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From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

1. From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

Leave the medieval city of Oxford and head first to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Walk through the village and see the pretty thatched cottages and River Windrush. Relax on a scenic drive that takes you through the idyllic hamlets of Asthall and Swinbrook to the old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.  Enjoy time to browse in the sloping High Street of Burford, with its quirky shops and cafes. Continue through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where a panoramic drive takes you to Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.  Wander along the banks of the quaint River Windrush with its old stone bridges or stop for a refreshment in one of the many cafes. Leaving Bourton-on-the-Water, you climb up to Stow Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and a market town since the 12th century. Stow is known for its many antique shops and art galleries, as well as many other shops and cafes.  Don't forget to visit St Edward's Church with its old door which inspired the writer Tolkien. On your way back to Oxford pass by the market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stop for a brief photo stop of the palace before your return to Oxford.

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Stratford, Warwick & Blenheim PrivateTour from London

2. Stratford, Warwick & Blenheim PrivateTour from London

This full-day tour offers a rich variety of options on a route that passes through the University City of Oxford to the delightful town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, before heading north to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Tours pick up and drop off at your central London hotel at a time convenient to you. Your chauffeur will provide a panoramic tour taking in historic highlights as you head northwest from central London to the historic city of Oxford, seat of one of the oldest universities in the world. You can pause at the delightful town of Woodstock to visit Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace, with stunning Capability Brown gardens that are a delight to walk around. At Stratford you can take in a selection of sites associated with Shakespeare, from his birthplace to Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Finish the day at the magnificent medieval Warwick Castle located on the bend of the River Avon. One of the most popular castles in England, its formal, landscaped gardens are a special treat For an extra treat you can hire the services of a Blue Badge Guide who will accompany you and provide fascinating insights in to some of the United Kingdom’s most beloved destinations within a day’s access of London.

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From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

3. From Oxford: Cotswolds and Shakespeare Full-Day Tour

See the natural beauty of the North Cotswolds and historic Stratford-upon-Avon on a full-day tour from Oxford. Make several stops in quaint Cotswolds villages and learn about the birthplace of Shakespeare. Head west from medieval Oxford and your first stop will be the old market town of Burford. Explore the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ and stop for a refreshment. From there you’ll be taken on a scenic drive through some of the old quarrying villages of the Cotswolds until you arrive at Bourton-on-the-Water. Wander along the pretty riverside with its historic stone bridges and browse some of the country shops and cafes. Next, after crossing some rolling hills you’ll reach the charming old market town of Chipping Campden. Visit the old market hall and perhaps stop for lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Finally, follow a route that takes you past more breathtaking views until you reach Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you’ll receive a tour of Shakespeare’s hometown, where you’ll see picturesque timber-framed houses, the famous Shakespeare theaters, the River Avon, and Shakespeare’s birthplace.   After Stratford, head back to the Cotswolds via Shottery, where you’ll see the enchanting Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Return to Oxford via the market town of Shipston, the idyllic village of Great Tew, and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).

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From Oxford: Cotswolds Adventurer Tour

4. From Oxford: Cotswolds Adventurer Tour

Be introduced to some of the most enchanting villages in the Cotswolds on a full-day tour from Oxford. Head to the ancient town of Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England, known as the village in the TV series Downton Abbey. Stop to see the village church and library, where many scenes of this popular show were filmed. Continue to Kelmscott, once the summer home of the famous Arts and Crafts movement founder, William Morris. Afterwards you’ll visit Lechlade, an old market town on the River Thames. From there, your route takes you through pretty stone villages with a chance to stop and have a refreshment in a typical village shop. A short scenic drive takes you to Bibury to see its 17th-century cottages, beautiful river, and trout farm. Following the picturesque Coln Valley, drive through narrow country lanes and over rolling hills, before arriving in the quiet town of Winchcombe. Enjoy lunch in a rustic pub and browse the quirky shops. After lunch, a panoramic drive takes you past Sudeley Castle, the burial place of Catherine Parr, 6th wife of Henry VIII. Continue through pretty hamlets to Stow-on-the-Wold, to browse its quaint cafes and antiques shops. Return to Oxford via Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

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What people are saying about Woodstock, UK

Overall rating

2.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The chauffeur knows his way around and drives sensibly and well.

The time available would have been too short if we had also visited the Blenheim garden. But it was too cold anyway, on this day it was only about 12 degrees. Otherwise an hour longer would have been better. Overall very satisfied!

Fabulous trip. Highly recommended. Isabelle and Dave were very knowledgeable guides.