The Cotswolds were once known for being one of the largest outputs for wool, and Cotswold sheep covered the countryside with sheep farming being so popular. After the industrial revolution, the cloth trade moved to the north of England and sheep farming diminished, leaving the beautiful countryside unspoilt and peaceful. The Cotswolds are in the south-east of England and the area is famous its beautiful rolling Cotswold hills that dominate the landscape, an intense vision of green fields lined with dense woodland. The north Cotswolds has many pretty market towns including Woodstock, Moreton-in-Marsh, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton. Local Cotswolds guided tours show you views that are picture-perfect, with magnificent stately homes, quaint villages, winding rivers and majestic wool mills.
The Cotswolds is just 1 hour and 40 minutes by train from London and an easy journey door to door. If you’re coming to England and would like to see the English countryside at its most beautiful, then book a daytrip around the Cotswolds. The area has been noted as one of the largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in England, stretching across many counties including Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire with a population of 139,000 people.
A daytrip to the Cotswolds guarantees plenty of interesting places and tourist attractions to visit. Broadway Tower is on the edge of the Cotswolds hills and is a magnificent tower that overlooks the Vale of Evesham, being one of the highest viewpoints in the area. On a clear day you can see as far as the Welsh Mountains. The Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power is owned by TV celebrity Adam Henson and is a farm with a huge range of rare breeds including pigs, sheep and cattle. Bourton-on-the-Water has some interesting family attractions within the village – Birdland, The Model Village and the British Motoring Museum. The pretty River Windrush flows through the centre of the village, making it a popular place to go throughout the year. Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is a beautiful palace that was birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and once owned by the Churchill family. It is still owned by the late Duke of Marlborough.
Cotswolds Guided Tours to Villages
Guided tours of the Cotswolds will show you the most perfect countryside in England, together with beautiful houses and stately homes. Cotswold villages are often busy with local life, friendly faces and a local pub with good ales and delicious food. Most of the Cotswold villages date back to Medieval times with interesting history attached to them. Quaint villages in the north of the Cotswolds include Bourton-on-the-Water, Chastleton, Churchill, The Slaughters, Sarsden, Guiting Power, Great Tew and Chipping Campden. Tunnels of trees in narrow lanes guide you to pretty villages where honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages sit peacefully overlooking wonderful views.
The Secret Cottage Tour
If you are planning a trip to the area, then local Cotswolds guided tours are the perfect way to see this stunning part of England. A daytrip with Cotswolds Guided Tours shows you the true essence of life in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are inviting at any time of year from being cosy, sleepy villages in the winter, to bustling pretty market towns in the summer. The Secret Cottage Tour is the most long-standing, experienced and friendly tour company. We provide family-run 6-hour tours that take you on a magical 6-hour journey through the north of the Cotswolds. We pick our guests up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station, then drive you in our luxury 7-seater minibus to all the best places in the area including Cotswold villages, historical landmarks and beautiful market towns. We bring you to our home The Secret Cottage in the morning for a pastry and hot drink, then return at lunchtime for a delicious homemade buffet lunch. Guests also love our Cotswold traditional cream tea we provide in the afternoon! At the end of the tour, we drop you at the train station so that you can be back to London in time for the evening. If you would like to know more and see genuine feedback from our guests, please read our wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor!