Paying a visit to The Cotswolds is one of the best experiences you will ever have. If you like history, beautiful surroundings and stunning architecture, then you will love this part of England. The Cotswolds is an area noted for its outstanding natural beauty and one that is true to English heritage and Royal residence. Whether you’re visiting England and staying in London or travelling to the South-West, the beauty of The Cotswolds will not disappoint you. The area was once famous for its wool trade and was one of the biggest contributors to wool before the cloth industry moved to the North of England. The Cotswolds is set amongst peaceful rolling hills with stunning market towns, picture-perfect villages, thatched cottages with secret gardens and some of the most beautiful woodland you will ever see.
Burford Market Town
The market town of Burford is considered the Gateway to The Cotswolds. The town is one of the smallest and prettiest medieval towns in England with a small community of around 1000 people. Burford town centre is situated on a distinctive steep high street, with juxtaposed houses, pubs, cafes and shops leading up to the busy London to Cheltenham road. If you enter Burford from the top of the hill, you will be presented with stunning breath-taking views of The Cotswold hills and the pretty market town that takes you back to medieval times. At the bottom of the main street is the River Windrush which once had just a mere ford to cross, but now has a wide packhorse stone bridge that leads the traffic to Chipping Norton or Stow-on-the-Wold. The main street is made up of ancient and extraordinary houses, built in honey-coloured Cotswold stone or with old-style Tudor architecture. There are some wonderful inns for delicious lunches and some beautiful hotels if you’re planning to stay the weekend.
A Thriving Wool Town
Over 900 years ago, the town merchants were given a charter allowing them to hold their own markets in the centre. It was the first Cotswold town to be granted the right to trade and the Guild collected tolls from anyone wishing to sell in the market. The town thrived as a market town when the Cotswolds area was famous throughout the Middle Ages for its success in wool trade. Burford had the perfect access for merchandisers and transport, making it one of the best locations for exporting. Since the wool trade in the area has disappeared and the cloth trade moved to the North, Burford has not changed in appearance, still having stunning old houses, pretty side streets and willow trees flanking the river. The impressive St. John the Baptist church has been compared to cathedral sizes and sits in all its beauty with a spire that pierces the horizon.
The magnificent Burford Priory is resident to a community of Benedictine monks and nuns. They live a life of daily prayer, manually working and studying to create a peaceful life for themselves. It’s no wonder that the peace and tranquillity of The Cotswolds inspires everyone who visits and it seems that no matter what time of year, it is always breathtakingly beautiful.
Have You Thought About a Cotswold Tour?
If you visit The Cotswolds, then choosing to do a Cotswold daytrip is a great idea. You get to see some of the most exciting Cotswold attractions, see pretty Cotswold villages and some of the largest stately homes in the area. If you want to leave it to the experts, The Cotswold Mystery Tour takes you on a magical tour of The Cotswolds, showing you all the secret places and hidden gems in the area. If you’re staying in London, then you can get a train directly to Moreton-in-Marsh just taking 1hr 40mins. We will pick you up in our luxury 7-seater minibus that takes you to all the best Cotswold attractions, and gives you a real sense of this picturesque area. We will stop mid-morning at a pretty village café for a hot drink and a pastry, then the guests are taken to a charismatic 16th Century inn for a scrumptious lunch. When the six-hour tour is over, you will be dropped at the train station to get back to London in perfect time for the evening! Don’t miss out, book your daytrip to The Cotswolds now.