Cotswolds - 3 days


Aug 19th, 2006, 10:29 AM
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Cotswolds - 3 days

Grateful for some itinerary suggestions. We are staying at Burford (3 days with car) and without overdoing it, wish to include as many villages and historic sites as possible.

Also recommendations on good pubs please.
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Aug 19th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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Burford is a good location for the Cotswolds.

Villages are all over the place, just a few miles apart. Some are incredibly picturesque, (Bibury, Bisley, Chedworth, Withington to name just a few - and these all have good pubs too). Others are more off the beaten track but still are pretty enough and will have a good pub (Amberley, Selsley, Woodchester, Far Oakridge, Sapperton... we're talking south Cotswolds here, but still only 40 minutes from Burford, and again all have good pubs).

As for historic sites - Gloucestershire is packed with them - from ancient Standing Stones at Great Rollright, Roman villas at Chedworth and Great Witcombe, castles from Berkeley to Warwick (just out of the Cotswolds), churches and cathedrals, market towns, Tudor hunting lodges, stately homes...

If you post back with a bit more deatil on you particular interests we may be able to offer more specific information.

Otherwise, get a good guide to the Cotswolds and decide what you want to see, or go to google, type in the words Tourist Information followed by the name of the town you are interested in, and you will get links to what's about in that area.

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Aug 19th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Cotswolds last year. We stayed in Broadway for four nights and spent our days driving to the small villages. You can read my trip report, starting with renting the car, and see my photographs at:

Have a wonderful time.
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Aug 19th, 2006, 01:26 PM
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You will quite literally trip over more villages than you can count. All the ones that Julia mentions and a hundred others. When is your trip? Makes a bit of a difference re which other places you go. Hidecote Manor gardens for instance is best when the gardens are in full spring or summer bloom (though Fall is great too). Hailes Abbey is a must for me - a lovely 13th century ruined cistercian abbey in park like grounds. It is near Hidecote and Snowshill so an easy "3-fer"

Just down the road from Burford is Minster Lovell Old Hall- a really atmospheric ruined manor house w/ a fascinating dovecote on the banks of teh River Windrush.

Right in Burford itself is one of the best of the "wool churches". There is a helpful Tourist Information Office in Burford where you can get info about organized walks in the area, special events etc.

And there is always Blenheim Palace and Bladon churchyard where Winston Churchill is buried.
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