Taylor-Bibury

A Day Trip to the Cotswolds Villages from Bath

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Cotswolds is the definition of a real life storybook. If you are someone who enjoys watching the movie The Holiday during Christmastime (staring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black) or admire Thomas Kinkade (also known as The Painter of Light) paintings, then you will totally feel like you’re in one of the above when you visit the Cotswolds villages.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in Bath, England, I took a lovely day tour through Lion Tours to the picturesque Cotswolds villages of the English countryside. The Cotswolds is a rural area in Southern England that has rolling green hills and thatched medieval villages featuring yellow limestone cottages, churches and cafés. It spans over 102 miles and covers 6 different counties in England.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

In this blog post, read all about my day exploring the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds in the English countryside.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to the Cotswolds:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Prior to my UK trip, I knew that I definitely wanted to see the Cotswolds because I love European fairytale villages. It could easily be done in a day trip from Bath, London, Cardiff, Stratford-Upon-Avon and more. I was unsure of how I was going to get to the Cotswolds from Bath, so I did some research. If you are looking to explore the Cotswolds on your own, it is definitely best to rent a car and drive to all of the different villages. There is also a train, but I heard it runs on odd times and definitely something you shouldn’t depend on.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Since I was on my own to explore the Cotswolds, I honestly didn’t feel comfortable renting a car on my own because honestly, I don’t know how to drive on the left side of the road. I’m sure I could easily do it, but I didn’t want to experiment on my own. Instead, my hotel (Z Hotel), booked one of the Lion Tours for me. Lion Tours have a variety of different tours and day trips that you could take around England, but I signed up for their Cotswolds Discovery tour. They are also a great company to use if you want to see Stonehenge and Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is the birthplace of Shakespeare! (Ps. please also keep in mind that they are one of the only tour companies in Bath that run on a Sunday.) The Cotswolds Discovery tour consisted of a small group of us who traveled around the villages in a private luxury van. Our tour guide was very informative and we were picked up and dropped off right in front of Abbey Hotel in Bath.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Where to Stay:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in the English countryside, I based myself in Bath since it is an actual city and offers a lot to do. The Cotswolds are a great place to visit, but most of them are very remote and quiet. Unless you are looking for a secluded escape from the city, I personally as a solo traveler enjoy the plethora of options a city offers. (This is very similar to when I stayed in Salzburg, Austria and did just a day trip to Hallstatt.)

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my two nights in Bath, I stayed at Z Hotel, which is located in the heart of the city. In addition to Z Hotel, there is a wide range of hotel optionsto suit all budgets in Bath. Also, Bath has hostels, Airbnb options as well as HomeAway choices. If you are looking to stay in the Cotswolds, I recommend booking one of the cute cottages and pretending like you’re Cameron Diaz in The Holiday. There are also numerous hotels spread throughout these breathtaking villages and you could also stay in a bed and breakfast or even go glamping! The options are endless.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Cotswold Villages You MUST See:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Castle Combe:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Known as one of the most beautiful villages in England, Castle Combe was our first stop on the tour. Located in Wiltshire, Castle Combe is also famous for its popularity on Instagram. That is right, this town is one of the most picturesque and photographed Cotswolds villages.  One thing to note about Castle Combe is that it features one main street and you could easily walk through it in less than 10 minutes. That is how small it is. However, it is the perfect place to pretend like you’re in a fairytale!

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Castle Combe is famous for a few reasons. It was the village setting used in the movie Dr. Doolittle and also in Spielberg’s War Horse. In the 15th Century, Castle Combe was known for its red and white fabric making, which is now known as fleece.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

When it comes to things to do in Castle Combe, there honestly isn’t much, but it is nice to wander around and admire the beautiful houses. There are a few landmarks you must see in Castle Combe and one of them is the Manor House Hotel, which is a lovely place to order tea on the lawn. The Market Cross is also a great site to see in the town, but unfortunately, it was under renovation when I visited in October 2019. In addition, there is a beautiful medieval church called the Church of St. Andrew, which features a famous faceless clock that was built by a local blacksmith in 1380.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Malmesbury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The second village we visited during our Cotswolds Discovery tour was Malmesbury, which is known as The Queen of Hilltop Towns. Malmesbury (also located in Wiltshire) is said to be the oldest continually inhabited town in England, which has a rich history dating over 1000 years old. This village also holds England’s oldest hotel, The Old Bell Hotel, which has been a bed and breakfast since 1220.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

One of the main attractions in Malmesbury is the 7th Century abbey. Malmesbury Abbey is absolutely gorgeous and is famous for its lovely gardens, which features beautiful landscaping. It is considered a romantic oasis in Malmesbury and this space is used for concerts and events throughout the summer.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Malmesbury Abbey itself was founded in 675 AD and was used as a place for pilgrimage since it is located near the River Avon. The abbey’s most famous resident was Eilmer, known as the Flying Monk in England. He is famed for being the very first person to ever attempt flying. English folklore has it that he attached wings to his hands and feet and soared airborne for more than a couple seconds only to fall hazardously onto the ground. He didn’t die, but wanted to try it again and was forbidden to do so. Inside of the abbey is a 1920s stained glass window dedicated to him.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Malmesbury has a little village that offers restaurants, cafés, shops and more. During my time in Malmesbury I grabbed lunch at The Whole Hog. It was such a comforting place and I enjoyed a delicious tea and potato leek soup with fresh whole grain bread on the side. It reminded me of the adorable heartwarming cafés I ate at in Cork, Ireland. Click here to discover more places to eat in Malmesbury.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Another great thing to see in Malmesbury is the Athelstan Museum, which was named after the first King of England. This museum explains the history of a town built to a Saxon road plan on the side of a 4,500-year-old fort.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Bourton-on-the-Water:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Another village in the Cotswolds that was recognized as one of the prettiest towns in England is Bourton-on-the-Water, located in Gloucestershire. It is also one of the largest villages in the Cotswolds. It is in Bourton-on-the-Water where you will see the most people and there are definitely a lot of places to eat, sleep, shop and relax.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

One of the top things to do when you’re in Bourton-on-the-Water is stroll through the tranquil waterfront alongside the River Windrush. Located on the running river are stunning houses, beautiful stone bridges and cute cafés.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

After getting lost in the adorable town, I visited Bakery on the Water and enjoyed a fruit scone with a cup of tea. It was absolutely perfect! If you love scones, buns and pastries, you will be in heaven here! Some other places to visit for food are Bourton Riverside Café, The Croft, De la Hayes Café and Tearoom and more.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Other things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water are visit the Cotswolds Brewery; The Model Village, which is a one-ninth-scale replica of the town; The Cotswolds Motoring Museum that features vintage car collections and history and Birland Park and Gardens where you could see over 500 different bird species such as penguins, parrots, flamingos and more.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Bibury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Recognized as “The Most Beautiful Village in England” by William Morris and titled “The Most Charming Towns in Europe You’ll Want to Visit ASAP” in Huffington Post article, Bibury is a breathtaking Cotswolds village just a short drive from Cirencester (the capital of the Cotswolds).

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

It is in Bibury (also located in Gloucestershire) where you could see the famous Arlington Row. This breathtaking row of houses was built in the late 14th Century as a wool store and was converted into weavers’ houses in the late 17th Century. Arlington Row is situated on Awkward Hill and is an architectural conservation area, which is featured on the inside cover of all United Kingdom passports. It is definitely a site to see that I fell in love with.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

In addition to Arlington Row, it is cool to also see the Bibury Trout Farm. It is here where 6 million trout ova are spawned every year. There is a catch your own fishery, you could feed the fish and also enjoy tea, cake, wine and smoked trout at the terrace café. Right next to the trout farm are beautiful gardens to walk through.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Two great places to eat and drink in Bibury are The Catherine Wheel and The Swan. These great pubs offer delicious British dishes along with great ales and wines.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Tetbury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Also located in Gloucestershire is the quaint town of Tetbury. This charming village was the last Cotswolds village we visited during our day trip. Tetbury is known for its 1300 years of recorded history since 681 when King Ethelred of Mercia mentioned Tetta’s Monastery in a charter. In the Middle Ages, Tetbury was an important market town for the wool trade.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The lovely town of Tetbury is known for its 25 antique shops and is near Prince Charles’ residence of Highgrove. Many of Tetbury’s retailers have received national awards for excellence and several of them bear the Prince of Wales‘ feathers as a sign that they hold the Royal Warrant.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in Tetbury I strolled down the famous Chipping Steps. It is here where Mop Fairs were held (when local farm hands, laborers and domestic staff offered themselves for employment). Another famous landmark to visit in Tetbury is The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was built in the 18th Century. The church has been recognized as one of the best Georgian Gothic designs.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the Cotswolds villages I visited during my time in the English countryside. If you have any questions about my time in the Cotswolds or general questions about my overall UK trip, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

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4 Comments

  1. Maria on November 3, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Wow these ancient houses and the architecture are impressive! I’ve never heard of this place but would definitely be worth a visit!

    • Taylor Deer on November 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Yes, it was so cool to see! You definitely have to go!

  2. Elena Pappalardo on November 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I seriously cannot believe that England wasn’t higher on my list! This place is SO storybook, kind of reminds me of Bruges! Love all your pics!

    • Taylor Deer on November 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Ah yes, I thought about you when I was getting lost in the Cotswolds. You would love everything about it! 🙂

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Taylor-Bibury

A Day Trip to the Cotswolds Villages from Bath

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Cotswolds is the definition of a real life storybook. If you are someone who enjoys watching the movie The Holiday during Christmastime (staring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black) or admire Thomas Kinkade (also known as The Painter of Light) paintings, then you will totally feel like you’re in one of the above when you visit the Cotswolds villages.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in Bath, England, I took a lovely day tour through Lion Tours to the picturesque Cotswolds villages of the English countryside. The Cotswolds is a rural area in Southern England that has rolling green hills and thatched medieval villages featuring yellow limestone cottages, churches and cafés. It spans over 102 miles and covers 6 different counties in England.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

In this blog post, read all about my day exploring the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds in the English countryside.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to the Cotswolds:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Prior to my UK trip, I knew that I definitely wanted to see the Cotswolds because I love European fairytale villages. It could easily be done in a day trip from Bath, London, Cardiff, Stratford-Upon-Avon and more. I was unsure of how I was going to get to the Cotswolds from Bath, so I did some research. If you are looking to explore the Cotswolds on your own, it is definitely best to rent a car and drive to all of the different villages. There is also a train, but I heard it runs on odd times and definitely something you shouldn’t depend on.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Since I was on my own to explore the Cotswolds, I honestly didn’t feel comfortable renting a car on my own because honestly, I don’t know how to drive on the left side of the road. I’m sure I could easily do it, but I didn’t want to experiment on my own. Instead, my hotel (Z Hotel), booked one of the Lion Tours for me. Lion Tours have a variety of different tours and day trips that you could take around England, but I signed up for their Cotswolds Discovery tour. They are also a great company to use if you want to see Stonehenge and Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is the birthplace of Shakespeare! (Ps. please also keep in mind that they are one of the only tour companies in Bath that run on a Sunday.) The Cotswolds Discovery tour consisted of a small group of us who traveled around the villages in a private luxury van. Our tour guide was very informative and we were picked up and dropped off right in front of Abbey Hotel in Bath.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Where to Stay:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in the English countryside, I based myself in Bath since it is an actual city and offers a lot to do. The Cotswolds are a great place to visit, but most of them are very remote and quiet. Unless you are looking for a secluded escape from the city, I personally as a solo traveler enjoy the plethora of options a city offers. (This is very similar to when I stayed in Salzburg, Austria and did just a day trip to Hallstatt.)

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my two nights in Bath, I stayed at Z Hotel, which is located in the heart of the city. In addition to Z Hotel, there is a wide range of hotel optionsto suit all budgets in Bath. Also, Bath has hostels, Airbnb options as well as HomeAway choices. If you are looking to stay in the Cotswolds, I recommend booking one of the cute cottages and pretending like you’re Cameron Diaz in The Holiday. There are also numerous hotels spread throughout these breathtaking villages and you could also stay in a bed and breakfast or even go glamping! The options are endless.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Cotswold Villages You MUST See:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Castle Combe:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Known as one of the most beautiful villages in England, Castle Combe was our first stop on the tour. Located in Wiltshire, Castle Combe is also famous for its popularity on Instagram. That is right, this town is one of the most picturesque and photographed Cotswolds villages.  One thing to note about Castle Combe is that it features one main street and you could easily walk through it in less than 10 minutes. That is how small it is. However, it is the perfect place to pretend like you’re in a fairytale!

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Castle Combe is famous for a few reasons. It was the village setting used in the movie Dr. Doolittle and also in Spielberg’s War Horse. In the 15th Century, Castle Combe was known for its red and white fabric making, which is now known as fleece.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

When it comes to things to do in Castle Combe, there honestly isn’t much, but it is nice to wander around and admire the beautiful houses. There are a few landmarks you must see in Castle Combe and one of them is the Manor House Hotel, which is a lovely place to order tea on the lawn. The Market Cross is also a great site to see in the town, but unfortunately, it was under renovation when I visited in October 2019. In addition, there is a beautiful medieval church called the Church of St. Andrew, which features a famous faceless clock that was built by a local blacksmith in 1380.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Malmesbury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The second village we visited during our Cotswolds Discovery tour was Malmesbury, which is known as The Queen of Hilltop Towns. Malmesbury (also located in Wiltshire) is said to be the oldest continually inhabited town in England, which has a rich history dating over 1000 years old. This village also holds England’s oldest hotel, The Old Bell Hotel, which has been a bed and breakfast since 1220.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

One of the main attractions in Malmesbury is the 7th Century abbey. Malmesbury Abbey is absolutely gorgeous and is famous for its lovely gardens, which features beautiful landscaping. It is considered a romantic oasis in Malmesbury and this space is used for concerts and events throughout the summer.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The Malmesbury Abbey itself was founded in 675 AD and was used as a place for pilgrimage since it is located near the River Avon. The abbey’s most famous resident was Eilmer, known as the Flying Monk in England. He is famed for being the very first person to ever attempt flying. English folklore has it that he attached wings to his hands and feet and soared airborne for more than a couple seconds only to fall hazardously onto the ground. He didn’t die, but wanted to try it again and was forbidden to do so. Inside of the abbey is a 1920s stained glass window dedicated to him.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Malmesbury has a little village that offers restaurants, cafés, shops and more. During my time in Malmesbury I grabbed lunch at The Whole Hog. It was such a comforting place and I enjoyed a delicious tea and potato leek soup with fresh whole grain bread on the side. It reminded me of the adorable heartwarming cafés I ate at in Cork, Ireland. Click here to discover more places to eat in Malmesbury.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Another great thing to see in Malmesbury is the Athelstan Museum, which was named after the first King of England. This museum explains the history of a town built to a Saxon road plan on the side of a 4,500-year-old fort.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Bourton-on-the-Water:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Another village in the Cotswolds that was recognized as one of the prettiest towns in England is Bourton-on-the-Water, located in Gloucestershire. It is also one of the largest villages in the Cotswolds. It is in Bourton-on-the-Water where you will see the most people and there are definitely a lot of places to eat, sleep, shop and relax.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

One of the top things to do when you’re in Bourton-on-the-Water is stroll through the tranquil waterfront alongside the River Windrush. Located on the running river are stunning houses, beautiful stone bridges and cute cafés.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

After getting lost in the adorable town, I visited Bakery on the Water and enjoyed a fruit scone with a cup of tea. It was absolutely perfect! If you love scones, buns and pastries, you will be in heaven here! Some other places to visit for food are Bourton Riverside Café, The Croft, De la Hayes Café and Tearoom and more.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Other things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water are visit the Cotswolds Brewery; The Model Village, which is a one-ninth-scale replica of the town; The Cotswolds Motoring Museum that features vintage car collections and history and Birland Park and Gardens where you could see over 500 different bird species such as penguins, parrots, flamingos and more.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Bibury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Recognized as “The Most Beautiful Village in England” by William Morris and titled “The Most Charming Towns in Europe You’ll Want to Visit ASAP” in Huffington Post article, Bibury is a breathtaking Cotswolds village just a short drive from Cirencester (the capital of the Cotswolds).

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

It is in Bibury (also located in Gloucestershire) where you could see the famous Arlington Row. This breathtaking row of houses was built in the late 14th Century as a wool store and was converted into weavers’ houses in the late 17th Century. Arlington Row is situated on Awkward Hill and is an architectural conservation area, which is featured on the inside cover of all United Kingdom passports. It is definitely a site to see that I fell in love with.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

In addition to Arlington Row, it is cool to also see the Bibury Trout Farm. It is here where 6 million trout ova are spawned every year. There is a catch your own fishery, you could feed the fish and also enjoy tea, cake, wine and smoked trout at the terrace café. Right next to the trout farm are beautiful gardens to walk through.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Two great places to eat and drink in Bibury are The Catherine Wheel and The Swan. These great pubs offer delicious British dishes along with great ales and wines.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Tetbury:

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Also located in Gloucestershire is the quaint town of Tetbury. This charming village was the last Cotswolds village we visited during our day trip. Tetbury is known for its 1300 years of recorded history since 681 when King Ethelred of Mercia mentioned Tetta’s Monastery in a charter. In the Middle Ages, Tetbury was an important market town for the wool trade.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

The lovely town of Tetbury is known for its 25 antique shops and is near Prince Charles’ residence of Highgrove. Many of Tetbury’s retailers have received national awards for excellence and several of them bear the Prince of Wales‘ feathers as a sign that they hold the Royal Warrant.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

During my time in Tetbury I strolled down the famous Chipping Steps. It is here where Mop Fairs were held (when local farm hands, laborers and domestic staff offered themselves for employment). Another famous landmark to visit in Tetbury is The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was built in the 18th Century. The church has been recognized as one of the best Georgian Gothic designs.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the Cotswolds villages I visited during my time in the English countryside. If you have any questions about my time in the Cotswolds or general questions about my overall UK trip, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

A Day in The Cotswolds Villages

Basic Facts of the United Kingdom (England):

Currency: British Pound, UK and England Capital: London

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

Shop My Cotswolds Look

4 Comments

  1. Maria on November 3, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Wow these ancient houses and the architecture are impressive! I’ve never heard of this place but would definitely be worth a visit!

    • Taylor Deer on November 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Yes, it was so cool to see! You definitely have to go!

  2. Elena Pappalardo on November 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I seriously cannot believe that England wasn’t higher on my list! This place is SO storybook, kind of reminds me of Bruges! Love all your pics!

    • Taylor Deer on November 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Ah yes, I thought about you when I was getting lost in the Cotswolds. You would love everything about it! 🙂

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