Towns & Villages of the Cotswolds

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Barnsley

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Bibury

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Those wanting to catch their dinner should head for Bibury’s famous trout farm. Bibury is a vibrant village set on the River Coln, 10 minutes drive from Cirencester. Its treasures include the beautiful Saxon church of St Mary and the famous 14th century Arlington Row weavers cottages. Described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’, Bibury is well worth a visit. 

Bledington

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A gateway to the Cotswolds, Bledington is very close to Kingham station, which has a direct rail route to London. The village is situated on the border between Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, not far from Stow-on-the-Wold and Daylesford. Bledington has a beautiful village green intersected by the River Coln and is home to the Norman Church of St. Leonard, which dates from 1170.  You can explore the surrounding countryside by several walking routes including the Oxfordshire Walk Way, which takes you westwards to Bourton-on-the-Water or southwards towards Shipston-under-Wychwood.  

Bourton On The Hill

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Bourton on the Hill is just a couple of miles from Moreton in Marsh, making it the perfect choice for those who want a peaceful village location. It is home to the award-winning Horse and Groom pub and is the starting point for the Cotswold Farm Walks. 

Bourton On The Water

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Bourton on the Water, affectionately known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ is a tourist honeypot. Gift shops and tearooms abound and the small bridges over the River Windrush running through the centre make for some lovely photo opportunities. There are several family attractions in Bourton on the Water, the model village is a real treat and newly redeveloped Birdland is great for an afternoon with the kids. There is a maze and a toy museum, a car museum and plenty of ducks to feed. Bourton on the Water is well connected by public transport and has a wide choice of bed and breakfasts and guesthouses.

Broadway

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The chestnut-lined high street of Broadway is the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping in the Cotswolds. Exclusive boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and designer clothes stores make this vibrant village centre unmissable. Tearooms, restaurants and a sumptuous deli provide delicious sustenance for hungry shoppers and the Gordon Russell Museum is a must for antiquarians. Nearby attractions include Snowshill Manor with its fascinating collections of art and memorabilia and the imposing Broadway Tower for its unbeatable view. Broadway itself is ideally located for exploring the Northern Cotswolds and has numerous excellent hotels and guesthouses.

Burford

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This vibrant Oxfordshire town, set in stunning countryside alongside the River Windrush, is a southern gateway to the Cotswolds. Beautiful Cotswold stone buildings line Burfords broad High Street, which slopes northwards towards a handsome medieval bridge. This impressive, picturesque main street is full of excellent antique shops, independent stores, art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The magnificent 15th century church of St John the Baptist is situated nearby in the oldest part of the town amongst streets of charming stone houses dating back as far as the 14th century. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is located just a few miles from the town’s centre and provides a great day out for all the family.

Cheltenham

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The Regency town of Cheltenham was made famous as a Spa town in the early 18th century after the discovery of its mineral springs, the water of which was believed to contain healing properties. Cheltenham is now better known for its music, literature, jazz and science festivals, annually held in the town’s centre. Cheltenham is renowned as an excellent shopping centre with a variety of premium designer stores and independent fashion boutiques found along The Promenade and Montpellier. The Suffolks, a small district of Cheltenham close to the town centre, offers the discerning shopper more chic fashion treats as well as a range of antique shops. Cheltenham’s many award winning restaurants, bistros and brassieres provide excellent fine dining. While the town’s bars, pubs, clubs and theatres accommodate a vibrant nightlife. The Cheltenham Racecourse hosts some of the greatest horse racing events in the world, the most famous being The Festival, a four day event which includes the legendary Cheltenham Gold Cup jump race. Cheltenham’s beautiful architecture and award winning parks and gardens are also reasons so many love to visit this charming spa town.

Chipping Campden

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The charming town of Chipping Campden is centrally located in the north of the region, making it a great place to make a base.  Exploring this old wool merchants’ town is an adventure itself, however, and visitors will delight in the beautiful honey-coloured stone houses and delightful streets.  Antique shops and art galleries, tea shops and restaurants, Chipping Campden has something for everyone.  There is also a busy social calendar in this vibrant town, including the Campden Literature and Music Festivals and the world-famous “Olimpick Games” in June.

Chipping Norton

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The bustling town of Chipping Norton has everything a visitor to the Cotswolds needs.  Supermarkets, banks and a Wednesday market make this your number one stop if you've forgotten something.  A monthly Saturday farmer’s market is definitely worth a visit, and the superb Jaffé and Neale Bookshop and Café is a must for fabulous coffee, cake and books.

Gloucester

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Built by the Romans and still full of fascinating history, Gloucester is the place to visit if you’re missing city life.  The newly redeveloped Gloucester Docks is home to great shopping and fabulous riverside eateries.  Gloucester’s magnificent cathedral, a film location for many blockbusters including Harry Potter, is not to be missed.  If you’re lucky you might catch a choir practice, truly magical.

Kingham

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Lower Slaughter

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Moreton In Marsh

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The market town of Moreton-in-Marsh has a wonderful Cotswold high street to explore, with a whole host of restaurants, pubs and hotels. Independent shops, including a great butcher’s and a German pastry shop, and Moreton’s weekly open-air market are at the heart of this traditional town’s vibrant character.  Moreton is on the train line direct from London Paddington.

Naunton

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The peaceful village of Naunton is settled within the Windrush Valley, close to Stow on the Wold.  A popular footpath, commencing opposite the Black Horse Inn, takes walkers along the bank of the River Windrush and past the beautiful 17th century dovecote towards the ancient church of St. Andrews.  Golf lovers will find the impressive 18-hole Naunton Downs golf course just outside the village.

Nether Westcote

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Stow On The Wold

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One of the most famous and best-loved villages in the Cotswolds, Stow on the Wold, will not disappoint those looking for a perfect Cotswold town.  Fabulous shopping, scrummy cream teas and cosy English pubs can all be found here in abundance.  The oldest hotel in England is here, and Stow is the highest town in the Cotswolds so there is plenty for the locals to be proud of, and Stow certainly has a wonderful friendly community spirit.

Stratford Upon Avon

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Tetbury

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Upper Slaughter

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If you are looking for a picture perfect Cotswold village, untouched and tranquil, look no further than Upper Slaughter.  Nestled in the Windrush valley, just a mile from its slightly busier sister, Lower Slaughter, this beautiful village is the ideal location for those wanting to get away from it all.  A stroll along the peaceful River Windrush or a visit to the beautiful Norman church followed by cream teas on the lawn at Lords of the Manor, what could be more perfect? 

Winchcombe

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Woodstock

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The historical town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire is a fascinating place to visit.  The beautiful town centre boasts exclusive boutiques, restaurants and famous hotels, some of which date back to the 17th century.  Woodstock is home to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been the home of the Duke of Marlborough and his family for centuries.  There are many buildings of historical interest in the centre of town, including the town hall and Chaucer House, once home to Geoffrey Chaucer.  The Oxfordshire Museum is an interesting place to visit for all the family with a dinosaur garden and art gallery.  Woodstock has won Gold prizes for Britain in Bloom for the last four years.  Its manageable size, accessibility, amenities and connections with Oxford make Woodstock an ideal option for those visitors wanting to travel by public transport.

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