The Cotswolds is home to some of England’s most scenic landscapes with quaint villages, rolling green hills, and winding country lanes. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spans 800 square miles across 5 counties in south-central and southwest England. Those living in busy cities like Birmingham and London often embark on epic road trips across this massive region. Along the way, there are many historic market towns with pastel-coloured cottages, medieval churches, and quaint shops lining cobblestoned pathways. The atmosphere is generally very laidback and relaxed, so you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back to simpler times.

One of the Cotswolds' most popular counties is Oxfordshire, located almost 60 miles northwest of London. Some of the UK’s most elegant manors and notable UNESCO World Heritage sites are found in this county, including Blenheim Palace, Chastleton House, and The Abbey. Challenge your fitness level by hiking the 102-mile Cotswold Way or spot native wildlife at the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve.

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  • 10 Great Restaurants in the Cotswolds

    You’ll find great restaurants in the Cotswolds scattered throughout the rural and hilly area. Some can be found in historic country pubs, where you’ll walk over worn, centuries-old flagstones to your table. Others are smart city affairs, sophisticated and stylish, or more humble family-run restaurants bringing decades of experience that allows the food to take centre stage. What this eclectic mix...

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  • 10 Best Festivals in the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds region is known for its charming countryside setting in central South West England, and the area also attracts visitors for its vibrant festivals throughout the year. Whether you’re a music fan or into aviation, animals, food and British culture, you’re bound to find something fun to do at one of the annual events in the Cotswolds. No matter if...

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