- Location: In Southern England
- Attraction Type: Hilly Region
- Significance: A region made famous by Cotswolds wool and honey-colored limestone buildings
- Best Time to Visit: April to September
- How to Reach: Reach Bristol by flights, rail or road
- Nearest International Airport: Bristol International Airport
Cotswolds reminds us of thick fleece and impeccable wool. Cotswolds is typically English, very authentic and forever pristine. With an area similar to greater Tokyo, Cotswolds in England derives its name from ‘wolds’ meaning hillsides. With its remarkable gentle hill slopes and honey-colored limestone buildings against vibrant green backgrounds, England Cotswolds is an enchanting vacation destination.
Limestone edifices stand out in this medieval city dating back to the 13th century. Extensive use of limestone is noticeable in the cathedrals and numerous houses of Cotswolds. Their floors, walls, and roof tiles are all made of honey-comb limestone which lends a magical uniform view of entire Cotswolds. The majority of the ‘drystone walls’ built in the 18th and 19th centuries, for enclosing cattle and sheep, were put up without the use of cement. Many of the marvelous buildings of limestone were constructed by wealthy traders who dealt in the heavy fleece of Cotswolds sheep which were sold at a premium across Europe and the world.
Burford, Castle Comb, and Biddestone are famous Cotswold villages while Northleach Cathedral of Cotswolds is an outstanding example of a historic Cotswold church.
Cotswolds is a great place for outdoor as well as indoor activities. The Hidcote Manor National Trust Garden attracts visitors from all over England for its exquisite beauty. Go on a visit to Painswick Rococo – the only of its kind still surviving. The Cotswolds Farm Park including its Wildlife Park is a fantastic site to discover. Those who love the indoors might pay a visit to Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery and Gloucester Folk Museum.
The lush meadows and gentle dales are fabulous locations for trekking and cycling. A horse ride in the countryside is a charming experience. Shopping is another enjoyable pastime of all visitors traveling to Cotswolds. Daylesford Farm Shop has an enviable collection of woolen garments, while Tewkesbury is famous for its antique shops.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Wychwood Music Festival, Highnam Court Spring Fair, Cheese Rolling, and Annual Woolsack Races and Traditional Street Fair are among the notable festivals of Costwolds.
Accommodation and Dining in Cotswolds
Cotswolds, a rural area near London provides top class accommodation in the form of hotels, cottages, and camps. Calcot Manor Hotel is a 17th-century house with a reposing ambiance. Privately owned Mayfield House Hotel with a relaxing getup is the perfect place for a peaceful stay. You would get the feel of an informal country home at Bibury Court Hotel spread over eight sprawling acres beside Coln River. The Sudgrove Cottages are splendid hideouts for putting up.
For an intimate dining experience, The Bathurst Arms is the perfect place. Juri’s Tea Room is a prestigious cafeteria selling pastries, cakes, tea, and other savories. The Royal Well Tavern is an award-winning restaurant offering great food at affordable rates.