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.

  •   I was in touch with Isobel before I left home, having read about her company and its tours via TripAdvisor. When I got to Oxford, I went to the Visitors Centre and booked my wife and me on her Cotswolds Explorer tour for Friday, August...More

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      Isobel and David made this trip interesting and fun! We were in a small group and had felt like the trip was personalized. I think Isobel said she also guides tours in Oxford and if we get back there, we will be sure to arrange...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 feel it straight away. The scenic route, smooth driving and witty commentary just made my...More

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  •   Isobel and David were the perfect team, with Isobel giving an interesting and informative commentary throughout, while David drove at just the right pace to let us enjoy the beautiful Cotswold countryside. They were so charming and helpful and made our trip specially enjoyable. I...More

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      I thoroughly enjoyed the Cotswolds with Isobel and David. We visited Bampton where Downton Abbey was filmed, and the ancient market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, among many other highlights. Isobel kept us entertained with her commentary - a perfect mix of historical stories, and insights into...More

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      It was suuuuper experience that I will never forget in my lifetime, The villages in Cotswolds are just breathtaking, We have even seen house of Bridget Jones (I love the movie) Staff are so so nice and friendly, even made a surprise for us and...More

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