Day 12, Thursday, July 5, 2018
During our trip, we also booked a tour to visit the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was a bit of a last minute decision; after we so briefly visited the Cotswolds on our Stonehenge tour, Taryn and I decided we wanted to see more, so we booked online that night with the same tour company, Golden Tours.
The Cotswolds is a country area outside of London, known for its rolling hills and natural scenic beauty. It is a general term for a collection of small villages in the scenic valley; the common interpretation of the word Cotwolds is “sheep enclosures in rolling hills.” If you have seen the historic stone villages and cottages in movies or photo spreads, you have likely seen the Cotswolds. Stratford-Upon-Avon a small town located on one end of the Cotswolds area – it is famous for its famous historical resident, William Shakespeare.
On our tour, we stopped first in Bibury, a historic village in the Cotswolds. Many of the cottages there were built during the 1400s; they were so cute! We only had about 25 minutes to wander around there though; it felt a bit rushed.
There were cute swans on a quiet stream running through the town, and a fantastic looking inn with beautiful gardens. What a relaxing place to spend an afternoon!
Next up was Bourton on the Water, another adorable town nicknamed “The Venice of England” for its low stone bridges over the river. We had about 45 minutes there; it was certainly someplace I would like to spend a couple of days. There is a museum there that we didn’t have time to check out. We wandered around, took some photos and poked around in a couple of shops. I bought a polished serpentine stone at a rock shop there too. What a great place!
Note: When the tour guide says to be back at the bus at a certain time, be sure to be there. One lady arrived back late – the rest of us were stuck waiting for about 15 minutes. She got dressed down by the tour guide! It was nice that he said something, but I do think he went overboard with the public chastising. I’m glad it wasn’t me!
After your time in Bourton on the Water we piled back on the bus – we still had much more to see. Next we were on our way to see the Shakespeare sites!
Tube Stations: None – We walked to where the bus picked us up.