Your guide to discovering the Cotswolds
Idyllic England is wrapped up in the Cotswolds.
Welcome to this very special, wonderfully picturesque region. A short break or a holiday to the Cotswolds will leave you wanting more, and you’ll be booking your next Cotswolds holiday as soon as you return home.
Defined by its rolling hills, or ‘wolds’, this glorious region runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – and offers a host of activities and attractions. In all seasons, too!
Explore quintessential villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves and at some of the most famous arboretas in Britain; walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails; or make a splash in our own lake-land area with its own inland beach.
There’s a vibrant buzz in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Stroud. And an arty heartbeat too – which extends to the wealth of festivals that are testimony to the creative vibe of the region.
The Cotswolds is also richly rural. There are more than 3,000 miles of public rights of way over rolling hills, ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows. There is also a great tapestry of farmland with 4,000 miles of historic Cotswold stone walls dividing up the landscape.
It’s a land that nurtures fantastic ingredients. This is a feast of a place where you’ll enjoy inventive cuisine and traditional dishes full of flavour. Gastro pubs, old inns, colourful cafes and fine dining restaurants – there’s a huge choice of venues to suit all tastes.
The accommodation is just as wide ranging and welcoming. Enjoy the finest of country house hotels, go chic and boutique, take a spa break, snuggle up in a charming B&B, put up a tent at a beautifully located campsite. Or opt for a place of your own: there’s a striking range of cottages and manor houses to rent.
From fabulous gardens to amazing shops, we could go on … but why not come and see for yourself?