Elegantly rolling across five counties, the glorious, golden Cotswolds are full of picturesque villages and chocolate-box cottages and we visit some of the most beautiful ones on our tour. We also enjoy a steam train journey and a private guided garden tour at Bowood House.
Detailed Overview

Hotel

4* Doubletree by Hilton Swindon

This modern hotel is on the outskirts of Swindon with excellent access to the Cotswolds, Oxford and Wiltshire. Bedrooms are well decorated and are equipped with a TV and tea/coffee facilities. The bright, spacious restaurant overlooks the garden and there is a lovely bar with comfortable seating. There is also a lift.

• Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Wi-Fi • Gym • LCD TV • Large work space • DoubleTree bath products • Hotel does not have rooms with walk-in showers •

Price includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee & cookie

  • 3-course buffet menu with 4 choices per course

  • Glass of wine with dinner on the first night

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Guided tour of Bowood House & Gardens

  • Entrance to Lacock Abbey

  • Journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

  • Entrance to STEAM The Museum of the Great Western Railway

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

Head to the hotel for a welcome tea/coffee and cookie.

Day 2

Bowood House & Gardens tour & Lacock Abbey
This morning, we visit Bowood House and Gardens, enjoying tea and coffee on arrival before we walk through a secret door into an enchanting garden for the start of our guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne's private award winning walled garden. In the afternoon, we visit historic Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village. Set in rural Wiltshire, the village is famous for its picturesque streets and historic buildings and is a popular TV and filming location. The Abbey is located at the heart of the village and houses the Fox Talbot Museum, which celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

Day 3

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway & Cotswold Villages.
This morning, we head for Cheltenham Race Course from where we enjoy a gentle journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, through glorious Cotswold countryside to Toddington, where there is a shop, museum and large tea room. In the afternoon, we visit the historic Cotswold village of Broadway or elegant Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading back to our hotel via the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water and the town of Burford.
Please note, GWSR events are held on some weekends, when the railway will be extra busy.

Day 4

STEAM The museum of the Great Western Railway
After checking out of our hotel, we visit the Swindon Designer Outlet for a spot of shopping, or alternatively, the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is opposite the Outlet. After we head back to the local area.

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