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What are the best towns and villages to visit in the Cotswolds?

If you're planning on visiting the Cotswolds, you might be wondering which towns and villages you should visit on your trip. Read on below to find some of our local tips.



Where are the Cotswolds?



The Cotswolds is a region of England in the South West. It is the country's largest area of natural beauty (AONB) & covers 800 square miles across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset & Wiltshire.


It's mostly farmland, and is an ideal retreat from anyone working in London, Bristol or Birmingham as it's only 1-2 hours by train or car from any of these. Nearby towns include Bath, Banbury, Oxford & Cheltenham.



What are the best towns & villages to visit in the North Cotswolds?


The North Cotswolds are home to many pretty old villages, many dating back to the 17th Century. Here's some of our favourites.


What are the best places to visit in the South Cotswolds?


The southern end of the Cotswolds is located close to Bath & contains many beautiful villages as well as Westonbirt Arboretum, which unmissable if you're visiting in the Autumn as you'll get to see the trees in their amazing changing colours.



What are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds with dogs?


The Cotswolds is a great location to visit with dogs. With plenty of footpaths, streams & woods for them to exercise, there's really not any area of the Cotswolds that isn't dog friendly & most pubs will be more than happy for you to bring your dog with you.


Just keep in mind that dogs can harm livestock & animals so keep them on a lead where appropriate.


What are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds in Summer?


The summer in the Cotswolds will be the best time to visit most locations, with better chances of good weather to get outside & explore.


Some of the more popular villages like Broadway & Bourton-on-the-Water can get really busy & a bit overcrowded in summer, so it might be worth visiting one of the lesser known villages, which are still well worth a visit!


What are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds in Winter?


In the winter the Cotswolds will be a lot quieter, with reduced tourists on foot & in their cars on the small roads.


Blenheim Palace at Christmas could be a good choice, with a Winter festival taking place, or a winter walk up to Broadway Tower.




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