Reasons to Visit The Cotswolds

We love the Cotswolds and here are 10 reasons why we think you should visit...



  1. Explore the picture postcard villages which the Cotswolds are famous for. Such as Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bibury, one of the most photographed villages in the country. 
  2. The Cotswolds is the gateway to iconic cities such as Bath and Oxford. Both cities are crammed with history, with lots to see and do. The Regency time of Cheltenham is also nearby, with it's famous racecourse and a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  
  3. It’s a real foodie’s paradise, with an array of independent delis and farm shops selling delicious food and drink all produced locally. There are some fantastic tearooms, restaurants and gastropubs where you can relax with an afternoon tea or indulge in superb dishes.
  4. There is plenty for families to do, including Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park (which is next-door to the StayCotswold office!) and the Cotswold Water Park which is home to the UK’s largest inland beach and a wealth of activities.
  5. The Cotswold Way offers 100 miles of varied walking through beautiful villages and past historical sites so you can enjoy a day of rambling or just a leisurely Sunday stroll. Perfect for dogs too!
  6. It is steeped in history – Why not visit Sudeley Castle which was once home to Queen Catherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of Henry VIII, or marvel at the beautiful mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa.
  7. The views are truly stunning and can be enjoyed from many vantage points including Broadway Tower from which you can see 16 counties on a clear day.
  8. The Cotswold calendar is full of varied events including The Cotswold Show, The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, The Big Feastival, and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. There are also smaller events such as village fetes and car shows in the summer, Christmas markets and cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill.
  9. Fantastic shopping can be enjoyed with high streets boasting independent shops selling unique and high quality goods. The Cotswolds has the largest concentration of art and antique shops outside of London.
  10. There are some beautiful properties, from exquisite manor houses to cute chocolate box cottages and some you can even enjoy a stay in. Have a look at the Holiday Lets and Private Houses sections of our website for more details.

Have we inspired you to come and visit the Cotswolds? Call us on 01993 259444 or email stay@staycotswold.com