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Location: Bath

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2021

Bath

Bath, Bath
Bath, Bath
Bath, Bath

Content: Although it may seem unnatural to start your week in the Cotswolds actually outside the Cotswolds, Bath is a city that you definitely don’t want to miss! There is so much to do and see that you will want to arrive into Bath early to give yourself the entire day to explore!

Bath

Bath, Bath
Bath, Bath
Bath, Bath

Content: In terms of accommodation, there is choice to suit every budget. If you are looking to save your hard earned cash for experiences, check out Bath Backpackers. If your budget is a little more free, Brindley’s is a great option and if you are looking to splash out, check out the Royal Crescent hotel!

The Colombian Company

Bath, The Colombian Company
Bath, The Colombian Company
Bath, The Colombian Company
Bath, The Colombian Company

Content: After you have checked in, reward yourself with a coffee from one of Bath’s independent cafes. I would recommend either The Colombian Coffee Company, Mokoko or Colonna and Small’s.

Royal Crescent

Bath, Royal Crescent
Bath, Royal Crescent
Bath, Royal Crescent

Content: After that, head up to the top of the city to see the famous Royal Circus. A few short minutes walk later, and you will find yourself standing in the Royal Crescent, which is one of the biggest attractions in the city.

No. 1 Royal Crescent

Bath, No. 1 Royal Crescent
Bath, No. 1 Royal Crescent

Content: Whilst here, pay a visit to Number 1 Royal Crescent, a fascinating museum that will take you back to Georgian times!

Fashion Museum Bath

Bath, Fashion Museum Bath

Content: Another top museum in Bath is the fashion museum! This is just a few minutes walk from the Royal crescent and takes a fascinating walk through all the different fashion stages of history.

Bath Abbey

Bath, Bath Abbey
Bath, Bath Abbey

Content: Next, head down to Bath Abbey, located within the gorgeous abbey square! Have a look at the fascinating gothic architecture- in particular look out for the depiction of angels climbing down supposedly to hell!

The Roman Baths

Bath, The Roman Baths
Bath, The Roman Baths

Content: After you have explored the abbey, head to the Roman Baths! These are definitely a must do in the city and give an amazing insight into how Bath was founded and formed.

Thermae Bath Spa

Bath, Thermae Bath Spa
Bath, Thermae Bath Spa

Content: After all that exploring, spend an evening relaxing in the Bath Spa! Bath sits on natural, mineral rich hot springs which makes the spa an amazing experience!

The Real Italian Pizza Co

Bath, The Real Italian Pizza Co

Content: Then finish off your day with a delicious meal! I would recommend The Real Italian Pizza Company for a delicious authentic pizza.

Location: Bristol

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2021

Bristol

Bristol, Bristol

Content: Day 2 will also take you on a slight detour from the Cotswolds, but is another must see city! After waking up in Bath and grabbing some coffee from the places I mentioned in yesterday’s itinerary, either jump in the car or hop on a train to the next city over, Bristol!

Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Lewins Mead) hotel

Bristol, Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Lewins Mead) hotel

Content: I would recommend booking into Premier Inn as your accommodation for the evening as it is affordable, comfortable, includes parking and is right in the city centre!

Cabot Circus

Bristol, Cabot Circus
Bristol, Cabot Circus

Content: Bristol is a very up and coming city and truly has something for everyone. Your options for the day are limitless! Start by visiting the huge shopping centre Cabot Circus for some weekend treats

Harbourside

Bristol, Harbourside

Content: Afterwards, stroll down towards the Harbour. Here you will find super cool boat bars, restaurants and cafes.

Clifton

Bristol, Clifton
Bristol, Clifton
Bristol, Clifton

Content: Next, walk up towards Clifton which is one of my favourite areas of Bristol! On the way, stop in at all the vintage shops and speciality cafes on the high street. Make sure you visit the famous Clifton Bridge, which gives amazing views over Bristol.

Asado

Bristol, Asado

Content: Finish your evening with a burger from Asado. If it’s a nice evening, sit on the nearby Christmas Steps to eat it!

Location: Castle Combe

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2021

Castle Combe

Castle Combe, Castle Combe

Content: The next morning, get your early for your first Cotswolds stop! Head to Castle Combe, which is about a 40 minute drive from Bath and 30 minutes from Bristol. I would recommend arriving here early, as it can be a tourist hot spot and fills up quick! There is free parking, so leave your car there and then wander back down into the village. Start with some photos on the most photogenic bridge in the Cotswolds.

The Manor House

Castle Combe, The Manor House

Content: After that, take some time to explore the church and the grounds behind it, which are really beautiful in spring especially. You’ll also find the Manor House here, which is a five star hotel! It’s a really beautiful building to include in some of your photos!

The Castle Inn

Castle Combe, The Castle Inn

Content: Next, head for a drink in one of the cosy pubs! I would recommend The Castle Inn- head through to one of the cosy sofas in the back rooms! The food is also really good here, so I would recommend having some lunch.

Location: Cirencester

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2021

Cirencester

Cirencester, Cirencester

Content: Once you have experienced all Castle Combe has to offer, jump back in the car and head to Cirencester. This will take another 40 minutes but is a beautiful journey, bringing you through many more quaint Cotswolds towns. Cirencester is a market town, and is one of the biggest towns in the Cotswolds! There is lots to explore here- spend some time wandering the beautiful streets and looking in at the boutique little shops and cafes.

Corinium Museum

Cirencester, Corinium Museum

Content: Make sure you leave time for a visit to the Corinium Museum, which holds one of the largest collections of Romano- British artefacts in the UK.

St. John Baptist Cirencester

Cirencester, St. John Baptist Cirencester
Cirencester, St. John Baptist Cirencester

Content: After that, explore the Church of St John the Baptist and make sure you check out the gardens too which are absolutely beautiful!

The Fleece at Cirencester

Cirencester, The Fleece at Cirencester

Content: For your nights accommodation, I would recommend checking out The Fleece! It’s right in the centre and has a lovely authentic Cotswolds feel.

Location: Whelford

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2021

Whelford

Whelford, Whelford
Whelford, Whelford
Whelford, Whelford
Whelford, Whelford

Content: For your next few nights accommodation, I would highly recommend checking into Studio Whelford. It’s in the perfect location to explore all the next stops on the Cotswolds agenda. It is also family run, and the owners could not be more helpful with local recommendations! There is also free parking.

Location: Bourton-on-the-Water

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2021

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton-on-the-Water
Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton-on-the-Water
Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton-on-the-Water

Content: Wake up in the beautiful Cirencester and head out for some breakfast! After that, jump back in the car and drive up to Bourton- on- the- Water, which is one of my favourite places in the Cotswolds and absolutely can’t be missed! You can either get free parking on the way into the village if you are lucky, or if you drive through and just out of the village, there is a big paid car park. You will want to have a few hours to explore Bourton- on- the- Water properly!

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water, Bourton-on-the-Water

Content: Take your time to wander the main high street, crossing over the photogenic bridges to see both sides.

The Model Village

Bourton-on-the-Water, The Model Village

Content: A really fun activity is to visit the Model Village! This is located right in the centre of the village.

Location: Upper Slaughter

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2021

Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter, Upper Slaughter
Upper Slaughter, Upper Slaughter

Content: In the afternoon, head to the nearby Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter. These are two small but very beautiful villages and are well worth a visit. Wander around and soak up the Cotswolds atmosphere!

Location: Bourton-on-the-Water

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2021

Smiths of Bourton

Bourton-on-the-Water, Smiths of Bourton
Bourton-on-the-Water, Smiths of Bourton
Bourton-on-the-Water, Smiths of Bourton

Content: For dinner, I highly recommend Smiths- the best burger I’ve ever had! It’s also got the cosiest interior I’ve ever seen and is all round a great experience.

Location: Burford

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2021

Burford

Burford, Burford

Content: Start your day with a trip to Burford, one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds. This is a real tourist hotspot, so make sure you get here early to avoid the crowds. The high street is a gorgeous mix of authentic boutiques, mainstream shops and pubs, all built in the typical Cotswolds stone.

Burford

Burford, Burford

Content: For some real Instagram spots, head to Burford Hill which is two perfect rows of beautiful old houses.

Huffkins Burford

Burford, Huffkins Burford

Content: Then head to Huffkin’s to rest and recuperate with a coffee or afternoon tea. Huffkin’s was established in 1890! Thank

Location: Lechlade-on-Thames

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2021

Lechlade-on-Thames

Lechlade-on-Thames, Lechlade-on-Thames

Content: Once you have had your fill of Burford, head to the nearby village of Lechlade where you can grab another coffee and go kayaking on the lake! This is such a fun experience which definitely shouldn’t be missed!

Monica's Plaice Fish Bar

Lechlade-on-Thames, Monica's Plaice Fish Bar

Content: For dinner, I would recommend heading to Monica’s Plaice Fish Bar! Either take it away and sit outside in gorgeous Lechlade, or bring it back to your accommodation for a cosy evening in!

Location: Stow-on-the-Wold

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2021

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold, Stow-on-the-Wold

Content: Finish off your week in the Cotswolds at one of my favourite spots- Stow-on-the-Wold. There is a small free car park here- it fills up pretty quick but if you are willing to wait around a little bit, you can often get a spot.

Location: Stow-On-The-Wold

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2021

The Square

Stow-On-The-Wold, The Square
Stow-On-The-Wold, The Square

Content: Start by exploring the gorgeous village square! It is traditionally a market square and is the bustling heart of the village, lined with different cafes and charity shops to explore.

Location: Stow-on-the-Wold

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2021

Coach House Coffee

Stow-on-the-Wold, Coach House Coffee
Stow-on-the-Wold, Coach House Coffee

Content: Pop into Coach House Coffee which not only does brilliant coffee, but also looks out over the square. A great spot for some people watching.

St Edward's Church, Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold, St Edward's Church, Stow-on-the-Wold

Content: After that, head up to St Edwards Church, which is famous for its tree framed doorway

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold, Stow-on-the-Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold, Stow-on-the-Wold

Content: Then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the different boutique shops, and hopping from one tea room to the next!

Old Butchers

Stow-on-the-Wold, Old Butchers

Content: For your last meal of the trip, head to Old Butchers for a delicious meal! The atmosphere is great and food is even better- though it is recommended you book ahead! The Cotswolds is such a gorgeous part of England, and I already can’t wait to explore more of it and bring you another guide! Hope you enjoyed this one.