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    Perhaps one of the most quintessentially ‘English’ areas in the UK, the Cotswolds covers almost 800 square miles, making it the largest officially designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Consisting of the six counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Bath and North East Somerset, the Cotswolds are well-known for their gentle hillsides (which are also known as ‘wolds’), in addition to beautiful river valleys, water meadows and beech woodlands. Scattered across the Cotswolds, the ancient, sleepy limestone villages and historic market towns make the area a mecca for visitors from all over the world.

    Things to do in the Cotswolds
    You might be mistaken for thinking that cream teas and gentle countryside walks are the total sum of Cotswold pursuits, although they are undoubtedly high on the agenda for many visitors. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Banbury and Evesham draw many tourists to view the historic colleges and fine churches, whilst the smaller ‘picture postcard’ market towns and villages of the Cotswolds are some of the most photographed locations in the UK. The Roman Fosse Way runs diagonally, north-south across the region, in its entirety linking Lincoln in the north east to Exeter in the south west, and takes in some of the prettiest Cotswold areas, including Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water.

    Top Destinations

    Bicester – In north east Oxfordshire, Bicester enjoys excellent road and rail links, which have made the ancient market town a perfect location for modern shoppers. Not only do the traditional Market Square and historic Sheep Street still draw visitors, but the siting of a designer retail outlet centre and of one of the largest garden centres in the UK, in two separate locations just outside the town, mean that the retail success and prosperity of the area has continued into the 21st century.

    Broadway – The ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ is one of the most beautiful of local villages, with a wide High Street lined with horse chestnut trees and the typical, honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages, which still draw visitors from far and wide. Just outside the village, on the site of an ancient local beacon, the imposing structure of Broadway Tower commands architectural admiration from across the county. Created as a folly by Capability Brown, the Tower was once a celebrated retreat for Pre-Raphaelite artists; today it houses an ever-changing programme of local exhibitions. Broadway Tower is located on one of the most outstanding viewpoints in England, and is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment.

    Wootton-under-Edge – At the southern reaches of the Cotswolds, equidistant from Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham and Bath, the picturesque town of Wootton-under-Edge is crossed by the Cotswolds Way National Trail, a 102-mile long-distance footpath, which runs along the Cotswold Edge escarpment.

    Bourton-on-the-Water – Sometimes described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds for its obvious proximity to the waterside, straddling the River Windrush, Bourton is one of the most popular stops for local visitors. Nearby, the internationally renowned gardens at Hidcote Manor are run by the National Trust, and are particularly celebrated by horticulturalists for being the first place where the concept and creation of ‘garden rooms’ was demonstrated.

    Chipping Campden – A lovely small town, with a main street which curves in a shallow arc, lined with a succession of fine ancient houses, each one demonstrating its own distinctive style. Chipping Campden was once one of the most important wool towns in Europe and its former wealth is still visible in the form of the glorious church of St James, its magnificent 36 metre tower making it one of the finest ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds. It is also the home of the largest church brass in England.

    Tetbury – Another celebrated Cotswold ‘wool town’, this one on the site of an ancient hill fort, Tetbury Church is noted for having one of the tallest spires in England. The Tetbury Town Trail is a more recent innovation, but one which invites visitors to learn more about what makes this town a designated outstanding conservation area.

    Moreton-in-Marsh – Situated on the Fosse Way, and one of the principal market towns in the northern Cotswolds, Moreton-in-Marsh has its origins as a coaching station in the days before the introduction of the railways in the mid 1850s. The father of the famous Mitford sisters, Lord Redesdale, lived at the nearby Batsford House. The first Baron Redesdale was responsible for constructing his eponymous Market Hall in the centre of the town in 1887, and it is still one of the finest and most striking buildings in the area.

    Cirencester – Once the Roman town of Corinium, Cirencester lies on the River Churn, on the lower slopes of the Cotswold Hills. As you might expect, given its origins, its Corinium Museum houses an extensive collection of Roman artefacts, and several Roman villas have been found in the surrounding area. Although it has only been partially excavated, the Roman amphitheatre still exists to the south west of the town. By the end of the 18th century the position of the town at the centre of a network of turnpike roads meant that it enjoyed a thriving local economy, which was further enhanced by the opening of a branch of the Thames and Severn Canal, and later by a train track link to the Great Western Railway.

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