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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.

  • star rating  When recently in Oxford we had limited time but wanted to see the Cotswolds. At the last minute, we booked Cotswold Exploring for a 1/2 day tour. Isobel and David... read more

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    star rating  This one-day tour through several villages in the Cotswolds was excellent. Scenery was beautiful. Canola flowers were in full bloom at the time I attended. The guide, Isobel, provided us... read more

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    star rating  First of all, I would like to tip my hat to David and his excellent driving. He knows the countryside “like the back of his hand”. Isobel knows her subject... read more

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  • star rating  The tour around Cotsworld was excellent! Isobel and David did a great job and drove me and my girfriend through the cotswold area and a lot of more very nice... read more

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    star rating  Not sure I can add anything new to the 205 excellent and 6 very good reviews. You do not have to read any further… Cotswold Exploring gives a first class... read more

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    star rating  This tour was so well organized and just what we needed since we didn't have long. Our guides drove us in a nice big van with large windows... read more