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A visit to England is not complete without a visit to the Cotswolds. This wonderful part of the country is characterized by its endless rolling hills (hence the ending “wold”) where dozens of picturesque small towns can be found. With its array of English gardens and centuries-old castles, it comes as no surprise that the Cotswolds was designed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty in England.

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Located in Gloucestershire, Bourton-on-the-Water is an incredibly romantic town. Thanks to the River Windrush that runs through the village, the many arching bridges and charming stone buildings, this town is often nicknamed the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Aside from being beautiful to behold, there are also many activities to do in Bourton-on-the-Water. One of the main tourist attractions is without a doubt Birdland. There animal lovers have the chance to observe over 500 species of birds. The ‘Bloody Bourton’ Walking Tours are also popular among tourists. The name leaves little to the imagination and tourists that are easily scared are not recommended to partake in those tours!

Also situated in Gloucestershire, Cirencester is the self-proclaimed “capital of the Cotswolds” and offers visitors plenty of things to do and see – from the Cirencester Parish Church to the Corinium Museum. Tourists visiting Cirencester in the summer can be found by the dozens at the Cotswolds Water Park where they can enjoy a wide array of water activities. When it comes to lovers of nature, they can be found strolling through the gorgeous and colourful Cerney House Gardens. Cirencester is also a family-friendly town and children absolutely adore MagicLand. This playcentre is always a favourite among families and offers plenty of wonderful slides.

Like Bourton-on-the-Water, historic Gloucester is not only beautiful to behold – it is also exciting to explore. This city abounds with historical sights, from the Cathedral to the Great Witcombe Roman Villa. Summers are always a treat in Gloucester when tourists and locals flock to the historic Victorian docks. The docks provide entertainment for all, visitors can watch the narrow boats and ships that are moored at the docks, view the Victorian towers that dominate the docks or visit the vast amount of shops, cafes and restaurants at Gloucester Quays.

A few kilometres away from Cirencester lies romantic Bibury which is often thought to be one of the prettiest towns in England – and for a reason. Bibury’s main attraction (and the reason why it is one of the country’s prettiest villages) is the Arlington Row. It is a row of cottages made from stone nestled right beside the River Coln. Another attraction that Bibury boasts one of the country’s oldest trout farms, here visitors can learn about trout as they walk around the farm, there is also the option to have a go at fishing. Though Bibury is relatively small, it is well worth a visit.

Chipping Campden
The small market town of Chipping Campden possesses a charm that is unrivalled in the Cotswolds. Bursting with history, Chipping Campden is famous for the historic terraced High Street running through the city that dates as far back as the 14th to the 17th centuries. Other attractions in the town include the gorgeous St. James Church which was built in the 1400s and the Hidcote Manor Garden.

Visiting the Costwolds during the summer is bound to be an enjoyable experience. As befits such a historical part of England, the Cotswolds is filled with culture and enthralling sights – from the lovely Bourton-on-the-Water to stunning Chipping Campden, this part of England is a truly fascinating experience.