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The Cotswolds is a fantastic location for so many reasons. It may be best known for its rolling hills, chocolate box villages and unrivalled views of beautiful countryside, but the Cotswolds is about far more than that and when you visit on a UK holiday or weekend break, you will find there are surprises awaiting you around every corner and among those surprises are some majestic castles standing firm on the landscape.

Here are three of the ones you won't want to miss:

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

sudeley-castle-cotswolds-manor-cottages.jpgSudeley Castle is located in the pretty town of Winchcombe, so wherever your holiday cottage is situated in the Cotswolds, you shouldn't be too far away. A visit to Sudeley Castle should form part of every holiday in the Cotswolds, in our humble opinion, with stunning beauty in both buildings and gardens and links stretching back hundreds of years, an interesting and exciting visit awaits you.Who doesn't love hearing about Henry VIII and his 6 wives? Well, if you do, then you will certainly want to pay a visit. The last of his wives, Catherine Parr, is actually buried here, but Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII himself also visited the castle centuries ago, and a lot of royal history is tied up here.

Berkeley Castle

berkeley-castle-cotswolds-manor-cottages.jpgBerkeley Castle just south west of Cheltenham is over nine hundred years old, so it has seen a lot of changes and visitors over the centuries. It is a Norman fortress sitting in an estate of six thousand acres, so it has impressive grounds as well. Any visit should really have a day dedicated to it, so make sure you do just that.

Broughton Castle

broughton-castle-cotswolds-manor-cottages.jpgThis castle is in the town of Banbury, a short distance from the Cotswold town of Chipping Norton. Broughton Castle is arguably one of the most beautiful castles in England.You can visit many areas of the castle, including the attractive gardens, the chapel and the Great Hall, so be sure to allocate enough time to enjoy everything this wonderful castle has to offer.