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From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

1. From Bath: Cotswolds Private Day Tour with Pickup

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues through the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty towards Bourton-on-the-Water. This idyllic village is famous for its honey-coloured stone houses and is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Enjoy some free time as you wander along the River Windrush with its beautiful low footbridges. Explore the quaint local shops and maybe sample a local beverage. Nearby, Lower Slaughter was named the prettiest village in England in 2021 and it’s easy to see why. A location trapped in time, where wonderful photo opportunities await you amongst flower-draped cottages, romantic footbridges, and an idyllic water mill nestling on the banks of the River Eye. Maybe wander between Lower and Upper Slaughter (weather dependent). This tranquil corner of the Cotswolds countryside is like walking through a painting. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely lunch in the charming country inn, where you can sample local dishes and maybe treat yourself to a decadent cream tea. Thereafter, your journey continues on towards Tetbury, which is the home town of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall. Discover more about its fascinating history as a market town, famous in the past for the local wool and yarn industry. Pop into some of the fabulous upmarket shops and maybe buy a souvenir from the famous Highgrove Shop. Walk down the Chipping Steps, an old entrance to the town and admire the picturesque weaver’s cottages. The centre of Tetbury is a conservation area and many buildings are hundreds of years old. Admire the architecture and enjoy the rarified feel of this pretty town. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town. This will definitely be a day to remember.

From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

2. From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital. The local church is where Lady Mary marries both Matthew and Henry Talbot, and where Edith is both jilted at the altar and marries the man of her dreams – Bertie Pelham. The location of fictional local pub The Grantham Arms. Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center.

Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour

3. Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour

The Harry Potter Tour of Gloucester and Lacock is a magical adventure to some of England's most historic places and scenic countryside. See filming locations, including sites used in actual scenes from Hogwarts School, or which served as an inspiration to the filmmakers. On the Harry Potter tour, experience one of the most beautiful villages in England and get a guided tour around the ancient streets and its local abbey. Stretch your legs and soak up the history of this picturesque village before a visit to the cathedral city of the Cotswolds. Visit the magnificent cathedral which doubled as Hogwarts School. Learn how the films were made, discuss the books and hear trivia about the magical world of Harry Potter. Have the chance to walk around the locations you visit, take pictures, and re-create some of the scenes from the films.  Feel free to dress up as Harry or any other character in the series! On the tour, Harry Potter trivia questions will be asked, so keep your spell book handy to test your knowledge of spells and see how well you know Harry, Ron and Hermione. 

Cotswolds: Full-Day Electric Bike Tour

4. Cotswolds: Full-Day Electric Bike Tour

Take in amazing views of the Cotswolds villages and countryside scenes on a full-day electric bike tour. Enjoy cycling off the beaten track, away from the usual bus and transport routes. Meet your guide in Hanborough village (address will be confirmed on booking), which is 9 minutes on the train from Oxford. Then, hop on your bike and set off to explore scenic villages, hamlets, and historic sites.  Over the course of the day, cover around 40 miles cycling round trip. Customize the route itinerary and length to suit your group's needs. Your guide will make suggestions and tailor the tour depending on your interests.

Cotswolds: Full-Day Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

5. Cotswolds: Full-Day Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Starting outside Cafe 15 opposite the Anglican church in Burford market town, step back through time with an engaging walking tour through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. View the famous grassland thatched medieval villages, churches — most notably, the historic Saxon church built on top of a Roman villa — Norman villages and the distinctive local yellow limestone homes. This tour is a rural walk. Enjoy a leisurely walk of about 9 miles, depending on whether you prefer a shorter or a longer route plan. Stop to see the sights, enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting and pick fruit along the way during berry picking season. After a day of learning all about the local area from your experienced local guide, enjoy tea or beer stop in Minster Lovel and/or lunch stop at Swinbrook pub.

From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

6. From Bath: Private Tour to Serene Cotswolds with Pickup

The day begins in Castle Combe, which is surely one of the most photographed villages in all of England. Little has changed here since the 15th century - no street lights or TV aerials. This mediaeval gem is famous for its picturesque cottages and babbling brook. Nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, Castle Combe has been a favourite Hollywood filming location over the years for movies including War Horse, Stardust and Doctor Dolittle. The tour continues further into the heart of Wiltshire and onto the conservation village of Lacock, which dates back to the 13th century and where cars are the only sign of modern-day life. Little wonder that it has also been used as a filming location for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and several BBC productions including Pride and Prejudice. The ancient Abbey boasts a fascinating history and a small museum that celebrates the invention of the photographic negative by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839. Nearby Corsham is a quintessential English market town, which boasts many beautiful and historic buildings. It is also acknowledged as one of the most desirable places to live in all of South West of England. The High Street has become a recognisable filming location for both the big and the small screen. Admire the exotic resident peacocks as they strut along the cobbled streets. Corsham also boasts wonderful independent shops and you will savour a traditional pub lunch in the historic Methuen Arms. Thereafter, your journey continues to Bradford-on-Avon. Situated on the banks of the River Avon, this special place lies at the southern edge of the Cotswolds and it has been a magnet for people since the Iron Age. Bradford-on-Avon was also famous for the wool and weaving industry that spanned six centuries: pretty medieval weavers' cottages perched on the hillside are dwarfed by the Victorian great mills that still leave a lasting architectural impression. The Saxons (6th - 11th C.) drove their carts across the ‘broad ford’, which gave the town its name. You will follow in their footsteps as you walk towards the impressive Tithe Barn, one of the largest medieval barns in England. Then marvel at the engineering prowess of the Victorians as you wander back into town alongside the historic canal, which boasts several impressive locks. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath at the end of this memorable day, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town.

Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour

7. Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Driving Tour

Departing from your hotel in the Northern Cotswold or Oxford at 10:00AM, you’ll start the day by visiting the fascinating village of Great Tew. From Great Tew continue on to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. Here you’ll have time to browse among honey-coloured buildings, cozy pubs, narrow streets, interesting shops and tiny tea rooms. Our next stop is the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter, one of the prettiest villages in the Northern Cotswolds and set in the most amazing countryside. Our next stop is arguably the most famous Cotswolds town and regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England; Bourton-on-the-Water. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions, shops, restaurants and tea rooms. From Bourton-on-the-Water your route takes you through some enchanting Cotswold villages to Burford, often called the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. In Burford we will enjoy lunch at an awarding winning Cotswolds pub where you can sample traditional ale out in the sunshine if you’d like. After lunch spend the afternoon traveling along the stunning Windrush Valley visiting hidden villages including Swinbrook, Asthall and the highlight of tour, the beautiful village and ancient ruins of Minster Lovell. This pretty village on the River Windrush boasts plenty of Cotswold stone and thatched roofs, as well as holding the title of being the region’s most haunted village. Minster Lovell is perhaps best known for the ruins of its 15th century hall, owned by generations of the Lovell family. Departure will be late afternoon returning to your hotel by 5:00PM.

From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

8. From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

Explore 5 historic and picturesque villages in the Cotswolds area on this private day trip from London. Visit Burford, enjoy relaxing views of the rolling English countryside, and stroll through Bibury. Leave London and head for Burford. Stroll down the town's beautiful High Street to reach the River Windrush and marvel at the historic bridge crossing the river. Continue to Lower Slaughter to enjoy a view of a water mill dating from the 19th century. Stroll through Stow on the Wold's historic market square, surrounded by pubs, the town hall, and antique shops. Stop for lunch (not included) at a local pub or a tea room. Continue to Bourton on the Water to enjoy a relaxing walk along the River Windrush, surrounded by honey-colored stone buildings. Finish your tour with Bibury. Stroll along Arlington Row, filled with stone cottages built in 1380. Enjoy between 45 minutes and 1 hour in each town, giving you the opportunity to have a coffee, see the sights, or buy a souvenir. Return to London in time for dinner.

Cotswolds: Private Guided Tour Day Trip by Car

9. Cotswolds: Private Guided Tour Day Trip by Car

Explore the picturesque villages and scenery of the world-famous Cotswolds region on a private full or half day tour. Get off the beaten track and avoid the coach crowds with the help of your local guide. Visit the destinations you want to see, where practical, and discover locations you may not have heard of too. As the tour is private, the itinerary and start time are flexible. Along the way, enjoy coffee, lunch, and cake stops to suit your schedule as well. Possible places to visit include Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, Minster Lovell, North Leigh Roman Villa, Broadway Tower, Chastleton House, Kingham, and Kelmscott Manor.

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What people are saying about The Cotswolds

Booking Galahad Tours was the best decision we made on our trip- in fact, if we had more time, I would have booked Matt for a few more excursions! He was polite, friendly, and sooooo knowledgeable. The pace was perfect for our group (which included an 11-year-old boy) and we had a beautiful, leisurely day while fitting in everything we wanted to see. Highly recommend, and hope to come back and do it all over again. Thank you Matt!

As is always true with these tours, the driver makes all the difference! Our driver, Nick, was one of the most personable people I've met and was fantastic the whole time. We had two people in our group who had disabilities and he made them feel so special. The tour was a really fun day for us and one of our highlights of our trip to the UK

Jay with Kingdom Tours was fantastic. One of our favorite days on our trip. Burford, Bibury and Bourton on the Water were everything we hoped. I highly recommend this tour to those who want to see a quaint side of England outside of London.

Was great having a private tour guide and driver was very relaxing and easy. Our guide Simone was great and entertaining and our driver Iman was fast to our locations

Matt was a very gracious & informative guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Cotswolds with him.