Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a great place to be in summer. Why not make your visit truly memorable by enjoying a summer show at Longborough Festival Opera or a concert at Westonbirt Arboretum?

  Culture and heritage

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.

  Attractions

The stunning Gloucester Cathedral was used as a Harry Potter filming location. Head to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens and get up close and personal with a huge range of primates, reptiles and more. Alternatively, you could join some of the world’s best writers at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Keep a look out for live music events at the spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum. Dating back to 1950, petrolheads will love Castle Combe Circuit.

Enjoy the renowned Cheltenham Cricket Festival.
Explore refreshing country lanes.

Bus Transport

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.

  Shopping

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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Bikes

You can take your bike with you on the train if you have made a reservation.

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