Cotswolds and Shakespeare

An enchanting full-day tour combining the glorious Cotswolds with a visit to William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

A unique opportunity to combine a tour of the Cotswolds with a visit to Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon, with its famous theatres and quaint medieval timber-framed houses. Come and discover idyllic stone villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small thatched cottages, majestic manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let us help you to enjoy the English countryside at its best.


Combining the beauty of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon with a drive through some of the most breath-taking scenery of the North Cotswolds, our tour heads west from Oxford.

We start with a visit to Burford, the ‘gateway to the Cotswolds’ with its sloping main street and quirky shops and cafes.  We then drive through some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.  Have a wander along the pretty riverside with its quaint stone bridges and enjoy visiting some of the shops and cafes.  We head next to the beautiful old market town of Chipping Campden, one of the key centres of the ‘Arts and Crafts Movement’ of 19th century. You can visit the old Market Hall and have lunch in a charming pub or cafe.  After lunch a scenic route takes you through sleepy villages and over hills with stunning views, to Stratford-upon-Avon.   

Our guided panoramic tour of Shakespeare’s home town includes delightful timber-framed houses, the famous Shakespeare theatres, the picturesque River Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. You have time to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace if you wish and time to shop. After lunch, we head back into the Cotswolds, via Shottery, where you will see Anne Hathaway’s Cottage with its beautiful gardens and romantic “half-moon seat”.

We return to Oxford via the market town of Shipston and the quaint village of Great Tew with its 17th century estate and pretty pub.  We also pass through the lovely town of Woodstock, the location of Blenheim Palace, (home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).

Wednesdays at 09:30 from April to October

Pick-up Point

Just outside the Taylorian Institute in Oxford City Centre

Please Note

  • Public transportation nearby
  • Infants must sit on your lap
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that this tour is not recommended for children under 12 years old
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not suitable for pets
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event

We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before the event

What Our Guests Say

Highly recommended!
"It was such a lovely day out! Thank you Isobel for your wonderful and informative guide, and thank you David for the safe and comfortable ride. The Cotswolds is really difficult to travel with public transport, so joining the tour was the best way to enjoy the quaint villages and hidden gems in the area. Also, it is rather impossible to get a ticket for the immensely popular Highclere Castle on your own; I am so glad to have found a perfect tour that saved my day."
Arisa N.
Best tour and great people
"We had an excellent tour with the most knowledgeable and friendly driver and guide. I would seek them out again if we are ever back in the area! Thank you so much for being accommodating. You went beyond expectations! All seven of us commented on how much we enjoyed our day."

Small group tours with
maximum 12 guests:

£95 Per person

Private tailor-made tours
for up to 12 guests:

From £700

Experience type:

Day tour / activity

Booking in advance:

Cut off: 12 hours


8 hours and 30 minutes



Supported accessibilty:

Stroller or pram

Know before you go:

Minimum age of passengers is: 12


Cultural and theme tours, Day trips and excursions, Luxury and special occasions, Bus / minivan tour

Live tour guide:


Need help booking?


Call us on any of the numbers below and we will be happy to help you with booking a tour with us.

Landline: +44 (0)1869 340090

Mobile: +44 (0) 7976 246967

Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 222408

To make a booking, visit our Tours page

Explore the beautiful Cotswolds

Discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys with picture-perfect thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, fields and hedgerows.

Call:  +44 (0)1869 340090


Cotswold Exploring are supporting the environment through our partnership with One Tree. £1.00 from each tour you book will help to plant more trees worldwide.

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