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Welcome to The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds region in England personifies country quaintness. With names like Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswold towns and villages have a fairy-tale-like air, with small bridges over shallow rivers, colourful gardens leading up to thatched cottages and Morris-dancing in the town square. Here, life doesn't seem to change much over the centuries, and the inhabitants of its cottages and manors appear to retain a pastoral naivety. It's hard not to feel the rural tranquillity, and visitors may well feel as though they've stepped into one of Constable's paintings. Due to their proximity to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford, Cotswold Bed-and-Breakfasts are a popular choice with tourists.

Information & Facts


The weather in the Cotswolds region is mild throughout the year but it does receive a large amount of rainfall. The warm Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean passes by England's west coast moderating the weather and creating year-round constant temperatures. During the winter months from November to February, the average temperature is around 39F (4C), while during the summer months, from April to August, the average temperature reaches a pleasant 80F (26C).

Getting Around

Coach tours can be organised around the Cotswolds, and there are bus and rail links, but the best way to discover the region is to explore by car.

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Alton Towers is the UK's premier theme park aimed at the thrill seeking young-at-heart and can be a welcome excursion for those who have overdosed on the culture and tranquillity of the Cotswolds. Rides with names such as 'Nemesis', 'Black Hole', Submission' and 'Rip Saw' are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but the park does cater for the whole family with an adventure land and farmyard for younger visitors. For those exhausted by the day's antics, Alton Towers operates its own Hotel, and there are plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat.

Gloucester is known primarily as a ceremonial city, and one of the main towns in the Cotswalds. It is home to several popular attractions, including Gloucester Cathedral, whose richly-decorated halls contributed to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films; Prinknash Abbey, with its monastery, Roman mosaic, and birdpark; the 18-century docks, home to museums, shops, restaurants and pubs; and the City Museum and Art Gallery, which houses many artefacts relating to Gloucester's Roman heritage. Just outside of the city of Gloucester is the picture-perfect Gloucestershire village of Painswick, and any number of beautiful walks and hikes in the surrounding countryside.

Warwick Castle's origins date back to before 1066, and although not used as a Royal residence, but rather as the seat of the Earls of Warwick, its history is tied inextricably to the throne through the influence held by the castle's lords. Today, the castle is owned by the Tussaud's Group, which has refurbished most of the original grounds, and used the castle as a setting for an historical wax pageant, which includes the 'Royal Weekend Party' and 'Kingmaker' attractions. A new addition is the ghoulish Warwick Dungeon.

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