Cotswolds (England)

Cotswolds Tours

Cotswolds tours are an unforgettable experience for anyone looking to stroll through the picturesque English countryside and its charming villages. Experience the historic centres of Chipping Campden, Cheltenham, and Bath, while also taking in the natural beauty of the rolling green hills and escarpment that characterize the region. With so much to do and see in this sleepy corner of England, it’s easy to see why Cotswolds tours are such a popular activity for outdoor enthusiasts who want to take things slow.

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way National Trail is an exceptional walking route within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, traveling from the market town of Chipping Campden to the old Roman city of Bath. As far as Cotswolds tours go, the Cotswold Way is the quintessential adventure through the English countryside, allowing travelers to experience the quaint villages lined with stone cottages and the rolling green hills that make this region so unique.

Spending multiple days along this iconic long distance walking route is the ideal way to experience the Cotswolds, but there are plenty of other adventures for those looking to unlock its secrets. From shorter walking adventures to scenic bike tours, there is no shortage of Cotswolds tours to take part in that will highlight just how amazing this corner of England is.

Have you already completed the Cotswold Way? Looking for other long distance adventures to tackle? Check out this article on the 10 Best Long Distance Walks in the UK to discover more fantastic ways to explore the English countryside.

When is the Best Time to Visit The Cotswolds?

When planning your trip, keep in mind that the best time to visit the Cotswolds is from the end of March to the start of October. During this window you will experience the most favourable weather by avoiding the wettest times of the year.

The Cotswolds Map

Understanding where to go on a Cotswolds tour can be tricky without a map, so we’ve put together this simple overview of the region to give you an idea of where to go and what to do when visiting the Cotswolds!

Best Tours in the Cotswolds

While it may seem like a quiet region, the Cotswolds actually offer so much to do and see that you won’t have any trouble filling your days! Cotswolds tours can take many shapes and forms, so here is a rundown of the various tour types on offer:

Cycling Tours in the Cotswolds

For those who aren’t keen on traveling on foot, bike tours are a great alternative for exploring the Cotswolds AONB. Cycle through the gorgeous countryside and quaint villages on any one of these incredible Cotswolds bike tours.

Walking Tours in the Cotswolds

Walking tours are arguably the most popular way to experience the Cotswolds, and they certainly do not disappoint! Book a Cotswolds walking tour today to take in the natural beauty and history of this picturesque region.

The Cotswold Way National Trail

The Cotswold Way National Trail is a world-renowned adventure that will allow you to experience the entirety of the Cotswolds AONB over the course of a few days. Book a Cotswold Way National Trail Tour and prepare yourself for the walking trip of a lifetime!

Book a Cotswolds Tour

Looking to explore all that the Cotswolds have to offer, but don’t want to plan an entire trip? Leave the hassle of planning to the professionals and book a Cotswolds tour today. By booking one of the Cotswolds tours on offer you can forget about the logistics and minute details so that you can focus on the incredible journey ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions About The Cotswolds

What are the Cotswolds famous for?

The Cotswolds are famous for their quintessential English landscape of rolling green hills and charming villages with their stone cottages.

Where are the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds region is situated in central southwest England and is made up of land from 5 counties including Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire.

Where to stay in the Cotswolds?

There are many towns and villages to stay in the Cotswolds such as Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold to name a few.

How far is the Cotswolds from London?

The Cotswolds region is approximately 90 miles from London and can be reached in roughly 2 hours.

What to do in the Cotswolds?

There are many different activities to do in the Cotswolds, such as walking, cycling, climbing, visiting historical sites, and hanging round the pub.

Cotswolds Tour Highlights

Bath

Located just outside the Cotswolds AONB, Bath is a city in Somerset that can be found at the end of the Cotswold Way National Trail. Bath has a long and storied history, having been inhabited during the stone, bronze, and iron ages, before being conquered by the Romans. It was the Romans who constructed baths on the area's natural springs, giving the city its name. In modern times, approximately 1.3 million people visit Bath annually, making it one of the top 10 cities in England for international tourists.

Castle Combe

Situated within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Combe is a charming village in the county of Wiltshire. The village derives its name from the 12th Century castle that once stood nearby, although it has since been demolished. Castle Combe was honoured with the distinction of being called the prettiest village in England, and no new homes have been constructed in the historic part of town since roughly 1600CE, making it as historic as it is beautiful.

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5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

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Have the quintessential English countryside experience on this self-guided walking tour of the Cotswold villages! Each day you’ll take a lovely walk through the bucolic villages whose honey-coloured stone walls transport you back in time.

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Cotswold Way North Section

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Discover the Cotswolds on foot on this 7-day self-guided walking tour along the Cotswold Way National Trail. This tour covers the northern section of the trail from Chipping Campden to Painswick, following the Cotswold escarpment to ensure fantastic views all along the way.

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Cotswold Way South Section

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Explore the south section of the Cotswold Way as it stretches from Painswick to Bath, taking you along picturesque country lanes, over rolling hills of grassland, and through the idyllic towns and villages that form the very heart of the Cotswolds.

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Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

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Explore classic country village life in England as the Cotswold Villages walking tour takes you through some of the best-known villages in the Cotswolds, plus a few that are off the beaten path.

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Complete Cotswold Way in 9 days

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Walk the entire Cotswold Way National Trail on this 9-day self-guided walking tour. You’ll walk just over 100 miles, and following the Cotswold Way allows you to explore this beautiful region on foot, passing through local villages and guiding you to a wide variety of historical sites and scenic overlooks.

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Cotswolds Cycling Tour

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Explore one of the most beautiful parts of England on this self-guided cycling tour of the Cotswolds. Hop on your bicycle for a week of exploration and relaxation in the tranquil countryside of the Cotswolds.

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Cotswold Way Classic Walking Tour

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Walk the whole Cotswold Way National Trail from north to south on this 12-day self-guided walking tour. Just over 100 miles, the Cotswold Way trail allows you to explore this scenic region on foot, from charming local villages to historical sites and scenic overlooks.

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Stratford to Bath Cycling Tour

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This Stratford to Bath cycling tour is packed full of scenic beauty and fascinating history. Enjoy cycling from village to village and staying in cute hotels and bed & breakfasts along the way.

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