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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.

  • star rating  My husband and I recently went on the half day Cotswolds taster tour and had an incredible time! The tour began with the introduction of our two fab guides who... read more

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    star rating  We had a very enjoyable tour of Cotswold! Isabel and David were great hosts and made our tour very informative and relaxing. This tour was definitely one our our highlights... read more

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    star rating  Lovely guides., a great introduction to Cotswold., visited several picturesque villages., worth a try when in Oxford

    Marris Guitering
  • star rating  We very much enjoyed our Cotswold tour of the lovely English villages with Isobel and David. Isobel was a fountain of information and interesting details that kept us wanting to... read more

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    star rating  Isobel is an amazing, well-informed guide and as many others have pointed out, David is a very reliable driver. The trip was very well paced, with a lot of flexibility... read more

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    star rating  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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