Tour 2 - The heart of the Cotswolds tour – Full Day Tour

Beautiful, romantic, exquisite and charming – step back in time and enjoy these unspoiled Cotswold villages.

Available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March to October – £40.00

Tour overview
Mad Max Tours welcomes you to this full day tour to a quaint and scenic part of England. The Cotswolds are home to some of the oldest and best preserved houses in Britain. Whilst exploring you’ll get to know all about Cotswold sheep, the power of the woollen industry and the importance of this beautiful landscape.

‘Most beautiful village’ and ‘most romantic street in Britain’
‘Most beautiful village’ was a title bequeathed to Bibury in the nineteenth century and Copse Hill Road in Lower Slaughter was awarded the accolade of ‘most romantic street in Britain 2011’. Need we say more! The areas that we will visit on this tour are picturesque and overwhelmingly charming. If you have an eye for exquisite architecture, historical buildings and ‘olde-worlde’ streets, then join us for this full day tour.

Tour destinations
  • Castle Combe Village
  • Bibury & Arlington Row
  • The Coln valley
  • Stow - on - the Wold
  • Lower Slaughter or Bourton - on - the - water

We've specifically kept our tours small and personal with a maximum group size of 16. This gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy this stunning part of England. Our local guides have a wealth of knowledge about the area. They will provide you with plenty of information about the history, culture, theories and legends .

Tour Itinerary

Castle Combe

This is our first stop off point and is always peaceful and calm early in the day. This picturesque village nestles within a wooded valley, in the southern part of the Cotswolds. Castle Combe is famous for its weavers’ cottages as well as being used as a film location for the original Dr Dolittle film, Stardust and Warhorse, directed by Stephen Spielberg. This picturesque village is perfect for a visit – wander around the cobbled streets, visit the local shops or drink tea in a small café. A relaxing way to spend time. Plenty of photo opportunities in this village!

Bibury & Arlington Row

In the nineteenth century, William Morris of the Arts and Crafts movement called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England”.  We have time to wander along the picturesque Arlington Row which shows Cotswold architecture off at its best. It was built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery. This was then converted into a row of Weavers cottages in the seventeenth century. In front of the houses you’ll see an expanse of water meadow locally known as Rack Isle. This is where the cloth would have been laid out to dry.

Lower Slaughter

The name of the village of Lower Slaughter stems from the Old English name for a wet land 'slough' or 'slothre' (Old English for muddy place). With its limestone cottages, stream and watermill, this is a must for those wanting to explore the Cotswolds. There is time for a cup of tea here at The 19th century Old Mill, or a stroll along Copse Hill Road, voted the most ‘Most Romantic Street in Britain 2011’, in a poll by Google Street View. The judges were looking for features such as beautiful architecture, stunning views, a romantic ambience, secluded getaways, restaurants and hotels. Lower Slaughter has them all! If you are looking for history, then this village is not one to miss… and if you are looking for a romantic street to propose in, then this village would be the perfect place! Occasionally, Bourton on the Water may be visited instead of Lower slaughter.


Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on the 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.
This little town has history – in 1646, during the civil war, it became the ground for the battle of Stow. During the 18th  and 19thcentury the wool trade grew in this region.
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. In the Market Square you will be able to see the ancient cross, town stocks and an ancient elm tree.

  • This tour departs at 9.00am from the Abbey Hotel, 1 North Parade. BA1 1LF. This is a one-minute walk from the Abbey church.
  • Please arrive at 8.50am so we can depart on time.
  • We have designed our tours to keep travelling time down to a minimum.
  • The longest stretch in our 16 seater minicoach is 1hour.
  • Return time to Bath is 5.45pm
  • All times are approximate
  • £40.00 Adult
  • £20.00 Children 5 - 15 years
  • £5 under 5's
  • This tour is not suitable for children 3 years and under
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