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When to visit the Cotswolds

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  • 05-07-2018
When to visit the Cotswolds

Which Season is the best to visit The Cotswolds?

Located in the Central and South Western parts of England, Cotswolds is comprised of several towns including Cirencester, Cheltenham, and Bourton-on-the-water. Cotswolds popular historical attractions include Owlpen Manor and Cirencester Abbey. The region rarely receives extreme weather, which implies that you can visit any time of the year. It’s, nevertheless, important to look into what each season has to offer so that you can determine which one best suits your visit.


Spring is when most plants in the Cotswolds begin to grow and exhibit a colourful display of life. When you visit the region during this season, you should expect to see exotic plants and trees such as magnolias, snowdrops, primrose, daffodils, and bluebells.

spring in the cotswolds

You can also visit the Painswick Rococo Garden to see the vast display of snowdrops. This region also harbours multiple wildlife sceneries where you can see spectacular butterflies, adorable baby lambs and the return of some of our favourite migratory birds. If you want to take a hike and explore the trails and tracks that Cotswolds nature has to offer, you are more than welcome to visit the Rolling Hills. Visiting the Cotswolds during spring especially in May will also afford you a chance to participate in the famous Cheese Rolling Festival at Cooper's Hill.

summer field in the cotswolds view over the fields in the cotswolds


The middle months of the year offer comfortably high temperatures and plenty of both outdoor and indoor activities in such places as Bibury, Trout Farm, Blenheim Palace, Hidcote Manor Gardens, and Westonbirt Arboretum among other unique areas. 

The Region gets dark around 10 pm, which is also the time when temperatures begin to drop. At this time, you can take full advantage of outdoor restaurants and terraces. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of brightly coloured flowers, especially roses, and have the chance to pick fresh fruits such as raspberries and strawberries. 


Cotswolds is widely known for its unique autumn colours and some of the finest trees and arboreta, which offer amazing leafy displays during the season. This season also comes with mild temperatures and some sunny mornings. Autumn is also an ideal time of the year to visit some of the region’s shopping towns like the Cheltenham. 

cirencester tewkesbury abbey


During winter, the temperature in the Cotswolds rarely goes down to 0°C, but the weather is relatively cold, and you will require to wear warm clothes throughout your visit. This season offers an excellent opportunity for tourists to sample homemade soups and drink warm punch teas and coffees, especially from the Christmas market located in Cheltenham. 

winter view of a cotswold village view over the cotswold valley

The Cotswolds also hosts a number of events and fairs that include ice skating in Gloucester that occurs around Christmas. It’s, however, important to confirm the opening time as daylight usually only lasts around 8 hours. 

The Cotswolds is your perfect holiday destination if you’re looking to explore English villages, lively market towns and visit some of greatest castles, palaces and country homes. This region receives unpredictable weather and four seasons a year with each offering unique events and sights that tourists can enjoy. With its breath-taking landscapes and acclaimed reserves, you may never want to go back home after a single visit to the Cotswolds.