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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.

  •   This half day tour of both the northern and southern Cotswolds was well done. The driver and host were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. They were also helpful answering emails incident... read more

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      I would highly recommend Cotswold Tours to any one who wishes to enjoy a very relaxed, professional tour of one of the most beautiful areas of the UK. The full... read more

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      We spend a couple of days in Oxford, coming from Barcelona. We did the Taster Tour, half day in the Cotswolds. Thank's to Isabel and David. It was really an... read more

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  •   I spent a delightful day with Isobel and David. Officially, Isobel is the guide (certified both as a guide for Oxford and the surrounding environs) and David is the driver;... read more

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      I was so happy to find this tour. I was staying in Oxford, and it’s hard to find a tour that will take you to the sides of the Downton... read more


      Like time stood still Charming villages with perfect cottage gardens It takes you back in time and there is nothing like the Cotswold in the world Amazing Country pubs... read more

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