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3 day trip to cotswold

Hello
Am looking for some ideas on a 3 day trip to the Cotswold area from London with suggestions on B&Bs and train or bus fare.I have looked around,but all I am getting is scattered information.I will have my parents with me and will not be driving .Looking for a quite trip with walking and sightseeing,budget accommodation around 35-40 pounds pp.This will be in the month of October this year.Please help!

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Check the National Trust UK site. They have maps of interesting walks. You can buy a family membership which will give you entry into several hundred choices of historic properties. One way to get to the Cotswolds is to train to Oxford and bus to Woodstock where Blenhiem Palace is. Check the Tourist information office for accomodations in whatever town you want to stay in. October is an easy time to get lodging. Wear water resistant shoes and wear layered clothing for the probable rain, although some of the weather can be bright if you wait a minute.

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The Cotswolds are quite a large area so depends on what your interests are. Where are you traveling from? London? So without a car, you need a base with good rail or bus service. Are you there for three nights or is 3 days the total time you have including travel? I am rather fond of Cirencester. It has Roman origins (Roman theatre, Roman walls are still there), an old Church, a lovely Museum (with great Roman mosaics). It is also a good base for visiting the Roman villa at Chedworth, some of the old Cotswold villages like Bibury and larger towns like Cheltenham. It has a direct bus service from Victoria Coach Station in London (about 2 hours).

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Hi Kathleen
Thanks!I had a look at the National Trust website and it's a treasure trove of info.So,will be extensively looking to plan something for 3 nights.

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HeLlo Lesley
Thanks for your response,I will be traveling from London, and will travel by train,so I do understand that is going to hamper my movements a little.And am planning to spend 3 nights at a quiet place which has scope for plenty of walking and has fantastic views.

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That best way to get to the Cotswolds is by train, from London Paddington station to Moreton-in-Marsh. Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway or Bourton-on-the-Water would be a great base for your visit to the Cotswolds. The Crown & Trumpet Inn in Broadway is a lovely place to stay....http://www.visit-broadway.co.uk/accommodation/the-crown-trumpet-inn.htm
Broadway is 9 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water is 8 miles, can get taxi at the train station in Moreton-in-Marsh.

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Nan: Did you notice that the National Trust UK has touring passes for Overseas vistors?...for 7 days or 14 days...I thought it was well worth it for us as we like to visit the Great Estate Houses with all the antiques and art in situ.

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Hello Everyone Thanks for all the suggestions.I am looking at the information you have provided.Am also looking at coach tours to wales as well as the lake districts.Has anybody here been on a coach tour to these areas? Would help if any one could share their experience.
Thanks again

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As Laurel said, we used Smoothhound for B&B and always please with them. Used for England and Scotland.

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Nan , As you will find , getting around the Cotswolds without a car is time consuming and somewhat complicated , you might want to reconsider it . However here's another suggestion : train to Moreton and then go to Bourton on the water . Staying there would be practical , lots of choices for food and the town is charming with the river windrush running through the center . As well it's a beautiful walk from there to lower and then upper Slaughter along the river Eye . Quintessential Cotswold atmosphere the whole way !! Hope you consider this possibility , Have a great time!

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Have to agree with Steven... if I did not have a car to get around this is probably the village I would stay in. A bit touristy, but if you can only see one this would be a good choice.