Towns and a city within one hour
Bath –The original spa was created by the Romans in the AD 60s, utilising the natural hot springs. It became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era which led to a major expansion of the city that left a heritage of exemplary Georgian architecture, crafted from Bath Stone. This is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city which offers visitors a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major tourist centre.
Bourton on the Water - The village is known for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, leading to the town being called the "Venice of The Cotswolds". This is a tourist ‘honey-pot’ but time your visit carefully and it can be a real delight.
Burford is one of England's prettiest small medieval towns. The town has a broad main High Street lined with old houses, cottages and shop fronts which appear to have changed little for hundreds of years. Take time to explore the side streets and snatch glimpses of hidden treasures through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between the 17th and 18th century buildings. See the awe inspiring splendour of the cathedral-like parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade.
Cheltenham - Cheltenham Spa was specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure and health resort for wealthy visitors. The Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. Today, the town offers award-winning gardens, an impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and festivals of horse racing, music and literature.
Stow in the Wold – This is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It stands exposed on a 700 feet high hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way. At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time. The vast Market Square testifies to the town’s former importance. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses, and the town has many fine antique shops, art galleries and gift shops.