If you’re thinking of visiting one of the most beautiful places in England, then The Cotswolds won’t disappoint you. Spread across several counties in the South-West of England, The Cotswolds is set amongst the green rolling hills of the Cotswold hills, an awe-inspiring vision of beautiful British countryside. The Cotswolds is close to some of the major cities in the area; Oxford, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and Gloucester. It is one of the closest areas of unspoilt countryside to London at only 1 hour 40 minutes on the train or 2-hours’ drive down the M40 motorway.
The Cotswolds are easily accessible from all areas with the Great Western railway line running directly through from London to all areas in the South-West. There are also ample coaches and buses that regularly travel through the locations, making touring around The Cotswolds easy. The nearest airport is Birmingham or Bristol, and all London airports are within close distance too.
Oxford and Cheltenham
Oxford is the nearest city in The Cotswolds to London and the Oxford Tube coach company provides easy and quick access from central London to Oxford, if you prefer coach to train. Oxford is home to Oxford University, one of the largest and most academic universities in England. This magnificent city is located around the River Thames, with a thriving city centre that offers a great shopping experience, alongside high quality restaurants, bars and pubs. Approximately 40 miles West of Oxford is Cheltenham, home to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse where they hold the annual Gold Cup horse racing event. Cheltenham is a beautiful large town with several upmarket areas such as Montpellier where the Queen’s Hotel overlooks stunningly manicured public gardens. There is a wealth of shops in the town centre, including shopping arcades and several out of town retail parks. Cheltenham and Oxford are just a few of the respectable large towns or cities in the area, so it’s worth exploring further afield, in the depths of the Cotswolds hills.
Cotswold Market Towns
The Cotswold market towns are the typical picturesque image of true Cotswold life. Most of the towns have pretty market squares where weekly markets still visit, majestic town halls that are the centre of attraction, and stunning Cotswold stone buildings lining the streets. Nearly all year round, hanging flower baskets dot colourful specks along the honey-coloured stone, and in the summer the towns stone flower beds are embellished and beautifully kept with brightly decorated flowers. There are many Cotswold market towns worth visiting including; Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Woodstock, Chipping Norton, Bourton-on-the-Water and Burford, all of which have interesting attractions alongside pretty streets, boutiques and gift shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels. The Cotswold market towns were significant contributors towards the English wool trade from the 14th to the 16th Century. Although many of the local farmers still have sheep, The Cotswolds is no longer such an industrial area since the UK cloth trade moved to the North of the country. The Cotswold market towns have remained unspoilt and are still naturally characteristic of the area, a true representative of stunning English countryside.
Daytrip to The Cotswolds
If you’re planning on visiting the area or you are visiting from abroad and would like to see charming English countryside at its best, then a daytrip to The Cotswolds is the perfect day out. The Cotswolds is such a vast area that it’s almost impossible to cover it in a few days, but if you want to see the most stunning villages, the best attractions and the most popular places, then book a day out with The Cotswold Mystery Tour. We pick up our guests from Moreton-in-Marsh train station (if they are arriving by train) in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus and take you on a wonderful 6-hour tour of The Cotswold area. We can’t tell you exactly where we go as it’s an exciting mystery! But we can tell you that you will have one of the best daytrip experiences that will leave you feeling inspired and in awe of one of the most beautiful places in England. We see exquisite stately homes, chocolate box villages with pretty, thatched roof cottages, little hamlets nestled in the Cotswolds countryside, breath-taking market towns with crystal clear rivers running through and some of the best Cotswold attractions there are around. There’s no need to bring a picnic lunch as we take you to one of the most charming 16th Century inns for delicious food and also stop for a pastry and a drink in a charismatic village café in the morning. Once the tour is finished, we will return you to the train station and you can be back in London in time for the evening! The Cotswold Mystery Tours get booked up very quickly, so we advise you to get in touch today! Click here to book now.