Day trip

From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

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Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring
Day trip

From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring

From US$ 103.93 per person

Take a day trip from Oxford and see the breathtaking scenery, quaint stone villages, and market towns of the North Cotswolds. Visit picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

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Duration 9 hours
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Limited to 12 participants


  • Delight in a drive through the sleepy stone villages and hidden valleys in the Cotswolds
  • Explore old wool and market towns with quaint cafes and quirky shops
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the picturesque riverside town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace
Full description
See the natural beauty of the North Cotswolds and historic Stratford-upon-Avon on a full-day tour from Oxford. Make several stops in quaint Cotswolds villages and learn about the birthplace of Shakespeare. Head west from medieval Oxford and your first stop will be the old market town of Burford. Explore the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ and stop for a refreshment. From there you’ll be taken on a scenic drive through some of the old quarrying villages of the Cotswolds until you arrive at Bourton-on-the-Water. Wander along the pretty riverside with its historic stone bridges and browse some of the country shops and cafes. Next, after crossing some rolling hills you’ll reach the charming old market town of Chipping Campden. Visit the old market hall and perhaps stop for lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Finally, follow a route that takes you past more breathtaking views until you reach Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you’ll receive a tour of Shakespeare’s hometown, where you’ll see picturesque timber-framed houses, the famous Shakespeare theaters, the River Avon, and Shakespeare’s birthplace.   After Stratford, head back to the Cotswolds via Shottery, where you’ll see the enchanting Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Return to Oxford via the market town of Shipston, the idyllic village of Great Tew, and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).
  • Blue Badge Tour Guide and dedicated driver
  • Small group tour of the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Entrances to Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage (can be purchased on the day)
  • Food
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years

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Meeting point

Tour departs from coach bays next to Taylor Institution Library in St Giles. Please look for a dark blue minibus with "Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds" written on the side. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

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Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Tour takes place in any weather (besides heavy snow)
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We had a fabulous day with our guide Isabel & husband/driver David. Isabel’s knowledge of the area was impeccable & we loved her commentary & friendliness. Thanks for showing us Aussies this beautiful part of your country. We loved it & couldn’t recommend it highly enough

September 29, 2022

Thank you for the wonderful tour! Beautiful sights, a lot of information, knowledgeable guide. Recommended!

September 1, 2022

September 1, 2022

Product ID: 384739