This memorable Autumn/Winter journey begins with a drive to Burford; the Gateway to the Cotswolds. Perched on the slopes of the Windrush Valley with far-reaching views across rolling countryside, the town is rich with handsome buildings constructed from the characteristic mellow Cotswold stone.
Read below for a full description of the Cotswold Explorer tour, and click the Availability tab to the left to check on dates and complete a booking.
Description & Route
From Burford we travel west, through Minster Lovell with its its quaint thatched houses and ruined Hall, and on to the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook – once home to the Mitford sisters.
Continuing through the quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, we reach Bourton-on-the-Water. A succession of decorative bridges span the River Windrush as it flows through the heart of this small town, earning it the accolade The Venice of the Cotswolds, where we will make a stop for lunch.
After lunch we drive on through Stow-on-the-Wold to the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden. In the late 19th century this historic town was a focus for the popular Arts & Crafts Movement, with some of the key designers and craftspeople of the time setting up their workshops and studios in Chipping Campden. The Movement is still alive and well today. Here, you can browse in the quaint shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’ and ruined manor house.
We start heading back towards Oxford, following a beautiful route which offers stunning views as we pass through the charming thatched-cottage villages of Broad Campden and Blockley. We pause in the busy market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, with its art galleries and antiques shops, before returning to Oxford via Chipping Norton and a final stop in Woodstock.
This town is the site of Blenheim Palace, one of the most imposing houses in the country, home to the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. He is buried in the churchyard of nearby Bladon.
Day for this tour: Mondays, 09:30 – 16:30
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 Monday schedule is available as part of our Autumn/Winter Programme, which runs between November and March 31st. Outside these dates, the timing and detailed itinerary of the tour changes slightly to take advantage of the longer daylight hours. This extends from 1st April through to the end of October, so if you are planning a visit during the summer months, please bear this in mind. Full details are included on the Cotswold Explorer – Spring/Summer page. Contact us for further details.