Bath to Cotswolds Tour
The Bath to Cotswolds tour in our taxis are one of the most popular tours that we do along with Stonehenge of course. In fact, this wonderful area of outstanding beauty almost surrounds Bath. It takes up some 790 square miles in the upper part of the south west region of England. Some of the most reachable places from Bath are Castle Combe and Norton st Philip. However most of the southern area of the Cotswolds and to an extent some of the mid to Northern parts can be reached in less than an hour or not much more than by car. And Bibury (home of the famous Arlington row), Malmsbury, Tetbury, and Cirencester Are some of these wonderful locations.
Most of the places within the Cotswolds are largely untouched and still remain a snap shot of how England once was. The honey coloured limestone villages and towns are a real treat to walk around.
Bath to the Cotswolds Tours for you!
We do private hire Bath to Cotswolds tours to almost all destinations within the Cotswold area on an 8-hour day trip basis. And we can tailor make a day to your personal requirements. Perhaps you like shopping in niche shops. Or maybe you enjoy museums and houses of historical significance.
Whatever your desire we can put together a wonderful day for you. And when you book with us, we are not just a driver and a Car for hire. Because Our drivers have a great knowledge of some of the places we visit and can point out the do’s and don’ts. That way you make the most of your day. Some of the places we tour within the Cotswolds area from Bath are listed below. Please browse them below and contact us by email on email@example.com to start building your itinerary.
Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village often named as the ‘prettiest village in England.’ The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north west ofWiltshire. The journey time for one of our taxis to take you to Castle combe from Bath is around 25 mins. So very easily added to a tour from Bath.
Castle Combe has featured regularly as a film hot spot, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. It was also used in the original Dr Doolittle film from the 60’s.
The village has a rich history and the houses are made up of the honey coloured Cotswold stone, typical for a village from the Cotswolds.
Within Castle Combe you’ll find a medievalMarket Cross and St Andrew’s Church which dates from the 13th century. The church houses a faceless clock which is reputed to be one of the oldest working clocks in the country. You’ll also find a couple of pubs (the Castle Inn) and a luxury hotel with a golf course within the village.We always add this village to any of our Bath to the Cotswolds tours because we feel it should not be missed when visiting the area.
Bath tour to Bibury
Attractions and things to see in Bibury include Arlington Row, which are a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River Coln. And Arlington Row which is a very popular destination on a Bath to Cotswold. This is said to be one of the most photographed scenes in the Cotswold area. The Bibury Trout Farm along with the Saxon Church of St Mary are the two other main sights.
The north Chancel wall of the Church has a stained glass window which was designed in 1927 by Karl Parsons. It was featured in the 1992 Christmas stamp set issued by the Royal Mail.The church also boasts some of the finest examples in the country of Barrel-topped table Tombs.
The River Coln flows through Bibury sandwiched between the main village street and an expanse of boggy watermeadow known as Rack Isle. which is protected by the National trust. With Arlington as your backdrop, it makes one of the most picturesque scenes you will find in the Cotswolds. This makes for another great addition to a Cotswold tour from Bath.
Located in a small valley amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the area. The history goes back as far as the Stone ages.
This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village. Bourton has a charm all of its own at any time of the year. It has various attractions such as the Motor Museum, model railway exhibition and also a charming Model village made that is an exact replica of the village itself made from the actual Limestone indigenous to the area. This is one of the busiest villages we find from a tourist perspective but one that is worth a visit on any Tour from Bath to the Cotswolds.
Stow on the Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town (population circa. 2000) and along with Moreton in Marsh, perhaps one of the best known of the Cotswolds towns. This is another well travelled place on a Bath to the Cotswolds tours that we do.
Stow-on the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.
At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.
The Market Square testifies to the town’s former importance. At one end stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded between an old elm tree. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses and shops. One of which is the famous Huffkins bakery and tea room which has been open since 1890.
Stow is a welcome stop while in the Cotswolds on an all-day tour. Primarily for browsing the shops and also checking out the 11th century church called St Edward’s. Bath to Stow-on-the-wold as a direct journey is about 1 hour 20 minutes in one of our Private hire executive taxis.
Upper and Lower Slaughter Tour
The Upper and Lower Slaughters are a great stop on any Bath to Cotswolds tour. They share a fascinating name, which derives from ‘miry place’. Linked to the tiny River Eye, tributary to the nearby river Windrush. Lower Slaughter is just off the Fosse Way. And Upper slaughter is about a mile away. The villages are considered to be one of the prettiest in the area. And are well photographed along with being used for filming and productions.
Lower Slaughter Mill & café is worth a visit while passing through. In fact a mill is even recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086 on the site of The Old one.
Tour of Tetbury
The town of Tetbury is in the Cotswolds and has a proud 1300 years of recorded history. this dates back to 681 when Tetta’s Monastery was mentioned in a charter by King Ethelred of Mercia. Tetbury was an important market town for the Cotswolds wool trade during the middle ages. The town centre is still dominated by the splendid pillared Market House built in 1655. The town is known as an ‘architectural gem’ as many of the wool merchants houses still look as they did 300 years ago.
It is well also known for its 25 antique shops and is in close proximity to Prince Charles’s residence at Highgrove. In fact the actual official Highgrove shop resides here.
The town has a wonderful variety of shops including many specialist shops offering a wide choice. And Many of them are individually owned and some even award winning for national excellence. They bear the prince of Wales feathers to boast that esteem.
The market town of Tetbury has a wide choice of tea shops, bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants. This makes Tetbury a great choice of food and drink and a welcome Lunch stop on a tour from Bath to the Cotswolds.
Bath to Broadway tour
The beautiful and historic Cotswold village of Broadway is a memorable place to visit. The pretty High Street is lined with horse chestnut trees. And includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages. These have lured visitors and tourists for centuries. In fact, it’s not difficult to see why it is known as the jewel of the Cotswolds.
The nearby Broadway tower has incredible views and although a bit of a climb is within walking distance. It also has Snowshill which is a stone throw away and was featured in Bridget jones diary. This is another great example of an addition to a Bath to costwolds tour.
Tour of Sudeley Castle
A Bath to the Cotswolds tour by one of our taxis can include Sudeley Castle. It is one of the last few remaining privately owned Castle’s in the country. Because of this Lady Ashcombe (the owner) has had to be very creative to maintain it. It now hosts weddings and also a wonderful One off events like a Bentley show justvlast year. Sudeley is not often visited by foreign tourist on tours and I struggle to work out why? It has an amazing array of artefacts which shows off the 1000 plus years of history the property has seen. This includes letters written by Darwin all the way to roman pottery discovered in the nearby fields.
Sudeley also boasts the only private residence to have a previous English queen buried within the grounds (Catherine Parr). It also has the best pheasant collection in Europe along with wonderful gardens to walk around. The best one being the queens Rose Garden. I have taken tourists here in the past on tours and I find they spend around 2 hours minimum here. Usually seeing the vast collection the house holds along with the gardens.
Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship. It can make a wonderful addition to a Tour from Bath to the Cotswolds. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses. Each of them grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments.
As the name suggests (“Chipping” means market or market place from the old English “Ceping“). Chipping Campden was one of the most important of the medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe. This legacy of fame and prosperity is everything that gives the town its character.
Campden was already established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene“. This means a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.
Please note that Chipping Camden is much further north in the Cotswolds. So the journey time can eat into your day a bit when starting a tour from Bath. you can Book a taxi tour from Bath now by calling 01225 484346. And by clicking the link below.
More private Hire tours..
These are just a few of the Bath to Cotswolds tour destinations we do. The Cotswolds has so much more to offer for a day tour than we have listed so please feel free to contact us if you want to visit somewhere else from Bath. Alternatively you can check out some of our other Bath Tour destinations as well. If you need an airport transfer to Bath we can help at an affordable price also. So please check out some more info on our Airport transfers on our home page.
If you would like more info on the Cotswolds and other places it has to offer for a potential tour then please visit the official website here