Cotswold Towns and Villages

From small villages such as Bibury, towns like Cirencester and cities like Bath, the Cotswolds UK has something for everyone.

There are many picturesque villages in Cotswolds, as well as bustling market towns, so if you are visiting the Cotswolds area then make sure you stay long enough to explore all the area has to offer.

Some Cotswold towns and villages you may like to visit if you are on a Cotswolds tour can be visited on the same day, while others are worth a day to themselves. For instance, many visitors will plan to visit Bibury, Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water in one day. Other locations such as Cirencester require a day to themselves to fully appreciate them.

Worth considering is making somewhere like Tetbury or Cirencester a base from which to explore the South Cotswolds and then move to Broadway for a few days from where you can explore the North Cotswolds towns and villages.

There are many local tour guides who can draw up a Cotswolds itinery and transport you through the Cotswolds. This can help visitors to take in more of the sights in a shorter time.

The larger towns and villages in the Cotswolds have their own visitor information centres, but check opening hours as some will have restricted opening times or close completely out of season.

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The Cotswold village of Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury is a small village in Gloucestershire and is perhaps the quintessential Cotswold village.

As well as the perfect Cotswold stone buildings such as those in Arlington Row, the Bibury Trout Farm is a popular attraction in Bibury.


Bourton on the Water

Known as "The Venice of the Cotswolds", Bourton-on-the-Water is an extremely popular visitor destination and is home to The Model Village, Birdland and Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection.

The wide shallow river which runs alongside the main high street through Bourton is crossed by a number of small footbridges forming a picturesque backdrop to this Cotswold honey pot.



Sometimes known as "The Jewel of the Cotswolds", Broadway is a particularly manucured village with boutiques, teas shops, art galleries, restaurants and a shopping mall that lies to the north of the Cotswolds area.

Broadway Tower Country Park is just a short drive (or walk) from the centre of the Village and Broadway makes an ideal base from which to tour the Notth Cotswolds.


An extremely popular town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, hidden just off the main A40 Cheltenham to Oxford road, that has hardly changed since Georgian times, when it was an important coach stop between Oxford and the West Country.

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is kept in pristine condition by the Campden Trust which was set up in 1929. The trust oversees the upkeep of traditional skills of stonecarving and repair that makes Chipping Campden such a "perfect" picture of golden-coloured stone.

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton, at 700ft above sea level, is the hightest town in Oxfordshire.


Cirencester, "The Capital of the Cotswolds", is a fine Cotswold market town and home to the celebrated Corinium Museum. Cirencester was once a very important Roman town, second only in importance to London. And today it is a popular visitor destination and regional centre for the area.


Fairford is an historic Cotswold Market Town which was first granted a Charter in 1135 and has a population of around 3500. The world famous Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) takes place at RAF Fairford every year (usually in July).


Lechlade is a small market town on the southern borders of the Cotswolds where the rivers Coln and Leach join the Thames.


Moreton-in-Marsh is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley.


Stow on the Wold stands exposed on a 700 feet high hill on the ancient Roman Fosse Way that leads to the Midlands.


Tetbury is a town steeped in history and can be found in one of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds, approximately 12 miles from Cirencester. HRH Prince Charles' Highgrove estate is just a few miles from Tetbury.


An Oxfordshire market town on the edge of the Cotswolds


Woodstock, a fine Oxfordshire town, is where you will find Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and nearby Bladon is where you can find his grave.