This is a perfect half-day tour for those wanting to experience the delights of the Cotswolds but who cannot spare a whole day. You will see idyllic stone hamlets, hidden valleys and rivers and be entertained with stories about the history and culture of the region and local traditions. An unforgettable introduction to one of Britain's finest regions delivered by local experts in a small group tour.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: St Mary's Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire, EnglandLeaving Oxford we head to the delightful village of Bampton, one of the oldest villages in the UK. Downton Abbey fans might want to look out for Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes, because this is where the village scenes were filmed for the popular TV series Downton Abbey.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Gloucestershire, EnglandWe drive through the pretty village of Kelmscott, the summer home of one of the key influencers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris. Stop At: St. Mary's Church, Fairford, Cotswolds, EnglandPassing through the riverside town of Lechlade, we arrive in the old coaching town of Fairford. Don't forget to have a look at the beautiful stained glass windows in the impressive wool church and also the tombstone of 'Tibbles, the Cat'!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Arlington Row, Bibury, Cotswolds, EnglandWe then follow a scenic route to Bibury, with its 17th century cottages, river and trout farm.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Church of St Peter & St Paul, Northleach, Cotswolds, EnglandWe pass through the historic wool town of North Leach with its imposing 15th century wool church. Stop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandDriving through some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds we reach the town of Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' where you can enjoy browsing in the quirky shops and cafes. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: St Mary's Church, Swinbrook, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandOur last stop on this tour is the quaint stone village of Swinbrook with its pub on the river and tiny church. These days Swinbrook is a bit of a film star, having been a location for 'Downton Abbey' and also 'Bridget Jones's Baby'!Duration: 20 minutes