Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds

 

Be Charmed by the Cotswolds

Churches, gardens, castles, picturesque towns and villages are all to be found in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Romanesque architecture, tombs of kings and princes, intricate brasses and stained glass windows showing golfers and flying monks are to be found in the magnificent Cathedral of Gloucester and the wool churches of Cirencester, Northleach and the abbeys at Malmesbury and Tewkesbury

Where there was wool there was wealth and it was the rich wool merchants of medieval England that built the fine towns and villages of the Cotswolds.  There are many picturesque places to choose from for a visit,   Call in at Burton on the Water and Bibury described by William Morris as the prettiest town in the Cotswolds.  Or visit Northleach, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden; all built from the creamy stone typical of the region.

To get to these lovely villages you will be travelling along the Fosse Way one of the principal Roman Roads in the country; remarkable for its extreme straightness.  It joined the Roman Roads Akeman Street and Ermin Way at Cirencester which was the second most important town in Roman Britain The Corinium Museum has a fine collection of mosaics, and why not visit Chedworth Roman Villa.

Visit Berkley Castle, where Edward II was horribly done to death or Sudeley Castle where Catherine Parr the 6th and surviving (only just) wife of Henry VIII lived and was buried.

For stately homes there is Owlpen Manor, Snowshill with its remarkable collection of extraordinary and everyday objects by Charles Wade, or Dyrham Park built in the late 17th century.

Take a stroll round Regency Cheltenham to see the fine architecture of the 1800s and hear about mad Kings, colonels, curries and artic explorers.

And last but not least gaze  on the glorious gardens of Gloucestershire:  Painswick Rococo Gardens, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate, Sezincote, Westbury Court Water gardens, Batsford arboretum (where the Mitford girls lived) and Westonbirt.

Themed Tours: Regency Cheltenham, The Arts and Crafts movement.