Hidden Cotswolds & Dark Age England

Embark on a journey of discovery to encounter stunning landscapes, idyllic settlements & uncover the story of England's birth on a tour without parallel.

"The Best of the Best" - Andrew B. Read more reviews.


Enjoy an extraordinary day uncovering the story of England's birth alongside the very best of the hidden Cotswolds...

Prepare to experience a truly unforgettable day out.

Depart Bath for an adventure that shares the very best and breadth of the southern Cotswolds: A private guided tour of Castle Combe - the prettiest village in England, A visit to one of the most important towns in English history, to discover the story of a great Saint, a great King over coffee in an 800 year old hotel, before admiring the great Abbey next door that built nearly a millenium ago.

Journey deep into nature, stopping for a delightful lunch at a tucked away Cotswolds Inn and stop by the medieval church that played a key role in the BBC's 1995 adaption of Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice'.

What's Included

Pick up and return to your Bath accommodation

We also collect guests from the front of Bridgwater House, BA1 1LN.

Enjoy lunch at a beautiful country inn

Lunch is not included (so you can choose whatever you want from the extensive menu).

Entrance tickets

All entrance tickets are included in the price of this experience.

A tour that delves into history, story and location

Visit some of the most extraordinary places in the southern Cotswolds.

A warm, expert, local guide

Uncover stories, places, routes & experiences that most just won't find.

Travel in a luxurious vehicle

Enjoy wide, comfortable seats, air-conditioning, large windows, and on-board refreshments.

What to Expect

  • 9:00am1. Pick up from your accomodation.

  • 30 minutes2. Journey deep into the Cotswolds, off the beaten track.

  • 09:30am3. Visit Castle Combe.

    Discover one of the most iconic villages in the Cotswolds, Castle Combe, on a private, guided tour, sharing some of the most fascinating gems in this ancient settlement.
  • 30 minutes4. Head deeper into the undiscovered Cotswolds.

    Head deeper into the Cotswolds, along ancient Roman roads and narrow lanes.
  • 11:30am5. Explore a once, great ancient town.

    Discover one of the most beguiling towns in England, off the beaten track. Learn of the great Saint, and the great King and the role they played in England's birth, and marvel at the great Abbey next door, which has been their resting place for over 1000 years.
  • 1:30pm6. Enjoy lunch at a historic Cotswolds Inn.

    Stop for lunch amongst the locals at an atmospheric country inn serving sensational food and beverages.
  • 2:30pm7. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon.

    Enjoy a relaxed afternoon discovering breath-taking hidden gems and incredible drives adapted to you and at a relaxed pace.
  • 4.15-5:00pm8. Drop back at your accommodation.

    Arrive back in Bath, exhilarated yet relaxed and having enjoyed a day that has exceeded your expectations.



Outstanding tour of the Cotswolds

"We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Cotswolds with Nigel. He was so knowledgeable, funny, engaging, and welcoming. He took us to small villages off the beaten path, but filled with interesting historical significance. We visited churches and pubs and walked in quaint villages. We were a small group of 5 strangers and Nigel had us all feeling like friends at the end of the day. We can’t recommend this personalized tour enough! We will definitely hire Around and About Bath again if we are lucky enough to return to the area."


The Cotswolds experience you're looking for

"This is a day of exploring the hidden treasures of the Cotswolds down tiny country lanes and into small villages full of rich historical treasures, which are still so peaceful and unaffected. It's also a tour which gives you time to breathe it all in, by taking a stroll here, and stopping for a cuppa there. We were looked after by the wonderful Jules who has both the personal knowledge and historical depth to give us a wonderful overview of both times past and the here and now. Book it; you won't regret it."


Wonderful and Informative Tour of the Cotswolds!

"My husband and I did a private tour with Max and it was excellent. We learned a lot about the history of the area and were able to see beautiful parts of the Cotswolds while avoiding the tourist traps. I highly recommend it!"


Pure Pleasure!

"Jules is a personable guide and a gifted teacher. He engaged us in his big picture understudy of early English history by drawing our attention to geography, architecture, and story. His passion sparked our interest and we thoroughly enjoyed our day chatting as we rode in his van. He’s an excellent driver on his home turf of the Cotswolds. Added perks were two English countryside walks when he gave us instructions as to how to find him on the other side of the pasture or river or town. Multi sensory and fun!"

Get in touch if you have any questions by emailing hello@inandbeyondbath.com.