People have taken their holidays and vacations in the Cotswolds for almost a century. Perhaps it was William Morris's Arts & Crafts Movement at the beginning of the twentieth century, with its preoccupation with traditional and authentic craftsmanship that inspired travellers to come here. Morris himself lived in the area and many of his disciples honed their skills here. When holidays for all became statutory rights, coinciding with the development of the train, and then the motor car, travel was within the reach of everyone. Certainly, the author J.B. Priestley, motoring through the Cotswolds in the nineteen thirties, described them in 'English Journey' as "the most English and the least spoiled of all our countrysides".
Vacations in the Cotswolds with Cotswold Journeys
London offers direct trains to Cheltenham, Bath and Moreton-in-Marsh and direct coach and bus services to Cheltenham and Bath. Oxford, at the eastern limit of the Cotswalds, is an hour's drive from London. International airports at London Heathrow, Birmingham, and Bristol are all convenient for the Cotswolds.
Advantages of a holiday in the Cotswolds:
Variety and range of things to do and see. Once you have arrived, there really is something for everyone:
Activities – walking, cycling and many others from wind surfing to water skiing to horse riding to go-karting to canoeing Food and drink – local markets, Michelin-starred restaurants, atmospheric pubs, local produce (excellent locally brewed beers; meat from traditional breeds like the Gloucester Old Spot; local cheeses like Double Gloucester) History – every period of English history has left its mark here. There are prehistoric tombs and monuments, Roman villas, Saxon chapels, medieval castles and churches, extravagant country houses from all periods and even a fascinating legacy from the Industrial Revolution. Children - England used to have an image of not welcoming children to hotels and restaurants. Things have very much improved and you should find that they are now very welcoming to families. Larger hotels will offer facilities for young children, especially if booked in advance. And there is a wide range of attraction that will appeal to all ages, from castles to animal sanctuaries to model railway exhibitions.