The Cotswolds area is one of England’s favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting. In summer time, the Cotswolds offers fantastic walking and cycling, beautiful gardens, bustling farmers’ markets and a delightful cafe culture. The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England. Beautiful villages such as Snowshill and Painswick nestle in the Cotswold Hills, sure to delight any visitor. Historical market towns such as Cirencester, Tetbury, Stroud and Tewkesbury offer excellent local shopping with thriving markets bursting with local produce. For those visitors looking to enjoy the coutryside from a more urban base the larger towns of Gloucester, with its historic waterfront, and Regency Cheltenham Spa offers impressive architecture, stylish shopping and world-class horse racing.
Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is steeped in 300 years of history and is filled with one of Europe’s largest collections of treasures. See Churchill’s cigar box and his shotguns, beautiful furniture, silverware and artwork or maybe a wander through some of the outstanding gardens are more to your fancy, there is so much to see and enjoy at Blenheim.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens Winchcombe, Near Cheltenham, has ten magnificent gardens to explore, each with its own unique style and design. Sudeley was once a royal residence, closely associated with some of the most famous English monarchs, including Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Katherine Parr, Elizabeth I and Charles I.
The Roman Baths in the city of Bath is one of the finest historic sites in Europe and was used for public bathing over 2,000 years ago so the Baths are steeped in history. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Minerva. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum, holding finds from Roman Bath.
Batsford Arboretum is a wonderful woodland garden in Moreton in Marsh and is set in 56 acres.
Cheltenham Racecourse in Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire has a scenic location in a natural amphitheatre, just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills at Cleeve Hill. Its most prestigious meeting is the Cheltenham Festival, held in March, which features several Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.
The British Motor Museum is the World’s largest collection of historic British cars with over 400 Classic cars on display. It is situated at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, has been in the same family for almost 900 years. The castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century, except for a period of royal ownership by the Tudors. It is traditionally believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. Today it is a popular attraction to visit with its beautiful gardens, butterfly house and the castle itself.
Newark Park was a Tudor hunting lodge established over 450 years ago and set in a spectacular estate, today visitors can enjoy the wonderful views from the gardens with uninterrupted views across to the Mendip Hills.
The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is situated within the inland port of the Gloucester Docks in an old Victorian warehouse. Here visitors will find the award winning museum, shops, cafes, historic craft, a working forge and boat trips.
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