Southern Cotswolds Tour

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Tour Overview

Full Day (8-hours)

On a full-day tour of the Southern Cotswolds you will spend the morning exploring the idyllic villages of Tetbury, Malmesbury, Castle Combe and Lacock (dating back to the 13th Century) before stopping off for a relaxing lunch at a traditional country inn.

We will then continue further south towards the charming City of Bath for your afternoon. Upon arriving in Bath, you’ll see a ‘skyline tour’ of the City including the Royal Crescent and Circus (Britain’s most famous intact Georgian terraces) followed by a chance to walk around the older cobbled streets. Here, you can visit the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms or the magnificent Bath Abbey, amongst other attractions. Otherwise, you can simply wander through the streets discovering the great range of independent shops. After a walk around the various locations, we will head towards Cirencester (the largest Roman market town in the Cotswold district), with an opportunity to visit an 11th Century Abbey and the Corinium Museum. After a short drive down the road we will then arrive at Chedworth Roman Villa with another opportunity to stretch your legs and look around this 4th Century ruin (where new findings are being uncovered by archaeologists daily). Next, we head to the village of Bibury (home to Arlington Row, one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes), and then through the enchanting hamlets and villages of Ablington, Coln St Dennis and Coln Rogers. There are several old Saxon Church’s along the route so another chance for you to stop and marvel at the beauty of the Cotswolds! There will also be plenty of time to stop off for those important photo opportunities as we cruise around the various locations.

What others are saying about this tour…

I took a two-day tour with my husband to the Cotswolds on March. It was fantastic. Our guide Chris was excellent driving and giving a lot of knowledge including history, architecture and fun joking. It was a perfect trip, we really enjoyed it!
We also visited Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. We were a bit wary of taking a lengthy trip, but the tour really did provide the best way to see many wonderful sights during a brief stay in London. And also, as I said before, our guide Chris made the drive-time easier with a great mix of informative and humorous storytelling in his comfortable Mercedes van.

Paulina M, Chile

Area Covered

Southern Cotswold Region
Southern Cotswolds Map. Copyright CJP Cotswold Tours.
Locations visited could include;

• Cirencester
• Tetbury
• Castle Combe
• Lacock
• Bath
• Stroud
• Painswick
• Sheepscombe
• The Duntisbournes
• Malmesbury
• Chalford



Nestled in the Slad valley is the former market town of Painswick known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Home to the majestic Rococo Gardens (pictured), famed for its church of St Mary (situated amongst 99 yew trees) and Painswick Beacon, the village is surrounded by stunning countryside and is one of the Cotswold’s best preserved settlements.

Southern Cotswold Tour Castle Combe

Positioned snugly in a wooded valley, Castle Combe has several fine buildings and attractive cottages around a beautiful Market Cross as well as a Perpendicular Gothic church.

Southern Cotswold Tour Lacock Abbey

A National Trust village and home to the Fox Talbot museum, where the world’s first ever photographic negative was taken by William Henry Fox Talbot himself. Featuring an abbey and manor house amongst other buildings, no new buildings have been constructed since the 18th Century.

Southern Cotswold Tour Thermae Bath Spa

Once referred to as Aqua Sulis by the Romans, the city of Bath is a World Heritage site and sits at the end of the 102-mile long Cotswold Way path. Famous for its natural hot mineral springs and regency buildings, Bath is also rich with museums and galleries reflecting its cultural heritage.

Tour Info

Southern Cotswolds Tour

Duration – 8 hours

Please enquire for vehicle and private guide prices, leaving details of collection and drop-off points and your preferred tour duration, to help us provide a quote. Click HERE to complete our enquiry form.

What’s Included?
  • Full-day tour (8-hours)
  • Collection and drop-off
  • Dedicated local tour driver guide
  • Your executive vehicle (up to 4 or 7 passengers)
  • Bottle of mineral water for each passenger
What’s Not Included?
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Entry fees
  • Gratuities (Gratuities for your driver guide are at your discretion)

Things to do in the Southern Cotswolds

With so much to do in the Cotswolds, the below is just an example of things to do and attractions to visit during your tour. Just let us know your interests when making an enquiry and we’ll put forward appropriate suggestions for you to consider.

Gardens & Manor Houses
  • Lacock Abbey
  • Highgrove House and Gardens
  • Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
  • Stonehenge
  • Bath Thermae Spa
  • Jane Austen Museum (Bath)
  • Cotswold Water Park
Food & Drink
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Local real-ale tasting
  • Fine-dining/gastronomy experiences

For a full list of things to do in the Cotswolds, click HERE.

How to Book your Tour of the Southern Cotswolds

Step 1:

Send us an enquiry for the dates you’d like your tour, with any additional information you can provide, such as your interests or any extras you’d like included. Visit our ‘Contact Us’ page to fill out our tour enquiry form.

Step 2:

We’ll let you know our availability and get a quote to you. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.

Step 3:

If you’d like to go ahead, we’ll send a booking form for you to complete along with a secure payment link for you to reserve your tour with a deposit

Step 4:

We’ll then work with you on your chosen tour to determine some of the finer details. This includes us creating a personalised itinerary for the day tailored to your interests (we’ll also discuss whether you’d like to book any experiences or tickets for entry to any of the many Cotswold attractions)

Step 5:

Wait with excitement… we look forward to meeting you!

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