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Destination: The Cotswolds Tours

Cotswolds
Description: Attractive region of classic English countryside and old towns and villages
Region: Central England
Pronounced: cots-wolds
Time to spend here: 2 hours - 2 days
In the countryNature loversWalking fanatics
The Cotswolds, South West England
CotswoldsThe Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are quintessentially English. Spanning an area of gentle hills lying between the enticing cities of Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, and Oxford, the area has pretty villages of honey-coloured stone, manor houses, charming churches, dry-stone walls and country pubs in abundance. There is a variety of architecture from black and white medieval buildings in Chipping Campden, elegant regency houses in Cirencester to traditional antique shops in Stow-on-the-wold and crooked stone cottages in Broadway.  

The mix of wealth, a cosmopolitan population and strong local communities creates an audience for what is a lively arts scene. You’ll find festivals, arts events, cultural happenings and galleries tucked away in even the smallest towns.  If walking is your thing, why not walk the famous Cotswold Way.


Towns, Villages and Attractions in the area
The Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way
Cathdral
CotswoldsThe Cotswold Way is a long distance walking Trail that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south. The 102 mile trail passes through picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites and beautiful churches and houses. Some choose a week or more to walk the whole route between Chipping Campden and Bath and others choose to spend just a day or two enjoying the Trail.
Bourton-on-the-water
Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds

CotswoldsBourton-on-the-Water is probably the most visited place in the Cotswolds and makes a great base for seeing the Cotswolds. The river Windrush flows through its centre and together with the attractive low bridges make an attractive scene.  An unusual tradition here is the annual Water football match held in the river!
Broadway
Broadway, Cotswolds
CotswoldsBroadway’s wide main street is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops. But it’s the narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages that have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years.
Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden, Cotswolds
CotswoldsChipping Campden dating back to the 12th century has always been at the heart of trading. The wonderful 17th century Market Hall with its elaborate timber roof and gables and St James Church are well worth a visit. 
Cirencester
Cirecncester, Cotswolds
CotswoldsCirencester with its narrow and winding streets has a certain elegance to it, and dates back to Roman times, and indeed an albeit grassed over amphitheatre still exists. The Corinium Museum explains these origins.
Moreton-in-the-Marsh
Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Cotswolds
CotswoldsMoreton-in-the-Marsh has some fine buildings, including a rare Curfew Tower with its original bell dating back to 1633. It also has the largest open air street market in the Cotswolds every Tuesday. The towns annual show  held in September celebrates farming life past and present.  
Stow-in-the-Wold
Stow-in-the-Wold, Cotswolds
CotswoldsStow-on-the-Wold has a large and impressive town square with buildings all in the traditional local stone. While the medieval cross is a reminder of the market’s heyday – placed to encourage traders to do business fairly under the sight of God, today the town is more renowned for its antiques trade.
Stroud
Stroud, Cotswolds
CotswoldsStroud has an award winning farmers market every Saturday.
Winchcombe
Winchcombe, Cotswolds
CotswoldsWinchcombe is a great base for walkers with a number of trails, including the Cotswold Way passing through. Outside the stone church of St Peter are 40 gargoyles said to represent local town characters from the 1460’s. 
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass

Englis English Heritage Pass h Heritage pass
CADW Pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Salisbury, Oxford, Stratford, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Bath
Transport options in this area: The Cotswold Villages themselves are very small but travelling between them requires a vehicle or bus tour.
Did you know:
In Roman times, Cirencester (known then as Corinium) was the second largest Roman city in the whole of Britannia. Second only to Londinium (London).
Quote:
“And not a girl goes walking, Along the Cotswold lanes; But knows men's eyes in April, Are quicker than their brains” John Drinkwater
Tewskesbury Tewkesbury Dean Forest of Dean
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