The ultimate Cotswolds Road Trip
Example Cotswolds Tour Itinerary
Visit the Cotswolds in chauffeur driven style. Explore this area of outstanding natural beauty in luxury and comfort. Spend a full day out in the English countryside on a delightful road trip. Sit back and relax as you drive through the chocolate box villages and towns whilst enjoying the gurgling brooks and cozy pubs. The Cotswolds is “quintessential” England at its best and definitely warrants a road trip. A two hour drive from London, the Cotswolds is within reach for a memorable day out.
We will start our tour from the “Prettiest village in England”, Bibury. A great photo opportunity, and a snapshot of traditional English country life. Walk along the river to Arlington Row, a set of weavers cottages and one of the iconic symbols of the Cotswolds. William Morris called it “the most beautiful village in England”.
We will continue the tour to Burford. Known as “The Gateway to the Cotswolds”. The medieval town of honey-coloured stone cottages, with many houses built 600 years ago. Known for its beauty and history but also for its shopping, especially antiques, and for the wide variety of places to eat, with restaurants, pubs and teashops. The Burford Garden Company is well known, and makes the town a must for gardening aficionados – including locals Kate Moss, Liz Hurley and Kate Winslet.
Next stop is the “Venice of the Cotswolds”, the delightful settlement of Bourton-on-the-Water. Famed for its five stone bridges over the river Windrush. Dating from between 1654 and 1911, the bridges are constructed from local Cotswold stone. You could visit the model village, the Cotswold Motoring Museum and take a tour of the brewery.
Onwards and upwards to the highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold. Antique shops, ancient inns centred around the historic market square. An inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien, St Edwards Church entrance, flanked by two ancient yew trees, is said to have inspired the Door of Durin in the Lord of the Rings. The town is the location for the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646.
Finishing on a real high, we will reach the town of Broadway and visit Broadway Tower. Built in 1799 as a Gothic-style folly it stands on Broadway Hill, 1,024 feet above sea level. Climbing to the top of the 65ft tower offers some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Plan your trip
You could spend longer and extend your time in the area for two or three days. Taking your time for a more relaxed and leisurely road trip.