The Cotswolds is found in the south-west of England, easily accessible from London and all airports in the south of the UK. Whether you’re planning on exploring Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or Oxfordshire, or thinking of touring the most beautiful places in the Cotswolds, you will enjoy wherever you go. The Cotswolds in the south-west of England spreads across Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and parts of north-east Somerset with 800 square miles of awe-inspiring countryside. Visitors come from all over the world to discover what has been rightly named as the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty. A day trip in the Cotswolds promises a wealth of places to see, historical landmarks and some of the most unspoilt views in England.
The County of Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire is just off the M40 from London to Birmingham, boasting the famous Oxford University and many other well-known landmarks. There are many stunning rivers around Oxfordshire, including the River Windrush in Burford and the River Thames in Oxford where you can go punting on a summers day. Visit the Oxford Castle in Oxford, Broughton Castle in Banbury or if you love walking or take a hike through the Chiltern Hills to find expansive views and incredible landscapes. See the beautiful Blenheim Palace in Woodstock which was home to the Churchill family and Sir Winston Churchill’s famous birthplace. The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford is set in the grounds of a quintessential English Manor where you can discover over 260 interesting species of animals on a day out. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History displays fascinating collections from the University’s scientific items including zoological, geological and entomological specimens.
Gloucestershire is one of the largest counties in the Cotswolds on the next to Oxfordshire and Wiltshire with the historic cities of Cheltenham and Gloucester. His Royal Highness Prince Charles lives at Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire and Princess Anne lives at Gatcombe Park. There are many well-known towns that bring a wealth of shopping experiences, boutiques, gift shops and some most beautiful buildings around. Gloucestershire is home to Gloucester Cathedral, Westonbirt Arboretum, Sudeley Castle, Hidcote Manor, Chavenage House, Bourton Park Gardens, Littledean Court, Sezincote Manor and Snowshill Manor. If you’re looking for special family days out then the Cotswold Falconry Centre, Cotswold Farm Park and the Wildfowl Wetlands Trust all offer stimulating places for children and adults.
If you’re visiting Warwickshire in the Cotswolds, then Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most famous places as it is William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Don’t miss the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon to see a play in the Bard’s hometown. Visit the historic attractions of Shakespeare’s England in town by visiting the landmarks that played an important part of Shakespeare’s life. Warwick Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror in the town of Warwick. The beautiful castle is still open to the public offering fascinating discoveries such as a Knights Village, a Horrible Histories maze, the Castle Dungeon, a Bird of Prey show, a themed banquet and even a chance to stay in a glamping site.
Book Your Cotswolds Tour
If you want to discover the Cotswolds on a unique tour experience, then book a private tour by experienced guides who are passionate about the Cotswolds. The Secret Cottage Tour offers 6-hour tours in a luxury Mercedes minibus, taking you on a special tour of the Cotswolds. We promise to show you beautiful views of the Cotswold countryside, pretty villages, charming market towns, stunning stately homes and experienced tour guides who love to tell you all about the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London, a direct train from London Paddington station only takes 1 hour and 40 minutes, and you will be back in London by the evening after a wonderful trip to the Cotswolds. There’s no need to bring a packed lunch as we invite you into our home the Secret Cottage and provide you with a delicious homemade lunch alongside a tour of our 400-year old thatched cottage. We also give our guests a divine Cotswolds cream tea in the afternoon to enjoy. The Secret Cottage Tour picks guests up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station and will drop you back there at the end of the tour.