Welcome to The Cotswolds

No one’s sure what the name means, but ‘wolds’ are rolling hills, while ‘cots’ might be ‘cotes’, or sheep pens. Certainly the region owes its wealth, and exquisite architecture, to the medieval wool trade, when ‘Cotswold Lion’ sheep were prized across Europe. Attentions later turned towards textiles instead, but the Industrial Revolution passed the Cotswolds by. Hailed by William Morris in the 19th century as encapsulating a timeless English rural idyll, it remains both a prime residential area and a treasured tourist destination.

Criss-crossed by long-distance trails including the 102-mile Cotswold Way, these gentle yet dramatic hills are perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding.

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$51.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: High Street Chipping CampdenOne hour of free timeDuration: 1 hourStop At: Dover's HillViewpoint.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Broadway TowerStop at Broadway Tower Country Park. Tower has magnificent views. Climbing to the top of the tower is optional. Cafe and shop available. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market SquareLunch stop at Stow-on-the-Wold. Free time. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Arlington RowVisit to Bibury (including the famous Arlington Row of cottages)Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Bourton on the WaterFree time to explore the village. Duration: 40 minutes

$103.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cotswolds Villages Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Departing the Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford at 10am, you will start the day by visiting the fascinating village of Great Tew. From Great Tew continue on to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. Here you will have time to browse among honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, narrow streets, interesting shops and tiny tea rooms.  Your next stop is the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter, one of the prettiest villages in the Northern Cotswolds and set in the most amazing countryside.The next stop is arguably the most famous Cotswolds town and regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water.  Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions, shops, restaurants and tea rooms.  Here you can enjoy lunch (not included) at an awarding winning Cotswolds pub where you can sample a traditional ale out in the sunshine, if you’d like. Or spend more time exploring.After lunch your route takes you through some enchanting Cotswold villages to Burford, known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds. Then spend the afternoon traveling along the stunning Windrush valley visiting hidden villages including Swinbrook, Asthall and the highlight of tour the beautiful village and ancient ruins of Minster Lovell. This pretty village on the River Windrush boasts plenty of Cotswold stone and thatched roofs, as well as holding the title of being the region’s most haunted village. Minster Lovell is perhaps best known for the ruins of its 15th century hall, owned by generations of the Lovell family.Departure will be late afternoon returning to the Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford by 5pm.

$11.58 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Walton to Hampton Court Return Boat Trip

Board the boat at Walton-on-Thames, from the pier outside "The Anglers" at 12:00 for a peaceful journey to Hampton Court. Your journey will take you past a number of river islands, still popular today for residential and commercial use and provide a glimpse of the life enjoyed by the many people who still live and work along the Thames. The boat passes through Sunbury Lock which has a unique second barge lock adjacent to it still in operation. As well as Sunbury Lock your journey will take you through Molesey lock which at nearly 82 meters is impressive by its size, being the second longest on the River Thames.On approaching Hampton Court, you will pass some lovely house boats, some formerly owned by stars such as Diana Dors. You are then afforded superb views of Cardinal Wolsey's majestic palace. The boat will arrive in Hampton Court for 13:15 allowing time to explore, before departing again at 14:30.This relaxing cruise is perfect for any family wishing to visit the palace and perhaps puzzle out the famous maze before taking a tranquil cruise back to Walton-on-Thame, arriving at 15:35.

$771.90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cotswolds Scenic Tours - half day or full day private group tours

The tour itinerary route is flexible but the default route is to collect you from and return you to your hotel in the Cotswolds area or in Oxford or Stratford upon Avon. The Cotswolds destinations which we will visit and you will learn about plus have limited free time to enjoy walking around can be negotiated when booking the tour but typically includes stops such as the villages of Lower Slaughter, Stowe on the Wold and Broadway. You have the option to enjoy a 40 minute scenic walk from Broadway Tower (the highest point in the Cotswolds) through the fields down to Broadway village, where there is a lovely deli café or other venues to at lunch at.  Depending on where we collect you, typically we will drive through the historic Burford high street, which has featured as a film location in many historic films. The main attraction in the Cotswolds is not actually any one specific destination- it is rather the quality of picturesque hamlets and villages and quiet roads and landscapes. We endeavour to show you some of the best sights and to introduce the history and culture of the Cotswolds region and its respective villages in overall English history.

$192.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oxford City plus Cotswolds Cycle Tours

Please note that we can only offer this tour to children aged 14 or older and to adults height 5 foot (1.52m) or higher. This is because on day 2 in the Cotswolds, you will be riding electric bikes to be able to manage the landscape. The schedule is approximately 10am to 4.30pm each day. Day 1: See the city of Oxford as locals do on 2 wheels. We will introduce Oxford's most well known sights such as Christchurch meadows where Alice in Wonderland & Lewis Carroll lived. Plus we'll escape the crowds to explore the Port Meadow, Godstow priory. This tour includes a visit inside university college venues and rides along the Thames river path, where you will see how much Oxford celebrates its rowing sporting traditions. Lunch stop and free time options to stop in a picturesque village with Normal church or to stop back in Oxford city centre.  Day 2: Starts outside Oxford in Kingham (which you can easily reach quickly by train from Oxford and we'll advise you of the timetable. Make use of an electric bike to enjoy an adventurous ride of approximately 40km, taking in scenic views & picturesque villages. See manor houses or other historic sites and take in some of the best views in England. You will have time to also enjoy lunch at an excellent & affordable pub on the route. NB ONLY ONE CHILD UNDER 14 can join the tour. We have one tandem bike only and it is subject to availability. This child must be approximately at least 4 feet (1.2metres) high. POLICY FOR BAD WEATHER: Unfortunately, we can never predict the weather in the UK, even from hour to hour. However, if the weather forecast does look awful, you have the option to request us to give us advance notice of more than 24 hours to either reschedule the date for cycle tour or alternatively we can replace the cycle tour with walking tour and a visit in Oxford to Christchurch college Harry Potter film site (presuming Christchurch is not closed) and option to replace Cotswolds cycle tour with a driving tour or a visit to Blenheim palace (presuming palace is not closed).

$12.85 Outdoor Activities

Full day paintball pass in Upminster

On arrival at 9am, proceed through our registration area to the military-themed base camp where you will be issued with your equipment including full-length combat suit with padded collar, body armour, battle pack and full head goggles. After a short safety demonstration at 10am, teams proceed through the gun zone to collect their semi-automatic paintball guns and fire off some practice shots. You'll experience 6 games in the morning on 3 different fields, with short breaks in between to re-fuel and talk team tactics. After a short lunch break at 1pm, experience 6 more games on 3 different fields. There is a results ceremony to conclude the day, with certificates awarded to those who display heroic behaviour out on the game zones.