Discovering the Cotswolds

The Cotswold Gateway is your unofficial guide to discovering the Cotswolds an area of rolling hills and deep valleys crossing six counties. The Cotswolds are a delightful mix of glorious golden and subtle silver-grey towns and villages of thatch and Cotswold stone roofed cottages with evocative churches and ancient manors all bought from the wealth of the booming medieval wool trade which left a proliferation of exquisite buildings to enjoy.

The Cotswold Gateway will show you bustling towns, quiet villages, things to do and places to go, where to enjoy wonderful food and where to find hotels, pubs and inns, comfy bed and breakfasts and delightful self catering cottages.

Enjoy the Cotswold Gateway website and let it help make your visit to the Cotswolds enjoyable.

About the Cotswolds

If you were to think of the Cotswolds what comes to mind? Endlessly pretty, hills, stunning villages, honey-coloured Cotswold stone, Royal connections or the Cotswold Way....

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Plan your visit to the Cotswolds

If you are hoping to visit the Cotswolds you can plan your travel, find your accommodation and look for places to visit all with the help of the Cotswold Gateway....

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Food and drink in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has some excellent restaurants and eateries and if you like having good quality food then visiting some of them is an essential part of of your visit to the Cotswolds....

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Cotswold History

The first Neolithic visitors came to the Cotswolds in about 3500BC. Discover the great monuments left behind on the landscape marking early life here....

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Cotswold Towns and Villages

The honey-coloured and silvery-grey oolitic stone is used in abundance in towns and villages and Chipping Campden could be the most picturesque of all.

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Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire

Comprises part of the Cotswold Hills and part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn....

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North Wiltshire

Is border by Gloucestershire and situated on the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds AONB....

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West Oxfordshire

Borders with Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and the River Thames forms the south east border....

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North Somerset

On the southern Cotswold Hills and bordering Wiltshire with Bath the principal settlement in the area....

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South Worcestershire

South Worcestershire on the northern edges of the Cotswolds bordering North Gloucestershire....

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South Warwickshire

South Warwickshire on the edge of the North Cotswolds has some attractive towns and villages in the area....

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The Cotswolds are formed from a belt of oolitic limestone that divides the heart of England from the North Sea to the south coast passing through Gloucestershire and nudging into Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

The area is the shape of a rough diamond in the heart of England with the western edge forming an escarpment that overlooks the Severn Valley and the Vale of Evesham. This ridge gives the picture of hills seen from the valley floor as you travel along the M5 motorway, yet, once on the top the land opens out into the rolling wolds and deep wooded valleys that make this one of the most beautiful areas in the UK.

The Cotswolds is popular with both British and foreign visitors and is renowned for the gentle, puzzle picture sleepy villages that are so typically English and the world famous cities of Bath and Oxford.

Idyllic towns and villages such as Bibury and Bourton-on-the Water hide in the wooded valleys or sit proud on high rolling wolds. The fine buildings created by great artisans, the magnificent churches built by the wealthy wool merchants from medieval times and their grand houses with wonderful gardens are waiting to be discovered by visitors.

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