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The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon


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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No. I welcome children over 12 years old on the tour, but there are no specific activities for children or teenagers, and there is a lot of driving.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

A private driving tour through the north Cotswolds and a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare

A circular drive taking in the picturesque Cotswold towns and villages, like Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughers, built from honey coloured limestone, sitting in a green rolling landscape.

Stopping in Chipping Campden with connections to the medieval wool trade and 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement and it's beautiful High Street and magnificent 'Wool Church'.

Then on to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Heart of England and to the houses and places associated with William Shakespeare.

This tour is very flexible and I can modify the route to take in towns, villages and places of particular interest to you. We may also start at Stratford and drive to the Cotswolds in the afternoon. Please let me know if you wish to visit specific sites.

See also my tours of the "Cotswolds" and of the "Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace".


Pick up from your hotel or a railway or bus station in Oxfordshire or the Cotswolds.

Drive through the Cotswolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, the Slaughters, Broadway, Broadway Tower and Chipping Campden, stopping Chipping Campden and in some of the towns and villages along the way.

Then on to Stratford-upon-Avon for a walking tour of the town taking in Shakespeare's Birthplace, his school, his burial place, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and other places associated with the famous writer.

Finally, if time allows and agreed in advance, drive north to visit Kenilworth Castle before returning to agreed drop off point.

This is an easy going tour that can be modified to meet your interests and preferences. If there are places you particularly want to see, please let me know and I can plan the tour accordingly.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: A hotel or railway station in the north Cotswolds, south Warwickshire or North Oxfordshire

End location: The tour ends in the place where it starts or in a place agreed during the booking process.

Duration: 8 hours


I hire vehicles for driving between sites and normally use 'people carriers' (called a minivan in the USA I believe), like the Citroen Grand Picasso. The vehicles are fully insured, modern, comfortable, spacious and high so you can see more.

The tour includes a walking tour around Stratford which takes around 1.5 to 2 hours and 1.5 miles.

Please contact me if you would like to reduce the length of the walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: Anne, the tour guide who will give you lots of interesting information about the area together with transportation around the north Cotswolds in a comfortable vehicle, with a walking tour through Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.

Anne holds professional indemnity and public liability insurance and the vehicle is also fully insured.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 GBP - Up to £30 per person for entry into Shakespeare's birthplace and other sites such as Anne Hathaway's Cottage as well as food and refreshments during the day.

What’s Extra

Other: Tickets for entry into attractions and food and refreshments.


I offer driving tours from Oxford, Banbury, Stratford and North Cotswolds. I can pick up from a hotel or station. I do not offer day tours from London but can pick-up and drop-off on longer tours.
For walking tours, I pick up within 15 miles of the start.

A Recent Review of this tour

Anne was very pleasant and accommodating in giving us a tour of charming Cotswold Villages and Stratford Upon Avon. She was conscientious about providing a tour that would meet our interests.
Darrell S.

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