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Top five places to visit in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a really popular place for visitors to the UK to visit as well as with people travelling within the UK. The quaint cottages, tea rooms, antique shops and pretty surrounding countryside make for a very picturesque visit. However, there are many choices of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Below are our top five:

Bourton-on-the-Water

bourton-on-the-water

This is a quaint village with a river running through it. The pretty cottages line narrow streets with grass verges and the river running through. It is very pretty and there are also attractions too. There is Birdland, the Motor Museum and the Model Village, which are all fun to visit. There are also some lovely shops, tea rooms and cafes, so you can take your pick as to whether you have fish and chips, a cream tea or anything else typically British to eat.

Stratford-Upon Avon

Stratford-Upon Avon

This is on the edge of the Cotswolds but is so popular with visitors as it is Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can visit his home, go to the theatre and see a Shakespeare play, take an open top bus tour of the area and enjoy the shops and cafes. Many have a nod to Shakespeare including selling mementos.

Cheltenham

Cheltenham

Cheltenham is the heart of the Cotswolds and is rather different as it is not a village but a busy town with Regency buildings. It also has a huge town centre with a big range of shops as well as parks and gardens. There are three theatres, a town hall, museum and art galleries as well as a good range of restaurants and cafes.

Gloucester

Gloucester

The City of Gloucester not only has the cathedral to visit which was the location of some of the filming of the Harry Potter films but also a ruined priory and the docks. The docks are really accessible form the town centre and have lots of restaurants as well as a shopping centre to add to the shopping areas in the town centre. There is even a Beatrix Potter shop based around the story of The Tailor of Gloucester.

Broadway

broadway cotswolds

Broadway is a dream for anyone who loves antiques. Not only are there lovely building and tea rooms in the village but it is well known for its antique shops and you can easily spend many hours going form shop to shop looking at all of the lovely things that they have for sale.