While it’s not as globally known as England’s largest cities like London, Manchester, and Newcastle, the Cotswolds is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. For those who don’t know, the Cotswolds is a region in central-southwest England of almost 800 square miles. It runs along a range of rolling hills, making it one of the best locations in the UK for basking in the beauty of nature. From hiring a static caravan to renting a cozy cottage, the Cotswolds is abundant in unique accommodation options and tourism opportunities.
Shop for Antiques in Stow-on-the-Wold
First, the Cotswolds is renowned for being home to some of Britain’s best antique shops. This is especially true of Stow-on-the-Wold, which boats everything you’d expect a Cotswolds town to offer. Its cute architecture and abundance in character sets it apart from many other locations in the UK. In fact, St Edward’s Church can be found in this quaint town, and the north door of this building was the inspiration for the “Doors of Durin” in the Lord of the Rings. In addition to fascinating sights and antique shops, you’ll also find some authentic restaurants and delis for a taste of the local cuisine.
Discover Abbey House Gardens
As one of the main attractions in Malmsbury, Abbey House Gardens is a must-visit in the Cotswolds. The building was initially renovated during the Tudor times; however, the gardens themselves are equally beautiful. Interestingly, the owners aren’t only keen gardeners but also keen naturists, and they regularly hold “clothing optional” days. Therefore, if you’re planning to visit the gardens, make sure you check if you’re likely to get more than you bargained for. Within the grounds, you’ll find the Coy Carp Café, which is the perfect location to feed fish and sip on a British cuppa.
Enjoy Organic Treats at Daylesford Farm Shop
Daylesford Farm was founded in 2002 by Lady Carole Bamford and the farm itself has since become one of the most sustainable farms throughout Britain. While they have a handful of London outlets, there’s nothing like enjoying a salad or coffee at the farm. After all, this is real authentic farm-to-fork eating, wherein the yoghurts, milk, cheese, bread, veg, fruit, poultry, and meat are all produced onsite. You might even book a Daylesford cookery course to experience the Cotswolds for all the produce it has to offer.
Experience the Chocolate Box Village of Arlington Row
Arlington Row is arguably the prettiest village in England, making it a must-visit for anyone in the Cotswolds. The village was constructed in the 14th century from stone, creating an aesthetic that’s as typically Cotswolds you can get. During the winter, on the odd occasion that it snows, Arlington Row looks just like it has been lifted straight from a Christmas card. Despite this, Arlington Row is equally beautiful in the summer. Therefore, regardless of the time of year, Arlington Row is a great place to visit for people of all ages.
Last but not least is Cirencester, which is the largest town in the Cotswolds. Once upon a time, this town was an important Roman settlement and is home to one of the largest amphitheatres in the UK. Due to its size, Cirencester is typically considered the Cotswolds capital and is abundant in tourist attractions. One of the most notable is Barnsley house, a lavish retreat containing a private cinema and spa. What’s more, Cirencester is home to many Michelin-star restaurants.