Towns in the Cotswold region
Abingdon on Thames
Abingdon on Thames is a quaint, bustling market town nestled on the river just 6 miles south of Oxford. The town is a delight to visit; stroll aroundand soak in the wealth of architecture, historical treasures, shopping, independent stores and of course the beautiful Thames river.
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The village of Bibury is set in the beautiful surroundings of Coln valley, north of Cirencester. The history dates back to Iron age times and there are the remains of a hill fort located above the village.
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A very popular tourist destination in the summer, but the village is just as attractive during the autumn and winter.
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Broadway is a beautifully preserved village in Worcestershire, located close to Cheltenham and Warwick race courses.
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Burford is a bustling Oxfordshire town with one of the finest high streets in the Cotswolds. Renowned for its antique and gift shopping, and tea rooms, the town was also nominated for the 'Best Shopping High Street' in the UK, for 2003. The town has been known as the gateway to the Cotswolds.
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Located near Chippenham on the edge of the Cotswolds, Castle Combe has been voted the prettiest village in England and is situated close to Bath and Bristol. This village is the perfect setting from which to base your luxury Cotswold hotel break.
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Cheltenham is a lively spa town with an excellent range of shops, restaurants, fine architecture and museums.
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Chippenham is located just 4 miles south of the M4 with the Cotswolds to the north and west and Salisbury plain to the south.
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Chipping Campden is one of the finest and best known of all the Cotswold towns. It has been kept beautifully preserved, thanks to the efforts of a local trust, formed in 1929 by a group of architects and craftsmen.
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Cirencester dates back to the first century AD, and was the second largest capital of Roman Britain after London. The town lies at the centre of a number of Roman roads including the Fosse Way and the town’s large Market Square still features lively markets each week.
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Evesham is a pretty market town found in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire. Located near Worcester, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon, it lies within the Vale of Evesham, an area comprising the flood plain of the River Avon, which has been renowned for market gardening.
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Gloucester lies at the heart of the Cotswolds, with many beautiful towns and villages located in the surrounding countryside. The city is the capital of Gloucestershire and of major importance historically. William the Conqueror ordered the Domesday Book to be written from here.
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The beautiful village of Lacock has pretty timber-framed Tudor buildings, narrow medieval streets and is looked after by the National Trust.
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Malmesbury is situated to the south of Cirencester on the edge of the Cotswolds. The town is set on a hill with the River Avon running around it. Malmesbury Abbey is an impressive Norman Abbey that intrudes on the skyline.
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Moreton-in-Marsh is a delightful old Cotswold village containing a number of attractive, traditional coaching inns, including the historic Manor House Hotel. This is now a luxury Cotswold hotel, offering romantic luxury breaks including Four Poster bedrooms, perfect for a luxury weekend getaway.
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Situated between Cirencester and Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach was an important wool town that boasts one of the finest churches in the Cotswolds, the Church of St Peter and St Paul.
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Painswick is the quintissential Cotswold town, situated to the south of Gloucester. The town is full of classically styled Cotswold houses, and features a striking churchyard with lines of yew trees and an elegant church at the centre.
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Shipston on Stour
Shipston on Stour is a small market town that is ideally situated in South Warwickshire for visiting the North Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon. This historic, charming and thriving town boasts many interesting features and is very popular with tourists because of its eclectic mixture of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels.
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Snowshill is a beautiful, unspoilt Cotswold village with views over the Severn Valley to the west.
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Located a few miles to the south of Broadway, Stanton is a perfectly preserved village of Cotswold stone cottages...
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Stow on the Wold is the Cotswolds' highest town and one of the most visited in the Cotswolds. In summer visitors flock to the art galleries and antique shops.
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Stratford Upon Avon
The market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon is situated in the Northern edge of the Cotswolds. Famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the town is a popular tourist attraction, with lots to see and do.
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Stroud is situated at the southern edge of the Cotswolds with steep valleys and National Trust land around it. The town was at the centre of the wool industry during the 18th century and some mills are open to the public for viewing.
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Tetbury is located in the southern Cotswolds just a few miles from Prince Charles’ home at Highgrove.
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Tewkesbury is a small Gloucestershire market town that lies to the north of Cheltenham and Gloucester in the Severn Vale, where the Rivers Severn and Avon meet.
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The picturesque village of Upper Slaughter is located in the heart of the Cotswolds and has changed very little in the last 200 years.
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Winchcombe is an historic market town that lies just beyond Cleeve Hill to the north east of Cheltenham. This lovely town has a long main street and a church with a number of particularly ugly gargoyles!
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Woodstock lies off the main Oxford to Stratford upon Avon road, with Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill located next to the town.
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