About us

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.


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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.

  •   My friend and I did the full day tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Apart from seeing all the lovely little villages (postcard perfect!) What made this tour so great was the amount of commentary throughout - we learned all about the architecture of the area,...More

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      We had a fantastic day with Isobel and David and I highly recommend them, specially to travelers with high standards. We went on the full day Cotswold tour which was the perfect adventure to this fabled countryside. The day is mapped out beautifully, with picture...More

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      The Cotswolds are so beautiful and so peaceful. Lovely little villages and walks along the rivers and through the glorious countryside. It is a step back in time to a quieter and peaceful life. No large noisy traffic and crowds. It is so restful! Spend...More

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  •   My sister and I had a fantastic day touring the Cotswolds with Isobel and David. Isobel is a professional guide and David drove us through the picturesque Cotswalds villages. The scenery was spectacular and was even more magical when it snowed! Would have loved to...More

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      I had the pleasure of doing a day tour of the Cotswolds from Oxford with Cotswold Exploring in late December. I did a lot of research into which tour company I would use and am so glad I picked a smaller more intimate tour company...More

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      This was an amazing and wonderful tour. Isobel and is a lively, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. We learned so much through this tour. They did a great job of showing off the less busy parts of the Cotswolds. The tour is friendly and well...More

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