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Janet Oct 2nd, 2002 04:32 AM

Oxford & Cotswolds
 
Has anyone done an Explorer Day trip to Oxford and the Cotswolds? Will be in London this Saturday and wonder if this is a worthwhile trip.

S. C. DIXON Oct 2nd, 2002 06:33 AM

Hi, Janet, I envy you your trip. I’ve never been on the particular daytrip tour your talking about and I don’t know your details, but I’ve taken many a daytrip if only for the overview of an area.<BR><BR>However, I think that you should be forewarned that the Cotswolds is a sizeable area and encompasses a great many wonderful towns and villages. As for Oxford, I once read that it has the greatest assemblage of historic buildings of anywhere on earth.<BR>That might be a bit of hyperbole, but there is a great deal to see and do in Oxford, I think one could easily spend as much as a week there before having a comprehensive view of the place.<BR><BR>Forewarned is forearmed and, again, I think it would be a great trip, but you might be better served by something a bit more specific and manageable such as a daytrip to Salisbury or Bath.<BR><BR>Whatever you decide, keep us posted with the details upon your return. Bon voyage. <BR>

janis Oct 2nd, 2002 12:08 PM

It is a decent tour - but fairly expensive. And as S.C. says - you will barely scratch the surface. But if one day is all you have, you will get a lot out of the tour.<BR><BR>Another idea - just atke a day return train to Oxford and take one of the inexpensive city walking tours from the Tourist Information Center. Then spend the rest of the day exploring Oxford and catch the train back to London in the evening.

Lanny Oct 2nd, 2002 12:35 PM

I wouldn't train to Oxford because that is all you will get then. There are a number of day tours that do a circle through Oxfordshire and cover the city quickly then take you to places such as Blenheim Palace where Churchill was born, Bladon where he is buried, then through a handful of nearby Cotswold villages for the other half of the day. I vote for the tour and to heck with the train trip to what is ultimately, just another not so pretty city (the university grounds excepted).<BR><BR>Lanny

Igor Oct 2nd, 2002 01:04 PM

Lanny, now you've gone and done it! Personally I think Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yes, it has a seemy side, but then so does Paris.


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