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What to see in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Attractions

The Cotswolds are home to some big attractions like castles and estates, as well as some historic towns and cities, but a holiday in the region is mostly punctuated by small tourist gems like speciality museums, gardens and quaint historic cottages.

For instance, Moreton-in-Marsh boasts the very popular Cotswold Falconry Centre and the Batsford Arboretum, which is home to one of the largest private tree collections in England. Bourton-on-the-Water will delight families with the Giffords Circus and the Dragonfly Maze, and is also home to the small but special Cotswold Motoring Museum.

Getting around the Cotswolds is best achieved by hiring a car which allows you to explore at your leisure, although organised tours are also a good option. The region is around a two-hour drive from London, along the M4 or M40.

Those wanting to explore this pretty region on foot should walk the Cotswold Way, a National Trail which winds from Chipping Campden to Bath. It takes about a week to walk the whole stretch but many people opt to enjoy small sections of the hike by walking from one village along the route to another.


Gloucester is known primarily as a ceremonial city, and as one of the larger towns in the Cotswolds region. It is home to several popular attractions, including Gloucester Cathedral, whose richly-decorated…

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Sudeley Castle

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, it has played an important role in the turbulent…

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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle's origins date back to before 1066, and although not used as a Royal residence but rather as the seat of the Earls of Warwick, its history is tied inextricably to the throne through…

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