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From London: Blenheim Palace & the Cotswolds with Lunch

1. From London: Blenheim Palace & the Cotswolds with Lunch

Discover the captivating Cotswolds! Enjoy views of breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns on this panoramic tour of one of England’s most beautiful regions. Bask in the beauty of Blenheim Palace! Early arrival at the Palace ensures an almost private visit of this fairy-tale country mansion. See the sumptuous State Rooms with their priceless treasures, stroll through sweeping landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown, and grab a photo opportunity at the shimmering lake. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, the picturesque village of Bourton–on–the–Water boasts of many traditional features of the Cotswolds. Take time to marvel at its elegant low bridges and stroll along the magnificent Main Street. Estimated arrival time back to London is around 6.30 pm.

From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

2. From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

Start your unforgettable Cotswold journey by boarding the minibus in Oxford. Then, set off on a scenic drive to the charming village of Minster Lovell. Enjoy seeing the pretty thatched houses and exploring the ruined 15th century Hall. Continue the route through the idyllic villages of Asthall and Swinbrook to Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Make a stop here to give you time to stroll around the sloping High Street and browse in the quirky shops and cafes. Next, travel further on your panoramic drive through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons towards Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Take a walk along the quaint River Windrush crossed with delightful stone bridges. From Bourton-on-the-Water, follow the route through some enchanting Cotswold villages to Broadway with its golden stone houses. Find a pub or cafe for lunch in this village which inspired artists and writers, such as Frank Millet, J M Barrie, and William Morris. After lunch, visit the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden, with its old market hall and wool church. Then, explore Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. Here you can browse among the narrow footpaths and the antique shops and art galleries. Finally, return to Oxford via the bustling market town of Chipping Norton with a final brief photo stop in Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).

From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

3. 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.

From London: Cotswolds and Bilbury Private Guided Car Trip

4. From London: Cotswolds and Bilbury Private Guided Car Trip

Cotswolds is one of the best gems of England. Take your experience to the highest level and join our comfortable hassle-free tour. Travel in comfort between the sites as private car transfers are included. Admire the wonders of a British countryside and learn everything about visited places, as an enthusiastic 5-Star Guide will accompany you along the way. Enjoy some free time for a relaxing walk, sovenir shopping ot a traditional British lunch with beer. Choose the 9-hour option to discover the Top-rated Attractions of Cotswolds. Do not worry about getting there - you will be picked up direct from your accommodation in London and enjoy comfortable journey. Cotswold delights with its beautiful green landscape, charming villages and honey-colored stone cottages. Feel the unique atmosphere and visit the the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. It’s known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’ not without a reason! Walk along the serene river and admire the charming small bridges. Next stop - Stow-on-the-Wold, a lovely town full of quaint inns and antique shops. Have a pint in an ancient pub and find out some interesting facts about this place, as it was the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien! Continue your exploration of Cotswold and visit the Bibury - it is said that it’s the prettiest village in all of England. Get to know the Bibury inside out while admiring the iconic weavers cottages and walking around the Arlington Row. Finish your tour with Burford. This beautiful town has many unchanged buildings since the medieval era, as a magnificent church waiting to be discovered.

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What people are saying about Bourton-on-the-Water

Wealth of knowledge from Isobel. Expert driving from David. Overall a most pleasant day. The Cotswolds are beautiful and well worth visiting. You will not be disappointed with this tour.

Isabel and David are both very knowledgeable and take good care of you. This is an amazing tour to see all the hidden gems the Cotswolds has to offer. Go and see for yourself.

Isabel and David are very experienced in the tour. The whole trip was wonderful and learned a lot about Cotswold! The trip is just nice and not too rushing. Much recommended!

Guide was marvellous. Had facts about history, industry and people of the Cotswold. Plenty of time was given to explore villages stopped at. Would recommend.

The trip was wonderful. Isabel and Dave were very knowledgeable after living in the area for many years. I highly recommend this tour.