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.

  •   This Tour was the best Tour we ever had during a holiday. Miss Isobel Lewis started already before Mr. Lewis started driving. They said that when we would like to take a photograph, we had just to ask it. And so was it! They had...More

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      Loved loved loved the tour of the Cotswold (Cotswold taster). Learned a lot about the area, the cultural, and the regional history. We were shown some beautiful and historic sites in the comfort of a air conditioned Mercedes minibus. They really know their stuff. Thoroughly...More

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      We booked the half-day Costwolds Taster Tour through the Oxford Visitor Information Centre (thank you for recommending them, Yulia!). The tour was wonderful. We were lucky enough that it was just us and one other couple. The vehicle itself was a mini-bus, new and quite...More

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  •   We had half a day and wanted to revisit Cotswolds villages, and chose Isobel and David for the trip. It was an excellent choice, because she began with information on colleges in Oxford, its history, and its important buildings even as we drove out of...More

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      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 on our trip! Thanks Lynette Arizona USA

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      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 places and villages. Especially Bourton on the water was our favorite place. We booked the...More

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