This page may contain affiliate links; please note I only recommend places I feel are of value and all information shared is my own thoughts and opinions.

Transportation and Accommodations

Getting There

The Cotswolds is the quintessential English country side, located NW of London. It is a vast region including five different counties and spanning nearly 800 square miles. It is full of small towns, rolling hills, and cute country houses. 

The easiest way to get to the Cotswolds is by car. Depending on what part of the Cotswolds you plan to visit first, the drive time may vary, but on average you can plan for a 2-hour drive from London. If you are a frequent driver in the UK, the drive will not be an issue. However, if you are used to driving on the right side of the road, you may be in for more of a challenge. Throughout the Cotswolds, there are some narrow roads where two-way traffic seems impossible, but there will be pull-out points. Additionally, if you do choose to rent a car and are less familiar with the area, keep in mind locals and taxi drivers may be more aggressive on the roads. 

Driving allows you to reach both the larger and smaller towns within the Cotswolds. Alternatively, you can take the train to one of the stations in the Cotswolds. Then either rent a car or plan to stay in the same area for your visit. The main train stations accessible in the Cotswolds are Banbury, Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Kingham. Other towns with stations near the Cotswolds include Oxford, Bath and Stroud.

Getting Around

It is tough to visit multiple areas of the Cotswolds without a car. There are buses running between towns which can be used, but are not frequent and there are some taxis, but these often need to be booked in advance. Additionally, although many distances may look walkable, the roads are not made for walkers. Walking options are available through the countryside lands, but this requires dryer weather or good footwear! All in all, having a car provides the most flexibility and allows you to make your own schedule. Then, once in any of the towns, it is easy to explore on foot as most of the towns are very small.

A few tips if renting a car:

1) Rent a car with the drivers seat on the opposite side (right side). This is normal, but sometimes cars can have the steering wheel on the left side still which makes the switch more confusing.

2) Plan to get an automatic car. Even if you know how to drive manual, it makes the transition to the left side of the road easier; trying to use the clutch with the opposite hand adds an unnecessary challenge.

3) Be sure to ask what type of fuel (petrol or diesel) the rental car takes.

If depending on taxis, be sure to look-up taxi companies in the area you are staying in advance. Reach out to the companies for bookings to lock-in a pick-up or drop-off. A few to start with are listed below:

Excelsior Taxis - convenient for those staying around Chipping North, Kingham, Milton-under-Wychwood

AG Private Hire - convenient for those staying around Bourton-on-the-Water


Since there are countless towns spread across the Cotswolds, picking where to stay can be challenging. When visiting the Cotswolds, what better way to enjoy the British countryside than by staying in an inn at a quaint pub or your own little cottage.

Sand & Stone has a portfolio of cozy cottages in different areas across the Cotswolds. Check out their properties, and review the information below to get an idea on where to stay for your Cotswolds getaway.


For folks who do not want to drive to the Cotswolds, staying here is a good home base as there are trains from London to Moreton-in-Marsh which is at the heart of the Cotswolds. It gives visitors the real Cotswolds feel without a car


This town is a hidden gem. Like many of the towns, it is small, but has enough to be a good home base location. There are a few different pubs and restaurant options, numerous antique shops, small boutiques, and a bunch of cafes. It is also ideally located to visit some of the key spots in the Cotswolds and is home to the pub known for serving the best Cotswolds Sunday Roast.

The Bell-Inn

A cute pub and inn found in the quaint town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The pub has rooms upstairs in the main building, as well additional rooms in coach houses a few minutes away from the main pub. This is where I stayed with a few friends on our first visit to the Cotswolds. The town of Stow-on-the-Wold is a great home base, with Daylesford Organic Farm just a 10-minute drive away along with a few other nice towns (Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter, and Bourton-on-the-Water) closeby.

Click here to book your stay!


Often referred to as the Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the bigger towns that still feels like a town. The town is in a prime location with other smaller quaint towns nearby. It offers more options for accommodations, dining, and shopping than some of the nearby villages, but it also is a more touristy feeling town and can get rather busy in the summer months and on nice weekend days.


Another moderately sized town in comparison to others in the Cotswolds, Broadway is a cute town not far from the Broadway Tower.

The Slaughters

The Slaughters consists of the Upper Slaughter and the Lower Slaughter. These tiny little towns are very picturesque, but also very quiet. If you are not concerned with having a town, this can be a good option. It is located close enough to Bourton-on-the-Water that you can easily drive for meals, just note there are very few options in the Slaughters themselves.


Little Bee Cottage - one of the Sand and Stone quaint cottages, the Little Bee Cottage is found in the town of Milton-under-Wychwood. This town is especially small, but has a lovely pub called The Hare and a cute breakfast cafe called Rise & Flour Artisan Bakery and Cafe. It has a small grocery shop within a 5 minute walk, making it easy to stock up on snacks. The towns of Ascott-under-Wychwood and Shipton-under-Wychwood are both walkable with sidewalks available between the towns. It is better to have a car when staying here, enabling you to drive the short distances to other known spots including Daylesford Farm, the Wild Rabbit, among other lovely British pubs and Cotswolds towns.

Nether Westcote

The Feathered Inn - nestled in the tiny village of Nether Westcote, this pub and inn has a few rooms and a little cottage available for guests to book. The well-regarded restaurant serves up a delicious Sunday Roast and offers a large wine list to coincide with their wider menu. On a clear sunny day, the back porch area offers stunning views over the rolling hills behind the pub. During summer months, they host a pizza night for locals to stop-in and enjoy pizza oven-baked pies out back! For a very quiet and relaxing stay, consider booking a room here, but ensure you have a car as you will need it if you plan to come and go at all from the accommodations.

Things to do and see


Stow on the Wold

Cute town with lots of antique stores, boutique shops, and cute cafes and pubs. Pop into the Cotswolds Chocolate Company for some locally made chocolate (you can even see them making the chocolate in the back of the store). Spend some time shopping in the local stores for crafts, local Cotswolds goods, clothing and more

The Slaughters

Consisting of two parts, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter, these are little towns. Lower Slaughter has a little more going on than Upper Slaughter, but both are quiet. Stop through for a short walk and a drink outside at the Slaughters Country Inn. Walk along the little canal in Lower Slaughter to the mill for a picturesque Cotswolds town

Bourton on the Water

Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds as it sits on a little river, Bourton on the Water is one of the more commonly visited towns in the Cotswolds. It is larger than some of the tiny towns, providing more options for shopping, dining, accommodations, and activities. Stop by the Hawkstone brewery for a pint of a locally brewed beer. The brewery is found an easy 20 minute walk from the town cernter and is a great way to get out of the touristy town centre. Take a stroll to the brewery for a drink, or even consider booking a tour if you'd like to learn a bit more about the beer production process.


Noted as one of the main market towns in the Cotswolds, Moreton-in-Marsh is the only town in the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) with a mainline train station. The town has nice pubs, shops, and cafes to explore.


Similar in size to Stow on the Wold, this little village is nice for a stroll, shopping, or snack

Castle Combe

This Cotswold village feels like a fairytale and is one of the most photographed spots in the region. Plan a stop in Castle Combe to take in the charming village houses. There are a few pubs in the small town where you can stop for a bite or a drink. Alternatively, drive up the road 5 - 10 minutes and sit down for a nice meal at the Salutation Inn

Bibury and Arlington Row

This sleepy town is a quick stop, good for a coffee and checking out Arlington Row. Arlington Row is another one of the more commonly photographed spots in the Cotswolds

Chipping Campden

Quaint Cotswolds village with shops, pubs, and cute houses

Broadway Tower

Tower sitting on the top of a hill with a panoramic view of the surrounding area and a deer farm right next to the Tower. You can go up to the Tower itself and enjoy the views around. If interested, there is a museum inside which includes a rooftop platform.

Daylesford Organic

Sustainable farm in Moreton in Marsh. It includes the farm itself, along with stores to purchase the goods from the farm, local products, home goods, seasonal plants, antiques, wine, and more. It also includes a Cookery School, and the Bamford Wellness Spa where visitors can stay for a visit. Plan a few hours to visit Daylesford to have a drink, enjoy a meal, shop and explore.

Countryside walk

Take a stroll through the smaller roads or hiking paths near any of the Cotswolds towns to enjoy the rolling hills in the Cotswolds.


Located south of the Cotswolds, so technically outside the Cotswolds region, Stonehenge is worth adding as a stop in your itinerary before returning to London. The stone structure is quite impressive to see in person as the size of the stacked rocks is shocking. The rock structure can be seen from a nearby highway, but is worth stopping at the museum and purchasing a ticket.

The ticket allows you entry to the small museum to learn about the history of the Stonehenge. Interestingly, Stonehenge is a mystery and it is not clear to historians on how the structure was built. There are many theories, but origins remain unknown. After visiting the museum, take a 5 minute shuttle bus (running every 5 mins) and walk around the historical site. You can also walk to Stonehenge from the museum, but will take about 30 minutes as it is about a mile from the museum.

Food and Drinks

Lunch or Dinner

The Porch House

Location: Stow on the Wold

Known for having the best Sunday Roast in the Cotswolds, this cute pub offers a nice atmosphere and traditional British cuisine

The Bell Inn

Location: Stow on the Wold

Cute pub and inn with traditional British food. On a warmer day, they have nice picnic tables outside to enjoy a drink on the terrace

The Wild Rabbit

Location: Kingham

Operated by the owners of Daylesford Farm, the Wild Rabbit is an upscale restaurant not far from the Farm itself. Book a reservation in advance for an exquisite meal, noting the restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday evening. If visiting on a Monday or Tuesday, you can stop by the pub for a drink as an alternative.

Daylesford Organic Farm

Location: Moreton in Marsh

Daylesford is a sustainable farm in the UK. Daylesford Organic has a few different restaurants within the premise including The Trough Café (michelin green star dining room and courtyard), The Old Spot Restaurant (menu focused on sharing plates and pizzas), The Legbar (spot for drinks & small plates - coffee or cocktails)

Sheep on Sheep Street

Location: Stow on the Wold

Restaurant with a wider drink selection including cocktails

The Salutation Inn

Location: near Castle Combe

Nice Inn restaurant with tasty food and a more expansive menu than some pubs

The Hare

Location: Milton-under-Wychwood

This country pub is a great spot for dinner or just an afternoon drink. The menu is constantly changing, but the atmosphere is consistently cozy. On nice weather days, there is a lovely back garden with tables outside to enjoy the sunshine.

The Feathered Nest

Location: Nether Westcote

A restaurant and inn with a fine dining experience and expansive wine menu. Book a table here for an evening meal or make a trip for a traditional Sunday roast


The Cellar

Location: Stow on the Wold

Cute little wine bar

The Slaughters Country Inn

Location: Lower Slaughter

Stop here for a late afternoon drink in the courtyard

Cafes and Treats

The Hive

Location: Stow on the Wold

Sit down for a small breakfast in the morning

Cotswolds Baguettes

Location: Stow on the Wold

Good option for a morning or afternoon snack including pastries, sandwiches, and take-away prepared salads

Coach House Coffee

Location: Stow on the Wold

Café for coffee and quick bites

New England Coffee House

Location: Stow on the Wold

Café with takeaway coffee or sit down options available

The Twig

Location: Bibury / Arlington Row

Small café a short walk from Arlington Row with some delicious, homemade cakes

Rise & Flour Artisan Bakery and Cafe

Location: Milton-under-Wychwood

Little cafe offering a sit-down breakfast or takeaway treats including freshly baked sourdough bread!

The Den

Location: Bourton-on-the-water

Small cafe with takeaway drinks, sweat treats, sandwiches and more.

Cotswolds Ice Cream

Location: Bourton-on-the-water

Essentially a window for ice cream, order up some local Cotswolds ice cream to cool off on a hot summer day or when you're just craving a little something sweet

Other Notes

Trip Vibes

A trip to the Cotswolds will be a very relaxed, slow paced, low key trip. It is a great long weekend trip from London, enabling visitors to get away from the city life and enjoy a break in the countryside. Many of the towns will have similar vibes so pick a few and do not try to hit everywhere. Check out a sample itinerary here for a long weekend

Time of Year

The Cotswolds are especially nice to visit in the summer when there are long summer days and warmer weather. However, even when visiting at the beginning of July, temperatures stayed fairly cool. The autumn is also a nice time to visit with the changing leaves around the area.


Note many shops will be closed by 5 / 5:30 pm and restaurants are not open past about 10 pm.


Transportation and Accommodations

Things to do and see

Food and Drinks

The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.