Short breaks to Oxford, Bath and The Cotswolds

Short breaks to Oxford, Bath and The Cotswolds

Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds offer a chance to discover rural England at its best. Explore 12th century Oxford with its endless university colleges and medieval city centre and explore its Covered Market, museums and traditional English pubs.  

The small city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers spectacular 18th century architecture, natural hot springs and some of the best traditional afternoon teas in England. Soak in the Roman baths, drive to Stonehenge, and enjoy the great bars and cafes, art galleries, museums, and cosy accommodation on offer.  

The Cotswolds offers a serene escape in the English countryside with narrow country roads, thatched cottages, traditional pubs, and stunning lavender fields. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend escape with thatched cottages, gastropubs, and endless countryside scenery.

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Travel Information

There are regular trains to Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds from London. National Express runs from London Victoria to all three destinations. The Oxford Tube offers coach travel from London to Oxford 24 hours a day.

  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Time difference: GMT (same as the rest of the UK)
  • Visa: Visa not required for UK passport holders
  • Language: English
  • Regional drink: Ale
  • Regional dish: Pub lunch (Gloucester cheese in the Cotswolds)
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Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds Activities

The rolling countryside of Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds can be explored on foot, bike or car with a guided or self-guided tour. Go shopping in the city centre, visit a museum, browse a farmers market, and stop for afternoon tea or a pub lunch.

Discover the lavender farms of the Cotswolds, relax in one of Bath’s traditional Roman baths, and have a beer in the Eagle and Child in Oxford, a pub once frequented by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. Watch a show at one of Britain’s smallest theatres in the Cotswolds or take a narrow boat down the Oxford Canal.

Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds Food & Drink

The towns of Oxford and Bath, and the Cotswolds are some of the best foodie destinations in England. Known for their excellent array of restaurants, cafes, farmers markets, cocktail bars and gastropubs, there is no better place to spend an indulgent weekend away. Enjoy locally brewed ales and French-style brassieres in Oxford, relax with a cocktail in a beer garden in Bath, and stop for tea and scones or a traditional pub lunch in the Cotswolds. Don’t miss the Great Bath Feast every October.

Oxford, Bath and the Cotswolds Attractions

Popular attractions in Oxford include the Covered Market, Oxford Botanic Gardens, Oxford University and other important colleges, and an abundance of historical museums. Explore the attractions of the Cotswolds, including the Cotswolds Lavender Farm, the old market town of Chipping Campden, Snowshill Manor, Broadway Tower, and the only crocodile zoo in the UK. Visit the iconic sights of Bath which include the Thermae Bath Spa, The Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, Bath Skyline Walk and Prior Park Landscape Garden.

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