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Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon, which is a gateway to the Cotswolds, is considered one of the most historic and significant towns in all of England. This little town, which has a population of 25,000, is located on the banks of the River Avon and is known to attract millions of tourists each year. In its glory days, the town was well known for its part in the wool trade of the area. Since it was so close to the Cotswolds it was an ideal location for people to meet regarding the ...

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Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden, which is located in the Cotswolds, is considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in all of England. Because of its central location in the Cotswolds, it is ideal for visitors on a sightseeing vacation. Not only can you enjoy all that Chipping Campden has to offer but you can also enjoy the history and amenities of other nearby villages and towns. Many of the Cotswolds most famous attractions, like Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick are less than an hour away. There are many attractions nestled right in Chipping ...

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Bourton On The Water

Bourton On The Water

Bourton on the Water Located in Gloucestershire, Bourton on the Water is famously referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswold.” The village received its nickname mainly because of the fact that the River Windrush flows into and then out of the town and the small Cotswold stone bridges that span the river Windrush. Bourton on the Water is typically voted as one of the prettiest villages in England for good reason. In addition to the beauty of the River Windrush, the architectural style in the area is unique unto ...

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Burford

Burford Tourist Information Burford is a small community of around 1,000 residents that is known as one of England’s prettiest small towns in Oxfordshire. The merchants of the town were granted a charter over 900-years ago that allowed them to hold their own markets. To this date, the business owners in Burford continue the traditions that were started years ago regarding the supply of essential services and goods to the area. However, in addition to the stable and unique economy, there are some other things about Burford that make it ...

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Bath Tourist Information

Bath England

Bath England UK The city of Bath in Somerset is perhaps one of the most famous historical cities in England.  In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, and every year it draws millions of visitors from around the globe who journey to enjoy its theaters, museums, and festivals.  The city’s history dates back to the Iron Age, when it housed a temple to the goddess Sulis, later identified with Minerva by the Romans, who used the site for a large bath complex.  During the Middle Ages, Bath ...

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Worcestershire

Worcestershire is best known worldwide for its connection to Worcestershire sauce, but there’s a lot more to see and experience in this Cotswolds county than the condiment.  Worcestershire is famed for the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester as well as a number of charming market towns, architectural follies, and interesting outdoor areas.  The Malvern Hills were a favorite haunt of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.  Tolkien compared parts of the Malvern Hills to scenery in the Shire and Gondor in his famous series The Lord of the Rings. The ...

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Warwickshire Tourist Information Guide

No visit to the Cotswolds would be complete without some time spent in Warwickshire, a county in the center of England famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.  Warwickshire is the site of many charming towns including Stratford Upon Avon, which can immerse tourists in the history of the region.  There are also many stately houses, gardens, and grounds to explore, all of which display something of England’s cultural heritage. Of all the towns in Warwickshire, Stratford-Upon-Avon is probably the most famous.  This is where William Shakespeare was born ...

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The Cotswold Way

Do you enjoy hiking, seeing the great outdoors and touring the countryside at your own pace?  If so, you may want to plan a hike along the Cotswold Way while you are visiting in the Cotswold Hills.  The Cotswold Way is a 164 km trail which runs along the escarpment of the Cotswold ridge, affording glorious views of the scenery and also passing along a number of historical landmarks and beautiful villages and churches.  The Cotswolds have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – from the Cotswold ...

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Historic Places

Bath Roman Baths

Roman Baths in Bath

Visiting the Cotswolds and interested in Roman history?  You won’t want to miss out on the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath.  This public bathing house features four main elements, the Roman Temple, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Bath House and the Museum, which contains a number of artifacts discovered in the Bath House.  More than a million visitors a year make it a point to stop by the Roman Baths and the Grand Pump Room nearby. While you cannot actually bathe in the spring water ...

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Rollright Stones

Rollright Stones

The Rollright Stones If you are visiting the Cotswolds and are intrigued by particularly ancient history, you may wish to visit the Rollright Stones, located near the village of Long Compton on the borders of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire in the English Midlands.  These stones are constructed out of oolitic limestone, mined locally, and comprise three different Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments.  They are known as The King’s Men, The King Stone and The Whispering Knights.  The three monuments were erected at different periods of late prehistory, and the fact that ...

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Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall is a well-known manor house located south of Alcester, Warwickshire near Straford-upon-Avon.  Historically, the hall is best known for being the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford.  In the present day, it is famous for having been featured in a number of films and television shows. You might have seen it in the television serial The Scarlet Pimpernel in the 1980s, or possibly in the 1993 BBC serial To Play The King.  Doctor Who fans will recognize it as the Palace of Versailles in the 2006 episode ...

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Longleat House

Longleat House

Longleat House If you are visiting the Cotswolds and want to see a truly magnificent, stately home, Longleat is a perfect choice.  This Elizabethan country house is immense and imposing in its splendor, set on neatly cultivated grounds with elaborate hedge mazes, landscaped parkland, and even a safari park. More than 900 acres of land comprise the grounds, landscaped by the famous Capability Brown.  The house was completed in 1580.  If you take the tour of the house, you will be able to view the Great Hall with the minstrels’ ...

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Cotswold Gardens

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall

Sezincote Gardens

Sezincote Gardens

Prior Park Gardens

Prior Park Gardens

Peto Gardens

Peto Gardens

Lydney Park

Lydney Park

Cerney House Gardens

Cerney House Gardens

Bourton House Gardens

Bourton House Gardens

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum

Hidcote Gardens

Hidcote Manor Gardens