The Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour from Oxford

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford

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  • 9 hours
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


A unique opportunity to combine a tour of the Cotswolds with a visit to Shakespeare's home, Stratford-upon-Avon, with its famous theatres and quaint medieval timber-framed houses. Come and discover idyllic stone villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let us help you to enjoy the English countryside at its best.


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Stop At: Burford Visitor Information Centre, 33 High Street, Burford OX18 4QA England

Combining the beauty of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon with a drive through some of the most breathtaking scenery of the North Cotswolds, our tour heads west from Oxford. We start with a visit to Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds' with its sloping main street and quirky shops and cafes.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England

After a refreshment break, we leave Burford and drive through some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water. Bourton-on-the-Water is often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Time to enjoy wandering along the river with its old stone bridges or have a refreshment in one of the many cafes.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: High Street Chipping Campden, Chipping Campden GL55 6AT England

From Bourton-on-the-Water we head further into the North Cotswolds and make our next stop in the beautiful old wool town of Chipping Campden (one of the homes of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds) with its golden stone buildings. We break for lunch here and time to see the church and old market hall.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW England

We drive through some spectacular scenery to arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon. Our short panoramic tour of Shakespeare’s home town will take you past charming timber-framed houses and some of the houses associated with William Shakespeare. Time to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace (optional) and see the Shakespeare theatres on the banks of the picturesque River Avon.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH England

Leaving Stratford, we head to Shottery where you can do an optional visit of Anne Hathaway’s cottage with it's beautiful gardens and romantic "half-moon" seat.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Great Tew Car Park, 60 The Ln, Great Tew, Chipping Norton OX7 4DJ, UK

We leave Anne Hathaway's Cottage and head back to Oxford through the market town of Shipston-on-Stour and more breathtaking landscape to arrive in the charming village of Great Tew, with its 17th century estate and quaint pub. Enjoy walking around this peaceful village and seeing the idyllic thatched cottages.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP England

Leaving Great Tew we make our way back to Oxford via the lovely town of Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (hotels in North Oxford)
  • Pick up on request from Oxford Railway Station

  • Lunch
  • Entrances to Shakespeare Houses
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Entry/Admission - Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Great Tew Car Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that this tour is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Departure Point

Taylor Institution Library, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3NA, UK

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


9 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


17 Jun, 2022

I highly recommend this lovely tour. We've seen beautiful landscapes and villages all around the Cotswolds and learned a lot about the area from our wonderful tour guides. There was plenty of time to stop and take photos, wander around a bit or just enjoy the views. My personal highlights: Snowshill and the Anne Hathaway cottage. But tbh the whole tour was a highlight! Huge thanks to Isobel and David for this fabulous day.


12 Jun, 2022

Wonderful experience, would highly recommend, saw amazing places and countryside. Isobel and David are thoroughly knowledge and interesting. We covered a lot of ground in the day and no worries about driving or finding somewhere to park. Brilliant 😊


06 Jun, 2022

We finally got to see the Cotswolds and going with Isobel was a real treat. Isobel was knowledgeable and open to our questions and if she didn't know the answer, she worked to get it. She offered to take photos when we stopped at some quintessential photo areas. We were underwhelmed by Stratford-upon-Avon as it was very touristy but it was fun to visit Shakespeare's birthplace. We squeezed a lot into a single day and it was nice to have someone else do the driving!


25 May, 2022

Cotsworld is a beautiful and quaint region. With Isobel’s excellent guides & commentaries , we had great experiences and knowing its history. Comfortable & relaxing trip, thanks David & Isobel!

karen l

13 Apr, 2019

Wow fantastic, we visited whilst on a family break, so interesting with great guides & wonderful knowledge, reasonably priced.

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