Destination: The Cotswolds

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Attractive region of classic English countryside and old towns and villages.

The Cotswolds

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Introducing The 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.

The Cotswolds

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Region: South West England

Time to spend here: 2 hours - 2 days

More Information: www.the-cotswolds.org

What's nearby? Salisbury, Oxford, Stratford, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Bath

What transport do you recommend? 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).

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What can I see in and around The Cotswolds?


The Cotswolds are packed with quaint villages and very English attractions, Inns and Countryside. Here are a few of the best.

Bourton-on-the-Water

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Bourton-on-the-Water is probably the most visited place in the Cotswolds and makes a great base for exploring 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!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Broadway

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Broadway's wide main street is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops. It's the narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages that have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Chipping Campden

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Dating back to the 12th century, Chipping Campden 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.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Cirencester

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With its narrow and winding streets, Cirencester has a certain elegance to it, and dates back to Roman times (an albeit grassed over amphitheatre still exists). The Corinium Museum explains these origins.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Moreton-in-Marsh

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Moreton-in-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 town's annual show held in September celebrates farming life past and present.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Stow-on-the-Wold

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Stow-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.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Stroud

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Stroud boasts many shops, cafés and restaurants and has an award-winning Farmers' Market every Saturday. Rich of its industrial past, a visit to the textile working mills is a must.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Winchcombe

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Winchcombe is a charming village which makes a great base for walkers with many 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 1460s.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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