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Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London provided by The English Bus

Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London

Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
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See the best of southern England in just one day on this day trip from London. Enjoy seamless transportation between Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, the charming Cotswolds, and the university city of Oxford. Learn about each location on guided walking tours and get a look inside Oxford University, one of the best in the world. A small group size means you have plenty of time to ask questions.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Small-group tour ensures personal attention
  • Travel easily between destinations on an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • See three of England's best destinations in just one day
  • Gain deeper insight on guided walking tours
What to expect
  • Board your air-conditioned mini-coach in central London and head into the English countryside. Your first stop is the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Take a guided walking tour to see important sights and learn about his life. Continue onward to the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that lures visitors with rolling hills and charming, postcard-worthy villages. Stop to take a leisurely stroll and soak up the atmosphere. Next, visit the famed university city of Oxford, where you take a guided walking tour to explore its architecture, boutiques, and pubs, and learn about its rich history. Take advantage of some free time to explore further. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the departure point.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • Small-group tour ensures personal attention
  • Travel easily between destinations on an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • See three of England's best destinations in just one day
  • Gain deeper insight on guided walking tours
What to expect
  • Board your air-conditioned mini-coach in central London and head into the English countryside. Your first stop is the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Take a guided walking tour to see important sights and learn about his life. Continue onward to the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that lures visitors with rolling hills and charming, postcard-worthy villages. Stop to take a leisurely stroll and soak up the atmosphere. Next, visit the famed university city of Oxford, where you take a guided walking tour to explore its architecture, boutiques, and pubs, and learn about its rich history. Take advantage of some free time to explore further. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the departure point.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Round-trip travel by air-conditioned luxury Mercedes minicoach from central London
  • Experienced knowledgeable and welcoming tour driver/guide
  • Walking tours in Stratford and Oxford
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Optional entry to Shakespeare's birthplace. Adult £18 Child £11.50. Tickets available on door
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
  • Entry/Admission - Radcliffe Camera
  • Entry/Admission - The English Bus
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • London Eye, London SE1, UK Join us at our first pick up point for this tour, from the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, near the London Eye. See departure point information for more details. Departure time: 8.45am
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria, 2 Bridge Pl, Pimlico, London SW1V 1QA, UK Join us at our second pick up point for this tour, from outside the front of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Victoria. See departure point information for more details. Departure time: 9.10am
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is three years
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, and across some uneven surfaces
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • No large items of luggage are permitted, luggage compartment is limited
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Round-trip travel by air-conditioned luxury Mercedes minicoach from central London
  • Experienced knowledgeable and welcoming tour driver/guide
  • Walking tours in Stratford and Oxford
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Optional entry to Shakespeare's birthplace. Adult £18 Child £11.50. Tickets available on door
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
  • Entry/Admission - Radcliffe Camera
  • Entry/Admission - The English Bus
Departure details
  • London Eye, London SE1, UK Join us at our first pick up point for this tour, from the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, near the London Eye. See departure point information for more details. Departure time: 8.45am
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria, 2 Bridge Pl, Pimlico, London SW1V 1QA, UK Join us at our second pick up point for this tour, from outside the front of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Victoria. See departure point information for more details. Departure time: 9.10am
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is three years
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, and across some uneven surfaces
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • No large items of luggage are permitted, luggage compartment is limited
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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Haley E
2 contributions
Great day of History and Countryside with Amazing Tour Guide Andy
Oct. 2021
The English Bus provided the most affordable tour we could find, the best itinerary, the best pick-up spots, and a very witty and friendly tour guide.

The pick-up times were at a very reasonable time, 8:45 or 9:10 AM, compared to some of the other tours that pick up way too early for tourists adjusting to jet lag. They planned a very well curated itinerary of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds, and Oxford, three incredible spots. Our tour guide, Andy Sawyer, right off the bat was funny, accommodating, and so enjoyable to chat with and spend time around. He gave very comprehensive commentary, describing everything we were seeing outside, and included tons fo quirky and funny stories along the way, which we LOVED. Great entertainment, wittiness, and interesting history.
Andy has a true talent for socializing and storytelling. One of the best tour guides I have ever met.

The bus was clean, comfortable, with USB charging ports, AC, and a reading light, and a nice quaint size. I really enjoyed all the spots we got to see. It's a good experience if you prefer driving through and seeing the most sights possible rather than staying in one place and walking around for hours. We got a lot of sight seeing in.

If I were to do it again I would bring my own lunch and snacks because there wasn't enough time to get a sit-down meal, and honestly, the food options in the Cotswolds and Stratford were terrible (unless you can eat sausage rolls and scones all day). There were great food options in Oxford, but you had to be hasty because you'll want to spend most your time seeing the university and city and not miss the meet-up time!

Overall, I loved the experience, and Andy really brought the whole tour to life. The booking was easy, they had next-day availability which was AMAZING, website was well-done and easy to navigate, and communications were clear and comprehensive. Thank you The English Bus for an amazing day!!
Written October 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Richard and Marlene
Jacksonville, FL8 contributions
Outstanding day trip
Mar. 2020
Lilly made the day an extremely enjoyable trip .the virus scare kept many people home but Lilly could not have been more personable,attentive and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We look forward to another trip with her. Her knowledge of the history and culture of England was remarkable. The smaller bus allowed her to go down lanes that the big bus companies couldn’t so this allowed us to visit places that the big buses only talk about
Written March 13, 2020
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Ellenbmd
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Great tour
Mar. 2020 • Family
Andrew is a very engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. There was never a dull moment while on the tour. He even gave us great tips and advice on where to go and what to do on ourUK holiday! We even had a treat on the bus!
Written March 2, 2020
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JB123
1 contribution
Best tour I did in London
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The scenery was beautiful and tour guide, Andrew was so knowledgeable and very entertaining, highly recommend!!
Written January 22, 2020
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Juzbee
8 contributions
Lovely trip to the countryside
Dec. 2019 • Family
Lovely day spent in the countryside exploring the various towns of Cotswold. Colin our driver was fantastic providing us with plenty of information along the way and a lot of laughs. Would definitely recommend.
Written December 25, 2019
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Charles B
Salt Lake City, UT14 contributions
Wonderful Tour
Nov. 2019
My spouse and I were in London last week and we went on the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon tour with Lilly. Lilly was awesome and we had a great time on this tour. From the time we got on the bus near the London Eye until Lilly dropped us off close to our hotel we enjoyed her hospitality and her knowledge she was willing to share with us. We enjoyed the small tour size and the whole day was very enjoyable. Lilly provided us with all kinds of history during our driving and during our walking tour of Oxford. We also enjoyed the time we got to explore by ourselves in the Cotswolds villages and in Oxford. If you are in London and wanting a fabulous tour, this is the one!!
Written November 21, 2019
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Hello Folks, Thank you so much for your review - we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Lilly so much. There is so much to see and take in on this tour route, having a great guide like Lilly transforms the experience. Thank you very much for joining us on another small group tour. Best wishes, Chris The English Bus
Written November 26, 2019
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330steve
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Fantastic Tour!
Nov. 2019
My family and I went on 2 different tours with The English Bus. One is to Stratford Upon Avon/Cotswolds/Oxford and the other tour is to the Stonehenge/Bath/Secret Place. Our guide for both days was Colin. He was a really friendly and professional guide, sharing a wealth of knowledge with us on the points of interests and making a connection with all the fellow passengers. We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 tours with Colin and only wished that The English Bus can run more variety of tours as we went on a separate one with Golden Tours to Leeds Castle and the whole experience was rather underwhelming in comparison. We would definitely book The English Bus again on our next London vacation!
Written November 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Steve, Thank you very much indeed for your review and for joining us on two different tours, both with Colin. Absolutely fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us so much. I'm sorry to hear that your experience with the other company didn't match up. As you experienced small group tours and great tour guides make all the difference, we are also a small family run company and we care about each and every guest's experience. Thank you so much for travelling with us - we'd love to meet you again one day. Best wishes, Chris The English Bus
Written November 26, 2019
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Fredrick S
New York City, NY9 contributions
Cotswolds, here we come!
Nov. 2019
Relax in a comfortable Mercedes van, be informed by Colin, one of the most informed and funny guides we've ever travelled with, tour Shakespeare's home, motor gently over the rolling hills and through the iconic villages of the Cotswolds and learn about the many unusual haunts in Oxford and tales of its university. Relax on the way back to London as you listen to Colin's great musical playlist. All in all a great day in the English countryside.
Written November 17, 2019
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Hi Fredrick, Thank you very much for your feedback, great to hear that you enjoyed your relaxing tour with Colin! Wonderful to here you found Colin to be one of the most informed and funny guides you've had, I know he is delighted to hear this too. Thank you so much for choosing to travel with us at The English Bus - we'd love to welcome you back one day. Best wishes, Chris
Written November 21, 2019
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Renee R
St. Augustine, FL11 contributions
Much more than expected!
Oct. 2019
Our day trip on the English Bus from London took us first to Stratford, next to the Cotswolds and finally to Oxford. It was the perfect order for visiting this area. Our driver/guide, Colin, made this journey fun and interesting. He pointed out highlights of interest along the way which added to the lengthy drive. The walking tour in both Stratford and Oxford provided an overview of the area as well as "time on our own" for exploration ( authentic English pub for fish and chips) and shopping! We were so pleased with this company and the professional, kind treatment we received. Definitely the highlight of our U.K. adventure.
Written November 6, 2019
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Hello Renee, Thank you very much for your review - delighted that you had such a great time on this tour with Colin. There is so much to see and discuss on this route as you experienced and to hear it is the highlight of your UK adventure is high praise indeed. Thank you for choosing to travel with us - we'd love to meet you again one day. Best wishes, Chris The English Bus
Written November 8, 2019
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jen b
9 contributions
Travel in Style!
Oct. 2019 • Solo
I’ve never done a group tour before, let alone one where you are, ummm, bound to the same people for an entire 12 hours. But I really wanted to see the Cotswolds and I really did NOT want to try and drive on the left side of the road.

This tour company is lovely, and our guide, Lilly, was very fun. She knows so much, is at connecting with people, and is a pleasure to be around. The coach is brand new, comfortable, and high end. And since it’s not a big bus, it can get into places the large ones can’t- like tiny roads through the Cotswolds.

My one suggestion would be to allow for a bit more exploring time in the Cotswolds- maybe trimming a bit of time at both Shakespeare’s hometown and Oxford. Lilly did an amazing job of driving us through a few Cotswold villages with lovely music playing, and I loved seeing them go by. But we were only able to walk around in one briefly.

This is a great tour, company, and guide. Book it!
Written October 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Jen, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent tour with us. We are delighted to hear that you had a good time, and found Lilly to be fun - we think so too, and we are very lucky to have her as part of our small team here at The English Bus. We are very lucky to have had you join us for your first ever group tour - and let us take the strain of the navigation too, and of course as we travel on a small bus, we can take the back roads through some glorious countryside that the big buses couldn't dream of reaching. Your feedback about the Cotswolds itinerary has been noted, and we are investigating ways to potentially increase the time we spend here. We usually make a couple of stops in very picturesque villages, and of course see some other charming villages on our meandering journey through the Cotswolds too. Thank you so much for choosing to travel with us, I hope you will be a small group tour convert from now on, and would love to welcome you back for another of our tours on your next visit! Many thanks, Jen
Written October 24, 2019
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