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.

  •   I, along with my husband & two daughters (both in their early 20’s) & from the U.S. had the pleasure of taking a day-tour with Cotswold Exploring on July 6, 2018. I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience! From the first contact...More

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      I have a great time with Isobel and David! They are such a lovely couple who are very knowledgeable and make me feel very comfortable despite travelling alone. I would highly recommend them to my family, friends and anyone who want to escape the bustling...More

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      Great day. A very unique area with beautiful villages and towns. You must see it! I would not mind living there 🙂

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  •   I had the pleasure of doing a day tour of the Cotswolds from Oxford with Cotswold Exploring in late December. I did a lot of research into which tour company I would use and am so glad I picked a smaller more intimate tour company...More

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      Isobel and David are a wonderful team. David is a skilled driver and Isobel, a gifted narrator. The Cotswold Adventurer tour has a great itinerary -- lovely villages and a good place for a lunch stop. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. You can't do better...More

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      Tabby and David guided us through a memorable day that kept all seven members of our family, from ages 11 to 82, engaged and exited to explore Blenheim, Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Tabby was extremely knowledgeable and clearly took the time to find areas...More

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