Guided tour

From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

4.8 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring
Guided tour

From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring
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From US$ 79.42 per person

Likely to sell out

Go on a half-day tour and see the highlights of the North Cotswolds. Drive through quiet country lanes and over rolling hills, visit sleepy stone villages, and old market towns. Enjoy meeting the locals and browsing in the quirky shops and cafes.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Marvel at the sleepy stone villages and hidden valleys in the Cotswolds
  • Explore old wool and market towns with quaint cafes and quirky shops
  • Enjoy panoramic views of breathtaking scenery
Full description
Leave the medieval city of Oxford and head first to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Walk through the village and see the pretty thatched cottages and River Windrush. Relax on a scenic drive that takes you through the idyllic hamlets of Asthall and Swinbrook to the old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.  Enjoy time to browse in the sloping High Street of Burford, with its quirky shops and cafes. Continue through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where a panoramic drive takes you to Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.  Wander along the banks of the quaint River Windrush with its old stone bridges or stop for a refreshment in one of the many cafes. Leaving Bourton-on-the-Water, you climb up to Stow Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and a market town since the 12th century. Stow is known for its many antique shops and art galleries, as well as many other shops and cafes.  Don't forget to visit St Edward's Church with its old door which inspired the writer Tolkien. On your way back to Oxford pass by the market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stop for a brief photo stop of the palace before your return to Oxford.
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  • Children under 6 years

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the coach bays next to Taylorian Institution Library in St Giles. Please look for a dark blue minibus with 'Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds' written on the sides.

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Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Note that this tour will take place in all weathers except heavy snow
  • Gratuities are not included
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4.8 /5

based on 12 reviews

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It was a lovely tour. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating. They took us along some scenic routes to the quaint villages, and gave us plenty of time to explore a few. I really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to spend a full day on a tour bus, but would still like to experience the Cotswolds.

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February 13, 2023

Absolutely a wonderful experience, from smoothness of reservation to transportation ….and the guide across the journey. The live commentary throughout the trip was very informative but warm and cozy at the same time. We made a few stops at landmarks for pictures, walks, and to grab a bite/coffee. The tour included 3 of the most famous Cotswold villages including Minster Lovell (1st stop). It was a very delightful way to spend the first half of the day (from 9:30am to about 2:30pm). Isobel and David were magnificent!!! We booked thru “get your guide” but the actual company is “Cotswold Exploring”. I think you can also book directly through them (….will definitely do it next time.

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December 25, 2022

Wonderful experience

October 31, 2022

Product ID: 384833