The Cotswolds is an area of natural beauty located in south central England which covers nearly eight hundred square miles running through the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Rolling grassland, picturesque villages and historic buildings are just some of the things that make the Cotswolds a popular place to visit with British tourists as well as international visitors.
Towns and Villages
The Cotswolds is home to many historic towns and charming little oldie worlde villages with traditional tea rooms, country pubs and narrow streets that would appear that had time stood still for hundreds of years. One of the prettiest villages to visit in the Cotswolds is Bibury that was once described by the poet and artist William Morris as the most beautiful village in England. Bourton-on-the-Water is also another popular choice for tourists with many attractions and shops. The river Windrush runs through this picturesque village with its many bridges. Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-on Marsh are two small towns popular with tourists. Stow is an historic market town with an key shopping centre that features many fine antique shops, art galleries and boutiques.
If historical buildings are your thing, we have listed a few of the most amazing must-see listed stately homes that can be visited in the Cotswolds.
Snowshill Manor - Snowshill, Gloucestershire
Rodmarton Manor - Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Sudely Castle - Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Stanway House & Water Gardens - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Seizincote House - Gloucestershire
Within the Cotswolds, are many beautiful gardens, some attached to stately homes that are open for the public to visit. Some of the most popular include:
Hidcote Manor Garden
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Many sporting activities, including cycling, water sports, ballooning and horse riding are available for visitors to enjoy that will allow people to really discover the area and appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds. For those who love cycling, there is a good network of off road cycle tracks that will allow passage to area's inaccessible by car. The well known Cotswold Way Walk runs from Chipping Campden right through to the City of Bath. The route trails through attractive rural landscape and villages with facilities and services never too far from hand.
Thinking of visiting the Cotswolds?
Cheltenham Spa is said to be the most complete regency town in England, makes a perfect base for visiting the Cotswolds. This stylish and cosmopolitan town has been welcoming tourists and visitors from all over the globe for many years. It has a remarkable range of cafe's, bars and shops as well as beautiful landscaped area's such as the Pittville Park and the Montpellier gardens.
For those looking for accommodation during a visit to Cheltenham, Alice Guest House B&B is situated very close to the town centre and all amenities. The Brewery Quarter is just a 7 minute walk from Alice Guest House and provides a range of restaurants, bars and entertainment close by for all the family. Cheltenham Spa train station can be reached on foot within 20 minutes as with the Cheltenham Racecourse.