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.

  •   My sister and I had a fantastic day touring the Cotswolds with Isobel and David. Isobel is a professional guide and David drove us through the picturesque Cotswalds villages. The scenery was spectacular and was even more magical when it snowed! Would have loved to...More

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      This is very nice afternoon in Cotswold with good take care tour. Very impress of my first time in UK. Thank you so much David and Isobel for this nice tour in beautiful country.

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      I cannot think of a better way to experience the Cotswolds. Because it is a small vehicle, we were able to drive scenic single lane roads inaccessible to bus tours. Isabel and David have warm comfortable personalities in addition to being extremely knowledgeable. It was...More

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  •   We toured on a chilly day in March and weren't sure what to expect. What a happy surprise to learn that sunshine isn't required to feel the warmth of Isobel's love for the Cotswolds. Her knowledge of the history of the area is impressive and...More

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      We had a fantastic day with Isobel and David and I highly recommend them, specially to travelers with high standards. We went on the full day Cotswold tour which was the perfect adventure to this fabled countryside. The day is mapped out beautifully, with picture...More

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      Truly a great value. An all day experience of the Cotswolds. We enjoyed the scenery and the stops to experience the different villages. The best part of the tour is the knowledge and history of each village you will get from Isobel. It is relaxing...More

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