Decided on a city break in Oxford & wanting to explore all the area has to offer?
Well why not include a trip out exploring the local countryside. The Cotswolds is easily accessible from Oxford, all you need to do is hop on a train. The train service is run by Great Western Railways & in just over 30 minutes you will be transported to Moreton in Marsh, one of the famous Cotswold market towns.
Catch the train to Moreton in Marsh
It is super easy & inexpensive to catch the train from Oxford to the Cotswolds. A return ticket is around £10. Moreton in Marsh is famous for its local weekly market, it's been hosting one for over 1000 years! The main street is filled with local supplies selling their wares, along with commodities like bakery goods & fruit & veg. Over the years the market has grown in popularity & you can easily spend an hour wanting to see everything that's on offer. The market takes place every Tuesday & the little town is a hive of activity.
Go Cotswolds exploring from Moreton in Marsh.
The market may be a draw but what if you want to see more of the Cotswolds. Once you have arrived in Moreton in Marsh then the best way to see all the little villages & market towns is to take a tour. Cotswolds Guided Tours run affordable 6 hour day trips from Moreton in Marsh. You will visit 6 wonderful locations & have plenty of free time to explore at each stop. The journey between each location is filled with live commentary from your local driver / guide Lucy or Richard. Our Best of the Best Cotswolds tours visit all the must see locations, along with some hidden gems. The Cotswold tours start at Moreton in Marsh railway station at 9.30am and finish back at the station at 3.30pm. We have two different tours to choose from:
Our Famous Cotswolds Tour visits The Slaughters, two picture perfect villages. Lower Slaughter with it's gorgeous Old Mill, a quirky building filled with goodies that also sells local ice-cream in the summer months. You will also visit Upper Slaughter one of only 13 doubly thankful villages in Britain! You will have time in Bourton on the Water, the perfect stop for morning coffee and a wander down the quaint little lanes or along the river bank...It's the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' after all! The next stop is the tranquil hillside village of Snowshill with it's gorgeous views over the rolling Cotswolds countryside. Movie fans will recognise this little village, featured in Bridget Jones. Your lunch break will be spent in Broadway, a beautiful little town set on the hill with views of Broadway Tower, the smallest castle in the Cotswolds. Then the last stop of the day you will visit a village scattered with thatched cottages. All in all 6 very different locations, complemented with quirky history, mean you will have a day filled with memory making moments.
Our second option is the Cotswolds Highlights Tour, this tour takes you off the beaten track. You will spend time at Rollright Stones, the Cotswolds very own version of Stonehenge. Try your hand at 'dowsing' using divining rods & see if you can find the ley lines that crisscross the stone circle. On to a fairy-tale thatched village of Great Tew, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. After this you will head to a village linked to Jane Austen & a renowned British poet, walk in Jane's footsteps through this unspoilt Cotswolds village. The lunch stop is in the highest of the Cotswolds market towns, Stow on the Wold. Steeped in history & filled with independent shops you can while away 90mins exploring. After lunch you will head to a beauty spot for some stunning views, before wandering through the famous market town of Chipping Campden.
Cotswolds Tour from Oxford
So if you want to visit the Cotswolds from Oxford, the best way to do this is with a local guide. Lucy & Richard from Cotswolds Guided Tours have designed two wonderful day trips to ensure guests spend the maximum time out exploring beautiful locations. The small group tours take a maximum of 7 guests & are priced at £45 per person. They have over 680, 5* reviews on TripAdvisor, but do get booked up, so make sure you reserve your spot in advance!
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