The Cotswolds

A little information about the English Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are breathtakingly beautiful and quintessentially English. Of all the rural areas of England, the Cotswolds are the most recognisable and well known. Visitors from all over the globe have been enchanted by the area's unspoilt beauty and rustic charm for centuries. Now you can explore this wonderful region and discover its finest delights through

The rolling Cotswold Hills are interspersed with vibrant towns and picturesque villages offering everything one could wish for; exceptional food, the finest accommodation, stylish shopping, inspiring art and local antiques.

There is something for everyone in the Cotswolds and features the finest. Those seeking a relaxing getaway can find peace and tranquillity in a tucked away village, whilst the more active can enjoy invigorating outdoor pursuits like walking, fishing, riding and cycling. There are countless experiences to be had, from a morning of hot air ballooning over the patchwork Cotswold countryside to an afternoon of golf on one of the many superb courses in the area.

For luxury and romance, there is nowhere better for a pampered weekend, with luxury Cotswold hotels and spas to be found across the area. Award-winning restaurants, scrumptious tearooms and cosy pubs provide delectable treats for hungry visitors. Whilst meandering country lanes, wild woodlands and some of the country's finest walkways provide excellent routes for romantic strolls.

A holiday in the Cotswolds with the children is the stuff of real adventures and lasting family memories. Farms to visit, forests to explore, and a host of child-friendly activities will keep families busy whatever the weather.

The organic food movement is thriving in the area, with a growing number of organic farms and farm shops offering delicious produce from locally grown fruit and vegetables to Cotswold ice cream and home baked cakes.

The Arts and Crafts movement made its mark on the Cotswolds in the early 20th century. This love of art and design is still prominent and the Cotswolds is home to some of the country's finest art galleries and antique shops.

Manor houses and stately homes are dotted all over the majestic Cotswold countryside and many of these are open to the public, through the National Trust and English Heritage. A Cotswold holiday wouldn't be complete without a walk round one of the many open gardens found in this region of horticultural heaven. The natural beauty of the area has also made it a favourite location for filmmakers, with many a Cotswold landscape, village, or pub appearing in films and TV series.

The majority of the Cotswold region, known traditionally as the heart of England, lies within the county borders of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire but parts extend into Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There is a strong tradition of farming as well as horse racing in the area and a number of renowned horse trainers have stables in the Cotswolds. The Cheltenham Racecourse hosts some of the greatest horse racing events in the world, of which the most famous is the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place during The Festival each year.

The Cotswolds are ideally located and easy to get to by road, rail or air. Direct high-speed rail routes allow visitors from London to arrive in the Cotswold within 90 minutes. Cheltenham is a hub for the National Express coach services and the M5, M4 and M40 motorways offer excellent road routes into the area. The Cotswolds lie within an hour of both Bristol and Birmingham airport and within 2 hours of Gatwick and Heathrow airport.

A holiday in the Cotswolds can be peaceful, romantic, exhilarating, exciting, nostalgic, invigorating and always unforgettable. Discover the finest this extraordinary region has to offer on the pages of and create your very own itinerary for your perfect Cotswold visit using our Trip Planner tool.

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