Visit The Cotswolds

A beautiful view if ever we saw one, and each one worthy of a watercolour every way you turn. Come and see for yourself, like all good things, you have to see it to believe it.

Walks and activities in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a picture of sloping hills and picturesque little market towns and villages, each with their own exciting story to tell. An area of outstanding natural beauty, it represents the very best of British with its quintessentially English charm enriching the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, while also reaching into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.


A picture postcard of untouched beauty

The Cotswolds has the largest number of conservation areas of any English region, a favourite among our visitors who come from far and wide to see it. Stretching from the northern gateway of Broadway to the magnificent Roman town and Georgian city of Bath on the southern fringes, you are not short of places to see. The fringes of the region include Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the king maker’s castle of Warwick, the historic academia of Oxford, and Winston Churchill’s childhood home, at Blenheim Palace.

Explore the Cotswolds

  • Northern Cotswolds

    Step back in time by wandering the streets of the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, as well as the quaint historic market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and the Anglo-Saxon town of Winchcombe where you’ll discover Sudeley Castle. Beautiful ancient villages to note in this area include Broadway (the ‘Jewel of The Cotswolds’), Bourton-on-the-Water (Little Venice), Stanton, and Snowshill.

    Some of the best Cotswold gardens can be found all within a five-mile radius, including Batsford Arboretum, Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Sezincote and Bourton House. Leading visitor attractions include Snowshill Manor, the mysterious Rollright Stones and Chastleton House

  • Central Cotswolds

    Moving into the heart of The Cotswolds where some of its particularly special historic towns reside – Cirencester (the Roman capital of The Cotswolds), Tetbury, Painswick (often called the ‘Queen of The Cotswolds’), Burford, Malmesbury, Woodstock (home of Blenheim Palace), Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Bradford-on-Avon and Chippenham. Some of our most special attractions include Westonbirt Arboretum (near Tetbury), Woodchester Mansion, Kelmscot Manor, Malmesbury Abbey and Gardens, Owlpen Manor, and Prinknash Abbey and not forgetting the village of Bibury, which was once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in The Cotswolds

  • Southern Cotswolds

    You’ll find the World Heritage City of Bath and lovely, ancient, untouched villages like Lacock and Castle Combe. Not only is The Cotswolds home to unspoiled heritage communities dating back five to six hundred years, but the surrounding rolling countryside with its 3000 miles of public footpaths is steeped in prehistory too. It’s an area rich in Neolithic remains, with 80 long barrows, the remains of some 400 round barrows, and many Iron Age hill forts.

    The Cotswolds is particularly famous for its picturesque honey-coloured stone, which was used to build its pretty little villages and bustling market towns. The warm, mellow colour blends perfectly with the surrounding luscious green countryside — a big part of what makes The Cotswolds so distinctive and memorable to all who fall upon its charm.

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