The Charm of the Glorious Cotswolds

The Charm of the Glorious Cotswolds

A 6 day tour of the charming Cotswolds including a guided tour of Bath and a steam railway journey

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A 6 day tour of the charming Cotswolds including a guided tour of Bath and a steam railway journey

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England. Beautiful villages such as Painswick nestle in the Cotswold Hills, sure to delight any visitor. Historical market towns such as Cirencester, Tetbury, Stroud and Tewkesbury offer excellent local shopping with thriving markets bursting with local produce. For those visitors looking to enjoy the coutryside from a more urban base the larger towns of Gloucester, with its historic waterfront, and Regency Cheltenham Spa offers impressive architecture, stylish shopping and world-class horse racing.

 

Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer-run steam and diesel heritage railway which runs along the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border in the West Midlands.

 

Cheltenham

England's most complete Regency spa town, most of the town centre lies within a conservation area of outstanding national importance. Elegant town houses characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. Cheltenham was specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors, the legacy of which is an exceptional range of quality accommodation, restaurants and stylish shops.

 

Bath

Bath is best known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. The museum at the site of its original Roman Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple; the facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea. Today’s visitors can soak in the waters at the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa.

 

Oxford

The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town - still with its ancient University. Take an Oxford Official Walking Tour to discover places you never dreamed existed. Visit the Bodleian Library - with 'Europe's most beautiful room', the Divinity School and 'Hogwarts library'.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria for the journey south to Gloucester where we have time at leisure to visit the historic docks or perhaps the Cathedral. We leave late afternoon and travel the short distance to our hotel, the Cheltenham Chase, arriving in ample time to freshen up before dinner is served.

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Day 2

A scenic full day tour of the northern Cotswolds including the jewel of the Cotswolds, Broadway, then on to Stow on the Wold, an ancient wool market town before our final destination, Bourton on the Water described as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds. We return to the hotel for dinner.

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Day 3

This morning we head to Cheltenham Race Course Station where we have an included train ride on the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam railway, travel through the stunning Cotswolds countryside on this restored heritage railway. We spend the afternoon at leisure in Cheltenham, time to look around this fine Regency spa town which is renowned for its stylish shopping, colourful parks and floral displays. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we head via Tetbury with its Royal connections to the historic city of Bath, a world heritage site. We have a guided city tour followed by some time at leisure before returning to Cheltenham, via the picturesque Stroud Valley. Dinner served in the hotel.

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Day 5

Full day tour through the South Cotswolds to the university city of Oxford, the ancient seat of learning and romantic setting for many a film, TV series and book. There will be an optional visit to the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace. We return to Cheltenham for dinner.

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Day 6

Sadly today we must leave our hosts at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel for our return journey home, we stop for lunch at the Trentham Gardens Shopping Village. We are due back in Cumbria late evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Cheltenham Chase Hotel

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel is a fantastically located four star hotel set in 15 acres of grounds between Gloucester and Cheltenham. The hotel boasts a stylish and contemporary interior and includes an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

 

The 122 bedrooms at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel are all stylishly furnished in rich, warm colours, providing an inviting atmosphere in which you can relax and enjoy a good nights sleep.

 

  • En-suite facilities including bath and shower

  • Free internet access

  • Trouser press and ironing facilities

  • Tea and coffee making facilities

  • Hairdryer

  • Remote control TV with selected Sky channels and in house movies

  • Direct dial telephone

  • Room service menu

  • Air conditioning

  • Guest safe and fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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