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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Surrounding Oxford

The highlights surrounding the city

Out and about around Oxford

The city of Oxford is rightly a fascinating place to visit.  But what of the towns and countryside around?  The Oxfordshire Plain joins the Cotswolds to the west with the Chilterns to the east.  It has the Upper Thames and its tributaries, the Coln, the Windrush, the Evenlode, the Cherwell and the Thame flowing through it.

This remote countryside is often passed through to reach more popular areas.  Here lie scattered market towns and villages, each worth its own exploration.


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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose from distance, time or types of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthFeatures
The countryside around Oxford
Half day, up to 4 hours
An Oxfordshire town and a tour
Half day, up to 4 hours
Includes a town stop
Travelling further from Oxford
Full day, up to 9 hours
Visits and drives in Oxfordshire
Full day, up to 9 hours
Includes a town or venue visit

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Making the most of a day away from Oxford

Our coach tours in the area surrounding Oxford are very varied, and are largely down to what you’d like to do.

We could spend a half day or a day encircling the city, with stop-offs at suitable locations on the way.

We could spend less time on the coach and combine the drive with a visit to one of the towns: Thame, Abingdon, Witney, Burford, Woodstock or Banbury for example are all worth further exploration.

Or we could visit one of the many attractions.  Blenheim Palace, Minster Lovell, Broughton Castle, Waddesdon Manor, Waterperry Gardens and Dorchester Abbey are just some of the many examples.

For Midsomer fans, yet more of the typical villages of the area.  Or, for Downton Abbey fans, Bampton and Cogges where many exterior shots were filmed.

What is your theme?  What is your interest?


Take a look at previous tours in the Oxfordshire countryside:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Association of Cotswold and Gloucestershire Tourist Guides Association

Andrew Lannerd

Transcendent Travel

For the past few years, Graham and the team at Tours 2 order have offered my clients a friendly, behind-the-scenes look at a variety of locations. I cannot recommend them enough for their professionalism, knowledge and approach, which is always well-received by my guests.

HF Holidays guest

Excellent leader. Did his best to make the holiday as good as possible for each one of the guests.

Lin Wilson

Solent Events & Leisure, Gosport

Thanks Graham and thank you for a superb tour yesterday. It was both interesting and amusing which we love! Everyone really enjoyed the whole day and are now eager to book my next one, which is great.

Canadian visitor


Graham was very knowledgeable and communicated to all of us easily and thoughtfully.

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