Where are the Cotswolds and how can I get there from London?
Located about 90 miles (145km) northwest of London, this enchanting area of western England spans Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
You can travel to the Cotswolds in around two and a half hours from London by car or coach.
What can I do in the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty featuring picture-postcard villages amid rolling hills.
Explore quintessentially English towns and villages brimming with quaint cottages, winding country lanes, ancient pubs, bustling markets and beautifully preserved medieval churches.
Highlights include Stow-on-the-Wold and its pretty antique shops, the charming town of Cirencester that dates back to Roman times, the honey-coloured cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Burford, and the Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury.
What are the best day trips and tours to the Cotswolds?
Below are several tours and day trips from London that showcase the best of the Cotswolds, along with other must-see destinations accessible from the capital, such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.
See idyllic villages, undulating green hills, limestone buildings, gorgeous gardens and charming old pubs on one of the best day trips from London, combining a guided tour of the Cotswolds with a visit to Shakespeare’s scenic birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Duration: 11 hours
Travel to Oxford and the Cotswolds, visit Shakespeare's country and experience medieval life at Warwick Castle, all in one day, with this guided tour from London. Keep your eyes open on the drive as you pass through stunning countryside, quaint villages and bustling market towns. Duration: 10 hours, 30 minutes
Explore the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water, drive through picturesque villages and quaint market towns, such as Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, and visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, a stunning UNESCO-listed, 18th-century country house built in the English Baroque style. A delicious two-course lunch at a traditional British pub in the Cotswolds is included on this tour. Duration: 11 hours
This Christmas, treat yourself to a traditional three-course Christmas lunch in scenic surroundings, on this combined trip to historical Oxford, the beautiful Cotswolds and charming Stratford-upon-Avon. This guided tour takes place on 25 December 2022 and includes return coach travel from London. Duration: 10 hours, 30 minutes