This Cotswold Adventurer Tour introduces visitors to some of the most enchanting villages of the South and North Cotswolds. Please note that these details relate to the Spring/Summer itinerary for this tour, which differs slightly during the Autumn/Winter period.
We begin by driving to the ancient market town of Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England, Bampton is now known and recognised the world over as the village of Downton in the popular television period drama about the Earl of Grantham and the Crawley family, who lived in the supposedly nearby Downton Abbey. Notable Bampton locations include the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, and the town library, which doubled as the entrance to the cottage hospital. The old rectory in Bampton was used for the exterior shots of the house where Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) lived.
We continue via Kelmscott, the home of the Arts and Crafts founder, William Morris. The renowned textile designer was also a poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist, and lived in the manor at Kelmscott from 1871 until his death in 1896, and is reputed to have drawn much inspiration from the beautiful landscape that surrounds the village.
From there, our journey takes us through some pretty Cotswold stone villages to idyllic Bibury. One of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, Bibury straddles the river Coln, with a profusion of 16th century stone cottages, an extensive trout farm and charming gardens.
Heading up the Coln Valley we travel through a succession of stone hamlets, hidden valleys and breath-taking scenery, arriving in the beautiful town of Winchcombe for lunch. Enjoy lunch in a rustic pub or restaurant or take the time to visit Sudeley Castle, the burial place of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
Our Cotswold Adventure continues through more stunning countryside to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds, with its charming cafes and antiques shops.
We return to Oxford via the quaint village of Cornwell and the bustling market town of Chipping Norton, passing finally through Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Day for this tour: Fridays only, 09:30 – 17:30
Price: £85.00 per person
Tours depart from The Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford.
Price does not include entrance to optional attractions.
The above itineraries and routing may be subject to change depending upon weather, traffic restrictions or other factors beyond our control.
Please note: This Friday schedule is only available as part of our Spring/Summer Programme, which runs from 1st April 2017 through to the end of October. After this the programme will change, so if you are planning a visit later in 2017, please bear this in mind. Contact us for further details.