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Cotswolds 5-day itinerary

  • United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 07 June, 2024

Where to go and what to see in the Cotswolds – a 5-day itinerary from destination expert and travel writer Annabelle Thorpe.

Editor note – Annabelle has not included specific recommendations of where to stay each day unless it’s necessary. Instead, see the ‘Where to stay’ section in our Cotswolds destination guide.

Day 1

2

Begin by touring two of the Cotswolds’ prettiest villages. Start early with Bourton-on-the Water, before the crowds arrive and then head north to Broadway, stopping en route for lunch at the Snowshill Arms. Afterwards, drive out to the Broadway Tower, a former folly that offers sweeping views over sixteen counties.

Day 2

4

Spend the morning at Blenheim Palace, one of the largest stately homes in the country, before exploring the pretty village of Burford. Head north for lunch and foodie treats at Daylesford Organic, before heading on to the Cotswold Distillery Centre to taste and buy locally produced gin.

  • Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)

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The palace from above with a lake on the side

Experience

Blenheim Palace

One of Britain’s greatest country houses, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim boasts 300 years of history in a spectacular setting.

Adult price: 32

Good for age: 13+

Daylesford Organic

  • Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

Entrance to the Daylesford Organic food emporium. A bright, spacious interior with vegetables and plants stacked to be sold.

Experience

One of the most sustainable, organic farms in the UK, Daylesford has an award-winning farm shop, café, wellness spa and cookery school – the ultimate hub for foodies.

Good for age: 18+

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Cotswolds Distillery

  • Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of a traditional building on a sunny day.

Experience

The first full scale distillery in the Cotswolds, crafting a range of spirits including the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and Single Malt whisky.

Good for age: 18+

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Day 3

2

Head to the far west of the region to visit Castle Combe, England’s most complete medieval village. Stop for lunch at The Stables café before the short drive to Highgrove, the home of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, famous for its beautiful organic garden (tours must be pre-booked).

Day 4

3

Discover the artier side of Chipping Campden, at the studio of kitchenwear designer Robert Welsh and the Court Barn Museum. Drive to Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch at the Porch House, England’s oldest pub, followed by a visit to 15th-century Sudeley Castle.

Court Barn Museum

  • Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

Information boards on the wall of the Court Barn museum

Experience

A charming small museum in Chipping Campden, shining a light on local craftspeople and artists working in the area from the 1900s to the present day.

Adult price: 5

Good for age: 18+

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The Porch House

  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

The Porch House

Experience

Claiming to be England’s oldest inn, this stylish gastropub has been welcoming guests for over a thousand years, with a cosy, firelit dining room and boutique-chic bedrooms.

Good for age: 18+

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Sudeley Castle

  • Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

The exterior of a well-kept castle on a sunny day.

Experience

A history-rich, Grade I listed castle dating back to 1443, visited by King Henry VII. The big draw here, though, is the ten themed gardens covering 15 acres, including a reconstructed Elizabethan parterre garden.

Good for age: 18+

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Day 5

3

Take a bike ride along the Cotswold Line – the 8-mile stretch between Moreton in Marsh and Kingham is particularly lovely. Hop the train back, before lunch at the Black Bear in Moreton, followed by a visit to the Cotswold Cheese Shop. From there, drive to Hidcote Manor Garden.

Cotswold Cheese Company

  • Burford, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of a traditional cheese shop along the high street.

Experience

Heaven for cheese lovers, the CCC stocks over 120 types of cheese, with a strong focus on local producers. They also have shops in Moreton-in Marsh and Stow-on-the-World.

Good for age: 18+

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Hidcote Manor Garden

  • Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)

A beautiful garden overgrown with shrubs in front of Hidcote Manor House

Experience

This National Trust property is one of the best known and most influential Arts & Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked ‘rooms’ of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous border.

Adult price: 10

Good for age: 18+

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