prefer exploring historic towns over attractions, enjoy the flexible tour option. Board your coach in London and head out of the city and towards your first stop at Blenheim Palace. Witness this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture which was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Visit the stunning State Rooms, brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries (if option selected), and admire the 754-hectare gardens, including an exquisite water garden. Next, head into the charming Cotswolds region for a stop at the authentic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Explore this picturesque location, complete with many attractive bridges crossing the gently-flowing river at its center. Complete your experience with a trip to Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured in the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church, and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

A day full of wonder awaits us today. Departing Bristol, your first stop for the day is the prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Many legends surround these incredible standing stones that weigh about 25 tons each and have attracted people from all over the world for years. Perhaps you believe they were created by Merlin, who magically transported them from Ireland. Maybe you believe Stonehenge is a landing site for alien spacecraft. They might remind you of the ruins of a Roman temple. You can't deny their magnificence, no matter what you believe. Avebury is your next stop. Enjoy your free time here: grab some lunch, wander around the area, and, of course, see the three stone circles. Avebury henge boasts the largest stone circle in Britain, so big it fits the entire quaint English village inside. So you can grab a pint and bite to eat while surrounded by a stone circle. Pretty magical, right? Your journey continues to the quaint village of Lacock. You have free time here, you might be interested in visiting the Abbey. Harry Potter fans will obsess over seeing the Lacock Abbey Cloisters, used as Hogwarts corridors in the movies. Visitors can also explore the medieval rooms and cloister court, before taking a look at the Fox Talbot Museum which explores the history of photography. Castle Combe is our last stop, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bristol.

From London: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Cotswolds

From London: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Cotswolds

Depart London and journey through the unspoiled villages, river valleys and rolling hills of the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its houses built of local honey-colored stone. Encounter charming villages and hamlets untouched by time, and visit some of the most beautiful towns in England. Stop in the town of Burford on the River Windrush, often referred to as the "gateway" to the Cotswolds. Get some time to grab some lunch at a local cafe and see some of the lovely cottages in Stow on the Wold. Then journey on to Chipping Campden with its connect to the Victorian Arts & Crafts movement.

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This was a fantastic tour and way to experience the Cotswolds. Not only was Steve extremely knowledgeable about where we were going and passing through, he was hilarious and a great driver. He made everyone feel important and was willing to let us stop in between places to get a few panoramic photos. I would highly recommend this to all my friends.

It was a great day out, and Cameron, our tour guide, was very funny and entertaining. The pacing of the tour was just nice; although we wish we had more time, we got to see the essential bits of Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Bibury, especially with Cameron’s excellent recommendations for food and activities.

We had a great and friendly tour guide who look after us during the tour. It makes the trip more lively and comfortable. Thank you Daniel and captain driver. 😊

Martin was a great guide for the day. He was knowledgeable about the areas we toured, was pleasant and accommodating

It was really good. Got to see 4 villages which was wonderful. A beautiful area.