An Introduction to the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds, inhabited since the Neolithic period, has been declared an area of outstanding beauty since 1966. The region contains many small villages and towns, with picturesque scenery and architecture dating back to medieval times. The Cotswolds also contain many historical remains from the Roman regime to more recent remains.
Things to do in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are home to the historic Berkely Castle, the last home of King Edward II, and Bignor Roman Villa. Also within the region is Chavenage House, an Elizabethan manor house and the Cotswolds Motor Museum, which contains many vintage and classic vehicles. Also the Museum in the Park is located within Stratford Park.
Getting to the Cotswolds
Both London Heathrow and Birmingham International airports are approximately an hour's driving time away from the Cotswold’s and also have train links.
The area is easily reached from London by train from either Paddington or Victoria, the journey time is around 1 and a half hours. There are many train stations within the area which link the different towns.
The motorway network provides easy access via the M4 or M40 from London and the South East, the M4 from Wales and the M5 from the North, Midlands and the South West.
By Bus and Coach
National Express coaches operate daily services from many parts of the UK to Cirencester and Cheltenham. From these destinations, local coach companies operate services to reach other towns and villages. Gloucestershire council run the majority of the public bus services.