View of Arlington Row, Bibury in the Cotswolds near Cirencester

Is the Cotswolds open?

With the COVID-19 lockdown easing, you may be thinking of spending some time in the Cotswolds and wondering "is the Cotswolds open".

As you will appreciate, things are changing daily. We are certainly seeing a lot more people travelling to the Cotswolds for the day to enjoy walks in the countryside and around Cotswold towns and villages. Popular locations such as Bibury and Bourton on the Water are starting to get busy again.

However, very little is "open" apart from supermarkets, newsagents and fuel stations. Some easing is expected in the coming days as the Prime Minster has announced that non-essential retail can open from 15th June.

Car parks have re-opened and where parking fees were suspended they have now been reintroduced.

Public toilets in Bourton on the Water re-opened on 28th May, and others in Bibury, Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade, Moreton in Marsh, Northleach, Stow on the Wold and Tetbury will re-opened on Monday 1st June.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cotswold soon, but in the meantime, stay safe and considering whether travelling to the Cotswolds is a sensible thing for you and your family to do right now.

And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, leave places how you found them. We have heard stories and seen photos of the huge amounts of litter being left behind. You come to the Cotswolds because it's beautiful. Please help to keep it this way.

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 area covers almost 800 square miles of beautiful scenery, chocolate box villages, vibrant towns, miles of walks, lots of things to do and a plentiful supply of top quality accommodation 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 2020.

Things to do in the Cotswolds

From internationally renowned events including the Cheltenham Fesvital, Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Badminton Horse Trials and world class polo, literary festivals and music concerts to quirky events like Tetbury Woolsack Races, Bourton on the Water's 'Football in the river' and Boxing Day Bibury Duck Races, there's always something to do in the Cotswolds.

And you're never far from historic buildings (including National Trust and English Heritage properties as well as Roman settlements), impressive country parks, museums, and animal attractions (such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cotswold Farm Park, Birldand and WWT Slimbridge).

The Cotswolds - Kick back and relax or make the most of every minute, the choice is yours!