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The Cotswolds Travel Guide

Google Map of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area of rolling hills and villages, north of Bath, south of Stratford-upon-Avon and west of London. It is a popular tourist destination and is known around the world for its attractive golden villages, built from local Cotswold stone, and the beautiful countryside. This section gives you my view of the Cotswolds, an area that I love to travel to.


Introduction: Where the Cotswolds are located, a short history, why I love this area and why some people don't, navigating the Cotswolds.

Towns and Villages: Descriptions of larger towns, market towns and villages in the Cotswolds.

Activities: Things to do and see in the Cotswolds; National Trust houses, gardens, stone circles, Roman Roads, my favorite drives.

Cotswolds Guidebooks: My recommended guidebooks, maps and books for the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Favorites: My favorite tea rooms, pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds.

Practical Tips: Supermarket locations, laundries, etc.

A Guide to Local Shopping, Parking and Public Loos: Felicity describes the good shops, parking information and restrooms for the main Cotswolds towns.

Resources: Websites for more information about the Cotswolds, sites for the towns, gardens, things to do, etc.


Walking/Hiking in the Cotswolds: Walking and hiking in the Cotswolds on the public footpaths. My favorite hikes in the Cotswolds (with notes on ones that we did not like).


ST Google Map - Cotswolds, England: Interactive, annotated map of the Cotswolds. Satellite views available.


Photos of Cotswolds Pubs

Photos of Cotswolds Tea Rooms

Photos of Minchinhampton: A small town in the Cotswolds

Photos of Cotswolds Towns

Photos of English Gardens: Hidcote Manor Garden (Cotswolds), Kiftsgate Court Garden (Cotswolds), Tintinhull Gardens (Somerset), Hestercombe Gardens (Somerset)

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