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Classic Cotswolds - Fully-Flexible Self-Guided Road Trip

1. Classic Cotswolds - Fully-Flexible Self-Guided Road Trip

With the Cotswolds broken down into mini itineraries, you can be sure you will see the best of the chocolate box views, but also discover more and get off the beaten track with the wider, lesser-known Cotswolds too. Get the best out of your break with our user-friendly, online guide that will make planning a breeze. Simply cherry-pick from the options provided ensuring you won’t miss a thing! Access this Class Cotswolds road trip on 2 devices (mobile, tablet or desktop) for 12 months to help with planning your break before you travel, as well as on your holiday. Cotswolds Itinerary • The suggested mapped route is a fully flexible route that winds through the Cotswolds with a series of mini-themed routes that connect, creating a road trip of 183 miles (292 km) with a drive time of around 7 hours and 35 mins. Depending upon stops, however, you can adjust this to between 3 and 14 nights. Of course, you can tweak this route as much as you like to make your own perfect route. • As you journey through the Cotswolds you will also travel through the ages and discover the history of the land and the ages that defined it. Commencing the times gone by with Neolithic settlements. Bronze and Iron Age forts, and Roman settlements. Learn about how the prosperous wool trade shaped affluent towns and provided the creation of several ‘wool churches’ in the Middle Ages. The more prominent towns in the Cotswolds highlight the Regency period and the Victorians, including the Golden Age of Steam, taking you through thousands of years of history on your road trip. Destinations Guide: • Save hours using our inspiration and signposting to plan your perfect Classic Cotswold driving route. • The destination guides cover 20 destination locations and guides on essential places to visit in the Cotswolds, such as Bronze and Iron Age forts, and Roman settlements. Don’t miss any of the iconic homes and gardens on the route. • The destination guide includes over 220 attractions, experiences and activities to uncover your own England. The Uncover More map includes: • 40+ Viewpoints • 195+ Places of interest • 40+ Hidden gems • 20+ Wild swim spots • 30+ On screen spots The Overnight Stay map includes: • 50+ Cotswolds Campsites • 25+ Motorhome stops & almost wild spots • 120+ Hotels • 135+ B&Bs, guesthouses and lodges

Cirencester’s Hidden History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Cirencester’s Hidden History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Journey back in time on a walking tour around Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds and once the second largest town in Roman Britain. Starting in front of the 150-year-old Corn Hall Indoor Market, I’ll show you the town’s main sites, reveal the myths that surround it and share its lesser-known history. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Corinium Museum and its collection of Roman mosaics which were produced by craftsmen in the town, the ‘wool church’ of St John Baptist and the fine honey-coloured stone merchants’ houses. Along the way, you’ll hear how Cirencester became the centre of the Cotswold wool trade, famous throughout medieval Europe for the quality of its wool. I’ll also tell you the origins behind terms like ‘daylight robbery,’ and ‘teetotallers,’ and how a Danish king is rumoured to have used flaming sparrows to capture the town. On this stroll around town, you can expect to see: • The magnificent South Porch of St John the Baptist Church, described as the ‘most splendid of all English church porches’ • Anne Boleyn’s silver gilt chalice which is believed to be the last thing she touched before her execution • Bathurst Estate’s Great Yew Hedge, the tallest in the world • Cecily Hill, the most exclusive street in Cirencester • Britain’s longest tree-lined avenue and the vast 14½ thousand-acre Cirencester Park • Historic Coxwell Street which has hardly changed in the last 300 years • A 12th-century abbey gatehouse, the only surviving building of the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary • The remains of Cirencester’s Roman town walls. By the end of the tour, you’ll have the answers to questions like: • Why don’t Cotswolds Lions roar? • Why did King Henry IV give Cirencester money to rebuild the parish church? • How did Black Jack Street get its name? • What are the medicinal properties of the yew tree? • How did a poet design a park? • Why did the Romans leave Britain? • What is a ‘mitred abbey’? This 90-minute guide to Cirencester ends with a stroll beside the lake in the Abbey Gardens Park before returning to the centre of the town. So join me to hear the town’s tall tales and find its historical hotspots!

Cirencester: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

3. Cirencester: Quirky self-guided smartphone heritage walks

If you are Curious About Cirencester, take one of our quirky self-guided walks, where you can explore the heart of Cirencester. Not only will you visit the better-known places – we make sure you visit the unusual and intriguing ones too! Added to this we provide compelling stories about the history around you, whilst you have fun following our detailed directions, finding answers to our addictive clues and matching pictures to places along the way. You’ll discover "hidden treasures", whilst reading about the history of Cirencester and the people and events that have shaped it – whether you’re familiar with Cirencester or a first-time visitor, you will spot things you would not have otherwise noticed. Download the walks to your mobile device, then follow the directions and enjoy our self-guided heritage walks at your own pace and level of interest The walks are 1.5 miles and 1 mile respectively. Both walks are suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

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