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Cotswolds: general questions

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Cotswolds: general questions

Plan to be in London for 3 days in June with Family (2 kids age 9 and 11). We were planning to spend 1 day in the countryside to explore. We were thinking that the Cotswolds would be a good

escape from the city. Ideally my idea of a good visit would be to drive among the villages and stop here and there and walk among the houses and market areas in a leisurely manner, however on reading several posts here, it seems that driving there and parking can be stressful (I'm from the USA, so might be difficult adjusting to driving on left side).

1. Looking at the forums, it seems like the Secret Cottage tour seems very popular. If anybody has been on this tour, can you offer insight on what the tour entails, i.e. are you driven around most of the time, or is there decent time to walk around and explore.

2. Is the main attraction of the Cotswolds looking at the old houses, or are there trails linking the villages that can be walked easily (like in Cinque terra) with pretty scenery and are relatively short (less than 1 hr).

3. What villages are most ideal to visit if you want to walk around for scenery and market life (i.e. not just to admire private houses that you can't go into).

4. Any recommendations of other attractions in the area?

5. Is there easy public transportation between the different villages?

Thanks for any advice or insight.

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1. Re: Cotswolds: general questions

A good day trip to the Cotswolds can be achieved but will benefit from prior planning - driving gives the most flexibility but it will be a long day. You can get a train to Moreton in Marsh and strike out from there either by bus or on a local tour such as the one you mention, or there are (lots of) Bus tours from London.

1. You can read a description of a day with secret cottage at their website https://www.cotswoldtourismtours.co.uk/ it’s a mixture of driving and eating! It is the top TA recommended tour so clearly does a good day

2. <<Is the main attraction of the Cotswolds looking at the old houses, or are there trails linking the villages>> like much of England the place is riddled with unsurfaced public footpaths, simply put in a day trip from London (with three hours in transit to and fro) you probably don’t have time to get out onto tracks much. (You can go for a walk much closer to London!) - I’ll jump to Question 5 now

5. <<Is there easy public transportation between the different villages? >> there are bus services but they are designed largely to get to work and the like. They can be relatively infrequent (as in one an hour ) and therefore will take some planning to get the best out of them.

See https://www.cotswolds.com/ and public transport ideas at cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017…

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Sorry but with only three days in London, I would not be thiking about spending one of those days in the Cotswolds - you won't have time to explore much. If you want to get some fresh air, maybe take the boat down to Greenwich - large park, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark - plenty to fill a day. Alternatively combine 'village' London with a park - Richmond or Hampstead spring to mind.

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+1 to the above. The Cotswolds are not a part of the country that Londoners drive out to to relax for the day (well, unless you're a former prime minister or newspaper editor) - they are too far away.

Hampstead has lots of historic cottages and miles and miles of paths through woods and greenery. Lots of good walks in ancient Epping Forest too.

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Agree with all advised above. You don't have time for the Cotswolds proper.

IMHO, Hampton Court Palace is best day out of London, and it's superbly child friendly too.

You can't really miss with devoting this day to Greenwich - a lot to see and do!

Windsor, with Windsor Castle, self driven motor boat on Thames River (!!!), etc - another great option.

Hever Castle or Leeds Castle - each attraction is highly recommended.

Your possibilities are almost endless.

Yuri.

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5. Re: Cotswolds: general questions

Thanks for the insight on this. I think we may skip the Cotswolds and stay closer to London.

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