Everything You Need to Plan Your London to Cotswolds Day Trip

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Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's England, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Tour from Victoria

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  • Visit some of England's most cherished landmarks as you set out for a fun day of sightseeing and learning.
  • Hop aboard a comfortable coach from London and enjoy the rolling hills and sleepy villages on your way to the Cotswolds.
  • Take in intriguing stories and factual information about the attractions you see along the way from your expert tour guide.
  • Indulge in some spirited swordplay and feel like a knight, and check out the fabulously decorated State Dining Room here.
  • Make your way to Oxford next, home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
  • Upgrade your ticket to enter the 12th-century Warwick Castle and explore William Shakespeare's home.

Inclusions

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Walking tour of Oxford
  • Round-trip transfers on AC coaches from Victoria
  • Entry to Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin (optional)

Exclusions

  • Meal inclusions
  • Facilities: Free WiFi on coaches.
  • During peak periods, additional vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Villages of The Cotswolds Small Group Day Tour

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  • Head to the Cotswolds with a small group aboard luxurious transfers from London to explore hidden gems and local secrets with a guide.
  • Discover Bibury, one of England's prettiest villages. Visit its famous Trout Farm and see the honey-limestone weaver cottages from the 17th century.
  • Stroll through Burford's old streets with a picturesque countryside view and walk over the arched bridges of River Windrush surrounded by willows.
  • Relax by the calming ripples in Bourton-on-the-Water and catch sight of a centuries-old wooden church before heading back to London.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of villages of Cotswolds
  • Small group tour
  • Round-trip transfers from London
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets
  • Tip: Pack a picnic for a tranquil lunch by the river in Bourton-on-the-Water, fondly known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.
  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: hot drinks/food, ice cream, or any food with a strong odor.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From London: Downton Abbey Village, Cogges Farm, Cotswolds, & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

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  • Combine a guided tour of Downton Abbey filming locations in Cotswolds with a visit to Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace, with round-trip London transfers.
  • Go deeper than just locations with a guide who points out specific locations behind Downton Abbey filming sites and the history of Blenheim Palace.
  • See the real-life Yew Tree Farm and explore Cogges Farm before it opens to the public on this exclusive tour.
  • Wander through the village of Woodstock for lunch and soak in the quintessential Cotswolds charm of Bampton village, featured in Downton Abbey.
  • Explore the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the grand staterooms of Blenheim Palace, also a filming location for Bridgerton, Harry Potter, and more.

Inclusions

  • Full-day guided tour of Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Bampton Village, Cogges Farm, and Blenheim Palace
  • Entry to Blenheim Palace
  • Entry to Sir Winston Churchill Exhibition
  • Entry to Cogges Farm
  • English-speaking guide
  • Round-trip London transfers

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  • Food and drinks
  • 7:45am: Depart central London
  • 9:30am: Arrive at Cogges Farm
  • 10:45am: Depart Cogges Farm
  • 11:15am: Arrive at Bampton Village
  • 12:15pm: Depart Bampton and drive through Cotswolds with a photo stop at Shilton
  • 1:00pm: Arrive at Woodstock for lunch
  • 2:00pm: Depart Woodstock
  • 2:15pm: Arrive at Blenheim Palace
  • 4:15pm: Depart Blenheim Palace
  • 6:30pm: Arrive at London Victoria Station
  • Tip: Fuel up for your Downton adventure with breakfast from the Cogges Kitchen from a selection of fresh sandwiches, toasties, and coffee.
  • Nobody likes a crowd. A single group has a maximum of 16 people.
  • This tour does not include a visit to Highclere Castle from the Downton Abbey series.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Full-Day Tour of Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & The Cotswolds

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  • Set off from Victoria Coach Station on a day-long tour to witness Oxfordshire's rich heritage starting with the Cotswolds.
  • Travel in style with our Wi-Fi-enabled, USB-equipped coach and get expert guide's insights, amplified via personal audio headsets.
  • Step into Bampton's lanes, the backdrop of Downton Abbey, a renowned TV series. Explore Downton Cottage Hospital and other key sites.
  • Venture to Bourton-on-the-Water and bask in its serene ambiance, reminiscent of Venice, and stroll along the tranquil River Windrush.
  • Upgrade your ticket to include Blenheim Palace entry fees to explore the palace.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Oxfordshire
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Round-trip transfers from the meeting point
  • Free WiFi on coach
  • Personal audio headset
  • Blenheim Palace entry (optional)
  • Tip: Try spotting the exact place where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier from the formal gardens
  • This Tour does not visit Highclere Castle from the Downton Abbey series
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Everything You Need to Plan Your London to Cotswolds Day Trip

Think of Cotswolds, and what comes to mind are lush rolling hills, green meadows, and quaint villages made with the amber-colored Cotswolds stone. To visit Cotswolds is to enter a whole different world. This beautiful British landscape is spread over six English counties. A little under 140 kilometers from London, the Cotswolds make for a lovely day tour. Leave behind the fast-paced lifestyle and enjoy a break in the quintessential English countryside. Here’s everything you need to plan you London to Costwolds day trip.

Why Take a London to Cotswolds Day Trip

Cotswolds is about two hours away from London, making it an easy location to access when taking a day trip. While London is all about the thrill of the hustle and bustle of the city with its numerous attractions and experiences, Cotswolds gives you a chance to sit back and relax. Cotswolds was declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) nearly half a century ago. When in Cotswolds, you can visit castles, parks, buildings, and churches, and admire the gentle waterways. Its verdant landscapes, grassy hills, and charming, old-world villages make for an unforgettable experience.

Your London to Cotswolds Day Trip Options

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Guided

A Cotswolds guided tour is the perfect way to discover this stunning area in all its glory. When taking a tour, such as a London to Costwolds day trip, you get the company of an expert guide who knows the Cotswolds like the back of their hand. Additionally, as part of this tour, you will also be provided with transport to and from the venues, ensuring a smooth and comfortable visit.

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Non-Guided

A non-guided Cotswolds tour is great for those who like to explore on their own. As part of this self-guided tour, you can pick and choose which attractions you want to visit, when you want to visit, and how you will visit. You, however, will have to arrange for your own transportation, which can sometimes get a little overwhelming, especially if you plan to visit more locations.

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Combo

A combo tour is for those who want to explore the UK beyond Cotswolds. Combo tours from London cover a host of locations such as Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath. In this specific case, tours to Oxford, Stratford, and Warwick are extremely popular from Cotswolds. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and transfers are included.

Guided vs. Non-Guided Tour

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Guided Tours

  1. An expert guide will accompany you on your journey around the Cotswolds and give you insight into its history.
  2. Guided tours are usually conducted in groups unless one opts for a private guided tour.
  3. Your transportation to and from the Cotswolds is included in a guided tour. This is either from a meeting point or directly from your hotel.
  4. To make the most out of your tour, guided tours stick to a fixed itinerary that covers as many attractions as possible in the given timeframe.
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Non-Guided Tours

  1. A non-guided (self-guided) tour gives you the chance to explore the Cotswolds on your own.
  2. A non-guided tour isn’t usually done as part of a group.
  3. When it comes to non-guided tours, visitors have to arrange their own transportation to, from, and within the Cotswolds.
  4. Non-guided tours give you the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace.

Which London to Cotswolds Day Tour is Perfect For You?

1. If you’re on a budget

For a budget-friendly Cotswolds tour, you can purchase tickets to the specific attractions you want to visit, along with transportation tickets. Wherever possible, look for tickets with audioguides to get the most out of your visit. 

2. If you’re looking for a guided tour

If you want to discover the Cotswolds in-depth, pick a guided Cotswolds tour. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will take you to all the major attractions and experiences, all the while giving you facts and trivia about the area.

3. If you want to explore beyond Cotswolds 

You can explore more than just Cotswolds by choosing a combo tour. Visitors can choose from locations like Oxford, Stratford, Warwick, and more. These tours show travelers the best of the country within a day or so.

What to See in Cotswolds

Here are some of the attractions you will get to see as part of your day trip to Cotswolds.

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Castle Combe

Often referred to as the ‘prettiest village in England’, Castle Combe is best known for its beautiful honey-colored Cotswold stone buildings. The Market Cross monument and St Andrew’s Church, the latter of which features a faceless clock, are must-visit attractions.

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Blenheim Palace

Built in the 1700s in the English Baroque architecture style, Blenheim Palace is best known as the ancestral home of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and has since welcomed many visitors.

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Broadway Tower

This is the highest castle in the Cotswolds, and is a great example of English heritage. Visitors can take the Broadway Tower Circular Walk path to explore the Broadway Tower & Park, covering a distance of 1.2 km.

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Bampton

Fans of the popular TV series Downton Abbey will recognize Bampton from the show. This picturesque village is the fictional ‘Downton’ of the series. Apart from visiting filming locations, visitors can explore St. Mary’s Church and the stunning Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve.

Plan Your Visit to the Cotswolds

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getting to cotswolds
  • Train: There are trains from Paddington to the many stations in Cotswolds throughout the day. Some of the railway stations you can get off for Cotswolds are Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse, Ashchurch, Cam and Dursley, and Stroud. The journey can take up to 2 hours.
  • Bus: The Victoria London Station has coaches that take you directly to Cheltenham, Gloucester, or Stroud. While this is one of the cheaper options, it is also the route that will take you the longest to get there. The journey takes about 2.5 hours.
  • Car: You can take the M4, M5 and M40 to get to Cotswolds from London. While parking can be a hassle, it adds to the convenience of exploring the Cotswolds at your own pace. Driving to Cotswolds can take anywhere between 1.5-2.5 hours.
best time to visit cotswolds

The best time to visit the Cotswolds is between March and May. June and September are popular months to visit as it is the summer, but between March to May is when the weather is pleasant and the attractions aren’t as crowded, making your visit a smooth and unhurried experience.

Winter in Cotswolds is also a wonderful time. If you don’t mind the cold, head to the quaint towns and enjoy the crisp, fresh air, and head to one of the cafes for a delicious hot chocolate.

what to eat in cotswolds

The Cotswolds has all sorts of places for people to eat and drink at - be it pubs, restaurants, cafes, and Michelin-star eateries.

When in the Cotswolds, visitors are encouraged to try Single Gloucester cheese, Stinking Bishop cheese, Gloucester Old Spot pork, Tewkesbury mustard, Bibury trout, and Hobbs House bread.

Cotswolds Distillery is the region’s first ever distillery, which is best known for its Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky either.

Other food and beverage experiences to try out include visiting a farmers market, traditional afternoon tea, and food festivals like Cheltenham Food Festival and Tewkesbury Food Festival.

where to stay in cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a lot of accommodation options for travelers. If you are on a budget, you can opt for a hostel or go camping. If you’re looking at a mid-sized budget, why not visit a bed & breakfast or a country inn? And if luxury is what you seek, you can find yourself a boutique townhouse, a manor house, or a luxury hotel.

And if you’re looking for a unique experience, why not go glamping? This glamorous camping experience is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cotswolds with a splash of luxury. Some popular glamping options are The Red Lion, Cotswold Farm Park Caravan and Camp Site, National Star Camping Pods, and Gold Rush Cabin.

where to shop cotswolds

For those who are sick of High Streets, Cotswolds is heavenly. There are an array of independent shops within the area that sell anything and everything you desire. When in the Cotswolds, one must visit the many antique shops, such as the ones in Burford, Broadway, and Tewkesbury.

Tewkesbury, along with Chipping Norton and Nailsworth, is also well-known for its vintage shops, which sell not just things to wear, but also things you can use to decorate your home.

what to do in cotswolds

Here are some things you absolutely must do when in Cotswolds:

  • Follow the Gloucestershire Ale Trail highlights and visit some of the Cotswolds’ best craft breweries.
  • Explore Sudeley Castle & Gardens.
  • Make a splash at the Cotswold Water Park.
  • Take a picture on the bridge at the southern tip of Castle Combe.
  • Experience the world of Downton Abbey at Bampton.
  • Check out the abandoned boats and ships at the Purton Ships Graveyard.
  • Have a drink at the Cotswolds Distillery.
  • Discover the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.

Visitor Tips for London to Cotswolds Day Trips

  • Most of Costwolds villages have limited parking, where some are permit parking only. If you are driving down to Cotswolds, ensure that if you cannot find a dedicated car park, you look for street parking close to the village.
  • Carry your own mask and hand sanitizer. Keep the mask on at all times on the tour.
  • To avoid crowds, visit the Cotswolds during a weekday, as most people tend to visit Cotswolds as a weekend trip.
  • Cotswolds day trips usually involve a lot of walking, so ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Visitors can enjoy an array of water sports in Cotswolds, especially in the summer. You can also go hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

All Your Day Trip to Cotswolds Questions Answered

Can I purchase tickets for Cotswolds tours online?

Yes. You can purchase Cotswolds tour tickets online. Additionally, even if you are looking to visit an attraction, you need to book your tickets online, as only visitors with pre-booked reservations are allowed.

What is the cancelation policy for London to Cotswolds tour tickets?

This depends solely on the kind of ticket purchased. Some tickets offer a full refund if canceled up to 24 hours in advance, while others cannot be cancelled, amended, or rescheduled. Please ensure you check the cancellation policy before booking.

Which attractions are covered on Cotswolds sightseeing tours?

Some popular attractions covered are Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre, Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Cheltenham Racecourse, and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens.

What are the best Cotswolds tour tickets?

To ensure you make the most of your trip, it is best to take a guided tour of Cotswolds. If you're looking to explore further, you can also get a combo tour from London to Cotswolds. This can take you to other destinations such as Bath and Oxford.

Are there discounts available on Cotswolds tickets?

While this primarily depends on the attraction, most attractions offer discounts to seniors, children, and disabled individuals.

Can I buy same day tickets to the Cotswolds?

While it is possible to purchase same-day tickets, it is advised that you book tickets online, as most attractions follow the time slot ticketing process in order to get your preferred time slot for the visit.

Is it possible for me to take a guided tour in the Cotswolds?

Yes, you can purchase tickets for a guided tour in the Cotswolds online. While slightly expensive, the tour will be enriching as you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will give you information, facts, and trivia about the region.

Should I buy tickets to Cotswolds in advance?

Yes. As most Cotswolds attractions have reduced their visitor capacity as part of their health measures, they do not allow walk-in visits. It is best to book tickets in advance for access to the attractions.

What is the duration of a Cotswolds tour?

A Cotswolds tour typically takes about ten hours.

When's the best time to visit the Cotswolds?

While June and September are popular months to visit as it is during the summer, March to May is when the weather is pleasant and the attractions aren’t as crowded, making it the best time to visit the Cotswolds.