Cotswolds Quick Facts & Figures

Map of the Cotswolds in England
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The Cotswolds are located in the South West of England spread across several English counties. The largest cities and towns in the area are the City of Bath, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Dursley and Cirencester. The area is renowned for its natural beauty and unspoilt scenery showcasing the in the English countryside.

The Cotswolds are centred on the slopes of the Cotswolds Hills north of Oxford. The Cotswolds are officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it is the currently the largest region that has the designation. The area starts from the city of Bath in the south covering Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the North. The Cotswolds area provides visitors with picture postcard image of gentle rolling green hills and the beautiful English countryside. There are a number of historic buildings, timber frame houses and the honey-coloured local stone creates some of Britain's most picturesque villages and towns.

The region is well known for its honey coloured limestone villages that seem to blend into the countryside and its vibrant market towns. Many of these towns and villages have changed little in over 3 centuries maintaining their own character and charm. This historical significance makes the Cotswolds region a favourite among visitors.

The area is host to a number of local festivals, shows, fairs and concerts throughout the year

Cotswolds Quick Facts

Population: 139,000

Region: Lies within Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire.

Area total: 2,038 sq km

Languages: English

Demonym: Bathonians (Bath), Gloucestrians (Gloucester), Cheltonians (Cheltenham), Oxonians (Oxford), Tauntonians (Taunton, Somerset).

Dialling Code: 01225 (Bath), 01452 (Gloucester), 01242 (Cheltenham), 01865 (Oxford), 01823 (Taunton).

Postcode Area GL (Gloucester), OX (Oxford), TA (Taunton).

Closest Airports: Bristol Airport.

Local Food: Gloucester Cheese, Bath Bun and fish and chips.

Nearest Towns & Cities: Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Stroud, Cirencester , Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Dursley.

Famous Attractions: Blenheim Palace, Berkeley Castle, Avon Valley Railway , Cotswolds Wildlife Park, Cirencester Abbey, Owlpen Manor and Newark Park.

World Heritage Sites: Blenheim Palace and City of Bath.

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