Are you looking for a holiday destination that offers something different from the usual beach holiday?
The Cotswold is an ideal place for a holiday. Located in South West England, it’s full of picturesque villages, rolling hills and stunning views making it one of the most beautiful parts of Britain.
Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, here are our top 10 places to visit in the Cotswold so you can make the most out of your holiday!
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Nothing quite says holiday like a classic stroll around the River Windrush. Enjoy the sights of the traditional stone village houses and its quaint bridges, or take part in activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. For days spent exploring nature, head to Birdland Park & Gardens for some avian adventures.
2. Stow-on-the Wold
This is one of England’s most visited market towns located high up on top of an 800ft hill where you can get stunning views from afar. Explore its many antique shops, tea rooms and pubs that provide an authentic old English atmosphere during your holiday break. The town also hosts several festivals throughout the year including the Stow Horse Fair and the nearby Cheltenham Festival.
Looking for a holiday that offers up a taste of luxury? Then look no further than Cirencester. This charming town is filled with elegant Georgian buildings that have been converted into luxurious holiday rental apartments, boutique shops, fine dining restaurants and cosy cafes. Take some time out to explore its two ancient parks – The Royal Gardens and The Abbey Grounds.
4. Chipping Campden
Get away from it all by visiting Chipping Campden – a picturesque village surrounded by rolling hills and tranquil meadows. Enjoy walking around its historic streets or rent bikes to go exploring in the surrounding countryside. Make sure you visit Dover’s Hill for stunning views of the Cotswolds and take part in a range of activities such as pottery making, archery or golf.
This village is known as the Jewel of The Cotswolds and it’s not hard to see why – its mix of honey-coloured stone buildings, winding streets and flower filled gardens make it a holiday destination that will stay with you long after your holiday has ended. Spend your days visiting nearby attractions including Hidcote Manor Gardens or Blenheim Palace.
Get lost in time in this charming market town dating back to Saxon times. Enjoy some retail therapy by browsing the stalls at its bustling weekly market or take a leisurely stroll along its tranquil green. Don’t miss out on visiting Batsford Arboretum for some stunning views and plant life.
7. Chipping Norton
Enjoy the best of both worlds – a holiday filled with classic English countryside experiences alongside modern attractions such as theatres, galleries and luxury spa hotels. Take part in outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking or biking before stopping off at one of its many traditional pubs for some home cooked grub and real ale.
This is an excellent holiday destination for those looking to explore England’s heritage – it has been dubbed ‘The Gateway To The Cotswolds’ due to its location within the North Wessex Downs Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Be sure to visit the traditional High Street lined with shops and restaurants or take a walk along the River Windrush.
Enjoy an holiday filled with culture in this classic market town that is home to two medieval churches, quaint tea rooms and boutique stores. Make sure you visit The Prince of Wales’s Highgrove House for some royal memorabilia or explore one of it surrounding areas such as Westonbirt Arboretum or Badminton Estate.
This holiday destination offers up something for everyone! Spend your days exploring its independent boutiques, galleries, cafes and pubs before taking part in outdoor activities such as off road cycling or horse riding. The nearby Cotswold Water Park also provides an excellent range of watersports and leisure attractions.
So if you’re looking for a holiday filled with culture, relaxation and adventure then the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for you! Whether you’re seeking a rural retreat or an urban holiday, there are plenty of holiday spots that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged after your holiday break.