- The Cotswolds
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.
- A Cotswold fringe town which flourished in Roman times
- 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
- Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, near Stroud, with 335 hectares of NT owned common land just a few minutes walk.
- 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.
- UNESCO World Heritage site and packed with places to visit
- Described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England', Bibury boasts England's oldest inhabited houses at Arlington Row, dating from 1380.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Described as England's most complete Regency town, most of the town centre lies within a conservation
area of outstanding national importance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Hidcote Gardens
- One of the country's great gardens and the fulfilment of a quiet American's English fantasy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Home of the Bard of Avon - William Shakespeare - with everything you would expect from one of England's top
- A Bohemian/café/gallery/bookshop sort of place which Jasper Conran described as ‘the Covent Garden of the
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Compact with shops on ancient Fore Street with the more modern Shires and Castle Place shopping centres
providing a wide variety of outlets
- 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.
- The National Arboretum is an historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and an internationally important
tree and shrub collection.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.