Royalty in the North Cotswolds

Tour Overview

Full Day (8-hours)

Walk the paths once tread by British royalty through the northern Cotswolds. During your day, you’ll discover some of the history behind the places visited and homes lived in by some of the British monarchy. Spanning a timeline from Tudor periods, through to the Civil War and right up to modern day, en route through the region your tour will provide you with an insightful experience showcasing some of their legacy left behind.

After touring through some of the villages and towns such as Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and The Slaughters, all with stories of royalty to be heard, you will visit the village of Broadway, home to the famous Lygon Arms Hotel which played host to both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. Frequent stops en route will allow you time to walk the cobbled streets and explore some of the shops and buildings.

During the afternoon, you will then continue on to the historic market town of Winchcombe to visit the breathtaking Sudeley Castle and Gardens, which has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Your visit will start with an afternoon tea in the Sudeley Castle Terrace Restaurant, which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and patisserie. Then, led by your own knowledgable guide, a bespoke tour will give you an in depth detail of the history of the Tudor castle, the gardens and the 15thCentury church, which is the burial grounds of Katherine Parr and makes Sudeley the only private castle in England to have a Queen buried in its grounds.

Royal Tour Upgrade – Sudeley Castle & Champagne Afternoon Tea Experience

Instead of an afternoon at Sudeley, you will instead take a break from exploring the Cotswold towns and villages during the day enjoy a luxury Champagne afternoon tea at The Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway with a glass of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne. Upon arriving at Sudeley late-afternoon, you will receive an exclusive and bespoke after hours tour of the castle provided by a knowledgable guide, which includes visits to private family rooms not open to the public. You will then continue to enjoy a canapé and drink reception in the Castle Library. There will also be the potential to meet the family butler (subject to availability). Please note the Royal Cotswolds tour with the Sudeley Luxury Upgrade option starts and finishes later.

Area Covered

Northern Cotswold Region
Northern Cotswolds Map. Copyright CJP Cotswold Tours.
Itinerary

• Moreton-in-Marsh
• Stow-on-the-Wold
• Chipping Campden
• Broadway Village & Tower
• Winchcombe
• Sudeley Castle
• The Slaughters

Tour Info

Royalty in the North Cotswolds – Themed Tour

Duration – 8 hours (9.30am-5.30pm)

Price (Minimum 2 people) – £675.00. Extra £85.00 per additional person, up to 7 passengers total, with a local collection/drop-off point.

Availability on request. Operating 4 March – 22 December (as per Sudeley Castle 2019 opening dates).

What’s Included?
  • Local collection and drop-off
  • Dedicated local tour driver/guide
  • Executive vehicle (up to 7 passengers)
  • Bottle of mineral water for each passenger
  • Informative running commentary with Cotswold facts/information about the region and its Royal links
  • Visit to Cotswold Inn with Royal Links, including a tour of the building and refreshments (tea/coffee)
  • Entry to Sudeley Castle
  • Sudeley Castle guide book
  • Afternoon tea at Sudeley Castle
  • Private bespoke tour of Sudeley Castle
What’s Not Included?
  • Gratuities (Gratuities for your driver guide are at your discretion)

Royalty in the North Cotswolds – Themed Tour Upgrade

Duration – 9 hours (10.30am-7.30pm)

Price (Minimum 2 people) – £1,050.00. Extra £100.00 per additional person, up to 7 passengers total, with a local collection/drop-off point.

Availability on request. Operating 4 March – 22 December (as per Sudeley Castle 2019 opening dates).

Tour Upgrade – What’s Included?
  • Collection and drop-off
  • Dedicated local tour driver/guide
  • Executive vehicle (up to 7 passengers)
  • Bottle of mineral water for each passenger
  • Informative running commentary with Cotswold facts/information about the region and its Royal links
  • Visit to Cotswold Inn with Royal Links, including a tour of the building and refreshments (tea/coffee)
  • Veuve Cliquot Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Lygon Arms Hotel, Broadway
  • Entry to Sudeley Castle
  • Sudeley Castle guide book
  • After hours private bespoke tour of Sudeley Castle, including visit to private family rooms not open to the public (and potential to meet family butler, subject to availability)
  • Canapé drinks reception in the Castle Library at Sudeley Castle
What’s Not Included?
  • Gratuities (Gratuities for your driver guide are at your discretion)

How to Book your Tour of the Northern Cotswolds

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What level of fitness will be required?

Basic mobility is required to leave the vehicle and enter places visited, including walking up/down stairs. Access statements for venues available on request. Some locations have uneven walking surfaces, though there is no requirement to exit the vehicle when stopping off in various towns/villages.

What should I wear? 

Comfortable clothing and sensible footwear is advised due to uneven footpaths and surfaces. Appropriate clothing/protection is advised to suit the weather/time of year.

What level of English language ability do I need?

You will need a basic knowledge of English to fully appreciate the experience.


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