Exclusive Cotswold tours make a wonderful experience for a day trip to the Cotswolds. If you’re planning a visit to England or your touring the south-west of the country, then joining a tour to see the Cotswolds will be a breath-taking day out. The Cotswolds is in the south-west of England, close to London, the Midlands and the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall borders. The region is easily accessible from London, Birmingham and Bristol airports and is convenient if you’re travelling by train or coach. In fact, the Cotswolds is only one hour and 40 minutes by train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh train station and is a direct route.
The Cotswolds spreads across 800 square miles, reaching the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and north-east Somerset. There’s a population of 139,000 people throughout the area and in between sleepy villages and pretty market towns, there’s vast areas of unspoilt countryside which is a beautiful reminder of English heritage countryside at its best. The Cotswold hills are famous for their gentle, rolling slopes and sheep and cows can be seen by country roads that offer magnificent views across the countryside.
Why Explore the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds is not only an ideal place to explore if you’re coming to England, but it’s close to London and many larger cities, making it the perfect bolthole for a city escape that will leave you feeling relaxed, revived and in awe of this beautiful area. The Cotswolds is perhaps most famous for being one of the largest suppliers of wool to the European cloth trade in the past, but since the cloth trade moved to the north after the industrial revolution, sheep farming and wool production has vastly reduced. The market towns were once a busy hub of sheep farmers attending weekly sheep markets and the region was rich with cloth and tweed mills, providing good employment for the locals. Aside from discovering the hidden villages down long country lanes, the Cotswolds is an area that offers many beautiful places and historical landmarks to explore, making it one of the most popular tourist areas in England. Yet due to its enormous location, it never feels cramped, busy and overpopulated.
Popular Attractions in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a wonderful place to explore if you’re looking for a day out of a busy city such as London, or want to escape for a romantic weekend away. There’s many popular attractions in the area, many of which have years of history attached and are noted under major English history. The Cotswolds has been named as the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England and Wales and it’s no surprise that flocks of people travel here every year to visit the attractions, explore local market towns and wander through quaint villages that boast charm and beauty. The beautiful Blenheim Palace is in Woodstock, a huge stately home set in 2,000 acres of beautiful grounds and the famous birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is in the grounds of a manor near to Burford, a stunning zoo which is home to many fascinating wild animals including rhino, lions, giraffes, monkeys and wolves. Chastleton House is in the village of Chastleton close to Moreton-in-Marsh, a 400-year old Jacobean house that was once home to Robert Catesby, one of the main leaders in the gunpowder plot to blow up parliament. Snowshill Manor is near to Stow-on-the-Wold, a beautiful manor that once belonged to Charles Paget Wade, an aristocrat who collected artefacts and antiques throughout his life.
Exclusive Cotswold Tours
If you want to experience an exciting, exclusive Cotswold tour, then book a wonderful 6-hour tour with the Cotswolds Mystery Tour. We pick up guests from Moreton-in-Marsh train station and take them on an adventurous 6-hour tour around the Cotswolds in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus. We do not list exactly where we go, otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise and a mystery! But, we guarantee that you will see breath-taking views, picturesque landscapes, majestic stately homes, charming villages, historical places and beautiful market towns. There’s no need to bring food with you as we visit a quaint village café in the morning for a drink and pastry, then take you to a stunning 16th century Cotswold inn for a delicious lunch. Once the tour has finished, we will return you to the train station so you’re back in London for the evening. We pride ourselves in our 5-star genuine reviews on Trip Advisor, so please feel free to read what other guests have said. Book now to avoid disappointment!