Car-free Cotswolds day trip? Yes it’s possible!

As it’s World Car-Free Day today (22nd September), it seemed appropriate to write a new post about car-free Cotswolds day trips.

If you came here looking for ideas, you’re not alone. Many people are choosing a car-free Cotswolds day trip these days.

Perhaps you’re a city-dweller who doesn’t own a car? Maybe you’re visiting from overseas and you’re nervous about driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road? Hopefully you are as concerned as we are about the negative impact of fuel-guzzling vehicles on the environment.

Take a local guided tour for a car-free Cotswolds day trip

Our friendly, local driver guides

Well, it would be remiss of us not to mention our own company, eh?!

Go Cotswolds is a local, family-run company based in Stratford-on-Avon. We specialise in guided day trips of the beautiful Cotswolds in small groups of up to 16 people. We have modern, comfortable, executive-class minibuses with panoramic windows, so you’ll get a great view wherever you sit.

But a really great thing about our tours, is that we actually spend more time OFF the minibus than on it!

See the ‘Cotswolds in a Day

A tour group enjoying their Cotswolds in a Day tour

Our best-selling tour is the ‘Cotswolds in a Day’ tour – carefully planned with the first-time Cotswolds visitor in mind.

It would impossible to show you all of the Cotswolds in one day, but with this tour, we’ll help you explore the highlight towns and villages and some hidden gems too.

Walk the ‘Cotswolds Trails & Villages’

A tour group enjoying their Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour

In summer (May to September) you can get off the off the beaten track with our Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour.

This tour includes one short countryside walk, and two longer, optional walks, to help you discover some of the Cotswolds beautiful public footpaths – as well as some of it’s prettiest villages.

It’s an ideal tour for active people who want a different perspective on the Cotswolds.

Drink in the Cotswolds with our ‘Brewery, Pub Lunch & The Cotswolds’ tour

Car-free Cotswolds day trips mean you can enjoy a drink!

A great thing about going car-free is that you can have a cheeky beer or glass of wine or two without worrying about drink-driving!

For the ultimate grown-ups car-free Cotswolds day trip, try our ‘Brewery, Pub Lunch & The Cotswolds’ tour. This day trip includes a tour (and the all-important tasting!) at a rural craft beer brewery, lunch at the most amazing Cotswolds countryside pub, and visits to two further Cotswolds villages.

Get together with friends and enjoy this fantastic day out!

Why go car-free with Go Cotswolds?

Enjoy car-free Cotswolds day trips chauffeured by one of our local guides

There are numerous private taxi tours operating in and around the Cotswolds. These are great for convenience and flexibility, but they’re not cheap, and not exactly car-free, are they?

When you take a minibus group tour like ours, it takes several cars off the roads, contributing less pollution to the atmosphere. We have carefully planned out the best villages to visit, in the most fuel-efficient way – so you can leave the driving and parking to us!

Our vehicles are still small enough to navigate the winding roads, and our group sizes aren’t so big that you get lost in the crowd.

Plus you still get the benefit of the local knowledge and excellent company of one of our friendly local guides. If you’re not ‘a tour person’ and are wondering why you should take a guided tour, take a look at our article on that very subject, here.

Car-free Cotswolds day trips from Stratford-upon-Avon

Car-free Cotswolds day trips can even include Stratford-upon-Avon

If you’re staying in Stratford-upon-Avon, leave the car behind and we’ll pick you up right from your hotel, guest house, or address. Check out the exclusive package deal we have with The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon here.

That way, you can explore Shakespeare’s home town and see the Cotswolds too, in one car-free trip!

We can also pick you up from Stratford-upon-Avon station, which is perfect if you’d like to take a car-free Cotswolds day trip from Birmingham, Solihull, Leamington Spa and Coventry.

Car-free Cotswolds day trips from London, Reading, Oxford and further afield

Escape the city with a tour of the Cotswolds from London

If you’re planning to take a car-free Cotswolds day trip from further afield, then good news!

We can also pick you up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station, which has direct connections to London, Reading and Oxford. In fact, it takes less than 2 hours to take the train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh. Plus, it’s WAY nicer to sit back and relax on a train than to be sitting in the outer London traffic!

From Reading, the train journey is around 1 hour, and it’s just 35 minutes from Oxford.

Previously, we’ve had car-free tour guests from places like Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Cheltenham, Gloucester and even Southampton!

Another reason to go car-free: let us buy you a coffee!

Good Journey promotes car-free tourism in the UK

Have you heard about Good Journey?

Good Journey is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting car-free tourism in the UK. They work with tourist attractions, venues and tour companies to give exclusive offers to car-free visitors.

Next time you’re planning a car-free day out, hop on over to the Good Journey website. There, you can discover which attractions have car-free offers.

As for us, tell us you found us through Good Journey (and travel car-free, of course) and we’ll buy you a coffee to say thanks for choosing a car-free Cotswolds day trip!

Ready to book a car-free Cotswolds day trip? Click here! 

Explore Cotswold villages and towns like Chipping Campden without a car

Prefer a private tour or need group transport? Then, check out our private tours and minibus hire options.

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