Arlington Row, 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 local guides have a wealth of historic and cultural information, offering a unique way to enjoy this stunning part of England.
We offer a full day Cotswold Tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays departing at 9 am and a slightly condensed tour on Sundays departing at 10 am.

Cotswold Discovery

Winter pricing Nov 2019 - April 2020

Please note that From 1st November - 1st April this tour will return to Bath at 5 pm (not 6 pm) due to the shorter daylight hours. 

8 hour tour from Bath (Tuesday & Thursday - 9 am departure)
Adult: £50  Child:£30   Infant: £15

7 hour tour from Bath (Sunday Itinerary - 10 am departure)
Adult: £45  Child:£25   Infant: £15

Explore the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds and some of the most enchanting villages of this area with our friendly local guides.

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. Did you know... that the iconic image of Arlington Row now features in all British passports.

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.

Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town and the highest of the Cotswold towns, at 800 feet high. The vast Market Square testifies to the towns former importance, with the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded by an old elm tree.

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?

Depart from Bath 9 am
Drive time from Bath to Castle Combe 30 minutes
Castle Combe 45 minutes
Drive time to Malmesbury 30 minutes
Malmesbury 60 minutes
Drive time to Cirencester 15 minutes
Cirencester 15 minutes (photo stop)
Drive time to Bibury 15 minutes
Bibury/Arlington Row 45 minutes
Drive time to Northleach 15 minutes
Northleach  photo-stop
Drive time to Bourton-on-the-Water 15 minutes
Bourton-on-the-Water 30 minutes
Drive time to Stow 15 minutes
Stow-on-the-Wold 30 minutes
Drive time to Tetbury 45 minutes
Tetbury 15 minutes
Drive time back to Bath 60 minutes
Return to Bath 6 pm (5pm during winter months)

N.B. We will stop for 45 minute lunch at one of the above locations.
There are restrooms in every location that we visit.
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.

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

Depart from Bath 10 am
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 Tetbury 30 minutes
Tetbury 10 minutes (photo stop)
Drive time back to Bath 60 minutes
Return to Bath 6 pm (5pm during winter months)

N.B. We will stop for 45 minute lunch at one of the above locations.
There are restrooms in every location that we visit.
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.

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 Explorer (itinerary A) 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 (itinerary B) Tour we offer transfer to Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury and Kemble station.

Please note that during the winter months we cannot guarantee to offer transfer to all the locations listed. If you require a Cotswold transfer between November and April please email to enquire using our website contact page before booking.

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 £10 per person (min £20)

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.

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

 

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.

Example:
For 4 or 5 adult passengers: 5 hour tour to Lacock or Bibury, Biddestone, Castle Combe and Tetbury (plus photo stop in  Cirencester)
For 2 or 3 adult passengers: 3 hour tour to Lacock, Biddestone and Castle Combe

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