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Cotswolds in Steam

For a limited period we are pleased to be offering a tour of the Cotswolds in our comfortable and spacious minibus with a ride on a steam train.  Your tour, led by professional guides, will take you from Oxford through the quaint villages of Minster Lovell, Asthall and Swinbrook to Burford.  From there, we follow a scenic route to Bourton-on-the-Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds).  We then drive through more charming stone villages to the beautiful medieval town of Winchcombe, where we break for lunch.  After lunch you board your steam train for a memorable 30-minute trip on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire heritage railway to Broadway.  The line offers stunning views of the nearby tiny stone hamlets and villages and outlooks across to the Malvern Hills.  Upon arrival at Broadway, you will be collected and continue your Cotswold adventure, passing through the towns of Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold before returning to Oxford.  This tour is a must for both steam train enthusiasts and those who simply want to be transported back to a golden age of train travel in a glorious setting.

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Full-Day, Small-Group Cotswold Adventurer Tour from Oxford

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bampton LibraryWe start the tour with a drive to ancient Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England and now well-known as the village of "Downton" in the TV series Downton Abbey. You will see the town and its pretty market square and the area of Bampton used for the filming of Downton Abbey.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Kelmscott ManorDrive through the village of Kelmscott, the summer home of William Morris (one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement) from 1871 - 1896.Stop At: Arlington RowJourney through pretty Cotswold Stone villages to idyllic Bibury, with its 16th century cottages, river and trout farm.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Winchcombe Folk and Police MuseumFollowing the Coln Valley we pass through a succession of hamlets, hidden valleys and remarkable scenery before arriving in Winchcombe.  Enjoy lunch in a rustic pub or take time to visit nearby Sudeley Castle, home to Catherine Parr, the 6th wife of Henry VIIIDuration: 1 hourStop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market SquareWe continue our tour to the charming town Stow-on-the-Wold with its pretty square, delightful cafes and antiques shops. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Blenheim PalaceWe return to Oxford via the bustling market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the location of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. We make a short stop by the gates of Blenheim Palace for photos. Duration: 10 minutes