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Visiting the Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country from Oxford with Cotswold ExploringCotswold Exploring is a recently formed subsidiary of Explore Oxford Tours, founded in 2005 by Blue Badge guide Isobel Lewis.

While Explore Oxford Tours specialises in tailor-made walking tours of Oxford, Cotswold Exploring ventures further afield, delving into the glorious countryside that stands north and west of the Dreaming Spires, the towns and villages of the famous Cotswolds.

Cotswold Exploring now offers a regular schedule of sightseeing tours each week, introducing small groups of visitors to the delights of the Cotswolds. These depart either from The Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford or from The Market Place in Woodstock.

All the guides who work for Explore Oxford Tours and Cotswold Exploring are professional Blue and Green Badge guides, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding in London.

Our guides specialise in a variety of areas of interest and can deliver tours in many different languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Explore Oxford Tours also offers downloadable MP3 Audio Tours of the city and its famous Colleges.

Experience Oxfordshire with Cotswold ExploringCotswold Exploring and Explore Oxford Tours are affiliated with Experience Oxfordshire, an independent not-for-profit organisation committed to the promotion, management and development of Oxfordshire as a great destination to live, work, visit and do business.


Read reviews of Cotswold Exploring on TripAdvisorCotswold Exploring and Explore Oxford Tours are proud to be listed on TripAdvisor, and we welcome reviews from those who’ve joined us on one of our tours.
You can view our pages here: Cotswold Exploring & Explore Oxford


Please note that our prices do not cover admission charges. Itineraries and routes¬† are also subject to change, and may be dependent upon weather, traffic conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. We regret we cannot operate a scheduled tour with fewer than two passengers. If you are proposing to join us as a single guest, please check with us first before making a booking, to ensure so that we already have others booked for that day’s tour. Please check out our Terms & Conditions page for further details, and some useful answers to typical questions.

  •   This was an absolutely amazing tour. It was everything I had hoped for and more! My husband I took an early train from London to Oxford to do... read more

    Tim C

      Very much enjoyed this tour. Isobel and David were pleasant, professional and helpful. I found the tour well-paced and well-structured, and the commentary was interesting, informative, and smoothly delivered. Beautiful... read more

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      Small group tours will always have big advantages over large bus tours particularly with the challenging narrow roads of the Cotswolds. Would totally recommend the Cotswolds Steam tour. Scenery... read more

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  •   I was in touch with Isobel before I left home, having read about her company and its tours via TripAdvisor. When I got to Oxford, I went to the Visitors... read more

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      It is small beautiful city. It is totally worth it to visit it. Me and my fiance enjoyed this visit very much.

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      On the 27th August my friend and I were so lucky to join the guided Adventurer tour with Isobel and Davis. I had already been to the Cotswold 2 years... read more

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