From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds
- Spend a full day exploring the best of the Cotswolds
- Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside
- Have free time to explore each location
- Travel in an air-conditioned minibus along the country lanes
- Learn from your knowledgeable local guide
The first stop of the day will be the small town of Burford, known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Burford is one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns where many buildings are nearly 600 years old. The magnificent church is also known as one of the most historic in the region and whilst here there will be time to visit the church, stroll along the attractive high street and explore the town.
The next stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of ancient inns and antique shops located around the market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and is known historically as the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. The town has provided inspiration to many, including JRR Tolkein, and while here there will plenty of time to explore, visit ‘England’s oldest pub’ and have a traditional British lunch.
The journey through the heart of the Cotswolds continues and the next stop is Bibury, often described as the prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the gentle river and see the iconic Arlington Row, a set of weavers cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds, as shown in the images above. Bibury is an unmissable Cotswolds destination so you can enjoy plenty of time to explore the village.
The final stop of the day is the village of Bampton, a traditional village in the Cotswolds region and recognisable as a filming location from the TV series Downton Abbey. Bampton doubles as the fictional village of Downton, and this is where many of the scenes were filmed. Explore the village to see Mrs Crawley’s house, St Michael’s church, the cottage hospital and much more.
Throughout the day, enjoy meandering drives through the rolling hills and travel along narrow country lanes. See the quieter parts of the Cotswolds, passing farms, country estates, historic lodges and be immersed in this beautiful region. The tour returns to the Mercure Kensington Hotel, London, by approximately 6:00 PM.
- Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
- Local driver/guide
- Free time to explore each destination
- Pickup or drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Children under 5 years
Prepare for the activity
Meet at the Mercure London Kensington Hotel; 1A Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London W8 5JJ, UK. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Earls Court station, which can be accessed on the London Underground via the Piccadilly (dark blue) and District (green) lines.Open in Google Maps ⟶
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