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15 Beautiful Places to Visit in the Cotswolds, England

Cityscape in the medieval town Bath, Somerset, England from afar.

The Cotswolds is an area in the southwest of the UK encompassing five counties; Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. There are many wonderful places to visit in the Cotswolds and the area is famed for its picture-postcard towns and villages.

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring this gorgeous part of England and love the area for its undulating countryside, great hiking, pretty villages, and rustic old pubs. Visiting the Cotswolds should be high on the list of anyone traveling to the UK as it really is one of the most beautiful parts of the country.


Travel to the Cotswolds is a hugely rewarding experience and there’s so much to do. Enjoy visiting stately homes and gardens, national parks, castles, and other historic sites. Some of the highlights of the Cotswolds include the villages of Bibury, Burford, and Bourton-on-the-Water.

15 Best Places to Visit in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of the best places to visit in England to get a real feel for its rural countryside and see a part of the country that’s barely changed in centuries. Below, you’ll find some of the most charming places in the Cotswolds from historic cities to market towns and sleepy villages.

1. Bath

There’s some debate over whether Bath is actually in the Cotswolds as it doesn’t fall into the five counties that make up the “Area of Natural Beauty” (Bath is in Somerset). However, many people consider it to be due to its proximity to some of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds.

Bath is one of my favorite cities in England and makes a fantastic base for exploring the Cotswold region. The city is famed for its Roman baths which date back 2,000 years. I’m a huge fan of Roman history and exploring these ancient bathing houses is one of the best things to do in England.

This full-day tour from London not only includes a drive through some of the most picturesque places to visit in the Cotswolds and a visit to historic Bath, but you’ll also get to see some of the country’s top sights including Stratford-upon-Avon and Stonehenge too.

Location: Bath is located in the southwest county of Somerset at the southern tip of the Cotswolds.

Getting There: You can take a tour from London, drive or take one of the many bus or train services departing major cities throughout the day.

Things To Do: Visiting the Roman baths, sightseeing, walking, eating, and shopping.

Where to Stay: The Macdonald Bath…

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