The Cotswolds is full of quintessential English charm. With its iconic stone cottages, plentiful footpaths and delicious local produce this is somewhere we’re sure you won’t want to leave in a hurry. Although this is a prime location for a countryside stroll, you could just as easily while away an afternoon in one of the many tearooms. If sweet treats aren’t your thing, there are plenty of well reviewed restaurants to enjoy; a couple of which even boast a Michelin star or two. There is a myriad of gorgeous towns to choose from, each offering a unique Cotswolds experience. Here’s a shortlist of our favourites.
Home to thatched rooftops and quaint side-streets, this romantic town is an idyllic base for exploring the northern stretch of the Cotswolds. Whether you’re scouring the countryside for your future wisteria-adorned country manor house, or tucking into the perfect Victoria sponge, strolling the hideaway passages of Hidcote Manor, or a gazing out across glorious Broadway Tower; Chipping Camden is the quintessential English getaway.
From churches that look like they’ve been plucked straight from a Tolkien novel, to sophisticated art galleries, Stow-on-the-Wold is perfect for those looking to enjoy the finer things in life. And the sweeter things, it seems, as Stow-on-the-Wold is home to gloriously vintage Cotswold Sweet Company. Bask in the peace of a quaint English bookshop and enjoy Stow-on-the-Wold’s slower pace of life.
Often called ‘the capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is a great place to escape the city and indulge in a countryside break. Filled with golden stone houses and lush green spaces, it’s a relaxing place to stay. It is also home to some of the Cotswolds’ best shopping opportunities over at the Market Place; a traditional high street where you’ll also find Parish Church of St John Baptist, a breathtaking gothic church open to the public. For the history buffs, don’t leave without a trip to the Corinium Museum; a treasure trove of Roman relics and interactive displays.
From the capital of the Cotswolds, to its Little Venice, Bourton-on-the-Water is so affectionately nicknamed due to its picturesque patchwork of canals and tiny stone banks. Additionally, no visit to Bourton-on-the-Water would be complete without a visit to Birdland. Here you will find birds in all shapes and sizes, from slip-and-sliding penguins to statuesque flamingos, in one beautiful country park for all to enjoy. Then, continue the fun over at the Dragonfly Maze, an attraction that adults everywhere are unashamed to admit they enjoyed without the kids.