The Cotswolds have been stated as the second largest in England of 38 areas of outstanding natural beauty. Located in the South West and only a short train ride from London, The Cotswolds are an example of true English countryside at its best. The Cotswold hills are renowned for their gentle rolling slopes, dense woodlands, bluebell woods and meandering streams and rivers. The River Windrush runs through The Cotswolds, creating beautiful waterways through market towns and shallow places to paddle in the chocolate box villages and hamlets.
It’s no wonder that The Cotswolds is a major attraction in England, bringing picturesque sights of stunning British countryside and stone built houses. The local honey-coloured Cotswold stone is traditional to the area, a pastel yellow limestone that makes up most of the buildings. Cottages with thatched roofs and secret gardens, splendid country houses and historical stately homes that beckon any visitor away from the city. The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas in England and a place that should be experienced to the full. There are many amazing attractions to see, many of which are open all year around.
Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford
Just off the A40 and a couple of miles from Burford is The Cotswold Wildlife Park. Set amongst 160 acres of beautiful gardens, the park is part of a stunning Victorian Manor House. This is a great adventure for adults and children of all ages, exhibiting over 260 animals of all species, including tigers, elephants, lions and monkeys. The park is open all year around, has disabled wheelchair access and is dog friendly.
Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
The Model Village is an amazing mini village built identical to Bourton village and made of Cotswold stone, standing 1/9th scale. The model village even includes the River Windrush, the beech, chestnut and cherry trees, giving you the feeling of being a giant as you wander through the streets looking down on the village. This is a great experience and is especially popular with children.
Cotswold Secret Cottage
If you want to experience something totally unique that has the personal touch, then book a visit to see the Secret Cottage. This stunning 500 -year-old private home is in a beautiful Cotswold village surrounded by sheep, where it’s hidden away and barely seen from the village lanes. The cottage is the perfect example of quintessential English village life and boasts an impressive interior that looks out onto a pretty cottage garden. The Secret Cottage invites guests for morning coffee, a delicious buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea, all of which are served inside the cottage.
Arlington Row in Bibury
The historical Arlington Row cottages were built as a monastic wool store in 1380. The cottages were converted in the 17th Century into a row of weavers’ cottages. Arlington Row is one of the most photographed scenes in The Cotswolds, where tourists flock all year round. The cloth that was produced at the wool store was sent to Arlington Mill where it was degreased then hung in Rack Isle on wooden timber frames. Arlington Row has been preserved by the Royal College of Arts and has been used as locations in films Bridget Jones’s Diary and Stardust.
Cotswold Day Tour
If you want to visit The Cotswolds, then choosing to do a Cotswold daytrip is one of the best experiences. You will be taken to some of the most exciting Cotswold attractions, be shown pretty Cotswold villages, see some of the biggest stately homes and get a clear understanding of true Cotswold life. The Cotswold Mystery Tour takes you on a magical tour of the area, showing you all the hidden gems and most stunning places in The Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London, then you can get a train straight to Moreton-in-Marsh only taking 1hr 40mins where you are picked up by a luxury Mercedes minibus. The bus takes you on a mystery tour to all the best Cotswold attractions, giving you a real sense of this picturesque and beautiful area. You stop at a quaint village café for a hot drink and a pastry, then later the guests are taken to a charming 16th Century inn for a delicious lunch. When the six-hour tour is over, you will be taken to the train station in time to get back to London for the evening! Book your daytrip to The Cotswolds now and don’t miss out on this wonderful adventure…