View of Arlington Row, Bibury in the Cotswolds near Cirencester

Welcome to the Cotswolds Guide

Loved by visitors and residents alike, the Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southern England covering several counties including Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Our guide to the Cotswolds includes accommodation, things to do, towns and villages to visit and places to eat.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an impossibly picturesque area of southern England, popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world.

The beauty of the Cotswolds was recognised officially in 1966 when it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and 2006 was the 40th anniversary of this designation.

The Cotswolds is now the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England and Wales.

Many parts of the Cotswolds can be reached from London in 90 minutes which makes it popular with second home owners and those looking for a weekend away between stressful weeks working in the City.

Tourists flock to the Cotswolds to visit picture postcard towns and villages, impressive country estates, beautiful countryside and quaint honey-coloured stone cottages. See what all the fuss is about, visit the Cotswolds in 2018.