Three Days in the Cotswolds, England

June 1, 2017
Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

After living in Cambridge, a historic English university town, and taking plenty of trips to London, we were ready to see another side of British life. We planned three days in the Cotswolds to experience life in the countryside.

The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), its rolling hills of green dotted with thatched-roof farmhouses and honey-coloured limestone villages. We planned to fit in as many charming villages as we could, take long walks in the gorgeous countryside passing more sheep than people, and tuck into a few good pub meals made with ingredients from local farms. In order to enjoy the scenery and go at a (somewhat) relaxed pace, we created the plan below along with a map to help us make the most of our time. Here is our itinerary for three days in the Cotswolds.

Where to Stay in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a fairly large area (the region crosses 6 counties in England), so we stayed in a town that was centrally located to where we planned on visiting. We found a spacious and updated hotel (the Unicorn Aparthotel Suites) still full of character and charm in Stow-on-the-Wold.

In Europe, we most often use Airbnb or Booking.com to find accommodations while traveling. Booking.com wins for convenience in making a reservation because most places offer free cancellation up until your stay (or only a few days before). Plus, the site often has great last minute deals. This means we usually book something in advance, but check back a few weeks before our trip for a better hotel or discounted rate. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment with a full kitchen at the Unicorn Aparthotel Suites for $125 while the original list price is $325.

Here are a few other places in the Cotswolds we would’ve loved to stay as well:

The Swan Hotel, Bibury – This classic looking hotel is right across from the famous Arlington Row and even has its own stream for fishing.

9 Arlington Row, Bibury – You can actually stay on Arlington Row, in one of the last cottages on the lane. Booking is available 15 months in advance, and it looks like it books up early.

Lords Of The Manor, Upper Slaughter – For a luxury hotel stay, enjoy the beautiful rooms and gardens of this manor located in Upper Slaughter. This hotel also has a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Thatch Cottage, near Castle Combe – If you plan to spend some time in the southern part of the Cotswolds to visit Castle Combe, one of the areas most photographed villages, then don’t miss the chance to stay in this quaint thatch cottage!

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

What (and Where) to Eat in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a major foodie destination, with pubs and restaurants making excellent use of the local meats, cheeses and produce. The area is home to a handful of Michelin starred restaurants, boasts a few products with Protected Designation of Origin (like Single Gloucester cheese and Gloucester Old Spot pork), and just follow the Gloucestershire Ale Trail to find some of England’s best craft breweries.

Catch your own fish at the Bibury Trout Farm. Feast like a king in Kingham in pubs like The Wild Rabbit and The Kingham Plough. And for a taste of history, dine (or stay) in England’s oldest inn, The Porch House.

You can’t leave the Cotswolds without a cream tea, your classic afternoon tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam. The scones at Huffkins in Stow-on-the-Wold are incredible, but there are plenty of tea rooms where you can indulge in some afternoon treats.

For a mix of food and entertainment, witness the famous cheese rolling on Cooper’s Hill near Chipping Campden. It takes places once a year on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May. If you can’t make it, check out this video of the crazy competition.

A Cotswolds Itinerary

Getting around the Cotwsolds

Though you can go from London to Cotswolds via the train, I’d recommend renting a car so you have the freedom to follow your own Cotswolds itinerary and go at your own pace. If you’re flying into England, renting a car from the airport will likely be the most convenient option. Check RentalCars.com to compare prices of the world’s biggest car rental services, including Hertz, Avis, and Budget. 

If you prefer to rely on public transit, this guide to exploring the Cotswolds by public transport is incredibly helpful.

Map of the Cotswolds, England

Three Day Cotswolds Itinerary

Day 1 in the Cotswolds

Towns visited: Burford, Bibury, Painswick

We were heading in from London, so we crossed the mid-section of the Cotswolds from east to west. When we learned that Burford is often called the Gateway to the Cotswolds, it felt like a great place to make our first stop. The high street has beautiful architecture and cute shops, and it was busy with locals doing their shopping. I loved how this main street climbed uphill, so as you walked along you could see over the buildings and to the fields and farmland beyond.

Our next stop was Bibury, one of the most popular tourist towns in the Cotswolds. The main draw to Bibury is Arlington Row, a row of storybook cottages built in 1380 as wool stores. The buildings were converted to weavers’ cottages in the seventeenth century. As mentioned above, you can now book a stay in Cottage 9! The row is one the most photographed streets in Britain. If you’ve heard about the yellow car controversy (a bright yellow car used to be parked at the very end of the row, popping out in photos), it looks like the owner may have swapped out for a more subtle gray.

Take time to walk around the town, visit the Bibury Trout Farm, and take cream tea at The Swan Hotel.

Our last stop was Painswick, a little town on the western edge of the Cotswolds. We visited St. Mary’s church, well-known for the rows of old yew trees (103 to be exact!) and the well-preserved tombs and monuments dating back to the early 17th century. Painswick is also a great place to start on the Cotswold Way, up to a great lookout point like Painswick Beacon. If you’re running short on time and daylight hours like we were, you can drive up the hill so the lookout is only a few minutes walk. We trekked along the edge of a golf course, passing a few locals out for a quick jaunt with their dog. We enjoyed the amazing sunset despite the fierce wind, running back down the hill before we lost all daylight.

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England | Burford, England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England | Arlington Row in Bibury

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Day 2 in the Cotswolds

Towns visited: Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter, Broadway

Since we stayed in Stow-on-the-Wold at the Unicorn Aparthotel Suites, we spent the morning exploring this town. We could see the bell tower of St. Edward’s church from our apartment, so we walked over to see the grounds. Two ancient yew trees frame the church door, like something from The Lord of the Rings. We picked up scones, a lardy cake, and a few other treats from Huffkins Café, all of which were delicious. We also grabbed a sandwich from a little shop called Cotswold Baguettes to take with us on our walk over lunch time.

After exploring Stow, we headed to another pretty Cotswold town, Bourton-on-the-Water. This incredibly picturesque village meanders around a small river, with small footbridges crossing the water and quaint Cotswolds limestone cottages lining the footpath. As one of the more well-known towns, Bourton gets fairly busy with tourists, so we were happy to arrive earlier in the morning.

There is a 14-mile walk called Warden’s Way that starts in Bourton-on-the-Water and ends in Winchcombe. If you don’t have all day, visiting Bourton and the Slaughters is a great option. This short ramble takes you through the quintessential English countryside to the bucolic villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Don’t miss the Old Mill in Lower Slaughter with a tea room, shop and ice cream parlor, St Peter’s Church in Upper Slaughter, and all of the incredible cute sheep along the way. Our countryside jaunt was made all the more fun by the crazy weather changes; what started off as a sunny day turned into a sprinkle of flurries. As we headed back, we picked up the pace, trying to outrun the massive and brooding rain clouds that were looming close behind. Just make sure you dress for the cold and wet weather!

After our walk through the Slaughters, we headed off towards Broadway. In spring, the Cotswolds are quilted with bright yellow canola (or rapeseed) fields, so I was excited when we found a short public walking path through the fields (see the spot on the map here).

After a few games of hide and seek through the fields, we got back in the car, passed a lot more fields of flowers and sheep, made a quick visit to Naunton, and finally landed in Broadway. Broadway Tower looks like a mini castle, which makes for a fun stop. And with great views of the surrounding valley, it’s an incredible place to watch the sunset.

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England
Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Day 3 in the Cotswolds

Towns visited: Cirencester, Castle Combe

For the last day of three days in the Cotswolds, head south to Cirencester and Castle Combe. Cirencester is called the capital of the Cotswolds due to its central location in the region. It’s not a hugely popular tourist destination but has plenty of pretty buildings and history to keep you interested. Cirencester’s deep history dates back to Roman times, including remains of a Roman amphitheater. Like many of the towns, Cirencester used wool money to build the parish church, and it’s one of the finest in the area. Black Jack Street is worth a visit to browse the unique independent shops that line the lane.

Head on further south to Castle Combe, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. The view of Castle Combe across the bridge jockeys with Arlington Row as the most photographed spot in the Cotswolds. You may have seen it featured in a few movies, like Stardust, War Horse, or the original Dr. Doolittle film. The town is small, so you have plenty of time to soak up the views and take tea at The Old Rectory Tearoom.

Other activities and attractions

There’s only so much you can pack into three days in the Cotswolds, so we included a few things we wish we would’ve had time for on our Google Map above. I’m most looking forward to a stop at Sezincote House, which looks like it belongs in India rather than rural England.

During the summer months, the Cotswold Lavender Farm near Broadway is open to the public, where you can walk through gorgeous fields of purple lavender.

While walking is a perfect way to enjoy the countryside, riding on horseback seems like it would transform the trip into something out a Jane Austen novel.

With more days in the area, consider the nearby towns of Oxford, Bath, or Cheltenham to your Cotswolds itinerary.

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Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England
Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

The Cotswolds are just so picturesque, I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos.

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England | Burford, England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England | Arlington Row in Bibury

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England | Bibury

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England


Three Days in the Cotswolds: A Complete Itinerary to the most charming villages in England

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  • Reply Veronica June 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

    This was a great read and I love your photos! I have only been to London, but would like to explore more of England!

    • Reply nomanbefore June 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Veronica! London is such an awesome city and so big, it easily fills a whole trip. But there are so many beautiful places across the country, I hope you get to venture out more on your next trip!

    • Reply Grace Gerales September 29, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Hi Kelly,

      So happy to find this article from you. I am originally from California but have been living in Switzerland for the past 10 years. I have traveled to the Cotswolds a number of times and truly love it. This time , my love of Fall season, will visit again but will challenge myself and rent a card to take 3 days and explore on my own. I am very nervous driving. I havent driven in over 10 years though use to the madness of 405 Freeway in LA, the thought of driving on the left side and again and 10 years of not driving, it frigthens the hek out of me. But I will push myself. Having read your article and your photos makes me motivated even more. I think I am going to follow your route here. I turly hope it works out for me. Yikes !!

      • Reply nomanbefore October 7, 2019 at 10:13 pm

        Hi Grace — I know what you mean! I didn’t drive that much in the UK (we mostly used public transit), but I remember the times I did drive being so nervous (there are so many roundabouts, which I don’t love). We usually tried to rent an automatic car because then we didn’t have to focus on shifting too! Hope you have a wonderful trip!

      • Reply Carol Steinbrecher January 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

        i’d love to see this area of England, but really prefer to use the train. is it possible to see some areas in the Cotswolds by public transportation? any links that provide a 1-3 day tour by train or bus? thanks

  • Reply Samantha Lee June 2, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This looks absolutely charming!! I can’t get over that yellow flower field. I haven’t been to England, and we won’t be stopping through on our Europe trip this fall – but next time!


    • Reply nomanbefore June 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Samantha! Those yellow fields are all over England this time of year, it’s incredible! Have fun on your trip, and I hope you can make it here next time!

  • Reply CosmicScott June 2, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Wow…your photos make me want to go there! I haven’t been to England, but I am going to Cotswold when I get the chance!

    Thanks for posting this, it’s great information!

    • Reply nomanbefore June 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Hey Scott, the Cotswolds is a great area for your first trip to England, it’s only about an hour and a half outside of London by car.

  • Reply Yvonne June 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Looks so picturesque! Never been to England but I’d love to visit places outside of London. This sounds like a great local to check out! I always love getting out of the city and into nature when I visit a new place.

    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      London is an awesome city, but the countryside is absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Norman June 5, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Truly magnificent pictures. A road trip to England has been on my mind for ages. Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands..been everywhere but in the heart. Really gotta work this out one of these days!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Road trips through these countries are awesome. So many incredible places to see, and lots of sheep along the way. 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa June 6, 2017 at 12:17 am

    This is a great little guide! and beautiful photos!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 8, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much Alyssa!

  • Reply Adrina June 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    So many beautiful photos and so many great places to visit in Cotswolds. You gave me some really good ideas when visiting there 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 8, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Adrina! Seems like every town in the Cotswolds is worth a visit, it’s so hard to narrow down where you want to stop with limited time.

  • Reply Liz | Perfectly Practical Prattle August 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Ok I already wanted to go to the Cotswolds, but NOW I really want to go after reading your post and seeing all the lovely pictures. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply nomanbefore August 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Liz. Our pictures probably don’t do it justice. It’s such a beautiful place!

  • Reply Jill September 20, 2017 at 1:21 am

    What time of year did you go?

    • Reply nomanbefore September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      We visited the Cotswolds at the end of April, but we lived in the UK for about a year. Spring is such a beautiful time in England because everything is in bloom!

  • Reply Brenda September 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Loved coming across your post while planning our three-day family getaway in the Cotswolds, Oct 31-Nov 3 this year (2017). Arriving from London and going back to London for a final (birthday) dinner and overnight before returning to Vancouver Canada (parents) and Boras, Sweden. (adult offspring). Captivated by the allure of the “literary Cotwolds”. Thoughts (including for that celebratory dinner back in London)?

    • Reply nomanbefore October 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Brenda, sounds like a fun trip! Unfortunately, we didn’t have much of a literary focus when we visited the Cotswolds, though I’m sure you could find some connection in every town. If you don’t have time to research and create your own itinerary, there are a few companies that offer guided walks, like Cotswold Walks.


  • Reply Janet Triffitt December 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Hi, I live in Gloucestershire in the Severn Valley just on the edge of the Cotswolds. Just like to say thank you for the beautiful photos and the lovely comments. If you are visiting Gt. Britain please try to include a visit to our area, it isn’t far from London either by car or train and you’d be very welcome!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus December 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you, Janet! I haven’t been to a place in England I haven’t loved yet, so I’m sure I’d enjoy a visit to Gloucestershire. My biggest regret while living in England was that we didn’t get to see more of the country, but it always means there’s a good reason to go back. 🙂

  • Reply Jacklyn January 7, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Nice post!

    May i ask if for a solo female solo traveller travelling to England for the very first time, will it be advisable for me to grab the walking tour package or to just go my own way? Not sure if its easy to navigate around with public transports for Cotswolds?

    Appreciate your suggestion for any other quaint little villages to explore between 26Feb-9Mar (winter trip)! =)

    Thanks in advance!


    • Reply Kelly Barcus January 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Jacklyn, there is very limited public transportation once you reach the Cotswolds, so I would either rent your own car or book a tour. I usually appreciate the flexibility from having my own car, but there are some Cotswolds tours out there that sound pretty incredible (especially the tour mentioned above in the post about seeing the Cotswolds on horseback!). If you’re going to be in England for that whole two weeks, you can cover a lot of ground and see other parts of the country. I’m probably biased since we lived there, but I think Cambridge is the prettiest town in England. I also really loved the Lake District if you have a chance to make it up there. Happy travels!

  • Reply Anu Senanayake January 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Beautiful review and clicks .. we missed visiting Cotswolds last summer when we visited Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) .. but is on the list this August 2018. Is August a good time to see the beautiful Cotswolds?

    • Reply Kelly Barcus January 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Anu, August is one of the best months for the chance of warm weather and less rain in England, so it’s a great time to go. We still enjoyed our visit in April even though it was chilly and rainy. It was cold enough that the rain turned into little flurries! It’s a beautiful area; have fun exploring!

  • Reply Kristin Divers January 26, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I love this post. i can not wait to visit the Cotswolds now. I am planning a trip in April and this is exactly what I hope to see. thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Jevi Jarvis March 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    My little family are heading there end of this month. I am ever so grateful for suggestions and pictures. We will definitely be fill in a few of your footsteps!
    May I ask where is the picture of your son in front of a wooden door between two beautiful trees? The door has some elegant stained glass above it…

    • Reply Kelly Barcus March 15, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Jevi! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family in the Cotswolds! That photo is in front of St. Edward’s church in Stow-on-the-Wold, right around the corner from where we stayed. Definitely check it out!

  • Reply Diana Predrag March 16, 2018 at 6:03 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for, a text full of suggestions, advice and beautiful photos. I am just starting to plan a visit to the Cotswolds, but your post convinced me to go on with planning and make the trip happen as soon as possible! The only place in England I have visited until now was London, so now I want something completely different, a relaxing trip without much hurry, small villages and scenery from the classic English novels. Beautiful!

  • Reply Jas May 27, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for your lovely post. I have read about Cotswold since I was young and have always wanted to visit this area. This summer I would be able to finally make the trip there. After reading your post and seeing the pics, the excitement level has definitely increased tenfold. I am planning to drive from Oxford and tour Cotswold on wheels. Would you have any tips on the driving around ie parking, things to watch out for to make the drive as smooth as possible. I am also planning to visit Bradford-upon-avon, would you happen to have any advise on things to do there?

    • Reply Kelly Barcus May 28, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hi Jas, thanks so much for your comment! We loved driving around the Cotswolds at our own pace, I definitely think it’s the way to go! If you haven’t driven much in the UK, just be prepared for lots of roundabouts. Parking wasn’t too much of a problem when we visited, though we went in spring which is probably a bit less busy than summer. We usually found a small lot with paid parking, but it wasn’t too expensive. We also made sure our hotel had parking included. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it down to Bradford-upon-avon, but I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Happy travels!

  • Reply Eve May 29, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Hi Kelly ! My husband and I will go to visit the Cotswolds at the end of June, for the first time ! can’t wait !! We will stay a week, having the hotel in Bath and renting a car. Did you have good weather ? the temperatures were sweet or fresh ? Would you advise me to take springtime clothes or summer clothes ? or a bit of both ^^ …. thank you !!


    • Reply Kelly Barcus June 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      Hey Eve! That’s so exciting you’re planning a trip! I’d be prepared for any weather in England. It can be sunny one minute, then cloudy and cold the next. We had mostly great weather, but one day it went from sunny to snow flurries in a few minutes! Just bring layers!

      • Reply Eve June 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

        Thank you so very much for the advices ! I don’t think it will snow ^^ but I’ll to be prepare for fresh and rainy weather 🙂
        We are leaving on Sunday ! 😀

        best regards !

  • Reply Jean July 26, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Hello Kelly! Thank you for posting your vacation details. It was exactly the information i was looking for. My husband surprised me when he asked me what would you like to see in England. I said the Cotswolds. He said,” Ok done. We are going next year.” I mustt be a very good wife!. So i started doing some research and came upon your pintrest post. Great information! Love the pictures too

    • Reply Kelly Barcus July 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      So much to look forward too! The Cotswolds are so charming. Glad this post helped!

  • Reply Katie December 29, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Hi Kelly, great post! I stumbled on this because on a whim I just booked flights into Heathrow for 5 nights (we live in Italy and have never been to England) next June. The original plan was to just do London, but we have a 1.5-year-old — so she’ll be nearly 2 by then — and the more I think about it, the more I wonder if we should rent a car and focus on the countryside instead. We’re doing the WB Studio Harry Potter tour, well outside the city, on the middle day of our trip, so we could stay in London for the first few days and then somewhere outside?

    I know the Cotswolds are further but they look so lovely… and knowing it’s close to the same time of year that you went makes me want to go even more! So I guess my question is, do you think we should split the trip between London/Cotswolds? Or maybe London/Cambridge? Or just go into London for a day and spend the rest of the time exploring other towns? I realize we can’t see all of London in a day, but as you know, sometimes it’s difficult to travel in large cities with a toddler. I wonder if we might all be able to better relax and have fun in the country, and then worry about seeing more of London when she’s older.

    • Reply nomanbefore January 3, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Katie! Ah, those are such tough questions! It’s easy to fill up 5 days with things to do in London, but I definitely know how it can be hard to appreciate museums and churches and city life with a toddler. If you are already planning on renting a car for the studio tour (though you can get there on public transit), then I would say go for it and split your trip between London and the Cotswolds! You can stop in Oxford along the way if you want to visit one of the old universities, and then head into the Cotswolds. Hope this helps. Have a great trip!

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  • Reply Natalie March 17, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the lovely post Kelly. So informative and I love your photos. I saw you added a couple of extras on the map like Sudeley Castle and Sezincote House. We also only have 3 days so I was wondering if there was anything you did on your trip which you think isn’t a ‘must do/see’ so I can add these sights in instead? Thanks again for sharing your trip!

    • Reply Kelly Barcus March 20, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Hi Natalie! We spent a lot of time visiting the villages and walking part of the Cotswold Way. If you don’t plan on doing the walks, or feel like you’ve seen enough of the villages, I’d just switch out a day in a village for seeing some of the castles and historic houses in the area.

  • Reply Brit August 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Hi! Thanks for the great post! We’re currently planning a trip to London/Cotswolds – and will only be in the Cotswolds for two full days. We’re thinking of Painswick as home base. Thoughts since you’ve been there? Are we missing out by not staying in Northern part of the Cotswolds?

    • Reply nomanbefore August 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Brit, I think it just depends on what you’re planning to do while there. The area around Painswick is beautiful, but it is a bit removed. I would just try to stay as centrally located to the places you want to visit. Have a great trip!

      • Reply Brit August 30, 2019 at 4:52 am

        Thank you!!

  • Reply jane camilleri haber September 25, 2019 at 2:28 am

    hi, thanks for all the info about how to go about enjoying the cotswolds area. we plan to go there next summer. I have a question to make if you dn’t mind answering please. would it be advisable to use public transport? is it available and tourist friendly, and if not will it be peaceful and calm driving your own way? are there any maps of the region so as not to get lost? thanks a lot

    • Reply nomanbefore October 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Jane, I think one of the best ways to explore the Cotswolds is by renting your own car. Though the roads can be a bit narrow, we didn’t have any issues getting around. I would use Google maps on your phone if possible. If you don’t have service in the area, you can usually select an area to download and use as an offline map which I’ve found really helpful. If neither of those options work for you, most car rental agencies have a GPS you can rent with the car. Hope that helps! Have a great trip! – Kelly

  • Reply Daniel Battistelli December 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Hi, your itinerary looks great, I will take this itinerary as plan for my Cotswolds holidays during next April.
    Did you walk the 3 days from town to town? or did you use the public transport?

    • Reply nomanbefore December 5, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Daniel, we did the walk around Bourton and Stow-on-the-Wold, but drove between the rest of the towns. Some of these towns are pretty far apart, so I recommend renting a car for convenience. If you’d like to use public transport, then here’s a link to a helpful guide for public transport around the Costwolds: http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/explore-booklet-final-web5.pdf

      Have a wonderful trip!

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