Get a taste of the Cotswolds on a day trip from London, and discover the region’s famous honey-colored villages amid rolling green hills. Through a mix of walking tours and free time, you’ll get to know the market towns and villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Savor lunch at one of England’s oldest inns, then spend the afternoon at nearby Blenheim Palace — birthplace of Sir William Churchill. Numbers are limited to 16 for a small-group experience.
Day trip to the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace from London
Visit centuries-old churches in Burford and Coln St. Dennis
Admire the picturesque stone cottages of Arlington Row in Bibury
Eat lunch in one of the country’s oldest inns with your guide
Explore Blenheim Palace and learn about Sir Winston Churchill
Enjoy a small-group experience with just 16 people per group
Rise early for a 7:30am pickup form Marble Arch in London. Soon, the gray urban streets of the capital will give way to the green of the countryside, and you’ll start to see the serene villages of the Cotswolds. Stretch your legs on a walk through the market town of Burford, and call in at the 900-year-old Church of St. John the Baptist where wool-sack tombs and other historic relics are on display. After a little free time, you’ll continue to Bibury, a dwelling that earned itself “the prettiest village in England” moniker. Stroll alongside its 17th-century Arlington Row cottages, and admire the fish-filled streams and the village green. Back aboard your transport, you’ll venture higher into the Coln Valley and along the Roman Fosse Way. Call in at the ancient church at Coln St. Dennis, then pass through Bourton-on-the-Water, the so-called little Venice of the Cotswolds. Gaze over the stone bridges as you meander through the hills to the Cotswold’s highest town: Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy free time here to explore the market square, then relax over lunch at one of England’s oldest inns. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Woodstock for a visit to Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Churchill, the palace also made its name in more recent years as a filming site from Downton Abbey. Learn about the building’s history and elaborate gardens, and visit the dining hall, library, and even the room where Churchill was born. Your day trip ends with a drop-off at London’s Victoria train station in the early evening.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Feb 2018
Great little tour! Seeing all of the Little Cotswolds villages was amazing. Going to the oldest pub in England was a special treat. Then to see Blenheim Palace was incredible. The history is amazing. But the size of the palace is remarkable. Defiantly worth a trip!
This was a wonderful tour. Andrew was a great guide. It was worth the extra money to be in a small group. The lunch was good and the restaurant was lovely. It was an organized and well run tour and I would highly recommend it.
Excellent tour! He was willing to customize any way we wanted....very knowledgeable and engaging. Cotswolds were fabulous. Lunch was very good. Could've done without Blenheim...boring unless you're a history buff.