Cotswold Break

  • If you are visiting the Cotswolds for a short break, weekend stay, long summer holiday or just for a short day trip, the Cotswolds has enough to jam pack a trip no matter the weather. Famous for it's rolling hills and golden Cotswold stone, there is so much more to offer tourists and visitors looking for a holiday in the Cotswolds. Whatever the length of your break, there are 5 star hotels, luxury bed and breakfasts along wide a wide selection of modern, country styled inns with rooms.

    The larger towns of the Cotswolds such as Cirencester and Cheltenham can offer a great base for a weekend or short break in the Cotswolds. Cheltenham has a wonderful selection of bars, restaurants and evening entertainment to come back to after a day in the Cotswolds with a wide selection of hotels available to suit all budgets. Stretching from Chipping Campden in the north to Castle Combe in the south you will find a wide selection of hotels scattered throughout the Cotswolds. Please do get a feel for the Cotswold villages and towns by watching the videos here on Cotswold TV - guides to some of the most popular locations for weekend breaks and short holidays across the Cotswolds.

    Day Trip to the Cotswolds

    If you are just joining us for the day might we suggest a trip down the A429. Of course everyone has something different they require from a day out but if you would like to soak up some of the Cotswolds, a day travelling down the one road would be a great introduction to the Cotswolds. The A429 travels from Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds all the way North through, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-wold, Moreton-in-Marsh with attractions such as Birdland and Cotswold Farm Park (Adam Henson's farm from BBC Countryfile) and much much more.

    Cotswold Short Weekend Break

    Here for a little longer? You could of course easily spend the whole weekend break in one spot but if you would like to see more of the region perhaps spend a day on the A429 and then from Cirencester take the another road from the town, the A435 which will take you on the sweeping country road to the largest town of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham. Famous for everything from fine dining and nightlife, to horse racing and creative festivals, combining a great towns and country villages is a must during your short break in the Cotswolds.

    Summer Holiday

    If you are lucky enough to be spending more than just a weekend or short break with us, a nice long holiday in the Cotswolds allows take everything in at a leisurely pace. Seek out some of the smaller villages and hidden away gems of the Cotswolds. There are plenty of books on walking in the area and every village is accessible by road. Hidden away in Chedworth you will find the Roman Villa, a national trust building/museum preserving a Roman Palace. Castle Combe in the south has become famous as a film set in epics such as War Horse. Towns such as Tetbury, home to a selection of Royals is packed with fascinating antique shops. Events are on all over the Cotswolds especially in the summer, please see our what's on in the Cotswolds page for a unique selection.

    Autumn and Christmas Breaks

    Lovely at any time of the year, if heading to the Cotswolds during the autumn or winter you will find events such as the Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, along with Christmas markets and events left, right and centre! It really is the definition of a Christmas Break. The roads are well managed during the winter so don't be afraid to stay in a rural location for Christmas but with the darker nights you may enjoy the convenience offered by returning to a hotel in perhaps Cheltenham for the evening.

Holidays and Short Weekend Breaks in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is pretty central in England, in terms of travel and make it an ideal choice for that well-earned short holiday or weekend break. Nestled in the South West, this beautiful region is just an hour west from London and Heathrow airport, a short 30 mins south from Birmingham airport and equally 30 mins north of Bristol Airport. Trains also head into the region along with and excellent road network for exploring the Cotswolds. The areas to fall into the Cotswolds is somewhat debated. Being such a powerful name, the Cotswolds tends to have spread out with businesses tapping into the brand far and wide. If you would like our opinion we believe the Cotswolds is from Chipping Campden in the north, across to Stroud in the west, down to Castle Combe in the south and across the Burford in the east (where you will find Oxfordshire Cotswolds beginning).
The Cotswolds is of course in the UK which means it has the same weather as the rest of the country - when the sun shines you can't beat the beautiful countryside and then of course there are those grey days! BUT do not fear, the Cotswolds will keep you entertained for the duration of your short or long break whatever the weather! Whether you visit in the height of summer or in the light snow of winter you can enjoy country walks, top tourist attractions, an enthusiastic diary of local events and some of the finest food and drink to rival the best of London.
You will find all forms of accommodation in the Cotswolds, suiting all budgets and tastes whether it’s for a weekend stay, short break or summer holiday. From camping and glamping to inns and hotels, the Cotswolds has a wide range both in peaceful countryside locations and in the town centres. Big country houses are always a favourite with hotels such as Ellenborough park in Cheltenham, Cowley Manor, Barnsley House and Bibury Court creating a wonderful base to soak up the Cotswolds for your break. Take the A429 (old roman road - tarmac now of course) through the Cotswolds and you will pass through the most touristic villages and towns of the Cotswolds such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh through to Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds. There are lots of affordable hotels with a unique and Cotswolds touch - It is hard to find anywhere in the Cotswolds that is not at the top of its game in terms of quality and service so please do be adventurous when choosing where to stay for your Cotswold break - you won't be disappointed.
Here for both local people of the Cotswolds and for our weekend or weeklong tourist friends, Cotswold TV has a huge selection of archived features from hotspots, towns, villages, events, businesses and people of the Cotswolds. Please do have a browse through Cotswold TV and get a feel for the region whether you are currently enjoying your short break or are heading up next weekend!

Featured Cotswolds Tourist Attractions

  • Painswick

Rococo Garden

  • Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton Model Railway

  • The National Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum

Featured Accomodation

  • Winchcombe

Wesley House

  • North Cerney

Bathurst Arms

  • Cotswold Water Park

The White Hart

Featured Locations

  • Picturesque Village


  • Cotswolds Gateway


  • The Film Set

Castle Combe


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