Cotswold Villages Tour

Discover Some of Britains’ Most Picturesque Cotswold Villages

bath to cotswolds Tour

Looking to book a Cotswolds tour? The Cotswolds are a popular tourist destination featuring many famous picturesque villages.

By choosing Bath Tourist Tours for your Bath to Cotswolds tour, you can choose where you want to explore and for as little or as long as you desire.

To give you some ideas, here is a sample of some of the most popular Cotswold villages that we can visit but remember that you can tailor-make your tour.

Lacock

The first stop on your Cotswolds tour is Lacock village which dates from the 13th Century. It is owned and managed by the National Trust. When you arrive you will feel like you have stepped back in time as the many limewashed, half-timbered and stone houses are beautifully preserved. The village itself has been used as a location of many television and film productions including Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey and Poldark. At the edge of the village you will find Lacock Abbey, home to the Museum of Photography commemorating the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process William Henry Fox Talbot who lived at the Abbey. Also those of you who are fans of The Harry Potter films will recognise the cloisters and other parts of the Abbey that featured in the films.

Bath to Lacock, Cotswolds tour
Bath to Cirencester, Cotswolds tour

Cirencester

After leaving Lacock your Cotswolds tour continues on to Cirencester.  This pretty market town in the Cotswolds was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times and the town’s Corinium Museum is widely recognised for its extensive Roman collection. The town offers many interesting historical buildings spanning several centuries including the Parish Church of St John the Baptist and Cirencester House the seat of the Earl of Bathhurst and the site of one of the finest landscape gardens in England.

Stow-on-the-Wold

This delightful market town is situated at the junction of 7 major roads including the Roman Fosse Way and for this reason is one of the best known Cotswold towns. The main feature of Stow-on-the-Wold is the historic market square which in the past hosted the annual sheep fairs for the thriving wool industry. You will also find an excellent antique shopping centre

Chedworth

7 miles from Cirencester in the village of Chedworth, you can visit one of the largest Roman Villas in Britain and walk in the footsteps of Romans. The Villa houses some of the most spectacular Roman mosaics, as well as fantastic examples of Roman Underfloor heating and bath house rooms, together with a unique collection of Roman artefacts.

Bourton-on-the-Water

This village, which is affectionately known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” is one of the most popular villages on the Cotswolds tour. Bourton-on-the-Water straddles The river Windrush with a series of elegant low bridges, beside green river banks and surrounded by traditional Cotswold buildings. The village offers an excellent selection of shops and cafes.

Bath to Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds tour

Bath to Cotswold Villages Tour

Burford

If you walk down the famous high street in Burford you will be surrounded on both sides by an unbroken bank of ancient houses and shops. When you reach the bottom you will find the River Windrush and 3 arched medieval bridges and a historic church. Little has changed for centuries and you can visit a hotel that was frequented by King Charles and Nell Gwynn, dine where Nelson dined and visit.

Lower Slaughter

Copse Hill Road in Lower Slaughter has been named the lost romantic street in Britain (2011) because of its beautiful architecture, stunning views, romantic ambiance, secluded gateways, and restaurants and hotels. It is an unspoilt village featuring limestone cottages in the traditional Cotswold style, and a converted mill with original water wheel.

Moreton-in-the-Marsh

Moreton in Marsh is a thriving market town where the broad high street is flanked by elegant Cotswold stone 18th and 19th Century buildings including the White Hart Royal where King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War. The town holds a weekly market as well as regular antiques fairs and is home to many antique shops.
For fans of J R R Tolkein we can visit the Four Shire Stone on the outskirts of the town. The stone marks the old meeting point of four counties: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.and it is believed that this stone was an inspiration for Tolkien’s Three-Farthing Stone, in Lord of the Rings.

If you would like to visit any other places on your Bath to Cotswolds tour just tell us when you contact us beacuse all of our tours are private..