With charming villages, gorgeous landscapes and gourmet dining, a weekend away in the Cotswolds is absolutely amazing for those looking to get away from it all
If you’re looking for that perfect weekend away in the UK then you really can’t go wrong with the Cotswolds!
With cute little towns and villages such as Broadway, Burford, Bourton-on-the-water, Moreton-in-Marsh and the Slaughters (I could go on), it is very easy to lose yourself on cobble-stoned streets and among the stone houses that this area is so famous for.
Now this is the part where I admit that I’d never been to the Cotswolds before.
However, when it came to organising a weekend away for my girlfriend WanderlustChloe’s birthday I just knew she’d love the Cotswolds. What I didn’t realise was how much I’d love too!
I remember Chloe telling me she used to visit the Cotswolds with her family as a kid but hadn’t been in years, so I thought it’d be great to revisit some of those childhood memories and create some new ones, this time with me.
As it’s just a couples of hours outside of London, we caught the train from Marylebone to Oxford and then picked up a car with Rhino car hire right outside Oxford train station. Then it was a straight shoot to Broadway and the Cotswolds, so if you’re living in London it’s super easy to get here and get around too. In fact, driving around this part of the country is a dream.
So, if you’re looking for that perfect weekend trip then this is where you should go while you’re in the Cotswolds.
The one place I was most excited to see on our weekend away in the Cotswolds was Broadway Tower.
I saw images of this place while looking up things to do in the area and I thought it looked like something straight out of a fairy tale.
Broadway Tower is a tiny 20-metre high castle, and even though it’s tiny you can climb to the top (tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children) for some of the best views around.
And if you don’t want to climb to the top, it’s free to walk outside in the grounds and well worth the visit.
The Mill at Lower Slaughter has to be one of the most of the most photographed places in the UK.
Right in the heart of the Cotswolds, Lower Slaughter is a gorgeous village with a beautiful stream cutting the place in two.
On one side of the water is the old mill that dates all the way back to 1086 (yes, you read that right!) There’s a museum at the mill that’s well worth checking out to learn more about the history of the area, or you can head to the to Slaughters Inn and swap stories with the locals.
Just make sure you get *that* photo walking across the bridge there.
Another place that’s arguably the most photographed village in the UK is Bibury.
Bibury was once described by the famous artist William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England” and that’s partly down to Arlington Row – this is a row of houses built in 1380 that tourists come from all over just to get a photo (the locals must find it so annoying!) It’s also probably got something to do with the fact that they filmed Bridget Jones Diary here too!
Still, there’s plenty more in Bibury than Arlington Row with a number of cute cafes for afternoon tea and some amazing hiking trails in the area.
You can probably tell by now the Cotswolds has more than its fair share of picturesque villages (I did warn you at the start!) and Bourton-on-the-Water is another of these.
This popular village is often referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of it.
Kids will love the model village and the Dragonfly maze, and adults will love (you guessed it), all the cosy pubs overlooking the water. Obviously that’s where Chloe and I headed to after walking around for a bit.
The Lygon Arms
Not only is this one of the best hotels in the Cotwolds, but it is probably the cosiest hotel I’ve stayed in in the whole UK.
Dating all the way back to the 1300s, there has always been a hotel or somewhere to rest your head at The Lygon Arms for 700 years – how crazy is that!?
This is the place where Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battles of Worcester in 1651, and kings have even plotted wars here. There aren’t many places around the country where you can stay in the same room as a king, but at The Lygon Arms you can.
With a huge dining hall that looks straight out of Game of Thrones and gourmet food to go with it, The Lygon Arms is cosy, charming, and elegant too.
Honestly, I really can’t rave about this place enough and I’ll definitely stay here again in the future.
The Ebrington Arms
Fancy going to the UK’s number one village pub? Of course you do!
Last year The Ebrington Arms was voted as the best village pub by the Times (quite the accolade), and it is an absolute must on any weekend in the Cotswolds.
If you’re into your beers and ales they brew their own here, and the food has a real rustic and local flavour with hearty classics such as lamb shank and game pie.
Also, there are quite a few fires and comfy corners to bed down for an afternoon and it’s a really popular place for ramblers and walkers in the area.
As I said, there aren’t many places as cute as the Cotswolds, and walking around all the villages here is like stepping back in time.
Only being a couple of hours from London (and other cities such as Birmingham and Manchester), the Cotswolds really is the perfect weekend away, and I absolutely loved exploring this part of the UK.
Also, Chloe loved it too, so if you’re looking at surprising your partner (you know who you are guys), and really can’t go wrong with the Cotswolds (and gents, you’re welcome…)
Have you ever been to the Cotswolds on a weekend away before? If so, what’s your favourite place and what do you like doing there? Let me know in the comments below!
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