Uber or driver/tour guide in Cotswolds?

Old Jul 29th, 2017, 09:13 PM
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Uber or driver/tour guide in Cotswolds?

We're planning to begin our October UK vacation in the Cotswolds after arriving at Heathrow. I would like to avoid driving and was wondering if hiring an Uber to get between towns is now common. Otherwise we're considering arranging for a driver/tour guide for 2 afternoons.

I've read various recommendations about travel from the airport to the Cotswolds. We're hoping to stay in Barnsley near Cirencester, what would you all recommend as the best method of travel from Heathrow to Barnsley?

Thank you so much!
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 09:36 PM
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Do you mean Barnsley House? It us in a VERY rural location -- no actual town nearby. The village of Barnsley is teensy -- fewer than 200 people. There is really no practical way to get to Barnsley from LHR w/o a car - but you wouldn't want to drive right of an international flight. You could go by train in to London Paddington then take a different train to the nearest station at Kemble (once an hour / 1.5 hour journey) - which is about 10 miles from the hotel. No -- uber would not be practical.

If you want to visit the Cotswolds without a car you do not want to stay in Barnsley.

What is the rest of your itinerary like? It might be better to start your trip in London or Bath or Oxford or ??
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 09:43 PM
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Meant to add -- if you want to visit the Cotswolds, then someplace on the east side closer to Oxford would be easier. Trains go to Moreton-in-Marsh, Charlbury, and Kingham (near Stow on the Wold). Of those Moreton in Marsh has more tourist facilities and bus connections.

But honestly -- hitting the cotswolds first off the plane might not be your best option.
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 09:52 PM
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A possible solution although a bit expensive is to hire a taxi from the area ( Cirencester ) to pick you up at LHR. Google taxi/ car service companies in Cirencester. You can use a local taxi company to drive you around the Cotswolds but, again, this will likely be an expensive alternative.It is not a common practice to use taxis between towns or even for touring and few places will have easy access to taxis. You'll need to prearrange pickups/ drop offs. etc. We did it once, and I would not recommend it. I wouldn't use Uber.The Cotswolds are not easy to tour without a car,although walking is a viable alternative.
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 10:08 PM
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Per historytraveler's suggestion: This company charges £100 for LHR (which seems amazingly cheap)

http://www.sirencars.com/airport-taxis-cirencester/

They also do 'Cotswold tours' - no prices listed but it would obviously be more than £100 per day since the drive from LHR is only 90 minutes-ish. So it would probably mean an all day tour would be at least £50 per hour.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 03:25 AM
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Great advice above

You might need to think what draws you to the Cotswolds. The towns are pretty pretty but packed out on a summer day with local and international tourists, the countryside is lovely and, guess what, empty.

The UK has thousands and thousands of free walking paths. One of the best ways to see the place, is stop one night in a B&B, walk to another towns, sending bags on ahead with a taxi to another B&B and stop half way for lunch pub treat.

Conclusion; two nights stay and a chance to see two towns, and some lovely countryside, meet fellow ramblers etc etc
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 03:30 AM
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i think that you can get a coach [bus] from LHR to Oxford, which would be an easier and safer way to get close to the Cotswolds than driving straight after a transatlantic flight - they leave every 30 mins from Heathrow Central bus station according to Google maps.

That puts you much closer to where you want to go and would be good for a night or two. Then pick up a car or use taxis/driver to get around.

BTW, I don't think that you'll find your Uber app of much use in the Cotswolds.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 04:33 AM
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>>That puts you much closer to where you want to go and would be good for a night or two. Then pick up a car or use taxis/driver to get around.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 06:17 AM
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I visited Barnsley House long ago to visit the garden. So long ago that Rosemary Verey was still in residence and I understand why you'd like to stay there. I'd recommend contacting the hotel to ask if they can arrange a taxi or car service transfer from Heathrow and if they have people in the vicinity who can provide the tour you want. As mentioned, it will all come at a price but that may not be an issue for you and the hotel may be the best source. I hope you manage it.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 06:32 AM
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. . . Or drive and solve the whole situation.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 06:35 AM
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>> . . . Or drive and solve the whole situation.after a night somewhere car-less to recover from the jetlag. Windsor would be good - 7 miles from LHR and an easy drive the next day to the western Cotswolds.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 07:03 AM
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There are several companies that offer self-guided walking tours in the UK, including the Cotswolds. You do the walking, they book your accomodation and move your luggage. Just do a search
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 08:38 AM
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>>To clarify - closer to the Cotswolds for sure - not to Barnsley though. Oxford to Kemble by train takes just about as long as from London and would have to change at Didcot.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 09:44 AM
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Thank you all for your excellent suggestions. I'll ask the Barnsley House rep. if they have transport options to their hotel. If that's not practical, we'll rethink our plan to stay in Barnsley which sounds a little too remote.

On our last trip to England, we had a great experience going directly by bus to Bath from the airport allowing us to adjust to the time difference and relax before heading to London. We spent 2.5 days exploring the town and relaxing at the hotel.

The logistics of the Cotwolds sound a bit more challenging. I wonder if there might be a Cotswold town that might be a great destination in itself? It sounds like Oxford would possibly be a good base if there isn't.

Walking between towns sounds like a great option too.

I meant to add we'll be traveling in early October.

Thanks again janisj, annhig, MmePerdu, bilboburglar, thurdaysd & historytraveler for your helpful advice!

Eyann's husband
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 10:01 AM
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There are direct National Express coaches to Cirencester and Cheltenham, not clear whether they make additional stops.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 11:03 AM
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thursdaysd - according to google maps [which I am increasingly using for train and bus info as well as driving times and routes] there is a direct bus from LHR to Cirencester which takes about 95 mins, but to get to Cheltenham you have to do a convoluted train journey via Bristol. Cirencester would make a good base - plenty to see in the city, and big enough to have taxis for day trips.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 11:14 AM
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ann - National Express disagrees with google maps. Admittedly, there are only four direct coaches a day, from Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3 to Cheltenham, but they do exist.
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 11:27 AM
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that's good thursdaysd. I wonder why they don't show it. [perhaps I put in the wrong parameters, though I did move the time to tomorrow morning].

It does demonstrate that one needs to check information by reference to more than one source - especially if you're the one intending to rely upon it.

Do I remember you stopping in Cheltenham on your last tour round England? I'm pretty certain you were talking about it. how would it compare with Cirencester as a stop-over place?
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 11:40 AM
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No, I decided against it after the discussion here. I stayed in Worcester, which I really liked, but I was doing the Welsh Marches rather than the Cotswolds.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...cheltenham.cfm

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...omment-9719256
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 11:45 AM
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>>Not if they picked up a CAR at Oxford, JJ - it's a drive of about 50 mins.>On our last trip to England, we had a great experience going directly by bus to Bath from the airport allowing us to adjust to the time difference and relax before heading to London. The logistics of the Cotwolds sound a bit more challenging. I wonder if there might be a Cotswold town that might be a great destination in itself? It sounds like Oxford would possibly be a good base if there isn't.
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