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.

  •   Tabby and David guided us through a memorable day that kept all seven members of our family, from ages 11 to 82, engaged and exited to explore Blenheim, Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Tabby was extremely knowledgeable and clearly took the time to find areas...More

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      Although a local for 20+ years, I I treated myself to a Cotswold Exploring tour in order to learn more about the history of the ancient villages, towns and countryside which make the area so very special. Isobel spoke eloquently and fluently throughout the day...More

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      We took the standard winter Cotswold Adventurer seven hour tour out of Oxford during Dec 2017. The tour guide was Tony, and the driver was David Lewis(proprietor). My spouse Gloria and I were the only tourists on their Mercedes mini-bus. We are veterans of many...More

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  •   Thoroughly enjoyed my day trip to the Cotswold with Isobel and David. They were knowledgeable and happy to share the history and information of the different villages. They also brought us to a local community cafe for a coffee break to get a taste of...More

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      Truly a great value. An all day experience of the Cotswolds. We enjoyed the scenery and the stops to experience the different villages. The best part of the tour is the knowledge and history of each village you will get from Isobel. It is relaxing...More

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      My father and I had a wonderful day tour with Cotswold Exploring! The tour was absolutely perfect, the guides were extremely friendly and knowledgable, I felt 100% safe with the driving and we were taken to only the most picturesque places. No stop was too...More

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