Prices

  • £40.00 Adult
  • £20.00 Child (5-15)
  • £5.00 Child under 5
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From Bath – The Heart of the Cotswolds Tour

We welcome you to this full day tour to a quaint and scenic part of England.  The Cotswolds are home to some of the oldest and best preserved houses in Britain.  Whilst exploring you’ll get to know all about Cotswold sheep, the power of the woollen industry and the importance of this beautiful landscape.

‘Most beautiful village’ was a title bequeathed to Bibury in the nineteenth century – need we say more!   The areas that we will visit on this tour are picturesque and overwhelmingly charming.  If you have an eye for exquisite architecture, historical buildings and ‘olde-worlde’ charm, then join us for this full day tour.

We’ve specifically kept our tours small and personal with a maximum group size of 16.  This gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy this stunning part of England.  Our local guides have a wealth of knowledge about the area.  They will provide you with plenty of information about the history, culture, theories and legends .




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Tour Highlights

  • Castle Combe Village
  • Bibury and Arlington Row
  • The Coln Valley
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
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Castle Combe

This is our first stop off point and is always peaceful and calm early in the day.  This picturesque village nestles within a wooded valley, in the southern part of the Cotswolds.  Castle Combe is famous for its weavers’ cottages as well as being used as a film location for the original Dr Dolittle film, Stardust and Warhorse, directed by Stephen Spielberg.  This picturesque village is perfect for a visit – wander around the cobbled streets, visit the local shops or drink tea in a small café. A relaxing way to spend time.  Plenty of photo opportunities in this village!

Bibury and Arlington Row

In the nineteenth century, William Morris of the Arts and Crafts movement called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England”.  We have time to wander along the picturesque Arlington Row which shows Cotswold architecture off at its best.   It was built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery.  This was then converted into a row of Weavers cottages in the seventeenth century.  In front of the houses you’ll see an expanse of water meadow locally known as Rack Isle.  This is where the cloth would have been laid out to dry.

Bourton-on-the-Water

This classic Cotswold beauty spot is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing river Windrush, however, unlike Venice, there is only one waterway!  This river flows through the heart of the village.  There are 5 bridges in total, all made of local cotswolds stone some of which are 250 years old.  You’ll have plenty of time to savour this picturesque village, meander along the main street and capture these photogenic bridges.  The long and wide village green stretches away from the river offering the perfect place to relax and watch the ducks float past.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on the 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.  This little town has history – in 1646, during the civil war, it became the ground for the battle of Stow.  During the 18th and 19th century the wool trade grew in this region.  At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.  In the Market Square you will be able to see the ancient cross, town stocks and an ancient elm tree.



Important Information

  • This tour departs at 09.00am from the Abbey Hotel, 1 North Parade. BA1 1LF.  This is a one-minute walk from the Abbey church.
  • Please arrive at 08.50am so we can depart on time.
  • We have designed our tours to keep travelling time down to a minimum.
  • The longest stretch in our 16 seat mini coach is 1hour.
  • Return time to Bath is 17.45pm.
  • All times are approximate.
  • If you have specific needs or concerns please contact us by email so we can assist you.
  • This tour is not suitable for children 3 years and under

Schedule

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March to October



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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