Guided Minibus and Walking Tours
Heart of England
Oxford • Cotswolds • Bath
Stonehenge • Stratford-upon-Avon
Windsor • Shropshire • Wye Valley
and many more destinations
A tour-guiding business based in Oxford
Founder Tony Gulliver is a qualified Blue Badge Guide who gives walking tours and provides tours of the region in his own private-hire minibus. Tony has a background in travel writing, editing and photography. He loves the great outdoors, is passionate about history, and is just as much at home with industrial heritage as ancient stone circles.
He is extremely knowledgeable of all varied facts and history of this area and presents
them in a fun and informative way. We nicknamed him the Professor after the first day…
Sandy and Charlene, Kentucky USA
Tony is a descendant of the Banbury Gullivers, whose graves in St Mary’s churchyard, Banbury, inspired Jonathan Swift to a name for his famous protagonist. So why not embark on your own journey of discovery? Whether it’s for Windsor or the Wye Valley, the Cotswolds or Stonehenge, for high quality tours with family or friends, book with GULLIVER’S GUIDES.
travel in style in our private-hire vehicle
A luxury Ford Tourneo
up to 7 passengers
fully air conditioned
Blue Badge driver-guide
live commentary via PA system
enjoy a city or town walk in
Oxford, Stratford, Bath…
…and many other places
Blue Badge or Green Badge Guides
in combination with minibus tours
With GULLIVER’S GUIDES you can drop in on Shakespeare’s birthplace; visit ancient sites like Stonehenge, Avebury and Viroconium (Wroxeter); and see landscapes that inspired authors and composers such as Tolkien and Elgar. You can explore great gardens and stately homes; enjoy pretty Cotswold villages like Broadway and Bibury; and discover world-famous cities such as Oxford and Bath. Admire great cathedrals like Gloucester and Salisbury, and castles like Windsor and Warwick. You can even journey to the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.
Its world-famous University is the oldest in England, founded in the 12th century. Explore the city’s lanes and visit one of the colleges, and perhaps the Divinity School with its amazing ceiling. Nearby Blenheim Palace can also be visited.
With hidden valleys, honey- coloured villages and miles of dry-stone walls, the Cotswolds are the epitome of the English countryside. Steeped in history, these hills are punctuated by gardens, manor houses and the spires of medieval ‘wool’ churches.
The home of William Shakespeare and a pleasant market town in the heart of rural Warwickshire. Visit his Birthplace and his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, plus other attractions. Nearby Warwick has England’s finest medieval castle.
A World Heritage Site situated on the River Severn in Shropshire. Home to the world’s first Iron Bridge, it is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. The towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury, as well as the lovely Shropshire Hills, are all nearby.
Another World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the world, just a 90-minute drive from Oxford. It is possible to combine a visit with a trip to nearby Salisbury and its spectacular cathedral, as well as the prehistoric landscape of Avebury.
Yet another World Heritage Site, not just for its ancient thermal springs, which first became a local attraction back in Celtic times, but also for its perfectly preserved Georgian architecture, with steep terraces and imposing streets and crescents.
Straddling the border between England and Wales, the riverine landscapes of this dramatic valley are matched by impressive man-made creations such as the ruins of Tintern Abbey, as well as towns like Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye.
Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes
Famous for its nursery rhyme, you’ll also find Gulliver’s grave here, and Banbury cakes. Broughton Castle is home to a real lord, and Sulgrave Manor was home to George Washington’s forebears. Stratford and the Cotswolds are both nearby.
We are keen to take you where you want to go, so help us create your own personalised tour which can last from a few hours to several days. Combine a trip to Oxford with seeing the Cotswolds; Stonehenge with Bath or Salisbury; Ironbridge with the Shropshire Hills; Stratford with the Warwick Castle and Banbury. We can mould a tour to your interests, whether they be in music, literature, science, industrial heritage, archaeology, arts & crafts, country houses, gardens, ancient churches, film locations, gastronomy and even tracing your ancestors.
Sample minibus tours
The following are samples only, taken from the vast area we cover,
intended to show what is possible with Gulliver's Guides.
We can collect you from Heathrow, Gatwick or Birmingham airport and take you to Oxford or anywhere in the region. From Heathrow the journey can take in the Thames meadow at Runnymede, where King John signed the Magna Carta, and Windsor Castle. The route back to Oxford could continue either direct via the motorway or through the Chiltern Hills to Henley and Wallingford, heart of Midsomer Murders country.
GULLIVER’S GUIDES covers other areas of the Heart of England, including Birmingham and Coventry, the Malvern Hills, the Staffordshire Potteries and the Peak District. But we venture further afield as well, to areas very familiar to Tony Gulliver, including Yorkshire where he grew up, Northumbria, the Lake District, the mountains of North Wales, and the Southwest.
Contact Gulliver’s Guides
13 Stratfield Road, Summertown
Oxford OX2 7BG
Tel: + 44 7855 141907