The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries. Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let us take you on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning scenery, combining the best of the North and South Cotswolds
We start the tour with a drive to ancient Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England and now well-known as the village of "Downton" in the TV series Downton Abbey. You will see the town and its pretty market square and the area of Bampton used for the filming of Downton Abbey.
Drive through the village of Kelmscott, the summer home of William Morris (one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement) from 1871 - 1896. The next part of your adventure takes you through pretty Cotswold Stone villages to idyllic Bibury, with its 16th century cottages, river and trout farm.
Following the Coln Valley we pass through a succession of hamlets, hidden valleys and remarkable scenery before arriving in Winchcombe. Enjoy lunch in a rustic pub or take time to visit nearby Sudeley Castle, home to Catherine Parr, the 6th wife of Henry VIII.
You continue your tour to the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Venice of the Cotswolds with its many cafes and small shops and the picturesque River Windrush
We return to Oxford via the bustling market town of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds.