Among the charming countryside you will find a wealth of interesting places to visit, including magnificent castles, ancient churches, glorious gardens, stately homes with historic houses.
Spend the day exploring the picturesque Cotswold countryside, browse in an art gallery or antique shop, or simply soak up the history of the area. Shop at some of the oldest chartered weekly markets in the country. Head to the picturesque market towns to shop or take time out for a leisurely ramble and stop for a meal in a traditional pub.
Linked by the wool industry, a wealthy industry of yesteryear to which many of these towns owe their initial prosperity. It is an area of contrasts and there is so much to discover you'll want to come back for more!
Geologically the Cotswolds is a limestone mass stretching 100 miles SW by NE with Bath to the south and Chipping Campden to the north. The 'wold' is old English for 'upland common'. These rolling hills are used mainly for sheep and arable farming. The local breed, 'the Cotswold' can produce a fleece in excess of 10 Kilos. At one time the area had half a million sheep and the wool trade with europe was significant. Flemish weavers were brought to England and the merchants became wealthier than the King. Numerous fine homes and churches were built from the wealth of this trade. This trade lasted several centuries but when it was over the human devastation was dreadful. It did mean however that the towns in the Cotswolds have been left undeveloped as can be seen at places like Chipping Campden. These are now preservation areas and the villages will remain as they were built many centuries ago. We invite you to come and explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Set in the beautiful rural Gloucestershire and Cotswold countryside, it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in England, hardly touched by the centuries. Due to its central location with easy road access, it is ideal for a full vacation or just a short break. Why not stay in an old cotswold stone house in a town? There are a number of shops in town all offering something unique choose from antiques, gifts, books, jewellery.
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From here you can enjoy the delights not only of this charming old wool merchants' town, but also the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. See Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds
, Worcester and the Malverns, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon
and Warwick (with the best mediaeval castle in Europe) - all just an hour away. Click here for further information on What's on in the Cotswolds