If you’re visiting England or planning a visit to the south-west, then a day trip to the Cotswolds can be an experience you will never forget. The Cotswolds has been named as the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England and Wales and it’s no surprise that people flock from all over the world to see the breath-taking views and explore some of the historical places in England. The Cotswolds spreads across 800 square miles of land in the south-west of England, covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of north-east Somerset. It is easily accessible to tourists, close to Bristol, Birmingham and London airports and a short 1 hour and 40 minutes on the train from London.
Why Are the Cotswolds Famous?
The Cotswolds are perhaps most well-known for the rolling Cotswold hills, a beautiful gentle landscape that goes further than the eye can see, with picturesque villages nestled between the hills and market towns majestically overlooking the landscape from the top of the hills. The Cotswolds are also famous for the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone that has been used to build through villages, towns and cities, a pale-yellow limestone that is well-known in the area and compliments the backdrop of far-reaching lush landscape that makes up the countryside. The Cotswolds was once a busy and profitable area for sheep farmers and one of the largest contributors towards the European wool trade. Market towns were busy with sheep markets every week and cloth and tweed mills popped up throughout the area to cater for the trade. Since the cloth trade moved to the north of England after the industrial revolution, the Cotswolds has reduced sheep farming and has been left unspoilt, underdeveloped in terms of industrialisation, and peaceful in all its charm.
Quaint Villages and Cosy Cottages
Cotswold villages are dotted throughout the region, close and far from any town and often found down long country lanes of single tracks. A typical Cotswold village has ancient cottages with thatched roofs, wood burning fires, pretty cottage gardens, sometimes a small primary school, shop and a friendly, village pub. Cotswold villagers offer strong communities where everyone knows each other and village life is cosy, friendly and charming. Often there are stately homes in villages, historical houses that have been standing for hundreds of years with plenty of character and charisma. Village life includes country dog walks, homemade food at the local pub, cricket on the village green in the summer and walkers being greeted by smiling faces. Cotswold villages are popular residences with many celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson, Amanda Holden, Alex James, Dom Jolly and many more famous faces that you may see on TV.
Cotswold Market Towns
Cotswold market towns are pleasing to the eye, a wondrous beauty of grand architecture of Cotswold stone, majestic town halls, market squares that have fresh produce every week, quaint gift shops, friendly cafes, busy local pubs and some great shopping experiences. Many Cotswold market towns have antique shops selling famous pieces and artwork from local artists and designers. Wonderful Cotswold market towns to visit include Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Witney and Woodstock. Each market town has fascinating history and Cotswold tours enjoy telling visitors all about the Medieval links and the historical information that the Cotswolds is famous for. If you’re planning on visiting the Cotswolds, make sure you experience a few of the market towns because they are a picture-perfect vision of quintessential working towns with the beauty of the Cotswolds.
Private Cotswold Tours
Booking a private tour of the Cotswolds will give you a wonderful day trip which takes you to all the best places in the region, experiencing some of the most beautiful areas in the Cotswolds. The area is close to any airports in the south-west of England and is easily accessible by train and coach if you’re touring England. In fact, if you’re staying in London, then you can get a direct train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh train station, taking only 1 hour and 40 minutes. Private Cotswold tours offer you a wonderful 6-hour day trip seeing all the best places, the most historical buildings, quaint villages and the stunning views of the area. The Cotswolds Mystery Tour is a private tour company which is family-run, offering an experience of the Cotswolds that you will never forget. We take you to picturesque villages, pretty market towns, magnificent stately homes and show you the most beautiful and breath-taking views that you come across. We pick you up from the train station in our luxury minibus and take you on a fantastic tour of the Cotswolds, stopping at a charming village café for a drink and pastry in the morning, then a 16th century Cotswold inn for a delicious lunch. After the tour, we take you back to the train station so you can be back in London for your evening meal. Read our 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor to hear about previous guest experiences!