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What are 'The Cotswolds'?

Arlington Row, Bibury
Arlington Row, Bibury

The Cotswolds is a range of limestone hills which stretch in a north easterly direction across the middle of England. A vast proportion of the land, over 80%, is agricultural.

The area is one of the most beautiful in England, known and loved by people across the world. The hills embrace mainly the County of Gloucestershire, part of Oxfordshire, and a small piece of both Worcestershire and Warwickshire. View a map of the Cotswolds on

The Cotswolds is a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' with characteristic stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages which makes it an outstanding English landscape - a landscape once experienced, never to be forgotten.

How can I find out more?

These sites have more detailed descriptions about towns, villages and the attractions that this region has to offer: