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.
During the winter months, the Cotswolds offers crisp walks, roaring log fires, cosy pubs and delicious dining. Have a look at the Special Offers page for places to stay and the Events pages for fun things to do.
The Great Cotswold Outdoors
Plan ahead for the spring. The English countryside is the place to be. Go for walks on wooded footpaths and head out on cycle paths with all the family. Stop at a pretty pub for lunch or browse outdoor foodie markets. Explore the royal connections in the Cotswolds or enjoy our fantastic scenery by steam train...book now to see England at its best.
This year we are celebrating the Great Cotswold Outdoors, with some brand new walking and cycling suggestions. 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.
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.
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.
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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