The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford
2 day tour

  • Lacock Abbey
  • Oxford Christ Church Great Hall
  • Ancient architecture of the cotswolds
  • Bath

Roam the picturesque Cotswolds on this tour of beautiful villages, ancient stone circles, and stunning cathedrals.

Tour map

Highlights

Unesco Heritage Sites
Prehistoric Sites
Roman Ruins
Universities
Film Locations

Places you'll explore


Avebury - Marvel at the largest standing stone circles in the world.

Cherhill White Horse - Gaze at this 18th century hillside art from the mind of “the mad doctor”.

Lacock - Wander the unspoiled streets of this village, kept pristine and almost entirely owned by the National Trust.

Bath - Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.

Cirencester - Get to the heart of the Cotswolds in this ancient Roman market town.

Bibury - Wander this typically delightful parish village and the beautiful 16th century cottages of Arlington Row.

Stow-on-the-Wold - Sight of the last battle of the English Civil War, this market town offers up its ancient monuments and colourful history.

Bampton Village - Famously the setting for the TV series Downton Abbey, this pleasantly striking area is host to an excellent range of photo opportunities.

Oxford - Renowned for its internationally regarded university, Oxford is a prominent shooting location for the Harry Potter film franchise, as any fan of Hogwarts Hall can attest to!


Your journey


Travel is the best education.

You use all five of your senses, learn about cultural quirks, and experience historical wonders.

And this tour is your ideal lesson in the best of England.

You examine the standing stones of Avebury, where you unearth the mysteries of Neolithic civilisation. You explore the rural villages of the Cotswolds, where you discover a more relaxing pace of life. And you visit Bath and Oxford, two places that exude Britain's rich and extravagant heritage.

So make the world your classroom, and join this tour of the Cotswolds, Bath, and Oxford.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
(Tours on and after April 1st depart at 09.15)
Returns
19.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Gaze in wonder at the largest stone circle in the world, a powerful testament to prehistoric man’s determination and organisation
  • Explore the village of Lacock and its pretty streets and famous locations, such as its celebrated oddity of an Abbey
  • Soak in the warm tones of the honey-coloured bricks in Bath, a city made famous by the purity of its water and excellent bathhouses in Roman times

Leaving the great city of London, the tour heads west to arrive at the pretty village of Avebury. Wander amongst the majesty of the largest stone circle in the world, a part of a World Heritage Site. A little way from here is the hillside where the Cherhill White Horse lays, a figure of a huge white horse cut into the chalk by the “Mad Doctor” in the 18th century.

Further along the road in rural Wiltshire lies Lacock, a village famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and significant role as a film and television location. The centerpiece is the Abbey in the middle of the village, a unique country house with a renowned mixture of architectural styles.

You then head to Bath, a city of relics and incredible design that is home to a Roman founded spring and bathhouses. Turning to the very heart of the Cotswolds, you proceed to the quintessentially English town of Cirencester, once the second largest town in Roman-occupied Britain.

Day 2

  • Wander between the narrow alleys and neatly arranged 16th century cottages of Bibury
  • Discover what Downton Abbey life might be like in the modern day, as you visit one of its most frequently used village locations
  • Explore one of Harry Potter’s most prominent settings as you wander Oxford, home to some of the most iconic educational institutions in the world

Discovering the quiet wonder of the Cotswold scenery is the main purpose of your day today. Visiting the picturesque village of Bibury is first on your agenda, with its phenomenally maintained 16th century cottages.

You proceed to Stow-on-the-Wold, a market town perched on an 800ft hill and packed with traditional houses. En route to Oxford, we visit Bampton, the village featured prominently in the TV series Downton Abbey.

After enjoying the sights of celebrity, it’s on to the home of the cerebral: Oxford. Renowned for its more than 900 years as a centre of academic excellence and its world famous university, it is also a place of great beauty and fabulous structures. Keen Harry Potter fans will be able to spot many locations when they visit Christ Church, with the grandeur of the Great Hall especially familiar to those who may have always wanted to visit Hogwarts. As the evening draws in, you return to London.

Customer Reviews

Its a great tour

KAYCEE CHENG Posted on 30/08/2016

I really enjoyed the tour! Our tour guide Sarah was super friendly and sweet. She provide us a lot of information about the places where we visited. The view of Cotswolds was amazing! I will definitely join more tours of Rabbies again.

Amazing time!

Mouktika Posted on 09/07/2016

I had an amazing time on this trip thanks to our guides Sarah and John! The sights were great and paced well, I wish it could have been longer.

Wonderful trip

Jasmine F Posted on 19/10/2015

My friend and I enjoyed the tour with Jamie thoroughly. He took good care of all of us and was essential in providing a personal touch to the tour by taking time to speak to each of us and making sure we were comfortable. His funny commentaries gave a touch of humour to the informative talk about the different regions as well.

Fun Times

Leah Posted on 06/06/2015

Great first trip with Rabbies, I was excited to continue to use them when I arrived in Scotland. Glen did a great job despite a few minor hiccups that were out of his control. I had a great time while exploring this area with my best friend.

Kavein

Hind Hind Posted on 03/08/2014

I would like to say thank you for nice tours that has been arranged by Rabbies I have been in 2 tour (Devon & Cornwall and costwolds, Bath & Oxford) Interestingly, the driver & guider Kavein was in both of my tours. I would like to commend Kavein is an excellent tour guider for his experience, knowledge, communication with tourists . Made the tours even more enjoyable Wish to rabbies all the very best & more success Regards, Hend

Amazing experience!

Shrubabati Posted on 10/12/2013

We had booked this tour on 30th Nov 2013. We were pleasantly surprised to find only another couple joining us on the trip. It was like a personalised tour with our very knowledgeable and cordial tour guide, Pete. We loved his anecdotes and the history he shared along the way. The weather was perfect for a day trip and we couldn't ask for more! This was our second tour with Rabbie's - the first one being from Edinburgh to the Scotland Highlands. Both were wonderful and we are hoping we can visit North and South Wales from London sometime soon!

Fantastic tour with the MOST charming and handsome guide -- Kevin٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶ !!!

Shan Posted on 09/09/2013

This is the third Rabbie's tour for me, and it's the second time that Kevin was my guide! How lucky I am! The tour itself is well scheduled, which makes you less tired while visiting many places at the same time. What you cannot miss in such a fabulous tour is a good guide , and that's why you should let Kevin be the one for you! Obviously, after the second tour, we are already good friends right now. He is a charming gentleman and we all love him so much! If you had any trouble with your trip or even your own life, just ask, he would always be there for you~Trust me, you are gonna miss him when you finish your tour~ If you are reading my review, do pick Rabbie's be your choice and do let Kevin be your guide because that is the way you could get an extremely fantastic tour of a lifetime! Love you, Rabbie's! Love you, Kevin!

The tour of all tours!

Beckyrobz Posted on 22/02/2013

How surprised was I when I turned up for my Rabbies tour (recommended to me by my duaghter) to find out I was the only person booked to go. My driver Ambrose told me that it was Rabbies policy to still run the tour even if there was only one participant so off we went!! I had the whole bus, could ask tons of questions, sit up the front and Ambrose and I hit it off immediately. To land in another country on your own is often daunting but not with Ambrose who immediately made me feel at home and was so courteous and knowledgeable. We had a great time touring about and the scenery was breathtaking. The whole time I had my own personal commentary about whatever I needed to know. My B & B experience was also excellent and so much better than I expected. I would definitely book another Rabbies tour and would look for one with Ambrose as he was brilliant!

Great trip had by all!

Lynda Harwood Posted on 12/10/2012

I did the Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford two day tour on 10 October 2012 and just wanted to say what a wonderful tour guide Kevin was - and a safe driver! He catered to every need, very knowledgeable and a great communicator. He is a an asset to Rabbies company. It made for a wonderful trip. Will recommend to all my friends back in Australia.

Cotswolds,Bath,Oxford

allison mitchell Posted on 22/09/2012

Thank-you Ambrose for a wonderful tour. I appreciated your knowledge of all the areas we visited. I had enough time in each town to really look around. Oxford was magnificent!

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Cirencester. (**On some rare dates, accommodation may be in other locations, such as Bath or Cheltenham).


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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