Undiscovered Cotswolds Private Tour

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Oxford

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


The beauty of a private driving tour is the flexibility it gives you to see the sights which interest you the most.  We have a recommended route but the itinerary is totally flexible so if you would prefer to spend longer in a place you like or add an attraction which interests you then we can accommodate you.

Our private tours last seven hours and can start and finish at the location of your choice.  The starting time for the tour is flexible and we can collect you from anywhere in the Northern Cotswolds area including Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.  The tour is ideal for a day trip from London and the most cost/time effective option is to take a direct train from London Paddington to Oxford station.

If you have any questions about transfers from outside of the Northern Cotswolds then please send us an message.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Crimea office, New Rd, Great Tew, Chipping Norton OX7 4AH, UK

A 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 minutes

Stop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold England

The 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 hour

Stop At: Lower Slaughter Museum, 14 Mill Ln, Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2HX, UK

Our 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 minutes

Stop At: Bourton on the Water, Windrush river, Bourton-on-the-Water England

Our 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 minutes

Stop At: Burford Library 86A High Street, Burford OX18 4QF England

On 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 minutes

Stop At: St Mary's Church, Swinbrook, Burford England

Travelling 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 minutes

Stop At: Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote, Minster Road, Minster Lovell, Witney England

A 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

  • A seven hour tour of the North Cotswolds
  • A modern comfortable air conditioned vehicle
  • Knowledgeable local driver-guide
  • Full control over the itinerary and route
  • Pick up/drop off within the North Cotswolds including Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Food or refreshments
  • Pick up outside the North Cotswolds, Oxford or Stratford
  • Gratuities.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can collect you from anywhere in the North Cotswolds or Oxford area for free. If coming from London we do offer a collection for an extra fee of £250 to be paid on the day in cash. A cheaper and faster way would be to take the train from London Paddington to Oxford station or London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway station. These take between 50-60 min train ride and are direct.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Voucher info

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


7 hours

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

User's Reviews


21 Apr, 2022

There were five of us in our group, ranging in age from 69 to 81. We scheduled 3 days with Ian Mowbray Williams. He met us at our rental digs in Bath with a very comfortable minibus, and took us to our next rental in Bourton on the Water. Along the way and for the next two days we visited National Trust properties and toured villages. He made our time together just wonderful, always being patient with last-minute changes and offering very interesting commentary. Because we had a private tour, he worked with us in advance to tailor our time to fit our interests and needs. He was respectful, professional, and a joy to be with. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for the best possible way to see the Cotswolds.


16 Apr, 2022

Amazing tour around the different Cotswold villages. The tour guide was brilliant. He knows everything in detlail about the different villagues and made you feel involved in its history. Highly recomended to do this tour, you won't ever forget it!


06 Jan, 2022

We booked a full day tour with Ian, and couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Our Cotswolds trip wouldn’t have been as complete without the tour of the towns and small villages. Ian was knowledgeable, flexible, and a joy to have as our guide. We hope to be back next year, and would happily book the same tour!


26 Oct, 2021

We had a lovely day with Ian exploring the Cotswolds. He has a wide knowledge of local history, great stories and way to tell them. We asked him in advance to tailor a tour for us according to our itinerary and everything was just perfect. He is flexible and helpful, a real hospitality professional.


13 Oct, 2021

We are from the US and my wife and I wanted to take my mother to visit her mother's grave in Buckland. Ian from Undiscovered Cotswalds picked us up after a morning tour of the Bodleian Libraries, and took us on a wonderful tour of the Cotswalds, which included a stop for lunch at a village pub along with the requested stop in Buckland. Ian is very personable and easy to chat with, making us feel immediately comfortable spending time with him on our afternoon journey. His knowledge of the Cotswalds is extensive, interesting, and fun. You can tell he loves the place. He was very accommodating of our requests, even dropping us off at the Turf Tavern at the end of the day and waiting with my mom in the car while we made sure they had a table for us. We spent a week in London and our day with Ian driving though the countryside outside Oxford was one of the highlights.

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