The following article describes our Top Tips and Secrets for enjoying a perfect Tour of the Cotswolds.
Tour Pickup Point, Train Station or Accommodation
The easiest and most comfortable way to start your tour is by arriving in the Cotswold's at Moreton in Marsh railway station, either departing from London Paddington or Malvern / Hereford. The train route offers a frequent service, especially from London. We can arrange a time to meet you and the tour can commence when you are ready.
Unfortunately, a majority of unspoilt villages that people love to visit are inaccessible by public transport or have an intermittent service, so a personalised bespoke tour is a necessity to take full advantage of this beautiful English countryside.
We can arrange a time to meet you and the tour can commence when you are ready.
If you're already staying in accommodation nearby we can pick you up at any given time and of course drop you back afterwards, all as part of reputable service.
Find a Cotswold Tour Guide Raised in the Area
Might seem an obvious thing to do, but personal stories and experiences of growing up in the Cotswolds can't be learnt and can prove more entertaining than the 500 years of history written in the guide-books that some tour guides offer. Be informed of information between destinations, ask questions to find the real history as you travel through the countryside.
Choose Things To See and Do
The 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' that is the Cotswold's is a large widespread area, so your tour sights should be carefully selected to see the best and to make most of your day tours.
A large proportion of the 'Crown Jewels' of North Cotswold villages are located within reasonable distance of each other, making any tour around the North a full day of 16th century honey-coloured limestone architecture loving heaven, you're likely to even see a thatched cottage or two...
Seasoned Cotswold Traveller?
Perhaps it would be beneficial to specify a more in-depth and specialised tour plan and get ideas from different sources. If you've visited the Cotswold's before or you want to see the grander "off the beaten track" Cotswold villages that include historic manor houses with their clipped lawns, hedges and bygone years topiary and gardens. A perfect afternoon with a guided tour of the house, and then sampling a traditional English Cotswold cream tea and cakes for a finally.
Enjoy a Traditional Pub Lunch
One of the benefits of the Cotswold's is the abundance of traditional pubs/inns with old world character, warm glowing fires and excellent food.
Always worthwhile booking lunch when you book a tour as spaces can be at a premium due to walkers and other holidaymakers.
The choices of pubs are endless based on personal preference for location and price range. The majority of pubs in the North Cotswolds are owned by Donnington Brewery, near Stow on the Wold who serve speciality locally brewed beer. A true characterful experience to take home with you as it can't be created elsewhere.
Which ever tour company you decide upon you will be invited into my private personal history of the Cotswold's as generations of Gladwins have farmed this area and so can perfectly illustrate what life was like 'back in the day'.