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

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Oxford Stratford and Cotswolds Villages Day Tour from London
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  • 11 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Escape to the countryside on this full-day tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds from London. Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare as you visit his birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, stop for photos in the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds, then enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, home to the world’s oldest university.
  • Full-day of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds from London
  • Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and grave in Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Explore the country lanes and traditional English villages of the Cotswolds
  • See Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera on a walking tour of Oxford
  • Travel by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • 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
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully commentated small group guided tour
  • Optional entry to Shakespeare's birthplace. Adult £18 Child £11.50. Tickets available on door
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities

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What To Expect

The English Bus

11 hours Admission Ticket Not Included


2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Henley Street

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Moreton in Marsh (Pass By)

Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

University of Oxford

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Shakespeare's Birthplace

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Radcliffe Camera

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Holy Trinity Church

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Arlington Row

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bodleian Library

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is three years
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, and across some uneven surfaces
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please do not travel if unwell and/or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Andy was an excellent guide and driver as well. This van is state of the art,comfortable and roomy. Andy was always concerned about his customers comfort and that they get the most out of this tour. He is knowledgeable and funny and informative and I learned so much from this tour. I always wish for more time at the sites but it is a long day so be prepared for it with snacks, they provide water and will give you bathroom breaks. I recommend with confidence this tour and company.


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Great tour!
Shobhit_S, Sep 2023
Great tour! I would recommend this. There was enough time to do Startford, Cotswolds village and Oxford.
Great experience
PaulBracey, Sep 2023
Andy was an excellent guide and driver as well. This van is state of the art,comfortable and roomy. Andy was always concerned about his customers comfort and that they get the most out of this tour. He is knowledgeable and funny and informative and I learned so much from this tour. I always wish for more time at the sites but it is a long day so be prepared for it with snacks, they provide water and will give you bathroom breaks. I recommend with confidence this tour and company.
A truly worthwhile experience- rain or shine!
Anita_S, Sep 2023
Cara! Her professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm made a day of torrential rain wonderful. Stratified, Stowe, Bibury, the Cotswolds and Oxford are all fabulous but the torrential rain that pursued us all day would have made us want to return home…if it hadn’t been for Caràs caring and enthusiasm. She’s a gem. So was this excursion.
Long tour
Deborah_J, Sep 2023
Tony was an excellent guide. However it was too long. We were gone almost 12 hours with less than an hour in Stratford upon Avon. Still nice to see where Shakespeare was born and buried.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hello Debora, Thanks for your review and thank you for joining us on a tour. Great to hear that you thought Tony was an excellent guide. We always allocate an hour at least on the ground in Stratford - as well as a visit to Holy Trinity church where Shakespeare is buried, and as well as a guided panoramic tour of the town - so you would have had considerably more than an hour there. We give as much time as we reasonably can, so with regards to the tour being too long - well sometimes we just can't win! Thanks for choosing to travel with The English Bus. Jen The English Bus
Well worth the day!
David_K, Aug 2023
Our guide, Andy Sawyer, gave very good narrative and colored the trip with information. The route was well thought out and he did well to get us to the towns and drop is at relevant points.
Amazing day trip from London!
Adam_G, Aug 2023
This was an amazingly well organized day trip from London. Our guide and driver Andy was fantastic guiding us through the highlights of Stratford, creating stops in 2 Cotswold towns, and finally leading us on an informative walking tour through Oxford. The company is a small outfit called The English Bus. Our coach was a small Mercedes minivan that was quite comfortable with an open roof bed usb charging stations. Long but absolutely wonderful day. We highly recommend!
Great trip!
Oksana_G, Aug 2023
Great trip! Our guide was Johnny. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and funny. Had enough time to explore all the sites. Thank you for this great experience!
Tony and the London Bus is the best!!
Carolyn_T, Jul 2023
Tony was a fabulous guide. He was so knowledgeable about all the sites we went to . Both my husband and I felt our trip thru the Cotswolds was most memorable. The scenery was beautiful and the villages so unique. We were able to see the village of Warwick and Morton on the Marsh and Stow on the Wall. We were able to explore Bibury with its row houses. . I had seen photos of this area and it was so exciting to actually be there and have time to explore on our own.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Hi Carolyn_T, Thank you so much for your kind words, and we are delighted to hear tat you had such a good time with Tony aboard The English Bus. As we travel on a small (but perfectly formed) minicoach, we can take the scenic back roads and show you some of the glorious countryside that our country has to offer. We agree that Tony is a fabulous tour guide - we are very lucky to have him as part of our small team here at The English Bus. We hope to welcome you back for another tour with us one day - do check our website for all the tours we offer and up to date availability. Many thanks, Jen
Outstanding road trip
Sally_Z, Jul 2023
We had an amazing tour guide, explained everything in details. We got actually to live the experience from his wonderful view. A very convenient trip, we didn't feel the distance, because of the interesting details around. I would recommend this trip to anyone who's fond of rural areas and exploring new places.
6 stars
Gautam_K, Jun 2023
As you know this kind of tour involves takes up lots of driving time, and introductory visits are only possible at each site. Because of how the Tour company managed, this was one of the best such tours we’ve experienced. Tour guide Johny Davies is simply fantastic—knowledgeable, conveyed excellent and unique information non stop, very humorous, very considerate. Made it a personal experience for each of the 10 passengers. I can’t speak highly enough of him. Wish him and his lovely wife (who he lovingly spoke of and clearly adores) all the best. Great van/bus with a luxury feel. Johny was an excellent driver. Because of the small vehicle size, he was able to take us on local roads where larger tour buses are not allowed. This is necessary in order to truly see and feel Cotswold villages. Also, Unlimited chilled water bottles was a perfect touch. Sites are all nice. Great walking tours from Johny. We were lucky that the unique weeping church with Shakespeares tomb was open for visit! Free church entry but there was £4 fee to see his tomb. Cotswolds visit has two short stops and lots of scenic driving. For Oxford visit, there is time allocated to get food/dinner, but be aware that the area pub’s service is very slow.
Andy was an amazing guide...
Cheryl_G, Jun 2023
Andy was an amazing guide and shared great stories along the way. Being in a smaller van allowed us to go down back roads and see so much beautiful countryside! Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi Cheryl_G, Thank you so much for your kind words - we are delighted that you had an amazing time with Andy, aboard The English Bus. He is a wonderful guide and loves to share his passion for history and our country to all of our guests. You're right - being in a small bus means we can take those back roads and see some spectacular scenery - the best way to travel for sure! We hope to welcome you back one day for another tour with us - do check our website for up to date availability and all the tours we offer. Many thanks, Jen, Andy and the rest of us here at The English Bus
The best tour I've taken on Viator!
Roxanne_N, Jun 2023
I read many of the reviews about this one day trip and decided to give it a go since the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford-on Avon are areas I wanted to visit--and, best of all, offered in a small group. I can honestly say, the day was 'magical' and I attribute this to "ANDY" , truly, the very best guide out there I've ever had. As someone mentioned in a review, he is an encyclopedia of history and knowledge. I can't say enough about how much he enhanced my trip with his knowledge and safe driving. Our small group (I think 12) was just perfect and everyone agreed the trip was a highlight of our travels in Europe. A 5 star isn't enough to rate the trip. It should be 100+ stars and I've taken several Viator tours. We saw a lot and we were were tired at the end of the best touring day ever, but always smiling and enjoying every minute of the day. I most definitely plan to seek out more tours in the future with this small bus company because I felt I got the best value. Clean bus, complementary water all day, superb schedule and guide. Can't say enough positive and absolutely nothing negative in any way. Thanks a million Andy! You rock! Can't say enough wonderful things about you!
Johny on the spot
Sherry_S, Jun 2023
Our guide, Johny, was wonderful. Funny & informative. He made the day seem like a day out with a considerate, knowledgeable buddy. What more could anyone want?!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi Sherry, Thank you for your kind words and we are delighted to hear that you had a great time with Johny aboard The English Bus. We agree that he is a gem, and has a wonderful way of sharing his knowledge with our guests. We are lucky to have him as part of our small team. I do hope you might join us for another tour one day - check out our website for all the tours we offer, and up to date availability. Many thanks, Jen
Colorful Cotswolds
julie_r, Jun 2023
Our tour operator, Andy, with the English Bus, was very knowledgeable in history and geography of the Cotswolds. In addition, he had a lot of personal experiences, color and flavor to add making our entire day a delight
Long day but great tour
Eric_C, May 2023
We enjoyed the entire tour, but we particularly enjoyed the walking tour with Tony through Oxford. The backroads drive through the Cotswold countryside was also a lot of fun.
Would book again
Sue_B, May 2023
Great tour! Would definitely do it again. Pickup was on time and punctual, all stops had ample time and were at good locations. The only downside at all was the bus was a bit tight for people of a larger size such as us.
Go on this tour!
Karen_R, May 2023
This trip was a really good way to see the countryside of England and to get out of the city. The group was a small one and our tour guide, Andy, was cheerful and informative. He gave us the option of walking around on our own or staying with him to hear the stories. We all stayed and were entertained with tales of grisly English history. The stops were beautiful and I could have stayed in each place for a day or more on their own. In all, the tour was well worth the price and I am very glad to have gone.
There was so much...
Barbara_J, May 2023
There was so much history, culture and nature to take in. The tour guide was informative, friendly and very helpful. The group was friendly and social. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. You get a lot more value than what you pay. Hope to take more tours with this group.
Historical tour of Oxford
ROBERT_C, May 2023
Seeing the Cotswolds. Oxford tradition. Privilege and class. Historic family Landowners hang on to unearned inheritance.
What a wonderful day out
Samantha_H, Apr 2023
Five star tour. Loved it, small enough to be personalised but professional and a comfy drive. Our guide Johnny was so knowledgeable and a funny lad too, this is a great way to see a few places in a short time. Highly recommend x

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