The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds
Although there is plenty to entertain you on your door step, should you venture outside, the charm of the Cotswolds awaits. Below are listed a number of the nearby charming villages which will make for a wonderful day out:

Cirencester is an historic Roman town in the heart of the Cotswolds with attractions from a Roman Amphitheatre to the nearby Chedworth Roman Villa. The Corinium Museum in an important source of information on the local history. Cirencester has many fine examples of historic mosaics, including one which can be found near the Brewery Arts Centre.

Stow-on-the-Wold is a small, but well-known, market town of about 2000 people set in the Cotswold Hills. It stands beside the Roman Fosse Way at its junction with six other roads, where a settlement has existed since the Iron Age. Like many of the Cotswold towns and villages, the houses were built with the very distinctive mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarries. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th century.

Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water has more than its share of Cotswold houses and cottages, many of them three hundred years old, some dating back to Elizabethan times four hundred years ago.

Burford is generally regarded as the Gateway to the Cotswolds. The wide High Street sweeps down a hill towards the river Windrush which is crossed by a narrow three arched bridge. The High Street contains all manner of houses, shops and inns, some dating from the 15th century. From the 14th to the 17th century Burford was a great wool town and near the middle of the High Street is the 'Tolsey' where once wealthy wool merchants held their meetings and collected tolls; it now houses a museum.

Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village just a short drive from Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as "the most beautiful village in England". The area is made up of two villages, Arlington on one side of the River Coln and Bibury on the other. It is one of the "must see" destinations in the Cotswolds, and has a place on the itinerary of most tourists.

Broadway is internationally known for its beautiful long main street, with small honey-coloured shops, attractive houses and its traditional village green. Formerly situated on the main route to Oxford and London (A44), this very pretty village now has a by-pass and is a popular location for touring the Cotswolds, Shakespeare Country, Cheltenham and Bath.

Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley, Moreton is a thriving market town dating back 1000 years to the Saxon era. The small, friendly and pretty town provides a wide range of facilities for the visitor.
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