Discover the beauty and charm of the Cotswolds

Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

One of England's favourite destinations, attracting millions of people from across the UK and the world.  Its quintessential English landscape with rolling hills, ancient woodlands, stunning viewpoints and honey-coloured stone buildings are what gives this area its unique charm and appeal.

It is an area full of interesting and inspiring places to visit from grand manor houses and gardens to beautiful churches in quiet backwaters and age-old archaeological sites. 

There are also plenty of things to see and do in the Cotswolds - walking, cycling and riding are some of the more popular activities which are detailed on this website, along with a list of many of the area's popular attractions.   You can also find out how to be a 'green' visitor to the Cotswolds.   For more information we have provided a list of visitor information centres located throughout the AONB plus some very useful websites to help you plan your visit.

Cotswolds Discovery Centre

Why not drop in to the Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison, Northleach, housed in the Old Prison, an 18th century house of correction. 

Here you will find out all you need to know about the Cotswolds and why it is one of the country's most popular and much loved protected landscapes.


Traveller's Guide: The Cotswolds

Stunning countryside, historic villages, farmers' markets... allow yourself to be seduced, says Matthew Teller author of the new Rough Guide to the Cotswolds. Find out more >

Interactive Map

Find out more about attractions in the Cotswolds AONB using our interactive map>