Recommended villages and towns to visit in The Cotswolds
Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Make sure you take time to visit these places of outstanding beauty during your stay
Recommended villages and towns to visit during your stay
Cirencester A market town dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist (one of the largest in England). With many shops and restaurants this local town is the go to town for all your needs during your stay. Just over 10min drive. Friday markets are open and the farmers markets will continue to open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
Bibury Once described as "the most beautiful village in England" Bibury will brand beauty into your memory of The Cotswolds and every time you reminisce fond memories of this place will return. Bibury has one of the oldest trout farms where you can get your fresh fish and its surrounding scenery provide lots of photo opportunities.
Burford Burford’s High Street descends downhill towards the River Windrush, its three-arched medieval bridge and its impressive church, both sides of the street skirted by medieval houses and shops. Burford garden centre and the antique shops are must visits.
Tetbury Tetbury is well known for its 25 antique shops and its close proximity to Prince Charles's residence of Highgrove. Several of Tetbury's retailers have received national awards for excellence and the visitor will notice that many of the towns businesses bear the Prince of Wales feathers as a sign that they hold the Royal Warrant. The market town of Tetbury has a wide choice of tea shops, bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants which offer a good choice of food and drink.
Burton-On-Water Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings. A charming English village, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Situated on the River Windrush, it's ideal for a day out.
Stow-On-The-Wold Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English town. Mellow Cotswold stone houses,shops and hotels are surrounded by the world famous Cotswold's countryside.
Moreton-in-Marsh Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley (and on a direct rail link from London), Moreton in Marsh is a thriving market town, dating back 1000 years to the Saxon era. Every Tuesday Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds. It is also the venue for a successful one-day agricultural show held on the first Saturday in September.
Cheltenham Cheltenham lies beneath Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds and above the vale of the River Severn. It is known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'. The village of Broadway being known as 'The Northern Gateway to the Cotswolds'. This edge-of-the Cotswolds spa town is hard to beat for refined elegance and Regency terraces, annual festivals, Ladies' College and racecourse. Also fortnightly farmers markets, classy shops and restaurants all surrounded by glorious countryside.
Winchcombe Famous as a centre for walkers, Winchcombe has a wonderful timeless quality about it, with Cotswold stone cottages standing side by side with distinctive black and white half-timbered buildings. Independent shops include wonderful food shops, traditional retailers, boutique clothing and interiors shops. Lose yourself in the narrow alleyways, stay or dine in the historic pubs, indulge in afternoon tea in a local café or while away the time browsing the local galleries and antique shops.
Broadway Often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds', Broadway is a famous Cotswold beauty spot, and popular throughout the year. As its name suggests, Broadway is dominated by a wide main street lined with independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops.
Chipping Camden Chipping Campden is a small market town in the north of the Cotswolds. A beautiful Cotswold town full of character, history and charm. Its gracefully curving main street is flanked by a picturesque array of stone cottages, fine terraced houses, ancient inns and historic homes, most made of that beautiful honey-coloured Cotswolds stone.