Gloucestershire is a gorgeous county in England, close to the border with Wales. Home to the Forest of Dean, and vast swathes of the Cotswolds, this charming place has lots to offer those looking for a relaxing holiday destination. From quiet, small towns to bustling cultural hubs, there is a diverse range of towns to visit in Gloucestershire. There will surely be one to suit your holiday needs, and to help you find the perfect place here are Gloucestershire’s top towns.
Stroud is famously home to one of the best farmers’ markets in England. It is a top spot to visit if you enjoy trying a local produce and hunting for hidden gems. This town’s broad choice of shops means you can find all manner of treasures while strolling around town. Stroud is cultural hub with plenty to do and the surrounding Five Valleys are stunning.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a beautiful market town in the Cotswolds. It’s just the place if you’re looking for some iconic Cotswolds charm. You’ll find pretty cottages, art galleries, and it is a walking hub too. From here there are numerous walking routes to enjoy, and they’ll take you through some lovely countryside. Enjoy a afternoon taking it slowly and soaking up the views and fresh air.
Cheltenham is the cultural capital of the Cotswolds, and as such there is no shortage of things to experience here. Not only is this town a bustling hub of activity, but it’s also beautiful. From the tree-lined promenade to the stone buildings, Cheltenham is a lovely place to stay. As well as the famous Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, this town is also home to independent restaurants, top attractions and family events.
This small market town is possibly one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds. Once a thriving part of the wool trade, this town now has a peaceful and laid-back feel. Soak up its quaint charm; from the iconic stone buildings to its beautiful gardens. The start of the Cotswold Way can also be found here. It’s a 102 mile trail which mostly follows the Cotswold escarpment all the way to Bath. Chipping Campden is a great place to stay if you enjoy countryside walks.
Found where the River Severn and the River Avon meet, Tewkesbury is a beautiful riverside town. As well as being a pretty place to stay, this town also has a rich history. From the town museum to its 350 listed buildings, there are many ways to learn about the past of Tewkesbury. There are several walking trails and cycling routes to take advantage of too.