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The Cotswolds: Combining History with Rural English Beauty

Heritage, outstanding natural beauty and an innumerable amount of things to explore and experience – the Cotswolds is regarded as the quintessential definition of rural England. Defined by idyllic villages and sprawling hills, the area crosses six counties that each offer their own individual charm and attractions. Along with an abundance of stores and restaurants, historic hotel choices, and famous sites such as Blenheim Palace, Gloucester Cathedral and Jane Austen’s House, it is no wonder that the Cotswolds is popular with both UK and worldwide travellers.

Exploring the Cotswolds

As it is spread across such a vast amount of land in south central England, it is sadly nigh on impossible to fully explore everything that the Cotswolds features – and that’s even the case for those that live there! With that said, there are numerous main points of interest that are worth noting as you plan your visit. Beginning in the north with the historic Stratford-upon-Avon, the area stretches some 70 miles until it reaches the famous city of Bath. In between, and along with approximately 80% of the Cotswolds remaining as farmland that’s separated by picturesque walking trails and 4,000 miles of historic dry stone walls, you will find an assortment of charming villages and towns that epitomise the delightful nature of the Cotswolds. Although in terms of must-see places to include on your ‘to do’ list, you can’t go wrong with the fascinating market town of Stroud, Bourton-on the-Water village – aka the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ – and the beautiful village of Painswick.

History & Culture to Experience

With a rich heritage and comprising so much land, it should come as no surprise that the Cotswolds boasts an impressive selection of historical sites. None are perhaps as well-revered as the Roman Baths. Regarded as one of the finest examples in Northern Europe of the ancient world, the attraction contains stone remains from Roman times and natural hot springs. Although for something a little more recent on the history timeline, a trip to Blenheim Palace is highly recommended. A World Heritage Site and established in the early 18th century, the palace is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. To further immerse in this side of the Cotswolds, you can travel to the Jane Austen’s House Museum, take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Gloucester Cathedral and explore Berkeley Castle. And while there are many other major points of interest in relation to the historic culture of the Cotswolds, simply visiting one of the many villages in the area will reveal a wealth of fascinating heritage.

Fun for All

Although eye-catching landscapes, quaint villages and ancient sites are a prevalent fixture, it should be noted that the Cotswolds also has many fun-filled attractions that will excite the entire family. If you are an animal lover, one place you cannot miss is the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. Complimented by stunning greenery throughout, the park features an assortment of exotic animal exhibits where you can get up close with the likes of penguins, lions and crocodiles. Other celebrated attractions in this field include the Cotswold Falconry Centre, WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. For a spot of jump racing, concerts and other events, the famous Cheltenham Racecourse is a popular venue with many. And if you are a fan of British television films and shows, the wondrous scenery of the Cotswolds has proven to be the ideal backdrop for a notable amount of prominent dramas and major movies – including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Poldark. So the next time you pay a visit to Gloucester Cathedral, remember that it was also the home of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Shopping & Dining

When choosing from one of the many hotels located in the Cotswolds, arguably one of the best places to stay is in Gloucester. Because not only does it boast a fantastic cathedral, but the city has an abundance of shops and dining options. This is perhaps best evidenced by the popular Gloucester Docks and Quays, with the former a lovingly regenerated area full of things to do, while the Quays is an expansive shopping centre overflowing with designer retailers and restaurants. Yet this is far from the only place in the area that benefits from such amenities. The Montpellier District in Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh, for example, both combine beautiful design with a healthy amount of shopping choices and eateries. With that said, wherever you go, you will often find the likes of independent boutique stores and acclaimed restaurants that will make your journey through the Cotswolds all that more special.

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from ‎₹3,182to ‎₹69,485

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    Hotel The Randolph Hotel - by Graduate Hotels Oxford

    The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford offers 5-star accommodation. Located in the heart of Oxford, the hotel has welcomed world leaders and given brides the perfect wedding. Each of the 151 rooms is individually styled and includes coffee and a minibar. Executive rooms and higher include bathrobes and slippers, as well as a seating area. The hotel also has rooms to properly accommodate guests with physical disabilities. The hotel has on-site parking for 28.50 Pounds per night, free Wi-Fi, and six conference and business suites that are able to accommodate up to 400 people. There’s also a gym, spa, and 10 golf courses for relaxation. Meals at the award-winning restaurant are prepared with seasonal ingredients. Guests can have their afternoon tea at the Drawing Room, and move to the famous Morse Bar when they’re ready for something stronger. The Macdonald Randolph is just metres from Oxford University. And it’s just across from the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the world’s oldest university-based museum. It’s about an hour from London Heathrow Airport. more

    Hotel Brasenose College Oxford

    Brasenose College is situated in the heart of Oxford opposite the iconic Radcliffe Camera and close to restaurants, shops & museums. Brasenose College was founded in 1509. It is located at the centre of the city, minutes away from shops, restaurants, pubs, parks, museums, theatres and the river. The historic buildings have been modernised for 21st century needs. Immerse yourself in an authentic Oxford College experience. The college rooms, which are occupied in term time by students, are comfortable, yet functional. Unlike a hotel, the rooms are filled with the wonder and majesty of over 500 years of history. If you are looking for something unique in the heart of Oxford, then Brasenose is for you. Bedrooms are equipped with bed linen, towels, toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities, and are serviced daily by the friendly housekeeping team. The standard rooms are fitted with a hand basin and offer shared bathroom facilities - a true student experience! Unfortunately, due to the age of the buildings the rooms are unsuitable for those with mobility problems. Brasenose is a working college, therefore, in order to preserve the appropriate College environment, Hen or Stag Parties are not permitted. more

    Hotel Donald Michie House (kellogg College), Oxford Oxford

    Donald Michie House offers spacious en-suite bedrooms, finished to a high standard of comfort and decoration, close to the City centre and all amenities. Recently refurbished, Donald Michie House (12 Bradmore Road), is situated in the heart of the Kellogg College site. The property is close to most University departments and libraries, as well as the city centre, making the College a convenient place to stay for short visits to Oxford. The short-term accommodation at the House offers 14 spacious, ensuite bedrooms, which have been finished to a high standard. There are a range of rooms available, including single, double and large double/twin rooms, which are ideal for guests who wish to book single or double occupancy. more

    Hotel Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry Oxford

    Oxford Belfry is a 4 star hotel located 8 miles south of Oxford city centre. Just off the M40 motorway, London Heathrow airport is 36 miles and it is a 30 minute drive to Blenheim Palace. The hotel is set in 17 acres of land and has 154 guest rooms and suites with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press, iron and ironing board, television with satellite TV channels and wireless high speed internet access free of charge. Breakfast is available each morning and the restaurant is open for dinner. The terrace bar serves brasserie style food, light meals and refreshments all day. The spa has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium beauty treatments and massages as well as a fully equipped fitness room. The hotel also has tennis courts and there is a golf course within 3 miles. For conferences and meetings there are a range of rooms available and are complete with modern technical equipment. Public car parking is available at the hotel, a reservation is not possible and it is free of charge. more

    Hotel The William R Miller Building, St Edmund Hall, Oxford Oxford

    Centrally located within 10 minutes walk to Oxford University and the City Centre. All rooms are En-Suite with a mixture of single, twin and double rooms.Opened in 2004 on Dawson Street, less than 100m from Magdalen Bridge and very close to Cowley Road, the William R Miller Building has 55 en-suite bedrooms located on 3 floors.   Offering accommodation during July, August and September and within a 10 minute walk to many of the Oxford University departments and the centre of town.  All of the main bus routes are within a 2 minute walk, which includes a regular bus service to London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. more

    Hotel Holiday Inn Oxford Oxford

    Holiday Inn Oxford is a 3 star hotel in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is located a 15 minute drive from Oxford city centre at the Woodstock Road and Peartree roundabout on the A34 road. Oxford train station is 3 miles and normal services reach the centre of London in an hour. Heathrow airport is a 50 mile drive. There are 154 air conditioned guest rooms with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, trouser press, windows that open, tea and coffee making facilities, climate control, direct dial telephone with fax, work desk, mini fridge, wired high speed internet access for an additional charge and television with satellite TV channels and pay per view movies. A full English breakfast is available each morning and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves typically English cuisine. Room service is available 24 hours. The bar and lounge are open for drinks. The spa area has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, beauty therapists and a fully equipped fitness room. There are 13 fully equipped conference and meeting rooms, the largest of which can hold 160 persons. more