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The Cotswolds

Discover the Cotswolds

Everyone who visits it loves the Cotswolds. It’s the UK’s second largest protected landscape and the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales and straddles great chunks of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire as well as well as Wiltshire, Somerset and Worcestershire. Most of these counties can be viewed from the top of Broadway Tower.

There’s something implicitly reassuring and irresistibly pleasing about the villages tucked into lush curvy combes. The novelist J B Priestley called the region ‘the most English of all our countrysides’. A visit is likely to leave you feeling that everything is comfortingly right with the world – although you may feel the need to go to the gym after over-indulging on the local food.

Most people come to the Cotswolds to experience the chocolate-box pretty villages: the centuries-old churches, cute cottages and the dry-stone walls made of that oolitic limestone that glows so warmly in the sunshine. And if you've had your surfeit of countryside there are plenty of other attractions including the Cotswold Motoring Museum, the Gordon Russell Design Museum and the The National Arboretum at Westonbirt.


Recommended in the Cotswolds

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Ellenborough Park

This country house hotel on the original Cheltenham Racecourse estate combines old and new.
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Blaisdon House B&B

Expect a friendly welcome and comfy rooms at this former vicarage dating back to the 12th century.


Modern innovative cooking at one of Cheltenham's most alluring dining destinations. Winner of the AA Restaurant of the Year for England.