GENERAL ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Visit a Cotswold Garden like the Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick. Many are open until dusk and are lit up beautifully to enhance your visit.
- Hire a Classic Car for a memorable day out or a weekend break in The Cotswolds.
- Try hot air ballooning to truly capture the beauty of the Cotswolds, this is most definitely one of the best ways of seeing the stunning countryside.
- Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Drive along one of the two Romantic Roads to the most picturesque Cotswold villages.
- Experience the beauty of the nature and various outdoor activities and in the Forest of Dean.
- Explore the local cuisine - Fabulous local produce, award winning restaurants & creative chefs all make eating and drinking in the Cotswolds a truly memorable experience.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Walking and cycling - Cotswold walking and cycling trails lead along Roman routes, ancient salt ways and through medieval villages.
- Horse riding – the Cotswolds is the horse country par excellence with it's own strong riding culture.
- Golf - golfing breaks are enhanced by friendly, unpretentious courses shaped by gentle Cotswold contours.
- Cricket - Gloucestershire is a First Class Cricket County, with opportunities to see top level cricket at both Cheltenham Cricket Festival and Gloucester Cricket Festivals.
- Swimming - there is a good selection of swimming pools in and around the Cotswolds, with both indoor and outdoor pools.
- Fishing – Fish your own wild brown trout or try trout Fly fishing at one of the many lakes and rivers in the Cotswolds.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Bath, Roman Baths
- Berkeley, Berkeley Castle
- Broadway, Broadway Tower
- Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
- Bourton on the Water, Birdland Park Garden
- Bourton on the Water, Model Village
- Cheltenham, Sudeley Castle
- Cirencester, Royal College of Agriculture
- Elkstone - Norman church of St. John
- Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral
- Oxford, Historical Centre
- Painswick, Britain's oldest Bowling Green
- Stow-on-the-Wold, Rollright Stones
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Church of the Holy Trinity (Shakespeare’s Grave)
- Stroud, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
- Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury Abbey
- Warwick, Warwick Castle
- Woodstock, Blenheim Palace
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
English is the principal language across Great Britain.
Great Britain’s unit of currency is the Pound Sterling, divided into 100 Pence.
In Great Britain, travellers cheques are sometimes accepted as payment in larger department stored but can be easily converted into local currency at banks. Hotels, shops, restaurants and many other venues accept all major credit cards and ATM access is widespread. American Express is less widely accepted. Exchange currency only at authorised outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN GREAT BRITAIN
A charge for service is often added to restaurant bills but, if it’s not, a typical gratuity would be equal to 10 - 15% of the total. In pubs, tipping lounge staff is at your discretion but is generally not common practice. When paying taxi fares, it is usual to tip up to 10% and round up to the nearest pound.
The British weather has a bad reputation but in actual fact rainy days are nowhere near as common as you may expect. The seasons are marked: In summer, days are bright and usually sunny: Spring and autumn can be cool in the evenings and rain showers are more common; In winter snow is rare but it can be cold and frosty.
While jeans are acceptable, “smart casual” attire in Britain often means stylish trousers or skirt outfit for women and a shirt with collar and trousers for men. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate medium-weight clothing selections and in winter warm pullovers are required.
For the countryside, bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. An umbrella or light raincoat may come in handy.
For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
Electrical service throughout Great Britain is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.