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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Explore three of England’s most popular destinations on a guided full-day tour from London. You’ll visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see important sites from Shakespeare's life, then discover the charming villages of the Cotswolds region and wrap up the day in the famous university town of Oxford. Enjoy stunning scenery, historic sights and an introduction to the English countryside on this small-group tour. Numbers are limited to 16 people, ensuring a more personalized experience with your guide.


  • Full-day tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford, from London
  • Learn about the history of each site from your guide
  • See key locations in Shakespeare’s life including his birthplace
  • Stop in several Cotswolds villages for photo ops and lunch at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Take a walking tour around Oxford University, whose alumni includes Albert Einstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Walk by locations in Oxford that were sets in Harry Potter films
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people provides a more customized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The small group allows for a gentler pace as you explore the town that's synonymous with William Shakespeare, drive the back roads of the idyllic Cotswold region and stroll through the stately Oxford University campus.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Day Trip to Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Make your own way to the meeting point in central London, then board a comfortable mini-coach for a scenic 100-mile (161-kilometer) drive to your first destination, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Your guide shares informative commentary as you stop at the places in Stratford-upon-Avon that are relevant to Shakespeare's life, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace— the 16th-century house where he was born and lived until he was a young man; Holy Trinity Church—where he was baptized and buried; and his school.

After exploring the bard’s home town, stop briefly in Shottery for a photo op of the thatched-roof cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. Then continue south to reach the Cotswolds, a beautiful region that became prosperous in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade.

Drive along one-track lanes that pass through gentle rolling hills, honey-colored villages, green pastures and ancient churches. With your guide, visit the medieval village of Burford, explore the Coln Valley, and see the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

After lunch, leave the Cotswolds and go to the city of Oxford, home to prestigious Oxford University, which was founded in 1167. Follow your guide on a leisurely walk around the university grounds, passing by colleges such as Christ Church, All Souls and the Divinity School, and spots where famous writers, artists and inventors studied. Hear about locals like J.R.R.Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and see locations that were used in Harry Potter movie scenes.

Have time to explore Oxford’s narrow streets and town center on your own, before returning to London in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Georgia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Had a wonderful time on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable and funny. The locations were beautiful and full of time to explore. Definitely would recommend the tour if you are interested in getting out of the city to see some incredible history.

Annilise F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great driver who was very knowledgeable and entertaining with stories of the area.

Salman Saeed S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful trip!

Mary Jo K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very nice tour. Small group was great and Tony, our guide, was great! The Cotswold area was beautiful and with the small minibus we went on a number of back roads.

ctaylor63 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour with a very knowledgeabl tour guides who were able to answer all of our questions and bring the history of England to life.

Joan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful guide in Chicago Mike. His narration was great and he fill Ed us with many facts previously unknown. Would highly recommend this tour.

Jo Audrey L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014


Christy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

So thankful I paid the extra for the Small-Group. Our van was able to go where the larger buses can't. Our guide was AWESOME!

Sally-Anne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great tour and fantastic driver. His Irish humour was infectious, and when combined with excellent historical knowledge, the day was exactly what I'd hoped for.

Sheila W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

A beautiful day out with Tony ( a very funny guy) as our guide. This was a favorite of my tours in England. We were glad we decided to spend a bit extra to go on the small tour in a van instead of a large coach tour. There is no way we could have gone on the narrow country roads and through the small villages on a bus. The walking tour of Oxford was just enough to let us know we needed to come back and spend a couple days on our next visit. The time in Stratford allowed ample time to explore Shakespears home, have a coffee and browse the shops. To see the Cotswolds on a lovely sunny day in May was a stroke of luck. All in all a great tour. Wish I could give it an extra star.

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