Bibury

Explore the unspoiled villages, towns and hidden corners of the Cotswolds. Enjoy wonderful views of the rolling countryside and stone cottages from our small and personal minibus. Our guides have a wealth of historic and cultural information, offering a unique way to enjoy this stunning part of England.

We offer a 9 hour Cotswold Tour (A) on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a slightly condensed 7 hour tour (B) on Sundays and during off-peak season.

Cotswold Explorer Itinerary A

9 hour tour from Bath (with longer lunch break and short walk to Lower Slaughter)
Adult: £42  Child:£21   Infant: £10

This 9 hour tour from Bath will take you through the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds to explore some of the most enchanting villages of this area.

Castle Combe and Malmesbury Abbey
Castle Combe and Malmesbury Abbey

Castle Combe, once a weaving town at the heart of the Cotswolds wool trade and described as the prettiest village in England – it has featured in films such as War Horse and was the fictional Puddleby-on-the Marsh in Dr. Dolittle, the 1960’s film with Rex Harrison. The village is built around the 14th-century Market Cross with the old water pump beside it.

Malmesbury is a charming market town with charming streets and a thriving high street full of independent traders. It has a rich history as England’s oldest borough and a stunning 12th century Abbey,  original market cross and tomb of King Athelstan.

Bibury, a charming, typically Cotswold village was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages.

Arlington Row (in Bibury) was built in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted into a row of weavers’ cottages in the 17th century. The charming row of cottages is featured in the film “Stardust and is possibly the most photographed location in the Cotswolds.

Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water
Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the area. This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village.

Lower Slaughter, a 10-15 minute walk from Bourton on the Water takes you off the beaten track to this quiet, unspoiled village where we can stop at the cafe for a simple lunch. Lower Slaughter stems from the Old English name for a wet land ‘slough’ or ‘slothre’ (Old English for muddy place) upon which it lies.

*For those not able/wishing to walk to Lower Slaughter, there is an option to remain in Bourton on the Water for lunch, re-joining the rest of the group at the minibus afterwards.

Lower Slaughter and Tetbury
Lower Slaughter and Tetbury

Tetbury: Driving south, through the beautiful landscape of the Coln Valley, we will make a brief photo stop in Tetbury, an important market town in the Middle Ages, for the Cotswolds wool trade.The town is known as an ‘architectural gem’ as many of the wool merchants houses still look as they did 300 years ago and the town centre is still dominated by the splendid pillared Market House built in 1655.

How much time will we spend in each location?
Itinerary A

Drive time from Bath to Castle Combe 30 minutes
Castle Combe 60 minutes
Drive time to Malmesbury 30 minutes
Malmesbury 60 minutes
Drive time to Bibury 40 minutes
Bibury/Arlington Row 60 minutes
Drive time to Bourton-on-the-Water 30 minutes
Bourton-on-the-Water 15 minutes*
Optional Walk to Lower Slaughter 25 minutes
Lower Slaughter 30 minutes (lunch stop)
Drive time 45 minutes
Tetbury 20 minutes
Drive time back to Bath 60 minutes

*Option to stay longer in Bourton-on-the-Water for those not wishing to walk to Lower Slaughter.

N.B. All timings are approximate and for guidance only.


What is and isn’t included in the tour

Food and drinks are not included in the price of the tour.


Did you know...?

Anime director Tensho has founded a new animation studio named Bibury Animation Studio. The studio is named after the town of Bibury in England, the inspiration for the setting of a number of well known Japanese Anime. Tensho's directorial credits include Kinmoza! Kiniro and Mosaic.

We meet opposite the Abbey Hotel on Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LF. Please arrive 10 minutes before departure.

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Bath to Cotswold Transfer with luggage
For your onward travel we offer transfer with luggage to several Cotswold locations (see list below). And if you are going back to London after your tour you may want to look into catching the train from Kemble station as it saves approximately 112 hours journey time and the only thing you will miss is a quick stop in Tetbury.

On our 9 hour Cotswold discovery Tour  we are able to offer transfer with luggage to Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Tetbury and Kemble station.

On our 7 hour Cotswold Explorer we offer transfer to Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury and Kemble station.

Charges apply, payable in cash on boarding the bus. Please note your transfer request when booking a tour.

Bourton-on-the-Water FREE *No charge to drop off in village centre (a charge of £5 per person to drop at nearby hotels)

Kemble Station (for rail connections to Oxford or London) £5 per person (min £10)  (for rail connections to Oxford or London)

Stow-on-the-Wold £5 per person (min £10)

Moreton in Marsh £5 per person (min £10)

Tetbury  FREE *No charge to drop off in Tetbury town centre (a charge of £5 per person to drop at nearby hotels)

See http://www.thetrainline.com for train timetables.

Cotswold Explorer Itinerary B

7 hour tour from Bath
Adult: £38  Child:£19   Infant: £10

This 7 hour tour from Bath will take you through the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds to explore some of the most enchanting villages of this area.

 

Castle Combe
Castle Combe

Castle Combe, once a weaving town at the heart of the Cotswolds wool trade and described as the prettiest village in England – it has featured in films such as War Horse and was the fictional Puddleby-on-the Marsh in Dr. Dolittle, the 1960’s film with Rex Harrison. The village is built around the 14th-century Market Cross with the old water pump beside it.

Malmesbury is a charming market town with charming streets and a thriving high street full of independent traders. It has a rich history as England’s oldest borough and a stunning 12th century Abbey,  original market cross and tomb of King Athelstan.

Malmesbury and Cirencester
Malmesbury and Cirencester

Bibury, a charming, typically Cotswold village was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages.

Arlington Row (in Bibury) was built in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted into a row of weavers’ cottages in the 17th century. The charming row of cottages is featured in the film “Stardust and is possibly the most photographed location in the Cotswolds.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the area. This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village.

Driving south, through the beautiful landscape of the Coln Valley, we will drive through Cirencester and Tetbury and make a brief photo stop in one or both locations.

Arlington Row (Bibury) and Bourton-on-the-Water
Arlington Row (Bibury) and Bourton-on-the-Water

Cirencester was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. Cirencester’s market square is dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist (one of the largest in England). The large south porch with its impressive fan vaulting was built about 1490. (photo stop)

Tetbury:, an important market town in the Middle Ages, for the Cotswolds wool trade.The town is known as an ‘architectural gem’ as many of the wool merchants houses still look as they did 300 years ago and the town centre is still dominated by the splendid pillared Market House built in 1655.

How much time will we spend in each location?
Itinerary B

Drive time from Bath to Castle Combe 30 minutes
Castle Combe 45 minutes
Drive time to Malmesbury 30 minutes
Malmesbury 50 minutes (lunch stop option)
Drive time 25 minutes
Cirencester 5 minutes (photo stop)
Drive time to Bibury 15 minutes
Bibury/Arlington Row 45 minutes
Drive time to Bourton-on-the-Water 30 minutes
Bourton-on-the-Water 30 minutes 
Drive time to Tetbury 45 minutes
Tetbury 5 minutes (photo stop)
Drive time back to Bath 60 minutes

N.B. All timings are approximate and for guidance only.


What is and isn’t included in the tour

Food and drinks are not included in the price of the tour. Refreshments can be purchased at various stops during the tour or you can bring food with you. We ask passengers to please refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.


Did you know...?

Anime director Tensho has founded a new animation studio named Bibury Animation Studio. The studio is named after the town of Bibury in England, the inspiration for the setting of a number of well known Japanese Anime. Tensho's directorial credits include Kinmoza! Kiniro and Mosaic.

We meet opposite the Abbey Hotel on Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LF. Please arrive 10 minutes before departure.

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Bath to Cotswold Transfer with luggage

On our Cotswold Explorer tour we offer transfer to Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury and Kemble station.

Charges apply, payable in cash on boarding the bus. Please note your transfer request when booking a tour.

Bourton-on-the-Water FREE *No charge to drop off in village centre (a charge of £5 per person to drop at nearby hotels)

Kemble Station (for rail connections to Oxford or London) £5 per person (min £10)  (for rail connections to Oxford or London)

 

Tetbury  FREE *No charge to drop off in Tetbury town centre (a charge of £5 per person to drop at nearby hotels)

See http://www.thetrainline.com for train timetables.

Please note that, particularly during winter months, if passenger numbers fall below a minimum of 6 we may have to change the tour itinerary to make it viable. We will endeavour to give adequate notice of any changes. Please see terms and conditions.