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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.


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.

  •   We find this day tour very enjoyable and fruitful. We have joined many day tours in our travels. We find Isabel our guide most experienced and knowledgeable. When asked any... read more

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      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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      We toured on a chilly day in March and weren't sure what to expect. What a happy surprise to learn that sunshine isn't required to feel the warmth of... read more

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  •   I wanted to see Cotswolds for a very long time and I’m so glad I did it with Cotswold Exploring! Isobel and David are so professional in every detail, you... read more

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      We really enjoyed our tour around Cotswold. Isobel and David made the day memorable. She is knowledgable and a very professional guide.

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      Everything about this tour rates a 5 star.....Isobel and David are a wonderful couple. Isobel is a guide par excellence- knowledgable, witty and full of interesting titbits and local lore.... read more