Welcome to Burford

Throw in a wonderfully preserved, centuries-old church and an array of delightful hotels and restaurants, and Burford makes an attractive stop. Antique shops, chintzy tearooms and specialist boutiques peddle nostalgia to the many summer visitors, but it’s easy to escape the crowds and wander along quiet side streets, seemingly lost in time.

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$192.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon Guided Tour from London

Make your own way to the meeting point in central London, then board a comfortable mini-coach for a scenic 100-mile (161-kilometer) drive to your first destination, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Your guide shares informative commentary as you stop at the places in Stratford-upon-Avon that are relevant to Shakespeare's life, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace— the 16th-century house where he was born and lived until he was a young man; Holy Trinity Church—where he was baptized and buried; and his school.After exploring the bard’s home town, stop briefly in Shottery for a photo op of the thatched-roof cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. Then continue south to reach the Cotswolds, a beautiful region that became prosperous in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade. Drive along one-track lanes that pass through gentle rolling hills, honey-colored villages, green pastures and ancient churches. With your guide, see the medieval village of Burford, explore the Coln Valley, and see the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.After lunch, leave the Cotswolds and go to the city of Oxford, home to prestigious Oxford University, which was founded in 1167. Follow your guide on a leisurely walk around the university grounds, passing by colleges such as All Souls and the Divinity School, and spots where famous writers, artists and inventors studied. Hear about locals like J.R.R.Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and see locations that were used in Harry Potter movie scenes. Have time to explore Oxford’s narrow streets and town center on your own, before returning to London in the evening.

$112.78 Day Trips & Excursions

Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Tour from London

Depart from Fountain Square (123-151 Buckingham Palace Road) in London and make your way to Blenheim Palace. Arrive early in order to ensure a nearly private visit of the fairy-tale mansion. View the impressive State Rooms, walk through the well maintained gardens designed by Capability Brown, and grab a photo opportunity at the lake.Head next through the Cotswolds, taking in the countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns on a tour of one of England’s most pretty regions. Drive to the sleepy town of Burford, built on a steep high street leading to the River Windrush and its medieval bridge. A lunch pack will be included.See the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Take time to explore the low bridges and wander along the Main Street. Top off the day with a visit to the enchanting Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. Estimated arrival time back to London is around 6.30pm.

$65.02 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oxford and Cotswolds Full-Day Small-Group Tour from London

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: University of OxfordYour first stop is Oxford, where you have time to explore the precincts of the many colleges, climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline, or see the art and antiquities collections in the Ashmolean Museum. The choice is yours.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, Bampton, Devon, EnglandDownton Abbey fans and history lovers will enjoy this traditional village’s honey coloured cottages.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandOur next stop is in Burford, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. It’s a small market town with enormous character and a huge history. The main street is lined with gorgeously quaint cottages and properties.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Arlington RowFinally, you make the short journey to Bibury, described by William Morris as the prettiest village in England, and the place that Henry T Ford wished to dismantle and ship back to the USA.Here we have time to stroll past the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. After a full day exploring the city of Oxford and the villages of the Cotswolds we’ll embark on the comfortable return journey to London.Duration: 45 minutes

$192.40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, EnglandMeet your guide in central Oxford, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and head to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born. Learn about the town’s famous ex-resident on a minibus tour of Stratford, including his school and the Holy Trinity Church where the playwright and poet was baptized and buried. Hop out of your minivan and head inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace — now a museum — and see a range of exhibits about the beloved bard. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, EnglandNext, make a brief stop in Shottery for photos of the thatched-roof English cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. Pass By: Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, EnglandPhoto stopStop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandThen, continue to the Cotswolds, the attractive region that prospered from its wool trade during the Middle Ages. Admire the scenery as you travel along tiny one-track lanes through gently rolling hills, and gaze at the golden-stone villages, green pastures and pretty churches that adorn the landscape. With your guide, walk around the village of Burford, explore the delightful Coln Valley and tour the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Bourton on the Water, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, EnglandPart of the Cotswolds tourDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds, EnglandIncluded as part of the Cotswolds tourDuration: 20 minutesPass By: Christ Church, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandUpon your return to Oxford, we'll set off on a walking tour around the genteel city, famed for its prestigious university. Stroll around the city center and look out for the some of the notable university buildings, seeing some of the eminent colleges such as All Souls, Christ Church and Divinity School, and learn about the well-known writers, artists and politicians who studied inside the colleges’ walls.Hear about the lives of JR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll — who each lived in the city — and see places used as filming sites in the popular Harry Potter movies. Your tour then concludes near Oxford train station, leaving you free to continue exploring the city's narrow streets and lanes as you wish.Pass By: All Souls College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandPass by on the tour of Oxford Stop At: Bodleian Library, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandEnjoy a visit to Oxford University's oldest classroom, the 15th century Divinity School.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: International Friends, London, EnglandTour with International Friends Duration: 10 hours

$119.42 Tours & Sightseeing

Cotswolds Villages Full-Day Small-Group Tour from Oxford

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Oxford Visitor Information Centre, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandWe meet here at 10amDuration: 5 minutesStop At: The Great Tew EstateA fairy-tale village of thatched cottages and beautiful landscapes that is away from the tourists. The home of several famous characters and the future home of royalty.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds, EnglandThe centre of the wool trade in the Cotswolds. Here you'll have time to browse among honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, narrow streets, interesting shops and tiny tea rooms.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lower Slaughter MuseumOur next stop is the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter, one of the most romantic villages in the Northern Cotswolds and set in the most amazing countryside. Larger vehicles are not allowed into this village.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bourton on the Water, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, EnglandOur 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 have free time to explore and enjoy some lunch.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandOn route we go through some enchanting Cotswold villages to the town of Burford, often called the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. A very iconic town and home to one of the most beautiful and ancient churches in the region. Stories aplenty!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: St Mary's Church, Swinbrook, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandTravelling along the stunning Windrush Valley visiting hidden villages including Swinbrook. One of the most secluded villages and home of the notorious Mitford Sisters.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire, EnglandA real highlight of the tour which 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. A true hidden gem!Duration: 30 minutes

$86.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Cotswolds Half-Day Trip from Oxford

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire, EnglandYou start your unforgettable Cotswold journey from central Oxford, driving to Burford (the Gateway to the Cotswolds) through Minster Lovell, with its its attractive thatched houses and ruined Hall.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, EnglandWe then continue to Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds via the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook (home to the Mitford sisters). Enjoy browsing around the small shops and cafes. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bourton on the Water Visitor Information Centre, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, EnglandOur drive then takes us through some beautiful countryside and some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Bourton has many cafes and small souvenir shops to explore and there is also the picturesque River Windrush.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds, EnglandEnjoy window-shopping in some of the quaint antiques shops and boutiques in the pretty town square or visit St Edwards Church with its quirky wooden door, said to have inspired the writer Tolkien. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, EnglandOur tour heads back to Oxford via the bustling market town of Chipping Norton, making a final brief photo stop at Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).Duration: 15 minutes