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Cities and towns to visit

The Cotswolds and Thames valley towns and cities are some of the oldest and most scenic in Britain. There is much to see and do in all of them...

Bibury - Just a 15 minute drive from Thyme, once described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds'. Known for its honey-coloured seventeenth century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs, it’s not hard to understand why Bibury has been a backdrop to many Hollywood films.

Bourton-on-the-Water - Known as the 'Little Venice of the Cotswolds’ Bourton is a 10 mile drive from the Thyme estate. Along the River Windrush, it is home to elegant low bridges, neat tree-shaded greens and tidy stone banks. Bourton hosts a world of gorgeous boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.

Burford - One of England's prettiest small medieval towns, Burford is famous for its magnificent hillside high street full of antique shops, country boutiques, restaurants and pubs.

Cheltenham - A Regency jewel, home to the Cheltenham Festivals and of course the Races.  Only 40 minutes from Thyme, this beautiful town offers a sophisticated day out for our guests.

Cirencester - The town was once one of the most important places in Roman Britain, second only to London. Cirencester is known as the capital of the Cotswolds, with a wealth of diverse shops from individual boutiques to well-known brands, Cirencester is definitely a retail therapists dream.

OxfordSurely one of the most picturesque cities imaginable, Oxford is home to the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Founded in Saxon times at a shallow spot on the River Thames where the oxen were able to wade across the water, it is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy.

Stow-on-the-Wold - Just 30 minutes’ drive away and perhaps the most famous of the small Cotswolds towns. Stow's beautiful shopping centre has many fine antique shops and art galleries.

Tetbury - This beautiful Cotswold town has an abundance of boutique shops and has become famous for its twenty five antique shops! This old market town has a wide choice of tea shops, bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants which offer a good choice of food and drink.