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Many people choose to visit the Cotswolds on holiday for the beautiful landscapes and countryside. However, there is also great shopping in the area that you cannot find anywhere else. While on holiday, you want to ensure you take the time to shop at a few of the stores, especially for the handicrafts, antiques and local produce that are unique to the Cotswolds.
What to Expect
In many of the charming towns of the Cotswolds, you will find some of the same shops you will find throughout the UK. However, you will also find many charming boutiques and stores selling specialty items. Many of these boutiques sell clothes, but you can also find several stores that are selling antiques. There are also stores offering various handicrafts, old-fashioned sweets, fresh market produce, and more.
Cheltenham features many beautiful shops along its tree-lined avenues. You will want to be sure to hit The Promenade, Cheltenham’s best-known avenue, as it features one of the biggest shopping thoroughfares you will find in the country. Some of the stores will be names you recognise from throughout Britain, mixed in with the independent shops and boutiques. High Street and The Brewery also feature many shops. For more smaller, distinctive shops and specialty boutiques, head to the Montpellier Quarter, while if you are looking for antiques, visit the Suffolks.
Chipping Campden and Cirencester
Both Chipping Campden and Cirencester feature many independent stores that provide a unique shopping experience while in the Cotswolds. In Chipping Campden, the best stores to browse are Frankie Doodle, The Attic, and Garden Gadgets. If you are looking for books, check out the Campden Bookshop. In Cirencester, you will want to check out the Woolmarket and Corn Hall and Arcade for several unique stores, including the Crocodile Toy Shop and Witches Knickers. There are even weekly events in the Corn Hall like a fashion and garden bazaar and a craft market.
Other Great Places to Shop
Almost any village in the Cotswolds will offer unique shops to peruse. If you are looking for a Bohemian vibe, check out some of the shops in Stroud. For a specialty Victorian Christmas market, visit Bourton on the Water in December. If you are looking for a designer outlet, check out McArthur Glen’s Swindon Designer Outlet for one of the largest in all of Europe. Tetbury offers a range of shops, along with the beautiful atmosphere of a small market town. Be sure to check out the Highgrove Shop, which offers more than 700 items ranging from garden goods to chocolates to stationery that is either from the Duchy Home Farm or selected by the Prince of Wales himself.
Whether you live nearby and can go to the Cotswolds for a day trip or are planning a holiday, you will want to make sure to take the time to visit the beautiful and unique stores in the various towns. Regardless of where you end up, the artisan goods, couture, and tasty food you can find in each village will delight you.