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.

  •   Isobel and David are knowledgeable about many facets of the Cotswolds such as past and current history, geography and other interesting facts. They worked as a team and took us to places that the big tour buses could not reach. Isobel's commentary was outstanding, as...More

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      Isobel and David were amazing! Although my wife and I were the only people on the tour that day,they treated us to the full experience. Both Isobel and David were knowledgeable,very helpful and informative. Kudos to David and Isobel! We would recommend them to anyone.

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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 🙂

    thumb Dorota M
  •   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 if a question was asked that she didn't know the answer to she found out...More

    thumb Lynn L

      Visited ruins at Minster Lovell. Lunch in beautiful Burford and afternoon tea in Bibury in the sunshine.

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      We took the Cottswold and Stratford Upon Avon tour and got to experience some of the villages in the Cottswold and the Stratford upon Avon childhood homes of Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. Isabel did a great job of giving us lots of information...More

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