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Cotswold tours

The Cotswolds is a beautiful area of soft, rolling hills. But it was once the economic powerhouse of England. Choose from a tour of classic honeystoned wool towns, the magnificent city of Oxford or venture along winding roads to find some truly offbeat stories and sights.

chipping

Norton

A 90-minute stroll through history

Tales of the town that walked up the hill. How do Chippy’s trees cure headaches? What links baseball with beekeeping? See where legendary music was made, a vicar lost out to a king, and the sites of a surprising number of riots. 

Walking tours 10.30am

£12, inc. booking fee

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 cotswolds

Hills and honeystone

Enjoy the rolling hills where sheep have been farmed for centuries. Cross ancient ridgeways into green valleys lined with stone-roofed cottages that once hummed to the sound of the weaver’s loom. Find what makes a ‘wool church’, see how some of them carry the scars of the English Civil War. Learn how the many miles of drystone walls are built and why they can be so low.

Mini-bus / coach tour

Offbeat Cotswolds

Hidden and quirky

There’s more to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty than sheep and churches. See statues that once adorned Parliament; admire buildings nearly shipped to America, and hear how penguins use a billiards table. Or how about discovering a crocodile in a stream, the man who brought us the kiwi fruit, and a Victorian ‘clip-clop-collect’ thatched hut?

There’s more to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty than sheep and churches. See statues that once adorned Parliament; admire buildings nearly shipped to America, and hear how penguins use a billiards table. Or how about discovering a crocodile in a stream, the man who brought us the kiwi fruit, and a Victorian ‘clip-clop-collect’ thatched hut?

Mini-bus / coach tour

Cityscape

offbeat

oxford

This tour pus the WOW into town and gown as we delve deep beyond Oxford’s famous quads, spires and towers. Meet the emperors who aren’t emperors and the woman who never visited her own college. Find out how upper and lower case letters got their name, see proof that a famous building ran out of cash … and stare into the sockets of shrunken skulls.

Walking tour