The Cotswolds is home to some of the most beautiful places in Britain. There are numerous
traditional, quaint, and charming villages in the stunning Cotswolds, all built with the golden stone that was quarried in the local area. To save you a little bit of time, here are the top 10 places you should visit whilst on holiday in the Cotswolds:
This stunning village has been nicknamed the “Venice of the Cotswolds” due to the River Windrush running through the centre of the town. There are lots of things to enjoy in Bourton-on-Water including the Cotswolds Motor Museum where you can take a look around the vast array of vehicles they have on offer including vintage caravans and classic motorcycles, or the Model Village, which is a mini version of the actual village. If you enjoy nature, then Birdland Park and Gardens might be the place for you. It’s a beautiful natural spot that’s inhabited by over 500 species of birds.
At the heart of the Cotswolds lies the picturesque, quaint village of Broadway, which is peacefully placed at the bottom of the Worcestershire hills in an area known for its natural beauty. The number of things to see and do in Broadway is numerous. With lots of local attractions and activities on offer, you will have trouble deciding what to do first.
Burford is another charming place to visit, especially if you’re interested in antiques. Like Bourton-on-Water, Burford is located on the River Windrush. Why not visit the medieval bridge that spans the river? There is a selection of 17th -century and 18th -century buildings in Burford’s High Street and it’s the perfect place for antique enthusiasts.
4. Chipping Norton
Chipping Norton is a typical Market town that was once on the coaching route to London. Chipping Norton has barely changed over the years, which is why it’s so popular with visitors. The skyline in Chipping Norton is dominated by the stunning Bliss Tweed Mill.
This 9th -century Saxon town lies just outside the area of natural beauty. It’s situated on the banks of the River Thames.
The Cricklade is surrounded by stunning countryside which is perfect for riding, walking or cycling. A national nature reserve, which is home to the rare Snakeshead Fritillary is situated in the north of the town.
Cricklade is a small town and civil parish. he population at the 2011 census was just 4,227.
Dursley is surrounded by stunning scenery and is home to many award-winning pubs. This stunning town is surrounded by hills, so it’s the perfect place for people who enjoy hiking or exploring the countryside. There is an 18th -century market house in the town centre which is a must-see. Dursley was originally known for its woollen cloth and Lister-Petter engines.
Malmesbury has a long history as England’s oldest borough. There is a stunning 12th -century Abbey located here that attracts visitors every year, and it’s an extremely popular destination. You could choose to visit the Abbey house, the original Market Cross or the Athelstan Museum - you certainly won’t get bored!
Located in northeast Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh is the main settlement in the North
Cotswolds. Today, Moreton-le-Marsh has the only surviving mainline train station in the Cotswolds, making it the perfect place for you to start your journey.
The town of Northleach is hidden away between the crossroads of Roman Fosse Way and the gentle rolling hills. There are lots of architecturally brilliant buildings in Northleach that are a must-see, including the Great House of Correction and the merchants' houses that were built in the 15th and 16th centuries.
This Ancient Anglo-Saxon town is located in the valley between Cheltenham and Broadway. The restaurants, inns, tearooms, and shops are nestled among the three main streets and are full of history and character.
There are so many stunning towns and villages in the Cotswolds. With the Cotswolds being home to some of the most beautiful places in England, choosing which one to visit first may be tricky. Why not spend some time in them all?