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Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half Day Trip by Car

1. Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half 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.

From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

2. From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

On the is private tour you will explore five amazing, historical and beautiful villages in the stunning Cotswolds area of England close to Oxford. You will spend around 1 hour walking around in each location which is plenty of time to explore what the villages have to offer you on this every English day out. Lots of wonderful shops, pubs, tea rooms and churches at each village. Then amazing English country side views for you to admire as we drive between the villages. Plenty of stops for photos and videos of course wherever you wish during the day. Lunch will be in Stow on the Wold at one of the villages fantastic pubs or tea rooms at 1230pm. The day will end at 5pm when we leave the Cotswolds and return to London for approximately 7pm.

Cotswolds: Full-Day Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

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

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 entirely customizable for your travel needs, so you can enjoy a leisurely walk of about 9 miles or 15 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 and cake in Burford, which you might recognize from numerous historical television shows.

From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

4. From Bath: Private Trip to Bowood House, Castle Combe & more

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 Bowood House & Gardens. This delightful 18th century Georgian country house is famous for its sumptuous Robert Adam interiors and iconic landscaped gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. This is your chance to share in the English dream - Bowood is one of England's premier stately homes and has been privately owned by the Lansdowne family since 1754. Enjoy a delicious lunch in either the Stables Restaurant or the Treehouse Cafe. Thereafter, your journey continues to the quintessential English 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. Alternatively, get lost in the timeless side streets, buy some home-made honey or jam from outside locals' honesty shops, or step into one of the village pubs to sample a refreshing pint of local ale. 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.

From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

5. 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.

London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

6. London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

Depart London in the early morning and be one of the first visitors of the day to Stonehenge. As you arrive at Stonehenge your guide will tell you the facts and theories behind this most famous of Stone Age structures. Was it a temple, a clock, a place of worship, or a burial site for the elite? Then it’s on to Bath, which has seen visitors since the time of the Celts. Centuries later, in the 1st century A.D. the Romans arrived, calling this place Aqua Sulis. Even later, during the Georgian Era of the 18th century, the rich and wealthy arrived from London to see and be seen and took to the waters to rid themselves of joint stiffness and gout.  Stop for a break in the delightful village of Lacock. Seemingly untouched by modern times, this charming place has been used as a setting in many films, including Cranford, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter. Enjoy a guided tour of this lovely village before you make your way to Avebury, a pretty village of thatched cottages nestling in the middle of a huge stone circle. After a guided walk in Avebury, depart for your return journey to London.

The Cotswolds: Private Customized Tour

7. The Cotswolds: Private Customized Tour

If you only have one day in the Cotswolds then this is the tour for you. Starting at your location of choice, your tour will focus on the North Cotswolds, as this is where many of the most famous and beautiful villages can be found. Driving through stunning countryside and using quiet country lanes, you will visit or pass through a dozen or so quaint Cotswold villages, with options to visit a Manor House, an English Garden or maybe take a short hike in the countryside. All the major spots are easily covered in one day with plenty of time for getting out of the car and enjoying the scenery and atmosphere. You will be looked after by a knowledgeable local driver-guide, and will travel in a luxury vehicle that can hold up to 8 guests. Your guide will give you a background of the area's history and at each of the stops you are free to either explore the village with your guide or to have some free time to yourself to have a look around. All tours are bespoke and the itinerary is totally flexible so let us know if you have specific places you wish to visit or have any custom requests.

Cotswolds: Full-Day Electric Bike Tour

8. 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.

Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour

9. 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. 

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What people are saying about The Cotswolds

Outstanding experience, well-timed to see several amazing sites in a single day, with a wonderful guide and comfortable coach. Our guide Valentina was knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful and kept us on a tight schedule while filling our minds and eyes with the wonders of the English countryside. We got to visit Stonehenge before it got too crowded, had a lovely lunch-time visit in Bath, strolled the charming streets of Lacock, and capped it off by communing with the ancient stones of Avebury. Highly recommend!

This tour was excellent! Valentina, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful - she had all kinds of fun tidbits to share and really engulfed us in the story of every place we went. Our driver, Aziz, was fantastic as well and really made us all feel welcomed and safe. Was a very educational day!

We had a wonderful, engaging tour with our guide Tony… Valentina was on the tour to hone some navigational info, and they were both great. Friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and gave us a real feeling for the history of the region. Cannot recommend enough, great tour!

This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. We had the guide from the Gods! Andrew was so incredibly and so knowledgeable. Any trip with Andrew as a guide is so worth it!

Our guide Matt was great fun and very knowledgeable about the Coswalds. Would recommend this tour.