• Seven places in the Cotswolds (that are not technically in the Cotswolds)

    In the Cotswolds, we beckon travellers with all the outstanding natural beauty that reaches far and wide. From Pershore and Edgehill in the north to Bath in the south, the towns and villages are what makes this wonderful place such an attraction for visitors and tourists. 

    But did you know that while a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) sets the core framework, the Cotswolds’ charm spills over the borders into places that are ‘so very Cotswolds’, in looks and charm, even if they’re technically not within the borders of the Cotswolds.

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    Seven places in the Cotswolds (that are not technically in the Cotswolds)


    Lechlade is a charming town nestled on the banks of the River Thames and one that often gets overshadowed by its more well-known neighbours in the Cotswolds but it should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 

    Lechlade, steeped in history, boasts the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church and honey-coloured Cotswold houses. Nestled on the River Thames, it’s a boater’s paradise offering canoe adventures and leisurely cruises. Beyond the water, explore independent shops, indulge in afternoon tea, or savour a pub lunch. Nature lovers can explore the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s meadows or cycle the scenic countryside. Lechlade’s central location makes it the perfect Cotswolds getaway.


    Beyond the Cotswolds’ popular villages lie three hidden treasures: Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury, and Yate. Steeped in history, these towns offer a unique blend of charm and character.

    Thornbury boasts the magnificent 16th-century Thornbury Castle, perfect for a regal afternoon tea or a stay in the King Henry VIII suite. Explore the town’s High Street and don’t miss the historic St Mary’s Church.

    Chipping Sodbury seamlessly blends the past with the present. The 17th-century Town Hall graces the High Street, lined with independent shops. For nature lovers, the Cotswolds Way National Trail offers stunning scenery. History buffs can stay at Horton Court, a meticulously restored 16th-century manor house.

    Yate’s welcoming atmosphere invites exploration. Discover the town’s rich history at the Yate & District Heritage Centre. Unwind at Kingsgate Park with its lakes, playground, and babbling stream. Nearby Stanshawes Court, a Victorian gem, offers a pub meal or a relaxing coffee in its gardens.


    Often overshadowed by the Cotswolds’ postcard villages, Chippenham offers a unique charm. Steeped in history, its name translates to “Market Place by the River,” reflecting its long-standing role in trade. Explore the magnificent Grade I listed St. Mary’s Church, a testament to its medieval past.

    Chippenham serves as a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But it’s more than just a gateway. Unveil the town’s fascinating story at the Chippenham Museum or delve into Chippenham’s aristocratic past at Yelde Hall from the 15th century.

    Chippenham’s high street bustles with independent shops, art galleries, and cafes. John Coles Park, a sprawling green haven with over 350 trees, offers a tranquil escape. 

    Chippenham boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, promising an unforgettable Cotswolds experience beyond the well-trodden tourist path.


    On the fringe of the Cotswolds lies Evesham, a charming town often overlooked. Here, history whispers in the majestic 7th-century abbey ruins, while the 14th-century Almonry Museum delves deeper. Black-and-white buildings line bustling streets, culminating in a vibrant market square.

    For nature enthusiasts, Abbey Park is one of the most wonderful parks in all of the Cotswolds. It boasts manicured lawns and beautiful flower beds, boat rides, a bandstand, a fun water playground for the little ones, a huge sandpit and playground for bigger kids, a skate park, and a ball court. And as if all that wasn’t enough, with the river running alongside it, it boasts miles of riverside walks leading to stunning countryside. 

    Luxury awaits at The Wood Norton Hotel, a Victorian gem with French flair. And foodies rejoice as Evesham caters to all palates and moods from fantastic pub food, Italian, Thai, and Chinese, fine dining, and great cafe food. So ditch the crowds and discover Evesham, a hidden gem with something for everyone.


    For all the great things on offer, for the race course, for several prestigious festivals, for all the beautiful architecture, and its location right on the border, Cheltenham is mentioned in almost all the books and articles about visiting the Cotswolds, but it doesn’t actually lie within the Cotswolds. 

    Cheltenham offers a captivating blend of elegance and vibrancy. Explore the tree-lined Promenade, where grand buildings like the Town Hall and Cheltenham College exude Regency charm. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the prestigious Cheltenham Festivals, renowned for celebrating literature, music, and science throughout the year.

    Beyond the cultural scene, Cheltenham boasts expansive green spaces. Relax in the tranquil Imperial Gardens or sprawling Pittville Park, perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls. History buffs can delve into the town’s rich past at the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. For a touch of luxury, unwind at one of Cheltenham’s renowned spas.

    Catering to all palates, Cheltenham offers a diverse culinary landscape. Michelin-starred restaurants share the spotlight with cosy cafes, while Montpellier district comes alive with trendy bars and pubs in the evening. Whether you seek a sophisticated getaway or a family-friendly escape, Cheltenham promises an unforgettable experience.