From Cheltenham visit historic Tewkesbury before exploring Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe. Visit Hailes Abbey before travelling to the village of Stanway and taking in Broadway – the jewel of the Cotswolds. Visit Batsford Arboretum and pause at Stow on the Wold before finishing your journey at Cirencester.
World famous for the spring horse racing spectacular which is the Cheltenham Festival, the regency spa town of Cheltenham has a range of attractions to explore. Take in the Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, the Wilson Museum or enjoy some of the excellent shopping on offer.
The River Severn and River Avon meet in the historic town of Tewkesbury. Explore the medieval streets, the Vintage & Antiques Trail, Tewkesbury Abbey or Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. The town is popular throughout the year with a number of festivals and celebrations including the Medieval Festival.
Take in Winchcombe Museum, the magnificent Sudeley Castle or visit the mosaics at the Roman villa in Spoonley Wood. If you are looking for spectacular views then head for Cleeve Hill and Common just outside the town, which makes an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds.
Just a couple of miles from Winchcombe you can find Hailes Abbey. Founded in the 13th century, you can explore the abbey ruins, a museum that charts 300 years of history and a nearby chapel with paintings and coats of arms.
At Stanway you can visit the magnificent Stanway House. Explore the baroque gatehouse, the inside of the house and then roam the gardens, taking in the formal gardens and the highest gravity fed waterfall in the world.
The high village of Snowshill is home to the 15th century Tudor Snowshill manor house now managed by the National Trust. Explore the house treasures, the terraced gardens and then relax in the teashop before setting off for Broadway.
Drop down to Broadway, the Jewel of the Cotswolds at the foot of Fish Hill - the historic and beautiful village is a great place to relax. Explore Broadway Museum & Art Gallery or take in the views from Broadway Tower – the highest little castle in the Cotswolds.
Explore the 56 acre site that is home to the Batsford Arboretum – the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs where you can enjoy the colourful displays on offer throughout the year. Also on site is a falconry centre with 130 birds from 60 species with aviaries and flying displays.
A market town, 800 ft up in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold is a great place for shopping and antiques. At the market square you can discover the old cross and stocks. Tour the Cricket Museum or visit the nearby National Trust gardens at Hidcote Manor or Kiftsgate Court.
A market town on the banks of the River Churn, Cirencester – the capital of the Cotswolds has a range of attractions – explore the landscape of Cirencester Park, the antique and collectable market, Roman heritage at Corinium Museum and if you time it right, the annual Gloucester Vintage & Country Extravaganza.