UK Travel Guide



Cotswold in Gloucestershire

The Cotswolds is a huge stretch of open, hilly land containing many tiny villages dating from Saxon times. Primarily known as sheep country during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, the Cotswolds was the center of England's wool industry. Rich wool merchants had built most of the lovely churches and manor houses using the famed Cotswold stone. The Cotswolds contains many small villages and towns that offer perfect family and romantic retreats.

Each town possesses unique features for visitors: Cheltenham boasts a mineral spring that emits the only natural alkaline water in England, while Cirencester is a market town where some of the best Roman buildings in Britain can be seen. The River Windrush flows down the center of Bourton-on-the-Water, a large Cotswold village with many attractions including a model village. Other Cotswold sites include the Cotswold Motor Museum, which shows early modes of transportation, and the Birdland Zoo Garden, a habitat for many rare species of birds.