Guide to the Cotswolds

Known as the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds will greet you with rolling hills and pretty honey-coloured limestone architecture; essential for a countryside getaway.

A 7 day ITINERARY for The Cotswolds

Countryside strolls, afternoon teas, historical events coming to life and beautiful backdrops: with so much to see and do, we think you’ll need more than seven days in the Cotswolds!

Gloucestershire

Start your day with a trip to the ever-growing Antique Centre based in a Victorian Warehouse, housing tea and cake facilities before heading north to the Gloucester docks. All aboard! Climb upon a heritage boat, learning about the fascinating world of the docks and the wildlife surrounding them. Fun and interactive for all the family! Stop for a tasty picnic in the local park before continuing north to the Kings Walk shopping centre for a spot of retail therapy. A must have visit is to the Gloucester Cathedral; made famous recently by the Harry Potter franchise. Round off your day with a tasty dinner at the award-winning Wharf House; set in a stunning location with great views, this is a popular choice among locals and holidaymakers.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold

Within 20 minutes of each other, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold makes for a fantastic day out. Start your day at the eclectic selection of boutiques in the quaint cobbled streets of Moreton-in-Marsh before heading east to the town of Chipping Norton. Stretch your legs in the countryside to visit the low-key Rollright Stones; thought provoking and non-commercialised, the stones date back to the Neolithic era creating a historical and peaceful area to visit. Head to the centre of Stow-on-the-Wold to pick from a selection of high quality takeaway cuisines and chow down in front of the log fire in your holiday cottage for a romantic night in.

Cirencester, Bibury and Fairford

Trace the story of the treasures of the Cotswolds from prehistory to current at the Corinium Museum. With plenty of hands-on exhibits, a display of previous artefacts and an extensive amount of interactive exhibits, there is plenty for the whole family to get involved in. Bibury is next on the map, giving you a peaceful and idyllic stroll along the honey-coloured cottages of Arlington Row; one of the most picturesque scenes you will find in the Cotswolds. Stop for a luxurious cream tea at The Swan Hotel before heading to the exciting Cotswold Water Sports to climb aboard an inflatable banana; fantastic fun for all the family!

Broadway and Chipping Campden

Broadway, famous for being the ‘Show Village of England’, has one of the longest high streets in Britain adorned with shabby chic tea shops and cosy restaurants; perfect for a country getaway. Begin your day with a trip to the Activity Park for the young ones, offering a number of exciting activities including a climbing wall, games area, zipwire, all weather pitch for sports and a space net. Take advantage of the picnic area for a relaxing lunch before heading to Chipping Campden for a stroll around the stunning gardens of Hidcote Manor. Surrounded by unusual flora, this attraction excites the horticulturist in all of us! Round off your adventure with a trip to The Ebrington Arms; full of character and live music, this charming pub serves fantastic food with award winning and thirst quenching ales.

Cheltenham Spa

Known for its fabulous festivals and numerous events, Cheltenham Spa is ‘the’ place to be! Start your day with driving south west to Cranham to venture on one of the top regarded walks; This beautiful walk embraces four miles of treasured habitat around beech woodland, carpeted in bluebells, and it even houses the intriguing tradition of cheese-rolling! After your two-three hour stroll, head back up to the city centre to stop for a bite to eat in Beechwood Shopping Centre. If your legs still allow for more walking, then continue to The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum to view the exhibitions inspired by William Morris, explorations of the Antarctic, social history of Cheltenham and many more. End the day with some great hearty dining at The Royal Oak, while cosied around the log fire.

Top Five Walks

  • Village of the Windrush Valley | 4 miles
  • Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford | 3.5 miles
  • Bourton-on-the-Water through Naunton and the Slaughters | 9 miles
  • Hempsted Cross | 2 miles
  • Cirencester Tour of the Town and Park | 2.5 miles

Bourton-on-the-water and Burford

Wake yourselves up with a morning stroll around the puzzle-solving Dragonfly maze; fantastic for ages 8+, navigate around the yew trees whilst collecting the clues in order to win a top prize! Stop in the village for a traditional ploughmans lunch at the Rose Tree Restaurant, located on the bank of the winding river of Windrush. Travel 20 minutes south and arrive at the scenic town of Burford. A must see is the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, right at the heart of Burford. Be at one with nature in these beautiful grounds, exploring the vast array of fauna whilst entertaining the kids with giraffes, rhinos and of course, ice cream!

Tetbury and Dursley

Start your last day by visiting The Royal Gardens at Highgrove. Belonging to His Highness, the Prince of Wales’, these exquisite gardens are available to view as a tour in small groups. Over 25 years of development has seen this notable landscape transform into an intimate and inspiring experience, and topped off with a glass of bubbly! Next on the agenda is the small market town of Dursley. Nestled in a woodland valley with cobbled streets and vintage tearooms, Dursley allows for some last minute Cotswold purchases. Loosen the purse strings in some of the independent boutiques, visit the market hall to grab local produce bargains. No trip to Dursley is complete without visiting the old fashioned sweet shop of Hewitts; lemon sherbets, bon bons, ice cream, fudge and much more all add up to a tasty trip!

Afternoon tea in the Cotswolds

Cream teas and quirky china cups are all part of the afternoon experience but where’s best to get an afternoon tea?