Our Five Favourite Places in The Cotswolds
Updated: Jan 15
The Cotswolds, a beautiful playground for walking, relaxing, shopping and, of course, driving. From our base on its edge we have a great vantage point to explore this unique region so conveniently close to where many of us live.
If you‘re new to the Cotswolds here is a list of our five favourite places. They make a perfect base for a break, perhaps combined with one of our range of easy to drive, reliable classic convertibles. They’re all handily visited by our classic Road Trips. Picking just five top spots across this lovely region is tough, but here goes.
1. Broadway Tower
No visit to the Cotswolds is really complete without a trip to Broadway Tower. Whether or not you decide to climb the tower, you’ll be rewarded by near 360 degree views across to Wales and the Malverns. It’s a great place to get a real sense of the unspoilt green-ness that can still be found in England.
As an added incentive there is a very good cafe on site, with a small but well stocked gift shop.
We pause at Broadway Tower cafe on all of our Cotswolds Road trips. CLICK HERE to find out more.
2. Lower Slaughter
Leave the bustle of Bourton on the Water behind and less than a mile off the busy A429 Fosse Way discover picture perfect Lower Slaughter. It’s a tiny village that is unspoilt, tranquil and beautiful.
A shallow meandering stream runs through the village to an old mill and there is a very good riverside pub too. Lower Slaughter is a wonderful, quiet place to simply wander or sit by the stream and watch the world go by.
We stop at Lower Slaughter on our Cotswolds Slaughters Road Trip. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Up above the crowds in Broadway lies the tiny hamlet of Snowshill, clinging to an escarpment with wide views across the Vale of Evesham.
Snowshill is quiet and unspoilt, despite the popularity of the National Trust’s nearby Snowshill Manor (which is well worth a visit). The narrow lanes in the village centre keep traffic away and ensure you can stand and enjoy the sunlight as it yellows the lovely stone of the cottages and imposing church.
We drive slowly through Snowshill on several of our Cotswolds Road trips.
4. Stanton & Stanway
Beyond its busy tourist centres like Stow and Broadway, the Cotswolds offers many opportunities to escape the crowds, often without travelling very far.
Another of these quiet gems is the hamlet of Stanton & Stanway, in reality two tiny villages on the edge of the region. Separated by lovely rolling parkland, these villages seem little changed from their days as farming communities nurturing sheep for the markets of Broadway and Chipping Campden.
There are great walks from both villages and we drive through Stanton & Stanway on our Cotswolds Road Trips. FIND OUT MORE
5. Chipping Campden
As a general rule, when we plan our Cotswolds classic car Road Trips we try to avoid the crowds and connect up off-beat and quiet gems. Chipping Campden certainly isn’t off the beaten track or quiet but it is such a Cotswolds gem that it has to be included.
A former market centre for sheep trading, Chipping Campden is both busy and gorgeous. The long high street is lined with grand old Cotswolds buildings, including a wonderful market hall and pub. Remove the cars and it is virtually unchanged from medieval times.
We don’t stop here on our Cotswolds
Road Trips - there’s nowhere to park 5 classic cars - but we do include a promenade down the high street. If you join us on one of our Road Trips take time to savour one of England’s loveliest towns. Or come back and wander its excellent antique shops and cafes.
Chipping Campden features on our Cotswolds Road Trips .FIND OUT MORE
Great Driving Days runs full and half day classic car Road Trips that enable you to drive 3 or 5 classic cars from our fleet of 20 on a choice of routes, including several through the Cotswolds. Driver and passenger places are available and prices start at just £149. CLICK HERE to find out more or call 01527 893733 or use the chat function. We’re also available on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Eason, Great Driving Days. 01527 893733