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The Cotswolds

A ridiculously pretty series of villages amid rolling hills, full of chocolate box cottages and winding country lanes.

The Cotswolds

With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns and picture-perfect villages, the Cotswolds offers nearly 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the range of hills in west-central England is packed with picturesque villages built of Cotswold stone, beautiful churches and vast manor houses.

The Cotswolds
A ridiculously pretty series of villages amid rolling hills, full of chocolate box cottages and winding country lanes.

From the charming town of Cirencester that can trace its roots back to Roman times, to the honey-coloured cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Burford, the area was once renowned for its wool production, reminders of which you can still see today. Delve into history at Sudeley Castle and Gardens, scale the heights of Broadway Tower and surround yourself with nature at Westonbirt Arboretum on your way to discovering one of Britain’s most spectacular locations.

The Cotswolds at a glance

Top suggestions for first time visitors to the Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds
It’s a favourite getaway for British celebrities so excellent food and luxury places to stay abound.

Think of England and The Cotswolds may well spring to mind. This area of limestone hills is picture-postcard England at its most enchanting.

Explore villages made of honey-coloured stone, sip pints in ancient pubs and see some of Britain’s most beautifully preserved medieval churches. It’s a favourite getaway for British celebrities so excellent food and luxury places to stay abound.

England and Wales’ largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) straddles 6 counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, south Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Bath & northeast Somerset.

Enjoy a picnic by the brook in Castle Combe, one of Britain’s prettiest villages.

Quaint stone cottages, a medieval church and plenty of places to shop or enjoy tea make this an enchanting place to explore.

Cirencester is thought of as the capital of the Cotswolds. From London, it’s a 1 hour 20 minute train journey. Oxford is also a convenient gateway to the area – you can get there from London in just 1 hour by train.

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