The Official Guide to Cotswolds Breaks and Holidays
The Cotswolds area is one of England's favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting.
In summer time, the Cotswolds offers fantastic walking and cycling, beautiful gardens, bustling farmers' markets and a delightful cafe culture. Have a look at the Special Offers page for places to stay and the Events pages for fun things to do. The Cotswolds Official Visitor Guide app is now available to download on Android and iPhone.
Plan Your Visit
Plan ahead for the year. The English countryside is the place to be. Walk over the hills or through pretty villages and head out on cycle paths with all the family. Stop at a Cotswold pub for lunch or browse outdoor foodie markets for picnic fare.
Cotswolds locations have been used in the recent TV dramas 'The Casual Vacancy', 'Wolf Hall' and 'Poldark'. Find out more about the locations.
Take a look at the 2015 Cotswolds Visitor Guide to help you plan your holiday. The Cotswolds official guide is full of useful information, including a calendar of events, as well as where to stay and what to see at the wonderful attractions in the area.
NEW Cotswolds Phone App
The Official Cotswolds Visitor Guide app is available to download on Android and from iTunes. The app gives you an interactive guide to The Cotswolds at the touch of a button. This comprehensive directory is an easy way to discover the best sights, attractions, events, accommodation, food, drink and shopping in the Cotswolds area. Discover more about the official Cotswolds phone app.
Cotswolds Photography Competition
Keen amateur photographers of all ages are being offered the opportunity to capture what they feel best sums up the beauty and uniqueness of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The competition has been launched to celebrate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the AONB. Find out how to enter and about the great prizes up for grabs.
The Cotswolds Discoverer Pass - Just the Ticket!
The Cotswolds Discoverer pass is the perfect and hassle-free way to travel around and discover some of the most scenic parts of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by bus and by train. With either a 1-day or 3-day pass, you can explore one of the finest landscapes in England.
Rugby World Cup Comes to Gloucester
Gloucester is a host city for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The ground at Kingsholm will be home to four of the games. Base yourself in and around the Cotswolds or Gloucester to soak up some of the World Cup atmosphere. Find out about tickets for the Rugby World Cup by clicking here.
#Home of Sport
VisitEngland is asking for your favourite sporting venue or activity using #homeofsport on Twitter and Instagram. Please add your favourite Cotswolds sport using #homeofsport using Twitter @cotswoldsinfo and The_Cotswolds on Instagram.
The Great Cotswold Outdoors
This year we are celebrating the Great Cotswold Outdoors, with some brand new walking and cycling suggestions. Get out and about on your bike, with our new 7 Day Circular Cycling Tour of the Cotswolds and Severn Vale. The route has been split into daily routes and additional circulars from each of the six hub towns. Cycling is a wonderful way to see the stunning scenery and distinctive character of the Cotswolds. Head to the 7 Day Circular Cycling Tour page for more information.
Base yourself in one of 17 different towns or villages for a Walking Weekend in the Cotswolds. These itineraries are available to download from the Cotswolds Walking Weekends section.
MORE Than Just the View is a phrase that we’ve adopted to describe the Cotswolds, based on comments from our visitors who have been surprised by what’s on here beyond the expected offer of Cotswolds hotels and beautiful scenery. Lively cultural events, a year round season of sporting events and festivals – even the range of individual, quirky shops here – have all combined to encourage repeat visits by our visitors. Meanwhile we’re working hard to make sure that our Cotswolds website has all the info to help you discover MORE. Take a look at the 2015 Cotswolds Visitor Guide to help you plan your holiday.
Vintage and Modern Cotswolds
For lovers of the retro and vintage, the Cotswolds is a delight - full of experiences, inspiration and shops that you just can’t find anywhere else. To help you discover a new side of the Cotswolds we’ve put together four routes to lead you to places to visit, secret retro and vintage shopping and stylish places to stay - find out more
Towns and Villages Guide
Use our towns & villages guide to discover your favourite spot – perhaps the Capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, or maybe Stow on the Wold to admire the views from its hill top location. Our smaller towns and villages have much to offer – The Slaughters, Broad Campden, Chalford, Bibury, Longborough and many, many more each have a unique character and we’d recommend spending a day or two exploring at your leisure.
On the edge of the Cotswolds, the Regency town of Cheltenham
offers award-winning gardens as well as an impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and a range of festivals, whilst nearby neighbour Gloucester
will impress you with its fascinating history. Medieval Tewkesbury
presents a range of beautiful buildings to explore and in the south of the region, Stroud
holds one of the country's best Farmers' Markets. Both Montpellier in Cheltenham and Stroud have been named in The Times' countdown of the thirty coolest places to live, an indication of what incredible nuggets of beauty, style and culture the Cotswolds have to offer!
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