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How to Spend 1 Day in the Cotswolds

How to Spend 1 Day in the Cotswolds

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds represent the Platonic ideal of quaint, rural England, from their thatched-roof cottages and rolling, green hills to their heritage tearooms and charming villages. Happily, they’re also within day-trip distance of locales such as London and Oxford. Here’s how to plan the perfect 1-day visit.

Morning: Follow in Shakespeare’s Footsteps

Stratford-upon-Avon is considered a gateway to the Cotswolds, and no tour of the region would be complete without stopping to follow in the Bard’s footsteps. Though this town is small of scale, it’s famed the world over as the birthplace and former residence of William Shakespeare. During your stint in town, you can visit Shakespeare’s former abode, drop by Anne Hathaway’s cottage, explore a museum dedicated to the playwright, and admire the several theaters in town.

Afternoon: A Market Town Excursion

After your literary-minded excursion, venture into the heart of the Cotswolds, and visit a charming market town. Famed for the heritage architecture lining its High Street, its centuries-old market hall, and its picturesque country church, Chipping Campden is considered one of the Cotswolds’ unmissable highlights. Alternatively, nearby Stow-on-the-Wold mingles history and scenery. It’s the loftiest of the Cotswolds’ towns and dates to the Norman period. While in town, enjoy a restorative bite at a traditional pub or pretty tearoom.

Evening: Scenery in Spades

End your day out in the Cotswolds on a memorable note when you visit what is often described as the region’s loveliest village (quite the compliment, given the area’s general surfeit of beauty). Picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water is often described as “the Venice of the Cotswolds,” as it is bisected by the River Windrush. Arrive in time to watch the sun go down over the scenery, and traverse the many stone bridges that cross the river. Before returning to London, Oxford, or other area hubs—or your Cotswolds hotel—venture into one of Bourton-on-the-Water’s well-rated restaurants for an indulgent meal.

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Cotswolds Villages Full-Day Small-Group Tour from Oxford

Cotswolds Villages Full-Day Small-Group Tour from Oxford

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Admire the best-known and hidden villages of England’s Cotswolds on this full-day small-group tour from Oxford. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with a driver-guide, stop to explore villages such as Great Tew and Stow-on-the-Wold, and the hamlets of the Windrush valley. On route, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Burford, stroll around Bourton-on-the-Water, and visit the village and 15th-century ruins of Minster Lovell. Includes transport and central Oxford pickup and drop-off, with entrance fees at your expense.
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  • 7 hours
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Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Tour

Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Tour

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Explore the Cotswolds without having to drive on this full-day private tour from your chosen north Cotswolds location, such as Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon. With a private car and driver-guide, simply soak in the scenery as you follow an itinerary tailored to you. Visit manor houses, explore towns and villages such as Stow-in-the-Wold and Minster Lovell; and stop to shop and eat at your leisure—all without transport or parking issues.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$612.08
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Tour of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon

Tour of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon

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As an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds are one of southern England’s most popular destinations—but without a car, it can be difficult to explore the region. This small-group, full-day tour from Stratford-upon-Avon makes logistics simple. Following pickup from your hotel, journey into the Cotswolds, to discover highlight villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, and more. As you go, learn more about the region’s wealth of history from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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Cotswolds Private Driving Tour from London

Cotswolds Private Driving Tour from London

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Home to some of England’s most picturesque villages, and an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds rank among the country’s most coveted destinations—and this private tour takes all the hassle out of planning a visit. Following pickup from your preferred London address, travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Visit many of the Cotswolds’ highlight towns, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Burford, and spy canals, thatched-roof cottages, and charming tearooms as you go. You can also amend the flexible itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 9 hours
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