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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 were on a full day tour of the Cotswold with Isobel and David. We were picked up promptly at the Visitor's center in Oxford. Isobel's commentary was detailed and... read more

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      This tour was a definite highlight during our trip to Oxford, Hard for me to think of anything that hasn't already been said about how worthwhile and enjoyable this particular... read more


      I was so impressed with this trip. Informative and great stops along the way. Of all my tours this was one of top two; Cotswolds was wonderful but the guides... read more

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  •   My wife and I have been to the Cotswolds before with friends but never on an organized tour. We were looking for a Sunday afternoon tour in mid-October and a... read more


      We did a full-day tour with Isobel and David. It was an excellent way to get a taste of the Cotswalds. We were taken to some lovely towns and ... read more

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      This was a very pleasurable tour of a most lovely region. Isobel and David were excellent tour guides who were very knowledgeable about the area and its history. We saw... read more

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