Best Cotswold Tours

FACTFILE

  • AONB

    •  The Cotswolds were designated an area of AONB in 1966 and cover 790 square miles.
  • Cotswolds

    • 80% of the Cotswolds is Farmland, and covers 6 English Counties.
  • Grassland

    •  Over half of the country's flower rich limestone grassland is found in the Cotswolds.
  • Cotswold Lions

    •  Cotswold Lions is the name given to the area's native sheep which provided wool for cloth in England.
  • Cotswold Stone Walls

    • There are more than 4000 miles of stone walls which put together would be longer than the Great Wall of China
  • World Heritage Sites

    The Cotswolds contain two World heritage sites. Bath with its Roman remains, baths, and Georgian architecture, and Blenheim Palace being Churchill's birthplace.

  • Quirky Games

    Participate in Shin kicking at Dovers Hill Olimpick games, Annual Cheese rolling at Coopers Hill, Woolsack races at Gumstool Hill, and river football in Bourton on the Water.

  • The Old Stocks

    The stocks in Stow on the Wold  date back to 15th Century, although have been replaced a few times.

  • Cotswold Stone

    The local limestone gives the buildings a unique glow. Cotswold stone from the North Cotswolds is typically honey coloured whilein the South it is more golden.

      

     

Spectacular 
Cotswolds

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 Spectacular Cotswolds or Unmissable Cotswolds!

Sudeley Castle is a must for any visit. There is so much to see. From a Castle steeped in history it is known as the most Romantic castle in England. Its beauty is crowned by a series of wonderful gardens as well as a pheasantry and wildfowl area. Lady Jane Grey wrote that the happiest time of her life was spent walking in the gardens with Queen Katherine Parr.

Blenheim Palace , the birthplace of Winston Churchill in 1874 is equally magnificent, There are over 100 acres of formal gardens to explore. 

 

 

 

Secluded
Cotswolds

 Quintessential Cotswolds, all  golden stone manor Houses and stone cottages. Visit The High Street in Chipping Campden with its 17th. Century covered market house. Explore this heritage in the Court Barn Museum. Also visit the Old Silk Mill. The Gallery displays the works of local artists, while upstairs you can visit Hart Silversmiths with its fabulous time warp of a workshops.

For lunchyou might visit nearby Bourton the Hill where the Horse and Groom offers a seriously good blackboard menu. Continue on, either spending time in Batsford Arboretum or Chastleton House , a jewel of a Jacobean Mansion. ( open 1-5 pm afternoons except Monday and Tuesday).

 

 

Seasonal
Cotswolds

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Over 80% of the Cotswolds is farmland and with the seasons the Cotswolds change colour. The first major impact in April is the Oil Seed Rape with its bright yellow flower. The Countryside changes colour alongside this from all shades of green in the spring to yellows at Harvest time, and back to ploughed and newly replanted fields in the autumn. The seasonal colour changes are complemented by the golden yellow of the Cotswold Stone, and by the sheep aand cattle grazing in the fields. The Cotswolds are always an interesting and fascinating place to visit throughout the year from the December and January winter months, through spring and summer months april to August, to the balmy autumn months of October and November. 

  

 

 

Secret
Cotswolds

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 Owlpen Manor,deliciously hidden away, is a very picturesque Tudor Manor house (1450-1616) that stands in magnificent gardens.

From there continue to Coaley Peak with far reaching views across the vale and down the escarpment to the River Severn and on into Wales. Nearby is Nympsfield Long Barrow with its chambered tomb that dated back to Neolithic times. 

Painswick, the other side of Stroud, is perched regally on the steep slopes of the Painswick Valley. The Queen of the Cotswolds, Painswick’s  prosperity reached its peak in the 17th.C when the stream was harnessed to work mills producing cloth. Closeby  Roccoco Gardens the last survivor of 18th.C design can be found.

Getting to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from  London, Paddington and Marylebone.  There are main line railway stations at Bath,Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.

  • Between London Paddington and Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester
  • Between London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh via Kingham, Charlbury and Oxford
  • Between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester
  • Between Birmingham and Bristol via Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley