Explore the area
The Cotswolds is an area known to be “quintessentially English”
Popular for days out amongst local people, it is also known across the world and much favoured by international tourists, attracting visitors from all over the world who wish to experience “real England”
Rolling hills, quaint properties made of local honey-coloured limestone, known as Cotswold stone, and traditional drystone walls make up the landscape of this beautiful area.
Bourton on the Water
Just under 16 miles away from Cheltenham, Bourton on the Water is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. Although a small village, it is home to the Cotswold Motor Museum, Birdland, Cotswold Perfumery, The Cotswold Brewery and The Model Village, which is a one-ninth scale replica of Bourton on the Water in local stone!
Shops and cafes line the pretty main street, with a stream running through, and there is a range of accommodation on offer.
Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre allow you to explore on horseback, suitable for beginners and riders of all levels,
Stow on the Wold
Sat above Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold is approximately 18 miles from Cheltenham.
Another of The Cotswolds’ pretty villages, it is lined with elegant shops, bistros, and places to stay, it is near to attractions such as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Batsford Arboretum, Broadway Tower and the GWr Heritage Railway.
Moreton in Marsh
Just 22 miles from Cheltenham, Moreton in Marsh is a Cotswolds Market town, with a Tuesday being the traditional market day. This historical town is also known for the annual Moreton in Marsh Show, a one-day agricultural and horse show that takes place each September.
Just off the High Street towards Evesham you will find the Wellington Aviaition Museum and Art Gallery, and nearby is the village of Chastleton with its' historic Chastleton House, now managed by the National Trust.
18 miles south east of Cheltenham, Bibury just a short drive from Cirencester. It was featured in The Huffington Post in 2014 where it was described as “the quaintest village in England” and “truly perfect”
Arlington Row of weaver's cottages, the Bibury Trout Farm and the Church of St. Mary are popular with visitors.
Known as the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester is around 15 miles from Cheltenham.
This busy Cotswold town has many shops, places to eat and places to stay. The market square is dominated by the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and the town still hosts many markets. Cirencester Park and The Bathurst Estate host The Cotswolds Show and Polo and is open 8am to 5pm every day throughout the year, where visitors are welcome to walk or enjoy the scenery on horseback.
For further information on all there is to see and do, visit the official Tourism Website for The Cotswolds.