One of England’s most beautiful areas, the Cotswolds boasts pretty villages of honey-coloured stone, manor houses, charming churches, dry-stone walls and country pubs. History is all around you, from the Regency houses of Cheltenham to the black and white medieval buildings of Tewkesbury.
You can easily reach many of the Cotswold’s major towns and cities by train including Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester. Be sure to make use of the RailBus services which link the Cotswold and Malvern Line trains too.
Food and drink
Gloucestershire offers plenty of fantastic food and drink, from smart gastropubs to traditional inns and quirky cafes. If you enjoy a tipple, don’t miss the local wines and ales. You’ll also find farmers’ markets, delis, farm shops and prize-winning cheese producers all selling the freshest local produce.
Sport and outdoors
The Cotswolds is horseriding heaven, with the National Hunt Festival – including the Gold Cup – taking over for a week in March, plus more horse-related events at Gatcombe and Badminton. Cricket fans won’t want to miss the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, and there’s top-class rugby in Gloucester.
Music and nightlife
From folk, classical or jazz festivals, to summer opera and concerts in the open air, the Cotswolds has plenty to offer music lovers. There’s also the prestigious classical music celebration, the Three Choirs Festival every 3 years.
From traditional antique shops at Stow-on-the-Wold and Tetbury to contemporary crafts in Cirencester, you’ll find a great choice of local shops in the Cotswolds. Head to Cheltenham for a wider-range of well-known stores – and for delicious local produce try Daylesford Organic Farmshop.
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