Cotswold tours are popular with visitors to England as it is so close to London, in fact only one hour and 40 minutes on the train from London Paddington to train stations within the Cotswolds. The region is well known for being famous for celebrities where residents in the region include Alex James from Blur, supermodel Kate Moss, Amanda Holden, Jeremy Clarkson and journalist Rebecca Brooks. The Cotswolds also has members of the royal family living in the region including Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Zara Phillips. The Cotswolds was once famous for being one of the largest suppliers to the English wool market and once the Cotswold Hills were crowded with Cotswold sheep (known as ‘the Cotswold lions’) but the region has remained unspoilt and peaceful since the cloth trade moved to the north of England after the industrial revolution.
A tour of the Cotswolds will take you through pretty villages that nestle between the Cotswold Hills and close to small hamlets that have only five or six houses. Cotswold villages have the most charming thatched cottages with pretty, walled gardens and impressive stately homes overlooking countryside that is a vision of miles of green grass and rolling hills. In the Cotswold countryside, you will see pretty wildflower meadows, woodland, charming Cotswold houses and magnificent views across the hills. Cotswold market towns have well-preserved market squares where narrow streets lead to the centre of town, purposely built so farmers could count the sheep going in and out of market
Attractions in The Cotswolds
A day trip to the Cotswolds will show you stunning views and there are several major attractions throughout the Cotswold region for families and tourists to visit. The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford has hundreds of rare and wild animals, the Cotswold Farm Park owned by TV celebrity Adam Henson near Guiting Power also has many extraordinary rare breeds of sheep, cows and pigs. Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is still owned by the late Duke of Marlborough and was once home and birthplace to Sir Winston Churchill and his family. The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is known as ‘Little Venice’ and has several local family attractions, the Model Village is a stone built village, waist height and the exact same layout of Bourton Village. Birdland has hundreds of rare birds including penguins, flamingos and Eagles and there is also the British Motor Museum which showcases many rare cars that were built in England throughout time. The village is centred around the beautiful River Windrush and on a summers day, you can sit by the river beneath the weeping willow tree and watch the world go by.
Secret Cottage Tours
If you are visiting England or staying near the Cotswolds, then book a day trip with the Secret Cottage. Our Cotswold tours pick you up from the nearest train station in Moreton-in-Marsh which is only one hour 40 minutes from London Paddington. We take our guests on a carefully planned mystery tour in our luxury seven-seater Mercedes minibus, visiting beautiful places and wonderful attractions throughout the region on our Cotswold tours. The unique part of this special tour is that we take you to our home The Secret Cottage, giving you a hot drink and pastry in the morning, then a delicious homemade buffet lunch. We also provide our guests with a tasty traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. The tour lasts six-hours, taking our guests past stunning stately homes, attractive Cotswold villages and charming market towns. On our Cotswold tours, we make sure we take you to some of the best hidden places in the Cotswolds that you would never normally find if you are touring the region. We enjoy showing our guests the beautiful area where we live and telling out all about our passion for Cotswold history! We advise our guests to book their places as soon as possible as we can get booked up throughout the year. We look forward to you joining us on an exciting venture, showing you a region of England that you will never forget.