The Cotswolds is home to some of England’s most scenic landscapes with quaint villages, rolling green hills, and winding country lanes. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spans 800 square miles across 5 counties in south-central and southwest England. Those living in busy cities like Birmingham and London often embark on epic road trips across this massive region. Along the way, there are many historic market towns with pastel-coloured cottages, medieval churches, and quaint shops lining cobblestoned pathways. The atmosphere is generally very laidback and relaxed, so you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back to simpler times.

    One of the Cotswolds' most popular counties is Oxfordshire, located almost 60 miles northwest of London. Some of the UK’s most elegant manors and notable UNESCO World Heritage sites are found in this county, including Blenheim Palace, Chastleton House, and The Abbey. Challenge your fitness level by hiking the 102-mile Cotswold Way or spot native wildlife at the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve.

    Where to shop & what to buy in Cotswolds

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in the Cotswolds

      The best places to go shopping in the Cotswolds lie within and just outside the area defined as the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Determined bargain-seekers might want to set their sights on cities like Gloucester and Cheltenham, where there are serious discounts to be had. Meanwhile, smaller towns such as Cirencester are great for finding independent...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Cotswolds

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in the Cotswolds

      Among the best things to do after dinner in the Cotswolds is to visit one of its many characterful country pubs. Traditional inns litter picture postcard villages. Under the summer sun, their pretty beer gardens throng with people. And when the weather turns, most have a roaring open fire to cosy up around. But this English region has plenty more...

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