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Welcome To The Cotswolds
The ‘Cotswolds Area’ officially spreads across 790 square miles, settled within the northern part of the southwest region of England and encompassing the six English counties of Wiltshire, Worcestershire, North East Somerset, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Bath and Oxfordshire.
The Cotswolds has officially been named as the UK’s largest “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and has become a favourite location for both the British and tourists from far and wide. There are many reasons why this picturesque area has stood out to ‘want to be visitors’. With the hillsides (otherwise known as ‘wolds’) as a perfect backdrop for a relaxing holiday in the stunning countryside, with river valleys, water meadows and the ageless villages constructed from the local golden-coloured limestone. The architecture has certain uniqueness about it that one would struggle to not fall in love with! Quite simply an outstanding destination to experience a bit more of what the UK has to offer, it is so easy to imagine yourself back in the 1700’s as many of the market towns have preserved the look and feel of a bygone era.
The area is full of quaint towns and absolutely wonderful countryside just waiting to be explored, with some of the more popular towns used as a base when touring the Cotswolds. Areas such as Gloucester, Stroud, Warwick, Malvern, Oxford, Stratford Upon Avon, Swindon, Worcester and Cheltenham.
The historic city of Worcester is located a short distance to the southwest of Birmingham and a similar distance from Gloucester. Assembled alongside both banks of the River Severn its skyline is dominated by the formidable Worcester Cathedral, which was founded on the river banks in AD 680, with its beautiful Norman crypt and captivating library containing many fine medieval manuscripts and ancient church music. Famous throughout the world for its very collectable and highly proclaimed Royal Worcester fine porcelain tableware, delicate figurines and flowers. Most of the manufacturing regrettably takes place outside of Worcester, but it is still possible to view the gilders and fine artists at work along Severn Street. It is an ancient city with a very modern outlook and has many great things to offer the tourist including culture, quality shopping, leisure activities and fine restaurants.