The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty that stretches from Warwickshire in the Midlands down to Bath and the South West.
It has one of the largest protected landscapes in England, second only to the Lake District, with a range of rolling hills that rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley. Traditionally the area is quarried for the golden coloured Cotswold stone that is synonymous with the area.
Things To Do In The Cotswolds:
The Cotswold countryside is the main draw for visitors, but the gorgeous towns and villages dotted throughout the area also have so much character and charm. Here’s some highlights of things to do on your visit including selected attractions;
- Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
- Batsford & Westonbirt Arboretums
- Antique Shops and Auctions
- Fine Dining
- Traditional Pubs
- National Trust & English Heritage Properties – Sudeley Castle, Newark Park, Chastleton House
- GWR Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
- National Waterways Museum
- Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
- Jet Age Museum
- Historic Hotels and Inn
- Stunning Walks & Guided Tours
- Cotswold Canals
How To Get There:
From Banbury town centre, at the top of the hill of South Bar, take a right onto the A361 (Bloxham Road) and follow it towards Chipping Norton, which will take you to the A44 on to Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway, or continuing the A361 to Burford.
Take the A44, A436 towards Stow-on-the-Wold then the A429 towards the heart of the Cotswolds and Cirencester. From there you can follow it down towards Bath.
If you want to head towards Cheltenham and Gloucester then take the B4068 at Stow-on-the-Wold or the A-route of the A429 then A40.
From there you can take the M5 towards Bristol and the West Country.
Train routes are limited and infrequent from Oxfordshire. Travel south on the rail network from Banbury Station to Oxford (18-30 mins). From there you can head towards Moreton-in-Marsh taking in a few villages on the way such as Charlbury and Shipton.
Bath Spa can be reached from Didcot Parkway south of Oxford. Check times and routes carefully.
Catch the 488 Stagecoach to Chipping Norton from where you can catch The Villager minibuses that travel around Chippy, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Burford, Witney and outlying villages. Check times and routes carefully.
Check the local tour guides that offer inclusive trips to specific tourist destinations.