Snowshill Lavender
A friendly guide
Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds
The village of Lower Slaughter
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Shopping in Broadway Village

The Famous North Cotswolds full day driver guided tour

Details

Type

One Day Tour (Private)

Duration

1 day (8 hours)

Included

  • Driver-guide and executive-type vehicle.

Excluded

  • Entry fee to any attractions you choose to visit
  • Lunch

Important Information

  • Our full-day tours last approximately 8 hours in the Cotswolds
  • Tour starts and finishes anywhere in the North Cotswolds (the region between Chipping Campden and Bibury)
  • If you require pick up or drop off outside of North Cotswolds, (eg London or Oxford) you can request when booking
  • Central London to the Cotswolds is about 2 hours by car or 95 minutes by train
  • Our tour covers the North Cotswolds i.e. Chipping Campden to Bibury
  • Mileage fees are incurred for journeys outside of the North Cotswolds
  • Start and finish point - not sure or need advice? Call or e-mail us
  • Pay online in advance or cash on the day

Hotel Pickup

Meet the guide at the front/lobby of your hotel accommodation five minutes before tour start-time

Booking Terms

All bookings are subject to our standard Terms & Conditions.

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It’s as if the sun itself pours out of the golden stone of the North Cotswolds, from the curved terraces of Chipping Campden’s High Street – known as the most perfect in England – to the sweetest of rose-clad cottages clustered around age-old village greens. This is the countryside of picture books brought to breath-taking life.

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Gaze from a hill in the North Cotswolds and you’ll find a spectacular view that’s little changed with the passing centuries. Over those rolling slopes, you’ll spy cattle grazing on grasslands dotted with wild orchids, the spires of quaint village churches, sloping lichen-covered cottage roofs, and clear, cool streams where ducks dabble and trout splash. Underneath that earth lies rich Cotswold limestone, so beautiful it was used in the building of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.

Our tour, led by a knowledgeable local driver-guide, meanders through some of the Cotswolds’ most iconic spots. Chipping Campden was once the home of medieval sheep barons, who used their wealth to build marvels such as 14th century Grevel’s House and St James’ Church, considered by many to be the finest wool church in the region. Teetering Snowshill atop the Cotswold escarpment, unspoilt Winchcombe, historic Stow-on-the-Wold, and Bourton-on-the-Water – the Venice of the Cotswolds - are some of the prettiest settlements you’ll see; but none are more prized than glorious Upper and Lower Slaughter, which attract visitors from all over the world to wander along secluded pathways by the side of the babbling River Eye.

Unsophisticated as these villages are, they’re known for attracting celebrities past and present. Rock stars, supermodels and fashion designers are among those who’ve bought manors in the area in recent years. But that’s not a new phenomenon. Broadway is still full of galleries, a throwback to the 19th century when painters such as the American Francis Davis Millet fell in love with its wide main street and quaint tranquillity. While Broadway Tower was once lived in by Pre-Raphaelite William Morris; you can see 13 counties from this, the “highest little castle in the Cotswolds”.

This area is also prized for its outstanding gardens. Hidcote Manor, an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, is one of the finest of its kind in the world; while Kiftsgate boasts England’s largest rose.

Itinerary

Please read our North Cotswolds’ itinerary, ideal for first-time visitors.

Note: route can be arranged to fit with any start and finish point eg a Cheltenham hotel, or Moreton-in-Marsh train station etc.

  • Start: Your hotel, train station etc
  • Chipping Campden
  • Hidcote Manor Garden/Kiftsgate (optional)
  • Broadway Tower
  • Snowshill
  • Broadway
  • Winchcombe
  • Sudeley Castle (optional)
  • Upper and Lower Slaughter
  • Bibury
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Finish:You hotel, train station etc

During this tour, we’ll also be venturing off the beaten track to view some of the lesser-known gems – tiny hamlets and secluded manors – at the heart of this rural idyll.

Tour Locations

Booking

To start your booking, click on the big blue Book Online button(s) or view our How to Book guide for more information.

Price

From £380

Availability

Every day except 25th and 26th December

Testimonials

We have wanted to see the Cotswolds all our lives…and it was all we expected and then some. The chauffeur-driven car was the best way to go – the knowledge Rob shared was priceless. We shall be back in a couple of years and plan to spend several days there.

E & K White (US)

The group is back to Hong Kong, and Mabel & I would like to say THANK YOU to you on behalf of the group. The group truly enjoyed the Cotswolds tour with you and appreciated much your professional services. Looking at the beautiful photos of Cotswold taken by Mabel, Mabel & I do hope to visit Cotswold in greater depth some days in the future.

Mabel & Wilson (Hong Kong)

I wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour with David. The tour was wonderful and David was delightful. Thank you for a terrific time!

J Soloman (US)

Hi James, this tour was one of the highlights of my trip! David was knowledgable, friendly and kind. I would recommend Rosehill and his service to anyone considering a trip to the Cotswolds.

B Gabbard (US)

Dear James, can I just say what a wonderful day we had yesterday with Dave our tour guide. He was knowledgable and interesting and we went to places we wouldn’t have found by our selves. He made my mums birthday special so thanks again. I will definitely be booking your services again and will highly recommend you and your service. Thanks to Dave again.

S Coombs (UK)