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For many people, their immediate thought of the Cotswolds is one of rolling countryside and bracing walks. It’s easy to find a Cotswold holiday cottage tucked away in a superb location, but you may not be aware of the history all around you.
There are many historical spots located all around the Cotswolds. Blenheim Palace is perhaps one of the most famous of these. It is close to Woodstock and is home to the equally-famous Marlborough Maze. You can spend hours in here alone! Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and you can learn about him and the history of the palace when you visit.
BOOK YOUR STAY at The Hyde in Somerton near Woodstock.
The Corinium Museum in Cirencester provides another good way of going back in time. You can discover plenty about Roman times and find out just how many antiquities on display here were found in the local area.
BOOK YOUR STAY at Jubilee Cottage in Bibury near Cirencester.
Near Cheltenham you will learn more about the Chedworth Roman Villa. Operated by the National Trust, you can witness the ruins of a Roman villa dating back to the 4th century. There are walls that are still remarkably intact, along with spectacular mosaic designs, many of which have been freshly uncovered.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Brooklands in Chedworth, only a few minutes from Northleach.
Warwick Castle isn’t far away either. It boasts all kinds of attractions but of course the castle itself is the main attraction here. The Time Tower takes you back through 1,100 years of history at the castle. You can also go down into the castle dungeon and discover hundreds of years of gruesome history. The dungeons are brought to life with a fascinating experience that lasts nearly an hour.
Another castle, Sudeley Castle, was once the home of Henry VIII’s last wife, Catherine Parr. Again, the castle offers 1,000 years of history to explore. The gardens are just as fascinating as the castle itself, and have rightly won awards. There are ten separate garden areas to explore.
BOOK YOUR STAY in beautiful Shepherd's Hay Cottage in Stanton near Sudeley Castle.
If you are in need of some refreshment before returning to your Cotswold holiday cottage, do make sure you pop into The Fleece Inn. This is a very unusual inn, not just because it dates back to the 15th century, but also because it is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is open daily and well worth a look before you return to your holiday cottage in the Cotswolds.
These are just a few of the exciting historical sights you can look forward to seeing when you come to the Cotswolds.