The Cotswolds in south-central and southwest England is a romantic area of outstanding natural beauty. Its quintessentially English market towns and villages and rolling countryside have inspired many writers and poets over the centuries, for instance, Jane Austin, J. R. R. Tolkien, Beatrix Potter and T.S. Eliot. So, whether you’re looking for an inspirational location or are just curious, here are a few things the Cotwolds are famous for.
What are The Cotswolds famous for?
1. The honey-hued buildings
The Cotswolds are famous for the honey-hued stone architecture. The golden colour of the buildings adds so much charm to the already very pretty towns and villages. This oolitic Jurassic limestone has been quarried in the area for hundreds of years. The enchanting colour actually varies in shade depending on where it was quarried. In the north of the Cotswolds, the stone has a rich honey hue. As you travel south, the stone takes on a creamier colour.
2. Lavender season
Come to The Cotswolds in late April to August and you will witness the colourful lavender season. Seeing the local lavenders in full bloom is such a beautiful sight. Make sure you visit the Cotswold Lavender farm at Hill Barn Farm and when you are finished frolicking in the fields stock up on plenty of lavender-scented gifts to make your home smell like The Cotwolds in summer.
3. Warwick Castle
Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle is one of England’s finest and most well-preserved medieval castles. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions not only in The Cotswolds but the whole of the country. There are so many fascinating things to see and do here that you need a full day to enjoy it all.
4. The most romantic street in Britain
Despite its unromantic name, Corpse Hill Road was voted the most romantic street in Britain, and you can find it in the chocolate-box-village of Lower Slaughter. Again, not the most attractive name for a very beautiful place. It’s almost like they don’t want you to know how utterly charming this area truly is. The road is lined with lush green trees and runs alongside the River Eye. Of course, those resplendent stone buildings are plentiful and add to the postcard-perfect setup.
5. The Cotswold Way
With over 100 miles (160km) of trails through picturesque scenery, The Cotswold Way National Trail is one of the most famous walks in England, With scenery to make your heart soar and plenty of places to stop off along the way, on this walk you’ll really get to know the region. There are lots of shorter walks within the Cotswold Way for those who are short on time and energy.
6. Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is also home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. The country house, with over 300 years of history, is located in Woodstock in Oxfordshire. On a visit, you can wander the colourful formal gardens and park, take a peek inside and admire the beautiful Baroque architecture and immerse yourself in the interactive exhibitions.
7. Traditional pubs
One of the most popular things that The Cotswolds are famous for is its cosy, traditional English pubs and inns. Head to Stow-on-the-Wold and sip a shandy in Britain’s oldest pub, the Porch House. Some parts of the building date as far back as 947. But all over The Cotswolds, you’ll find ivy-clad stone pubs with warm and welcoming staff and locals where you can enjoy some traditional pub fayre and a refreshing glass of the local ale. It is a great way to end the day, especially if you can nab a seat by the roaring fire.