Bourton-on-the-Water Guided tours

Our most recommended Bourton-on-the-Water Guided tours

From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

1. From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

Leave the medieval city of Oxford and head first to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Walk through the village and see the pretty thatched cottages and River Windrush. Relax on a scenic drive that takes you through the idyllic hamlets of Asthall and Swinbrook to the old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.  Enjoy time to browse in the sloping High Street of Burford, with its quirky shops and cafes. Continue through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where a panoramic drive takes you to Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.  Wander along the banks of the quaint River Windrush with its old stone bridges or stop for a refreshment in one of the many cafes. Leaving Bourton-on-the-Water, you climb up to Stow Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and a market town since the 12th century. Stow is known for its many antique shops and art galleries, as well as many other shops and cafes.  Don't forget to visit St Edward's Church with its old door which inspired the writer Tolkien. On your way back to Oxford pass by the market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stop for a brief photo stop of the palace before your return to Oxford.

From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

2. From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital. The local church is where Lady Mary marries both Matthew and Henry Talbot, and where Edith is both jilted at the altar and marries the man of her dreams – Bertie Pelham. The location of fictional local pub The Grantham Arms. Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center.

From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

3. From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

Explore 5 historic and picturesque villages in the Cotswolds area on this private day trip from London. Visit Burford, enjoy relaxing views of the rolling English countryside, and stroll through Bibury. Leave London and head for Burford. Stroll down the town's beautiful High Street to reach the River Windrush and marvel at the historic bridge crossing the river. Continue to Lower Slaughter to enjoy a view of a water mill dating from the 19th century. Stroll through Stow on the Wold's historic market square, surrounded by pubs, the town hall, and antique shops. Stop for lunch (not included) at a local pub or a tea room. Continue to Bourton on the Water to enjoy a relaxing walk along the River Windrush, surrounded by honey-colored stone buildings. Finish your tour with Bibury. Stroll along Arlington Row, filled with stone cottages built in 1380. Enjoy between 45 minutes and 1 hour in each town, giving you the opportunity to have a coffee, see the sights, or buy a souvenir. Return to London in time for dinner.

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What people are saying about Bourton-on-the-Water

Booking Galahad Tours was the best decision we made on our trip- in fact, if we had more time, I would have booked Matt for a few more excursions! He was polite, friendly, and sooooo knowledgeable. The pace was perfect for our group (which included an 11-year-old boy) and we had a beautiful, leisurely day while fitting in everything we wanted to see. Highly recommend, and hope to come back and do it all over again. Thank you Matt!

As is always true with these tours, the driver makes all the difference! Our driver, Nick, was one of the most personable people I've met and was fantastic the whole time. We had two people in our group who had disabilities and he made them feel so special. The tour was a really fun day for us and one of our highlights of our trip to the UK

Jay with Kingdom Tours was fantastic. One of our favorite days on our trip. Burford, Bibury and Bourton on the Water were everything we hoped. I highly recommend this tour to those who want to see a quaint side of England outside of London.

Was great having a private tour guide and driver was very relaxing and easy. Our guide Simone was great and entertaining and our driver Iman was fast to our locations

Matt was a very gracious & informative guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Cotswolds with him.