The Cotswolds

County: The Cotswolds

Picture perfect stone cottages nestled in lush rolling countryside

About:

The Cotswolds is an area of 787 square miles lying approximately 90 minutes (to the first stop) from Heathrow / Windsor. This is another popular destination, especially during the summer months because of how incredibly pretty the villages and small towns are. Chocolate box cottages of limestone with steeply pitched roofs look like they've stepped straight out of a fairy tale, while twinkling, babbling rivers and streams flow gently by. As a result, the Cotswolds can be a very touristy area, but I try to provide a mix of the more well-known / busier places and lesser-known gems which the big coaches can't get to. Please do let me know if there are specific places you would like to visit and I will incorporate them into the itinerary if it's feasible to.

It just seems right to finish the tour relaxing with a delicious cream tea comprising scones, jam and clotted cream, usually at a country pub. This applies to my Cotswold Taster tour only. 

Need to know:

  • The Cotswolds cover a large area, and as it's about 90 minutes to the first stop, this is not suitable for a Heathrow Layover
  • Certain towns and villages can get very busy with tourists. I try to mix these with quieter villages

Options:

Bath.  Because of logistics (Bath is a 2 hour motorway journey from eg Heathrow), this will usually be Castle Combe and Lacock. The latter strictly speaking isn't in the Cotswolds, but is right on the edge; looks like the Cotswolds, and is a charming place to visit. See the relevant place descriptions for more information.

Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds. SUA is a 2 hour plus journey on the motorway from pick up. I can make this into a tour, but I don't guide around SUA. I would drop you close to Shakespeare's birthplace and pick you up again a couple of hours later. There will be a few stops within the Cotswolds itself on the return journey.