Cotswold tours

Experience the unspoiled villages and 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 to offer a unique way to enjoy this stunning part of England. We offer 2 versions of this tour “Tour A” and “Tour B” (see below for details). 

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Cotswold Tour A

Cotswold Explorer
9 hour tour from Bath

Visiting: Castle Combe, Malmesbury, Bibury & Arlington Row, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter, Tetbury (photo stop)

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

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 traditional 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.

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.

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.

Prices: Adult £40   Senior/Student £38   Child £20  Infant £5

 

Cotswold Tour B

Cotswold Discovery
7 hour tour from Bath

Castle Combe, Malmesbury, Bibury & Arlington Row, the Coln Valley, Bourton-on-the-Water, and a photo stop in Tetbury.

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

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 traditional 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.

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 make a photo stop in either Cirencester and Tetbury. *There is sometimes time for a brief photo stop in both.

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.

Prices: Adult £35   Senior/Student £33   Child £20  Infant  £5

 

Transfer to Cotswolds

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 1 1/2 hours journey time and the only thing you will miss is a quick stop in Tetbury.
*Available with tour A only.

On itinerary A  we are able to offer transfer with luggage to several locations in the Cotswolds (see list below)

On itinerary B we offer transfer to Tetbury only, and from there you can get a taxi to Kemble station.

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

Kemble Station (for rail connections to Oxford or London) £2.50 per person (min £5).  We drop you around 17.00 and recommend not booking tickets in advance in case we are delayed.
Bourton-on-the-Water *No charge to drop off in village centre (a charge of £5 per person to drop at nearby hotels)
Stow-on-the-Wold £5 per person (minimum £10)
Moreton-in-Marsh £10 per person (minimum £20)
Tetbury (for taxis to Kemble) *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. We will endeavour to give adequate notice of any changes. Please see terms and conditions.