OUT & ABOUT IN THE COTSWOLDS

Where to Go, What to Do, What to See


A brief guide to some of the many places to visit in the Cotswolds.

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Abingdon
A Cotswold fringe town which flourished in Roman times
Adlestrop
Most famous for the poem by Edward Thomas...."Yes, I remember Adlestrop..." but a pretty village and worth a visit. Jane Austen was a regular visitor to Adlestrop House
Amberley
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, near Stroud, with 335 hectares of NT owned common land just a few minutes walk.

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Banbury
A large market town with lots of shops and eateries...perhaps best known for the 'Ride a Cock Horse' nursery rhyme.
Batsford Arboretum
One of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country.
Bath
UNESCO World Heritage site and packed with places to visit
Bibury
Described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England', Bibury boasts England's oldest inhabited houses at Arlington Row, dating from 1380.
Blockley
Once the home of numerous silk and woollen mills this is now a pleasant staging post with various cafes and inns. Mill Dene Garden is worth a visit.
Bourton House
Award-winning three acre garden surrounding an 18th century Manor House and Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn. Bourton House Garden presents a magnificent late summer flourish.
Bourton-on-the-Water
The 'Venice of the Cotswolds' with many visitor attractions including Birdland, The Miniature Village, Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Dragonfly Maze and Salmonsbury Meadows
Broadway
The 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' nestles at the foot of Fish Hill, with a range of shops, boutiques, restaurants & hotels. From Broadway Tower you can see no fewer than 14 counties.
Burford
One of England's prettiest small mediaeval towns & traditionally the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds'. it was recently voted one of the six most idyllic places to live in Europe.

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Castle Combe
Has been called 'The Prettiest Village in England' and with good reason; visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century.
Cheltenham
Described as England's most complete Regency town, most of the town centre lies within a conservation area of outstanding national importance.
Chippenham
Set on a prominent crossing of the River Avon it is adynamic market town, with historic architectural gems, modern shopping centres and some of the country's greatest houses and historic villages.
Chipping Campden
Considered by many to have one of the most beautiful high streets in the country. Beautiful buildings provide a history of architectural styles across the centuries, set in an AONB.
Chipping Norton
In the shadow of the Rollright Stones, it is beautiful walking and cycling country, with Chastleton House, Broughton Castle , Blenheim Palace and Rousham close by.
Chipping Sodbury
A beautiful town with lovely ancient buildings and a wide choice of shops, pubs and restaurants.....and a classic semi-spoonerism.
Cirencester
Once one of the most important places in Roman Britain, second only to London, so a visit to the Corinium Museum is a must. The magnificent Cirencester Parish Church is an impressive "wool" church.
Cotswold Farm Park
Home to Britain’s most comprehensive collection of rare breeds of British farm animals. All the farming experiences you could wish for, with the easy parking, a restaurant, gift shop and picnic area.
Cotswold Water Park
40 square miles in area with more than 150 lakes & 150km of paths & cycleways. More than 500,000 visitors every year take part in a wide range of activities and stay in some very upmarket holiday homes.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
A beautiful wildlife attraction where isitors can walk through the Madagascar enclosure with free-roaming lemurs and see meerkats, penguins & tropical birds in the exotic landscaped Walled Gardens.

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Dr Jenner’s House
The birthplace of vaccination, The Chantry is the Queen Anne Style house where Dr Jenner lived and worked from 1785 until his death in 1823.
Dursley
A little market town situated in a wooded valley under the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, overlooked by Cam Peak & Cam Long Down. The pillared Market House in the centre of Dursley was built in 1738.

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Evesham
A major fruit growing & market gardening area. The town's dialect name of Asum was used in the name Asum Ale - a brew produced at the historic Green Dragon public house (c.1510).

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Gloucester
Gloucester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe and was used as a location in the Harry Potter films. Gloucester Quays have been regenerated with 60 outlet stores and a museum.
GWR Steam Railway
The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway with over 12 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock.

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Hidcote Gardens
One of the country's great gardens and the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy.

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Ilmington
The Rectory and Manor House are 16th century. There is a lovely walk to the top of Campden Hill, the highest point in Warwickshire, and the climb is well worth the panoramic views.

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Kiftsgate Court Garden
Kiftsgate has been the Muir family home since 1918. When Lawrence Johnson started to create Hidcote Manor gardens, next door, he encouraged Heather Muir to lay out the bones of the present garden.

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Lechlade
An attractive riverside town with a variety of interesting old buildings, shops, leisure activities & other amenities. The church of St Lawrence was completed in 1476, with possible 13th century antecedents.

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Malmesbury
A beautiful hill top town, surrounded by the River Avon, with boutique shops, warm & cosy pubs, delightful cafes & restaurants, mediaeval architecture, a fine abbey, delightful open gardens & a fascinating history.
Marlborough
Coins were minted here in Norman times and Tudor kings hunted for deer. There is a good shopping centre and a good choice of places to eat.
Moreton in Marsh
A thriving market town dating back at least to an early Roman military camp. The town has has many buildings in characteristic Cotswold stone, numerous antique shops and several hotels

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Oxford
Known as the 'city of the dreaming spires' and famous the world over for its University and Inspector Morse. A bustling cosmopolitan town with many historic buildings, colleges and museums.

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Painswick Rococo Garden
A unique & fascinating insight into mid 18th century English garden design and the only complete Rococo garden in England, dating from when English gardens were changing from the formal to the informal.

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Shipston on Stour
Many former coaching inns remain in the town, around the High Street. The name is derived from the Anglo-axon "Scepwaeisctune" meaning "Sheep-wash-town", denoting its importance as a sheep market.
Shipton-under-Wychwood
The parish church of St. Mary has a 13th century tower and 15th century vaulted porch. The village is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and has been voted the best kept Cotswold village in Oxfordshire.
Snowshill
Lavender fields and Snowshill Manor.
Stanton & Stanway
An excellent stop-over for walkers on the Cotswold Way with an excellent pub. There is a pleasant stroll across open meadowland to Stanway House, home of the second-tallest gravity fountain in the world.
Stow on the Wold
Shops, pubs, cafes & restaurants. Very well placed for visiting all of the main towns, villages and attractions of the Cotswolds.
Stratford-upon-Avon
Home of the Bard of Avon - William Shakespeare - with everything you would expect from one of England's top tourist destinations.
Stroud
A Bohemian/café/gallery/bookshop sort of place which Jasper Conran described as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’.
Sudeley Castle
Nestling in the Cotswold Hills near Winchcombe, where visitors can enjoy the award-winning gardens, over a thousand years of history and romantic ruins

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Tetbury
One of the most beautiful Cotswold towns, with elegant buildings and a major centre for antiques. Nearby is the National Arboretum at Westonbirt and several Royal residences.
Tewkesbury
Renowned as having one of the best mediaeval townscapes in England and an 11th century Abbey with the largest surviving Norman central tower in the world.
The Slaughters
Anglo-Saxon for 'muddy place' rather than something more sinister, these villages are picture-postcard pretty. Lower Slaughter often referred to as the most beautiful village in England.
Trowbridge
Compact with shops on ancient Fore Street with the more modern Shires and Castle Place shopping centres providing a wide variety of outlets

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Warminster
An old market and garrison town, south west of Salisbury Plain. The town boasts many historic attractions and a proximity to interesting and beautiful places to see in Wiltshire.
Westonbirt
The National Arboretum is an historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and an internationally important tree and shrub collection.
Winchcombe
A small, unspoilt Cotswold town with a wealth of unique shops and places to eat and drink. The magnificent Sudely Castle, stone age Belas Knap long barrow and ancient ruined Hailes Abbey are all close by.
Witney
Thriving market town and the largest town in West Oxfordshire. The 17th Century Town Hall and was rumoured to have been build by an apprentice to Sir Christopher Wren.
Woodstock
Home to the stunning Blenheim Palace UNESCO World Heritage site, Woodstock is beautifully preserved and extremely pretty, with collection of antique shops, gift shops, clothes shops & art galleries
Wotton Under Edge
Historic market town with many National Trust properties within easy reach, walks & cycle trails, shops, cafes, restaurants, historic buildings, 13th Century Inn and a 10th century Iron Age Fort.