Visiting the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a large English area of outstanding natural beauty that's only 120-minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London and even closer to Bristol or Birmingham. So, where do you begin when you've made the decision to visit the Cotswolds. With the area at over 800 square miles it's a good idea to:

  • plan your trip
  • decide on your wish list
  • be prepared to see and do as much as you can when you arrive here

The Cotswolds is a rural area and at the heart of England is a great place to visit, even for the day. Travelling here is fairly easy and there are really great transport links by road, rail or air and this section will help with some planning ideas and you can use it to find attractions, choose your accommodation and plan your travel.

A map of the Cotswolds

About the Cotswolds

A belt of oolitic limestone divides the heart of England from the North Sea to the south coast passing through the Cotswolds.

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Burford a Cotswold town

Towns and Villages

The Cotswolds is the epitome of rural England, and the small Cotswold towns and villages have been fortunate in retaining, and preserving this rural idyll.

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Public transport around the Cotswolds

Getting around the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is at the heart of England and is served by a good network of roads and rail links making it fairly easy to travel around by car or train.

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Things to do

The Cotswolds is full of attractions and things to do from country walks to family-friendly animal parks.

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Come for a break in the Cotswolds and choose your accommodation from hotels, b&b's, inns or cottages.

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Cotswold food and drink

Food and Drink

The Cotswolds has an abundance of places to eat and drink and many use local food from local producers.

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Cotswolds books and maps

Books and maps which will be an invaluable source of information about the Cotswolds.

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With so much accommodation in the Cotswolds you are spoilt for choice when choosing where to stay.

By Car

The Cotswolds has excellent road links to the area with motorists using the M4, M40 and M5 motorways.

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By Bus

The National Express network and Mega Bus UK operate services to and from London.

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By Train

The Cotswolds has few rail stations but trains operate frequently from London Paddington.

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By Air

The Cotswolds are near to the national and regional airports of London, Bristol and Birmingham.

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