The Cotswolds is one of our most popular tours from Bath 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 , although 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’s drive by car. Some of these towns and villages are Bibury (home of the famous Arlington row), Malmsbury, Tetbury and Cirencester to name just a few. Most of the places within the Cotswolds are largely untouched and still remain a snap shop of how England once was. The honey coloured limestone villages and towns are a real treat to walk around and explore, particularly in the spring and summer months.
We do private hire tours from Bath to almost all destinations within the Cotswold area on an 8 hour day trip basis. But 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 Car for hire. Our drivers have a great knowledge of some of the places we visit and can point out the do’s and don’ts so you make the most of your day. Some of the places we visit within the Cotswolds area from Bath are listed below.
Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village often named as the ‘prettiest village in England. And should be a priority for anyone takeing a tour into the Cotswolds from Bath. The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north west of Wiltshire. The journey time for one of our taxis to take you to Castle combe from Bath is around 25 mins. 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 medieval Market Cross and also 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.
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, the Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church of St Mary. And is a wonderful addition to any Cotswold your from Bath.
The north Chancel wall of the Church has a stained glass window which was designed in 1927 by Karl Parsons and 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. And often requested on lots of our Bath to Cotswolds tours.
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 towns 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 Cotswolds on an all day tour for browsing the shops and also checking the 11th century church called St Edward’s out. Bath to Stow-on-the-wold as a direct journey is about 1 hour 20 minutes in one of our taxis.
Upper and Lower Slaughter
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