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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.

  •   A fabulous day trip from Oxford. My mother and I enjoyed our day Cotswold Adventuring. Tabby and David are excellent hosts. It was very interesting to listen to their extensive... read more

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      If you are in Oxford, don’t miss the Cotswolds!! And certainly choose a guided tour with Cotswold Exploring. Isobel (our guide) and David made the afternoon very interesting and enjoyable!... read more

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      We had a full day of country driving in the Cotswolds with David, a skillful and very pleasant and friendly driver who took us to see marvelous views on roads... read more

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  •   Cotswold Exploring A very pleasant tour of the Cotswolds leaving from Oxford. Well known and little known villages. The commentary was knowledgeable over a range of topics including the... read more


      We did this tour last week when the weather or the scenery were not necessariy at their peak. However, we thorough enjoyed it. Isobel, the guide was so knowledgeable and... read more

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      This was a very good trip, with a knowledgeable guide and a lot covered. We got to see some great towns & villages and got some time to explore on... read more

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