Experience the best Private Cotswolds Tour from London. We have three classic tours – North, Central and South. Alternatively we can build a bespoke itinerary around your interests. To tour the whole of the Cotswolds will ideally take 3 days. If you are short on time then a Cotswolds 2 day tour from London is just as satisfying.
An example Itinerary
Bourton on the Water- the Venice of the Cotswolds
Visitors love Bourton on the Water with it’s elegant low bridges straddling the River Windrush. It has been described as the ‘ Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds.
Bourton on the Water in all its glory
Bourton is one of the most popular towns in the Cotswolds with a good range of shops, cafes,pubs and attractions. Plenty to see and do!
The Slaughters- delightful villages
The next stop on the itinerary couldn’t be more different to Bourton. Lower and Upper Slaughter are so uncommercialised that you feel you are in a time warp. Most noteworthy is the restored old flour mill complete with it’s original waterwheel.Old Mill Lower Slaughter
Stow on the Wold – large Market square
Unlike the first two stops Stow on the Wold doesn’t have a river. Probably the most striking thing is its large Market Square. Stow was a very important Sheep market and up to 20,000 sheep might be sold in one day. This is a good spot for some lunch. Huffkins restaurant certainly provides excellent food.As a bonus their afternoon classic tea comes with handmade scones, jam and cream.Huffkins restaurant.
Broadway Tower – Magnificent views
No private Cotswold tour from London would be complete without visiting Broadway Tower. It is the second highest place in the Cotswolds. James Wyatt designed the tower in 1794 to resemble a Castle.
The Tower was built for Lady Coventry in 1799 on top of a hill used for lighting beacons on special occasions.The views are unrivalled and survey a distance of 62 miles and 16 counties.
Broadway – an old coaching town
Dropping down from the Cotswold hills we travel next to Broadway. First of all visitors are struck by the wide street lined with a mix of Tudor , Stuart and Georgian buildings. In the 17th Century Broadway village became a busy staging post on the route from Worcester to London. Coaches had to harness extra horse for the long steep hill up to the Cotswold plateau.
Chipping Campden – wonderful buildings
Our final destination on this Cotswold guided tour is Chipping Campden. It’s main street curves in a shallow arc with ancient houses grafted next to each other. The town was one of the most important medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe.Chipping Campden – Lovely small wool town in the Cotswolds
Getting to the Cotswolds from London
The most time efficient way to get to the Cotswolds is to take the train from London Paddington Station
– either to Moreton in the Marsh or Kemble. Travelling time from London to the Cotswolds is about one hour and 20 to 40 minutes depending on the destination.Example of train times from London
Tickets can be purchased on this website The Trainline
Accommodation in the Cotswolds
Better than Day Trips from London – how about staying for a night or two in the heart of the Cotswolds.
We can recommend places to stay in the Cotswolds.