If you are planning your next trip to the UK then naturally travellers gravitate towards London. With all the attractions & great rail connections it seems like a good place to base yourselves. If you are arriving to London Heathrow then you can catch the Heathrow Express directly into the centre of town, it only takes 15 minutes & if you book in advance can cost as little as £5. The perfect way to start your holiday, without having to face the commuter crowds on the tube.
I am sure you will have a bucket list of all the main attractions, perhaps a trip to Buckingham Palace to see the 'Changing of the Guard' or maybe a tour of the Palace of Westminster or the Tower of London. Wander through Covent Garden or visit Borough Road Market, you have all the galleries & museums to explore. But what about getting out of the big smoke & heading to the countryside? Well folks, it is very easy to do & in this post I'll explain why & how you should add a day trip to the Cotswolds to your UK bucket list.
The English Countryside
Undoubtedly England remains a popular choice for travellers, not because of the weather (sorry, us Brit's just can't help it!) but because of the abundance of history, the period properties characterised in the many films & TV series, which keeps Britain in the forefront of people's minds. England is easy to reach with many international airports, London Heathrow, Gatwick & Luton and once here it is easy to navigate around, being such a little island!
The rolling countryside, quaint villages & little independent shops appeal to many who are visiting from big cities around the world. Recently shows like Downton Abbey or Father Brown have romanticised the quintessential English way of life. So, where better to step back in time for a glimpse of 'olde England' than a day tour to the Cotswolds! If you want to spend time in picture perfect locations, with little cottages steeped in history, where you will feel as though you are walking through a filmset then you need to ensure you add a trip to this beautiful region to your bucket list!
Large Coach Tour vs Small local tour business
If you think about the all the reasons you want to visit the English countryside; exploring peaceful locations, wandering down quiet little streets, admiring fairy-tale cottages & visiting quaint little tearooms. Then one glaring issue would be taking a large coach tour from London. It seem like a good way to travel but then you arrive at a tiny village descend from the coach only to find you are one of 50 other travellers exploring the same location. It kind of takes the shine of your escape to the country doesn't it?
The solution is simple! Go local! The Cotswolds is the perfect answer, it is super easy to reach from London & feels a world away from the busy hustle & bustle of city life. All you have to do is jump on a train from London Paddington & you will be whisked away out of the city to Moreton in Marsh, there are no changes & before you know it you'll be stepping off into a typical Cotswold market town. The journey only takes 1 hour 30mins & there are regular hurly services each day by Great Western Railways www.gwr.com
The best way to tour the Cotswolds from London
It is easy to combine a day trip to the Cotswolds with your time in London, all you need to do is book your train tickets & a local guided tour with us & we will meet you at Moreton in Marsh Railway Station. The advantages of travelling with Lucy & Richard from Cotswolds Guided Tours:
We know all the best villages to visit, not just the ones that can accommodate large coaches!
Being local & travelling in a small group (max. 7 guests) or as a private tour, you will visit beautiful locations without the crowds.
We visit all the 'honeypot' locations earlier in the morning, so you can avoid the crush of visitors travelling on the larger coaches from London.
We love the Cotswolds, it is more than just a business for us! So your day will be filled with fun, quirky facts & tours can be personalised to your interests.
You will travel down quiet country lanes & visit villages that larger buses are exempt from visiting.
Your guide will be on hand to answer all your questions whilst giving you plenty of free time to explore.
Unrivalled local knowledge on all the best places to visit, places to eat, independent shops to explore.
When you book with us, we are on hand to assist in your travel plans or any questions that you have about your UK trip.
If you book a private tour with us, we also offer free collection / return from your North Cotswolds accommodation. We can store your luggage on the minibus, so if you are planning to spend a few days in the area you can arrive by train, take a tour & at the end of the day we will take your to your hotel.
Booking with us means you are supporting a local Cotswolds business where your travel plans are important to us. Rather than booking with a large corporate business where your booking is just a seat number on a large coach.
The Cotswolds is a wonderful compliment as a day trip when you are staying in London. You get to explore the English countryside with a fun, relaxed local guide. See all the famous locations, along with little hidden gems without the large crowds. It is a more genuine experience where you will create memories that will last.
If you are visiting the UK this year then contact Lucy & Richard from Cotswolds Guided Tours. Travel with confidence, we have over 680, 5* TripAdvisor reviews.
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