The Cotswolds, a range of rolling hills in the west of England, are home to traditional villages, stately homes, and UNESCO–listed treasures. Here’s how to make the most of your time in this corner of the English countryside on a tour from London.
Top Things to Do in the Cotswolds
- Explore historic towns and villages such as Bibury, Burford, and Stow-on-the-Wold, and stop for lunch in a traditional English pub.
- Spin through the Cotswolds and admire sweeping views over the hillsides and fields.
- Stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Oxford, and admire attractions including the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library, and Christ Church Cathedral.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace and admire its baroque architecture.
- Combine your Cotswolds adventure with a visit to nearby sites of interest such as Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, UNESCO–listed Stonehenge, or Warwick Castle.
Things to Know
- Oxford is located 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of London, about two hours away by road.
- Bath is 116 miles (186 kilometers) west of London, a drive of about three hours.
- Cotswolds tours typically take in a number of nearby points of interest, many by foot, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Day tours from London usually include round-trip transport, a tour guide, and entrance fees. Some tours also include lunch.