The Cotswolds covers a huge area – almost 800 square miles – and runs through five counties. One of the many delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring the different areas, each with its own identity, yet all with those defining Cotswold features: golden stone and rolling hills. Why not explore quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid, lively market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces, castles and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves and at some of the most famous arboreta in Britain.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. With easy road, rail and airport access, it is the perfect place for a vacation or short break.
The Slaughters comprise of both Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter both set on the banks of the River Eye and joined by the very same river, these are possibly two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
For adults and children of all ages. The great favourites are the rhinos which roam in a wide ranging field surrounded by a ha ha, and when they’re in their pen they are so close you can scratch their backs. The Park exhibits over 200 animal species in approximately 200 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens with a fine variety of plants around a setting of a listed Victorian Manor House. Facilities include cafe, picnic areas, adventure playground, narrow-gauge railway, and gift shop. Disabled wheelchair access provided for. The parkland stretches to over 160 acres with 260 different animal species.
A great day out for both adults and children. Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved in the UK and dates back to William the Conqueror. It brings to life a thousand years of history. Here you can experience the sights and sounds of the medieval household, chilling dungeon and torture chambers, state rooms, towers and ramparts. In addition, there are live shows of sword fighting, falconry, and knights jousting. This venue is a must for children of all ages.
A market town with a plethora of antique shops, gardens, museums and much more to attract its many visitors. A cultural centre hosting a wide array of international festivals and events including the world-famous Cheltenham Gold Cup – highlight of The Cheltenham Festival held at the Racecourse in nearby Prestbury.