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Bath and the Cotswolds Travel Guide

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Plan Your Bath and the Cotswolds Vacation

The rolling uplands of the Cotswolds represent the quintessence of rural England, as immortalized in countless books, paintings, and films. In eloquently named settlements from Bourton-on-the-Water to Stow-on-the-Wold, you can taste the glories of the old English village—its stone slate roofs, low-ceiling rooms, and gardens; the atmosphere is as thick as honey, and equally as sweet.

On the edge of the Cotswolds is Bath, among the most alluring small cities in Europe.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Architecture of Bath Bath is perhaps the most perfectly preserved and harmonious English city. Close up, the elegance and finesse of the Georgian buildings is a perpetual delight.
  2. Cotswold pubs The classic pubs here press all the right buttons—low wooden beams, horse brasses, and inglenook fireplaces.
  3. Hidcote Manor Gardens In a region rich with imaginative garden displays, Hidcote lays good claim to eminence. Exotic shrubs from around the world and the famous "garden rooms" are the highlights of this Arts and Crafts masterpiece.
  4. Perfect villages With their stone cottages, Cotswold villages tend to be improbably picturesque; the hamlets of Upper and Lower Slaughter are among the most seductive.
  5. Roman Baths Take a break from Bath's Georgian elegance and return to its Roman days on a tour around this ancient bath complex.
  6. Gloucester Cathedral The Great East Window, Whispering Gallery, and cloisters are especially noteworthy in this ancient monument, one of the country's finest cathedrals. Look out, too, for the settings of scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Shops in Cheltenham The grand Regency terraces of Cheltenham make a wonderful setting for "country chic" boutiques, antiques shops, and gift stores that attract people from the entire region.

When To Go

When to Go

This area contains some of England's most popular destinations, and it's best to avoid weekends in the busier areas of the Cotswolds. During the we...

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