The Quintessential Beauty of the Cotswolds

Elegantly rolling across six counties, the glorious, golden Cotswolds are full of picturesque villages, chocolatebox cottages, beautiful honey-coloured buildings and tearooms aplenty. Our new Packaged Itinerary takes in some of the most beautiful villages and includes a journey on a steam train.

Angela says: “This excellent hotel has great facilities and is perfectly located to explore the Cotswolds villages.”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in before dinner.

Day 2 Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village (NT) & Castle Combe 60 mile round trip
This morning, we will visit the historic Lacock Abbey and Village. Set in rural Wiltshire, the Village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location. The Village’s most famous appearances include Downton Abbey, the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Cranford, and the films Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This quintessential English village has plenty to admire, having quaint cottages, an old workhouse, medieval tithe barn and local shops to browse. The Abbey is located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds and is a quirky country house built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Packed full of history, the Abbey was originally an abbey and nunnery, then became a Tudor family home, and is also known as the birthplace of photography as William Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative at his home there. The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the achievements of Fox Talbot and his contribution to the invention of photography. We can enjoy exploring the village and its shops, the Abbey and its rooms and take a walk in the Abbey grounds, garden and greenhouse. In the afternoon, we will visit the “Prettiest village in England”, Castle Combe. As you would imagine, this picture-postcard Cotswold village has also been the location for many films and TV productions, including the original Dr Doolittle film and more recently, Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. We can spend time strolling around the village, enjoy a stop at the tearoom and perhaps walk to the bridge, where we can enjoy the views and a great photographic moment!

Day 3 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) & Cotswold Villages 90 mile round trip
This morning, we will enjoy a trip on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. Embarking at Cheltenham Race Course station we will enjoy a gentle 35 minute journey through the glorious Cotswold countryside to Toddington, where there is a shop, museum and large tea room. The line commands wonderful views of the hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond. We will see the magnificent Stanway Viaduct (almost 50 feet high with 15 arches) and travel through the dark and mysterious Greet tunnel (look out for the ghost!). With authentic Great Western Railway stations, vehicle exhibits, a have-a-go signalbox and locomotive yard viewing area at Toddington, there is plenty to see in addition to our journey. After our rail trip, we will make our way to the historic Cotswold village of Broadway or elegant English town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Broadway has a pretty high street with plenty of shops, pubs and tearooms. Stow-on-the-Wold offers a fine selection of shops, gift and craft shops, restaurants and tearooms. We can enjoy lunch and time to look around before making our way back to our hotel via the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water and the town of Burford.

Note: GWSR: events are held on some weekends, when the railway will be extra busy. Please ask for more details of dates & events!

Day 4 Departure via Swindon Designer Outlet or Steam Museum of Great Western Railway
This morning we will make our way home with the option of spending time at the Swindon Designer Outlet for a spot of shopping, or the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is opposite the Outlet. The museum houses locomotives, rolling stock, exhibitions and displays telling the story of those who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway.

Swindon Marriott Hotel

AAAA Double for Single Occupancy Great Touring Location Great West Way
This modern 4 star hotel is located in its own grounds on the outskirts of Swindon with excellent access to the Cotswolds, Oxford and Wiltshire. Each of the 156 bedrooms are modern and well decorated and the bright, spacious restaurant overlooks the garden, which offers plenty of seating for groups. There is a lovely bar with comfortable seating areas and the excellent leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and gym. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Swindon Marriott Hotel

Swindon, Wiltshire
3 Nights Half Board
April - October 2018
Twin from £169pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £60

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu, carvery style
• 1 glass of wine with dinner on 1st night
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Lacock Abbey & Village
• Single journey on GWSR: Cheltenham Racecourse - Toddington
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Prices starting from...

£169 for 4 days

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Features of this tour

  • Entrance to Lacock Abbey & Village

  • Single journey on GWSR: Cheltenham Racecourse - Toddington