Oxford & The Cotswolds with Pub Lunch -Small Group Tour from London
Our Oxford & Cotswolds small group with pub lunch tour from London visits two of England’s most historic locations. The morning is spent in the medieval university town of Oxford, with a guided
Available every Tue, Thur, Sat & Sun, from £174 per Person
Lunch in a 14th Century Pub
Our Oxford & Cotswolds small group with pub lunch tour from London visits two of England’s most historic locations. The morning is spent in the medieval university town of Oxford, with a guided walking tour and free time to explore on your own. From here, we drive into The Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty with its rolling pastoral countryside, along narrow winding country lanes, stopping to visit ancient hamlets and villages and where we will have a pub lunch.
This fully guided small group tour has a maximum of 16 passengers.
Bodleian Library and Christ Church College
The morning is spent in Oxford. The University was founded in 1096 AD, and our guide will lead a 1-1½ hour walking tour of this historic university town, with its ancient buildings, narrow lanes, and cobblestone streets.
The first stop is Christ Church College, founded in 1548 by King Henry V111. This is one of the most impressive Oxford colleges, with its extraordinary architecture. As we stroll along ancient streets and narrow lanes, we pass the iconic Bodleian Library, the oldest library in Europe, as well as All Souls College, built by Henry V1, the University Church of St Mary’s the Virgin, and many more sites of great interest with our guide giving explanations and insights, including about the many famous past students.
We will visit inside the medieval Divinity School, the oldest building still used by the university.
You will also have time to explore at your leisure.
We will spend approximately 2 hours in Oxford.
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful parts of the English countryside, with its gently rolling hills, green pastures, grazing sheep, and winding narrow lanes passing through idyllic villages and hamlets. This is picture-postcard England.
Our small executive vehicle enables us to drive along the narrowest of these lanes and through some locations not accessible to large group tours. Our first stop is in the village of Burford, known as ‘The Gateway to the Cotswolds,’ where lunch is served in the 400-year-old Lamb Inn. These former weaver cottages, built in honey-colored stone, exude history and the calm of a bygone age.
We will spend approximately 1 hour in Burford before continuing our exploration through the winding lanes and stunning countryside to our next stop, the pretty village of Bibury, and then we travel onto Bourton on the Water, known as the ‘Venice of The Cotswolds.’ for its bridges that crisscross the village centre. Our final stop is the medieval town of Stow on the Wold, with its antique shops and vibrant market square,
In the Cotswolds, there will be opportunities for short walks in each village. The actual walking distances involved are very small.
Spend approximately 4 hours exploring The Cotswolds before returning to London.
We offer three pickup locations in Central London.
Choose from 3 different departure locations:
7:15 am: Outside the British Museum Main Gate, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
07:30 am: Marble Arch, outside the Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7DL
07:45 am: 97 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 4DN (outside the Holiday Inn Hotel)
9.30 am: Arrive in Oxford.
11.30 am: Depart Oxford
12.00 pm: Arrive in the Cotswolds town of Burford, where we stop for lunch.
After lunch, continue into the heart of the Cotswolds, stopping in the picturesque villages of Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold
4.00 pm: Depart The Cotswolds
6.30 pm: Arrive in London, with drop off at Victoria Train Station. Victoria Station is on the District, Circle and Victoria underground lines.
*All times are approximate and may vary according to traffic conditions
Professional, experienced guide
Transportation in an executive air-conditioned vehicle.
Travel in a small group with a maximum of 16 people. This small-size tour allows us to take the most scenic routes in the Cotswolds.
Entrance fees to The Divinity School. Please note that The Divinity School may close on short notice. In these circumstances, we will include a visit to an alternative college if available.
There will be a 60-90 minute guided walking tour in Oxford.
In the Cotswolds, there will be opportunities for short walks in each village.
Lunch is normally in The Lamb Inn, Burford. However, this is subject to change.
Fully refundable and amendable until 7 days before travel, with a flexible booking guarantee. You can view the booking conditions during the booking process, prior to confirmation of any booking.
Having picked up from London our first stop on the tour is to Stratford-upon-Avon. Nestled in the idyllic Cotswolds landscape lies the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, which is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. There are 5 houses in the town that are connected in some way, shape or form to the life of this literary giant, including the house where his wife Anne Hathaway grew up. The day tour will explore the fascinating history between the town and Shakespeare, with plenty of time to ask your dedicated tour guide questions! The town is also notable for its local boutique shops and cafes and pretty narrow streets.
From here, we head to the Cotswolds. We’ll wind through the twisty, narrow country lanes in our specially modified 16 seater minibus, which is perfect for touring and seeing the stunning green rolling hills that characterize this area. We’ll stop in Stow-on-the-Wold which is one of the major towns in the Cotswolds that was once famous for its wool industry. You’ll have the chance to walk around this absolutely charming town, full of antique shops and local independent stores. There’s even a market that takes place on the first Thursday of each month. If you fancy spending a little bit more time in the Cotswolds, then you might want to check out our Cotswolds tours.
Final stop on this Cotswolds & Oxford Tour is Oxford! Oxford is famous for being a university town and one of the best academic institutions in the world. Visitors flock to the city in order to visit the beautiful university college grounds, as well as to check out the historical centre with its impressive medieval architecture and structures. In more recent times, the city has become connected to Harry Potter, with parts of Bodleian Library, New College and Christ Church used in the filming of the movies. Our day tour will explore some of the most famous and iconic areas of Oxford, and will be led by your dedicated and highly experienced tour guide.
terms and conditions
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