General

Our Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour combines the beauty of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon with a drive through some of the breathtaking scenery of the North Cotswolds. It is part of our Spring/Summer schedule, and is only available between 1st April and October 31st.

Read below for a full description of the Cotswold & Shakespeare tour, and click the Availability tab to the left to check on dates and complete a booking.

Description & Route

Our tour begins by heading north (from Oxford) to follow a rural route that meanders through a succession of delightful ironstone villages, including “the Tews”. Our drive then continues through charming villages with thatched cottages to reach Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our panoramic guided tour of Shakespeare’s home town will take you past authentic timber-framed houses, the Shakespeare theatres and the River Avon, finishing with an optional visit of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a sensitively-restored 16th-century half-timbered house standing on Henley Street. After lunch, we head to the village of Shottery, where Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway lived and you have time to visit her beautiful cottage.

We then head into the Cotswolds via a cross-country route with spectacular views which takes us through the village of Ilmington to the charming market town of Chipping Campden – the centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds. Here, you can browse in the quaint shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’.

We continue our drive into the North Cotswolds passing Broadway Tower and the Cotswold Lavender fields and make our next stop in Bourton-on-the-Water, the Venice of the Cotswolds with its pretty river crossed by stone bridges.

Our return to Oxford takes us via some of the former quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds and the pretty town of Burford.

Day for this tour:
Wednesday, 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 Wednesday schedule is only available as part of our Spring/Summer Programme, which runs from 1st April through to the end of October. After this the programme changes, so if you are planning a visit between November and the end of March, please check out the alternative tours in our Autumn/Winter programme. Contact us for further details.

Available departures

We can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers on any of our minibus tours. The availability of spaces shown here on the website is as up-to-date as we can make it, but occasionally bookings are taken through other means, and there can be a delay of an hour or so in updating the availability here. If you make a booking and, for any reason, we are unable to accommodate you, we will let you know straight away, and offer an alternative date or a refund.

Please remember that this tour is part of our Spring/Summer Programme, so bookings can only be made between April and October.

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This tour is repeated every week on a Wednesday.

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