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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.

Price range

from ‎₹3,355to ‎₹73,253

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    Hotel Eynsham Hall Oxford

    Eynsham Hall is a 3 star hotel in Oxford, England. The hotel is a Grade II listed Manor house and is set in 3,000 acres of land. It is located a short distance from the town of Witney between the A40 and A44 roads into Oxford and is just over 5 miles from Oxford airport. There are 126 guest rooms with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, desk, windows that open, direct dial telephone, television, and wireless high speed internet access free of charge. Hypo-allergenic bedding, an iron and ironing board are available on request. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available and there is a bar for drinks. For conferences and meetings there are a number of rooms available and the hotel can cater for 2,000 people. A complete range of modern technical equipment can be provided. Car parking is possible on site for 180 cars. The health club has recently been renovated and has a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and the fitness room has state of the art equipment. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Oxford Cowley hotel Oxford

    Located near the Oxford Business Park, the Hotel Premier Inn Oxford lies four miles southeast of the city centre. The hotel offers affordable accommodation and an on-site grill restaurant. Located near the Oxford Business Park, the Hotel Premier Inn Oxford lies four miles southeast of the city centre. The hotel offers affordable accommodation and an on-site grill restaurant. Guests at the Hotel Premier Inn Oxford enjoy 24-hour front desk services, complimentary on-site parking and free Wi-Fi. An “Ultimate Wi-Fi” service is available for a small surcharge. The Longwall Beefeater Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Extra charges apply although children can enjoy a free breakfast with paying adults. Alternative dining choices in the area include Atomic Pizza and the River Room Restaurant. Attractions in the area include the Ashmolean Museum, Christ Church Cathedral and Modern Art Oxford. Guests can also enjoy a cruise along the River Thames. more

    Hotel Keble College Oxford

    Comfortable student study bedrooms, located around stunning tranquil Quads in Grade 1 listed buildings. Set in the heart of Oxford, Keble offers ensuite and standard rooms (a shared bathroom between 2 rooms) in comfortable student study bedrooms.  Rooms are located in the Grade 1 listed buildings designed by the Victorian architect, William Butterfield, as well as in our modern award winning buildings. There are ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor and in buildings with lifts and wet room style bathroom for those who have difficulty with mobility. The aim is to ensure that all guests are offered assistance (guests are asked to advise the college of their particular needs when making their booking). Please note that the standard bedrooms are located up at least one flight of stairs, with no lift access. Please note bookings for hen/stag parties or summer schools cannot be accepted out of respect for other guests. The college is unable to accommodate anyone under the age of 16 years old. more

    Hotel Jurys Inn Oxford Oxford

    Barceló Oxford Hotel is a 4 star set near the city centre, just off the A34 and A40 roads, not far from the M40 motorway. Oxford train station is just over 3 miles away and London Heathrow airport is 47 miles from the hotel. 250 parking spaces are available on site. The modern building features 168 guestrooms in 5 categories including 1 suite, 11 family and 14 twin rooms. Standard amenities include air conditioning, TV, wireless Internet and ensuite bathroom with a hairdryer. Room service is available around the clock. The award winning on-site "Medio" restaurant serves a la carte dinner menus and the restaurant bar is open from 11am to 11pm. - the Lounge bar from 8am to 11pm. Meeting facilities include 25 meeting and board rooms with a capacity of up to 320 delegates. These are air conditioned and offer natural daylight and wireless Internet. Meeting equipment can be hired, such as a PC, flip charts, PA system and more. The Barceló Health Club has a sauna, steam room, a beauty salon, 2 squash courts, a gymnasium and an indoor pool. Other leisure activities include archery, clay pigeon, and quad biking. more

    Hotel Holiday Inn Express Oxford - Kassam Stadium Oxford

    Express by Holiday Inn Oxford Kassam Stadium is a 3 star hotel in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is located next to Kassam Stadium, the home of Oxford United Football Club. The centre of Oxford and the train station is 5 miles. London Heathrow airport is 47 miles and London Gatwick airport is an 85 mile drive. There are 162 air conditioned guest rooms with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, windows that open, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, direct dial telephone and fax, television with satellite TV channels and pay per view movies. A complimentary buffet breakfast is available each morning and there are a variety of restaurants close by the hotel for dining options. The hotel bar is open for drinks and guest can order takeaway food from outside and eat in the lounge area where there is a large TV showing news and sports. A health and fitness centre are available nearby at discounted prices for hotel guests. There is a conference and meeting room that can hold up to 25 persons and is complete with technical equipment. more

    Hotel The Randolph Hotel 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