Places to Visit - Cotswolds

The change from the black-and-white traditional timber-frame buildings of Warwickshire and Worcestershire to the honey-coloured stone of Cotswold villages like Stanway, Stanton, Broadway, Winchcombe and Bourton-on-the-Water is sudden and dramatic.  Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have everything – great shopping, eating, sleeping, driving or walking are all within easy reach.  The Cotswolds are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway at a luxury B&B or hotel.  And even in the summer it’s easy to give the crowds the slip and enjoy the region’s tranquillity.  

Towns & Villages | Car Activities | Gardens & Houses | Walks & Views

Towns & Villages

Evenlode & Adlestrop
Get away from the Cotswold tourist bustle in this area just east of Stow-on-the-Wold. 

Stanway & Stanton
An achingly pretty pair of Cotswold villages and surprisingly untouristy, even in summer. 

A good jumping off point for the Cotswolds, with Stanway and Stanton nearby.

The heart of the Cotswolds.  Car clubs often meet here so it’s usually full of automotive exotica.

Bourton-on the-Water
A pretty place with its high street split by a river. 

From this pretty town it’s an easy and beautiful drive up to some great views.  Sudeley Castle is nearby.

Chipping Camden
Worth a wander before tackling Hidcote or Snowshill nearby.


Car Activities

Our cars are supplied with copies of The Romantic Road, which details two circular driving routes that take in some of the highlights of the Cotswolds.  

The 10 miles from Broadway to Stow-on-the-Wold have been voted amongst the 10 best driving roads in Britain.  Another Top 10 entry is the A433 from Circenster to Westonbirt Arboretum.  To cap it all both roads have great destinations in Stow and Westonbirt.

If you want to search out some of the more obscure driving roads in the area or have particular interests we can recommend great roads and routes to get you there.

There are two great motoring venues in the Cotswolds. 

Prescott Hillclimb
The home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club since 1929 is just outside Cheltenham.  Regular weekend events from May to September. 

Cotswold Motor Museum
This is a really interesting, informal museum with real attention to detail.


Gardens & Houses

The area is full of magnificent houses and gardens and our favourites are below.

Hidcote Manor
A stunning, compact Arts and Crafts garden with plants and people crowding its winding paths. 

Kiftsgate Court
Kiftsgate is intimate and informal compared to neighbouring Hidcote.  .

Westonbirt Arboretum
18,000 plants and 17 miles of paths make Westonbirt one of Britain’s best known arboretums.

Stanway Water Gardens
The tallest fountain in Britain (300 ft), in one of its prettiest villages.

Snowshill Manor
A cornucopia of treasures collected by an eccentric owner.  Plus great views.

Chastleton House
One of Britain’s finest Jacobean houses with a fantastic hilltop setting.

Sudeley Castle
Stately home near Winchcombe, popularised by Liz Hurley’s recent wedding there.


Walks & Views

The Cotswolds is about scenery and walking. Particular highlights of the Cotswolds are:

Broadway Tower
On a good day you can see thirteen counties. 

The Ridgeway
The winding B4088 straddles the quiet Ridgeway between Astwood Bank and Norton, near Evesham.  It’s dotted with local farm shops, including the excellent Hiller’s.

Bredon Hill
Just south of Evesham, Bredon Hill is a remote and unspoilt Cotswold Outlier. 

Cleeve Hill
Fantastic views, great walking and with Prescott Hillclimb running up its western flank.

Cotswold Way
A beautiful 100-mile path from Chipping Camden to Bath takes in some of the highlights of the area.

Evenlode & Adlestrop
Classic Cotswold country – rolling hills dotted with yellow-stone villages and farms. 

The Lenches
Just off the B4088, Church Lench and Rous Lench are set amidst some great and quiet driving roads.


Useful Sites

These are some of the best Cotswolds sites that we’ve found.