Picture chocolate box villages, stunning market towns with hanging baskets, green rolling fields, bluebell woods and pretty, daffodil-filled banks next to trickling streams. If you’re visiting England or planning a trip to the South-West, then make sure you call in at The Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a vast area of outstanding natural beauty and a picture-perfect example of stunning English countryside. The Cotswold hills make up most of the countryside, and in between great stretches of fields and land, market towns and villages stand in all their glory. The Cotswolds covers many of the South-West counties including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire with a population of around 139,000 people.
The Cotswolds From London
If you’re staying in London, then The Cotswolds is not far away at all. In fact, you can get a train from London Paddington station directly to Moreton-in-Marsh in just 1hr 40mins. This makes visiting The Cotswolds a quick and easy trip for a day out, taking away from the crowds and giving you a wonderful experience of beautiful English countryside to take home with you. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself to an exciting day out with The Cotswold Mystery Tour. Our tours are 6 hours long, showing you some of the most striking places and attractions in The Cotswolds, making it an unforgettable experience. Everyone who visits The Cotswolds from London, sees an unspoilt land full of stunning surprises, a place which was once the biggest output in the UK for the wool trade. The famous Cotswold stone is a pretty yellow limestone and characteristic of the towns, stately homes and villages. The Cotswolds is a complete contrast from London, giving you a secret and pleasurable escape to the clear fresh air of the countryside.
Cotswold Main Attractions
There are so many places to see in The Cotswolds, that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The area is steeped in history with several awe-inspiring stately homes, pretty market towns and family attractions. No matter what time of year you come, The Cotswolds remains beautiful and unspoilt all year round. The area is famous for its Royal links with Prince Charles residing at Highgrove and Princess Anne at Gatcombe Park. Many celebrity escape their busy lives by booking a weekend break away to The Cotswolds, and some even live in the area. Some of the top attractions to visit are:
- Blenheim Palace: In Woodstock, Blenheim Palace is home to the late Duke of Marlborough and belonged to the Churchill family for many years where Winston Churchill was born.
- Arlington Row: Located in the village of Bibury, thousands of visitors flock to see these converted weavers cottages which were once a monastic wool store.
- Broadway Tower: Broadway Tower stands at one of the highest points along the Cotswold Ridge and was built for Lady Coventry in 1799. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Welsh Mountains.
- Cotswold Farm Park: Owned by TV celebrity Adam Henson, the Cotswold Farm Park is famous for i’s unusual breeds of sheep, pigs and other farm life.
- Model Village: Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, the Model Village is a fun experience as you walk through a mini town that stands waist-height. The village is a model of Bourton-on-the-Water, complete with river and trees.
- Batsford Arboretum: Just outside Moreton-in-Marsh, Batsford Arboretum presents a breath-taking wild and woodland garden in 45 acres of land.
- Cotswold Wildlife Park: Near to Cotswold market town Burford, The Cotswold Wildlife Park is open all year round for visitors to see animals from all over the world. The park is situated amongst the grounds of a beautiful manor, making this an ideal day out for families.
Book Your Cotswold Mystery Tour
The Cotswold Mystery Tour is a popular way to visit The Cotswolds as it gives an element of surprise of the unknown. We cannot tell you where we take you because it’s a mystery! However, we guarantee that you will experience the ultimate day out in The Cotswolds seeing some of the best sights around. We can promise that you will find the countryside breath-taking, and that wherever we visit will be saturated with fantastically interesting history. There’s no need to bring food or a picnic with you because we will take you to a wonderful 16th Century inn for a delicious lunch. We will also stop mid-morning for a pastry and hot drink in a picturesque Cotswold village. You will see the sights of The Cotswolds in our comfortable 7-seater Mercedes minibus and if you’ve come from London then we can pick you up and drop you back to the Moreton-in-Marsh train station. We advise our guests to book well in advance because we get booked up quickly!