Attractions at Cotswolds

Cotswolds is a beautiful area located in England’s south central containing Cotswolds Hills, rising from Upper Thames meadows to escarpment, called Cotswold Edge. Bedrock relating to Jurassic limestone, defines the region, creating a grassland habitat type that is otherwise found rarely in the UK. In 1966, this area got designated as outstanding region of Natural Beauty comprising of unique features that is derived from local Cotswold stone, historical towns, stone built villages, gardens and stately homes.

Major attractions:

  • Beverston Castle: It is a popular medieval stone fortress located in Beverston village, Gloucestershire, England, established by Maurice –de Gaunt in 1229. Its habitation indicates as early as 5th century. It was known as Beverstane during the middle ages. In 1140 AD, a battle was engaged between English armies of Empress Matilda and King Stephen. Much of the castle had been destroyed due to civil war in the mid-17th century.
  • Calcot Manor: It is a historic building located in Calcot. It was Henry of Kingswood who established the original building being established in 1300 A. Later, stables, granary, chapel along with other buildings were added to it. It was from limestone that the buildings had been constructed. During the early 1980s, the Calcot estate bought the Ball family, who converted it to be used as hotel, thereby making it a popular tourist and hotel destination in the region.
  • Chavenage House: This is termed to be a manor house belonging to Elizabethan era, constructed from Cotswold stone. Two tapestry rooms Ireton’s and Cromwell’s room are famous features of this house, while the Great Hall features stained glass windows and Oak Room having elaborate 1590 panelling. Edwardian wing is present that features Ballroom which is sprung floored. Family chapel is close to house. David Lowsley Williams conducts personal tours, while daughter and son are guides.
  • Chedworth Roman Villa: It is regarded to be a Roman villa located at Chedworth. In Britain, it is among the biggest Roman villas, built in phases between 2nd to 4th centuries. It was in 1864 that it was discovered and excavated, later in 1924 acquired by National Trust, conducting long term conservation program. Evidences support arguments that it is a religious hostel or a farm.
  • Cirencester Abbey: It was in 1117 that it was founded as Augustinian monastery on an earlier church, which was stated to be oldest Saxon Church of England. In 1416, the abbot had become mitred. However, in 1539, monastery got suppressed and to Roger Bassinge, it got presented. Area surrounding the monastery remains is presently a public park. The remaining includes an original gateway, the Norman Arch, parts of precinct wall.
  • Malmesbury Abbey: It is located at Malmesbury in England’s Wiltshire. This place is dedicated to Saint Paul and Saint Peter and is a religious house. It shares a continual history right from 7th century to Monasteries’ dissolution. It was an Irish monk named Maidulbh, who chose the abbey site for establishing a hermitage. Malmesbury changed hands during English civil war about seven times.
  • Owlpen Manor: It is a manor house of Tudor Grade I type of Mander family, located in Owlpen village in Gloucestershire’s Stroud district. The estate is set at the background of a picturesque valley. It is regarded to be among the most romantic manor houses to be constructed in whole of England, dating back to 1270. It is Daunt family that had built and then rebuilt it between 1464 – 1616.
  • Sudeley Castle: It is located close to Winchcombe district in Gloucestershire. It was during the 15th century that the existing structure had been built. There is a notable garden surrounding the castle that is designed, while maintaining very high standards. St. Mary’s Sudeley, the Chapel is Queen Catherine Parr’s burial place. Henry Cubitt’s widow, Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe presently is its owner along with two children. Plenty of private rooms had been introduced to the public in March 2014. The rooms tend to form part of revamped and extended route surrounding the castle, including ‘Sudeley 20 Treasures’. This castle is popular for textile collection, featuring textile treasure collection from history of Sudeley, displaying techniques of textile relating to over 400 years. Moreover, regular events are hosted in the castle like talks from historians, seasonal events, children’s days, jazz performances, family fun days, book signings and picnics. It also boasts of having nine individual gardens surrounding the castle which are world renowned. It offers color and variety from spring and autumn. The other gardens here include Mulberry Garden, Herb Garden Walk and the Secret Garden.
  • Tetbury Market House: It is a civil parish and small town within the district of Cotswold in Gloucestershire. It is on an age old hill fort that the house is located and founded an Anglo-Saxon monastery in 681 by Ine of Wessex. It was an important market for Cotswold yarn and wool during the middle ages. Established in 1972, Tetbury Woolsack Races has become an annual competition that witnesses participants from all over the country. There are several notable places dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Fine example related to Cotswold pillared market place is the Market house. The other attractions of the place include Westonbirt Arboretum, Highgrove House, Chavenage House and Police Bygone Museum. Right from 2006 to 2010, it has won gold awards consecutively in regional ‘England’s Heart in Bloom’. Also it had won for community Achievement, the Judges Discretionary Award. Two dolphins are what crests Tetbury town.
  • Broadway tower: It is regarded to be a folly present on Broadway Hill, in Worcestershire. It stands about 20 meters (65 feet) high. Capability Brown was its brainchild, while James Wyatt had designed it in 1794. It was on ‘beacon’ hill that the tower had been constructed, where on special occasions beacons were lit. It was sponsored by Lady Coventry who was eager to see if the beacon could be noticed from a distance of 35 km (22 miles). Presently, it has a country park having different exhibitions that are open to public for a small fee and an important tourist attraction.