Take a tour through the Cotswolds with Argent Taxis
Take a Magical journey of discovery with us into the fantasy world and natural beauty that is the picture postcard English Countryside of the historical Cotswolds.
A pleasant market town on the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is renowned worldwide as the birthplace of the world-famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Deserving of a visit also are the houses associated with the Bard of Avon and his family – the Birthplace itself, New Place Garden and Nash’s House, Hall’s Croft and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (home of Shakespeare’s wife). Also not to be missed is Holy Trinity Church, the ancient church where Shakespeare and his family are buried, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre where his plays are performed.
This very English village is about 5 miles west of Stratford.Close to the winding River Avon. It’s most picturesque feature is its Maypole, spirally painted red, white and blue and located on the village green. The village has a wealth of thatched cottages and three attractive country pubs.
A small Cotswold village between Stratford-upon-Avon and Chipping Campden the northern gateway to the Cotswolds, at the heart of the village is the quaint Three Ways House Hotel home to internally renowned ” Pudding Club”, going for a meal entitles you to enjoy as many of the delicious desserts as you can manage.
Is one of the finest examples of the Cotswold “wool” towns. Located in the centre of the High Street stands the 17th century Market Hall formerly used for the sale of butter, cheese & poultry. Nowadays the High Street is lined with quaint shops selling many interesting and unusual items
Broadway with its long green verged Main Street lined with houses, cottages, Hotels and shops built in of the honey coloured Cotswold stone. The attractive shops, tearooms and pubs mingled in amongst the delightful dwellings. From the green at the bottom of the village the High Street gently climbs towards Fish Hill which is crowned by Broadway Tower a quaint folly built 1800, from which on a clear day a wonderful vista can be observed.
A beautiful Cotswold village narrow streets, traditional layout thatch laden, Cotswold stoned dwellings lining roads and streets running into and out of the village an experience to savour. During June and July a bonus around Snowshill are the Beautiful Lavender fields in bloom a sight to behold and fragrance not to miss.
Stanway & Stanton
These two beautiful villages are treasures of the Cotswold. The lovely manor house at Stanway has an 18th century garden known as Stanway Water Gardens , with a 70 ft. high fountain, Roses climb over the walls of the nearby houses and the gate to the 12th century.
Stanton village is situated on the Cotswold Way, a 97 mile walk through some of the most spectacular scenery with views of the Severn Valley. The church has grooves in the back of some of the pews where the shepherds of old used to tie their dogs during services.
The twin picture-postcard villages of Lower and upper Slaughter are built in rich Cotswold stone with the little River Eye running between them. Lower Slaughter’s main street runs beside the river and provides an enchanting stroll past the 16th and 17th century buildings. Upper Slaughter stands atop a gentle hill and was once dominated by a Norman castle. The grim-sounding name the villages share means “Muddy Place”.
Bourton on the Water
The River Windrush flows through the High Street partially dissecting the town access being gained by a series of low stone bridges along side a village green. Other attractions in the village are the Miniature Village and Birdland ( Home to many exotic birds including Parrots), and the Cotswold Perfumery.
Stow On The Wold
Another example of a Cotswold ” wool ” town is set on a hill 750ft above sea level and is mainly constructed of Cotswold stone. Stow on the Wold an old English name that literally means “meeting place on a hill”. The wool came into the town via twice yearly Sheep Fairs which later became the Horse Fairs we have today and take place in May & October. In the Market Square there is a stone cross which bears a carving showing the Abbot of Evesham receiving the town’s Charter from King William Rufus, also there is a set of Stocks Justice for the People Punishment by the People.
Moreton in the Marsh
Moreton dates back a thousand years to the Saxon era. A Cotswold Market town it’s High Street is lined by 17th & 18th Century buildings. Tuesday is the day for market in this oldie worldy Cotswold town.
Other Noteworthy Town & Village options for Tours
Hidcote Gardens, Kiftsgate, Blockley, Broad Campden, Ilmington, Bibury, Cirencester, Lechlade on Thames, Burford, Blenheim Palace and Woodstock.