Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Areas in Gloucestershire
Do Go/Don’t go
If you want guaranteed sunshine, you’re in the wrong country, even if it’s mid-July. The Cotswolds are always beautiful, though: just wrap up in the winter, avoid tourist traps in the summer, and always take an umbrella.
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PlanesBirmingham Airport is the nearest, but it’s still an hour’s drive from anywhere relaxing. Heathrow is probably a better bet: it’s only a couple of hours from most of Gloucestershire.
TrainsThe Heathrow Express train runs every 20 minutes to Paddington Station, and from there you can pick up a connection to Gloucester, Moreton-in-Marsh or Cheltenham Spa. From London Gatwick Airport, it’s easiest to get a train to Reading and, from there, a connection to Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds.
AutomobilesGloucester itself is a couple of hours from London or Heathrow by car. Once you're in the shire, the country-lane driving can be magnificent.
TaxisSome of the smaller towns have a very limited taxi service, so book well in advance; ask staff at your hotel to book for you – they’ll know the best local companies.