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Bourton-on-the-Water is a lovely village with a number of riverside greens and low bridges spanning the River Windrush. Go early in the morning, just before sunset, or in the winter to avoid the crowds that overrun this peaceful (albeit somewhat over-commercialized) spot.... more

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Broadway, a town that is often described as the perfection of Cotswold beauty. The Lygon Arms is as famous as the town, a magnificent 14th- to 16th-century hotel whose public rooms are exquisitely furnished with antiques. In summer the town is thronged with tourists so it is best to v... more

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The sprawling city of Chester has a charming medieval center. Avoid city congestion and park in one of the well signposted Park and Rides. The Romans settled here in 79 A.D. and made Chester a key stronghold. Much of the original Roman wall survives, although many towers and gates see... more

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Ruthin is nestled in the fertile valley of Clwyd and closed in by a ring of wooded hills. It is an old, once-fortified market town whose castle is now a very commercialized hotel complete with medieval banquets.... more

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Before Anne Hathaway married William Shakespeare at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in 1582, she lived in a darling thatched cottage at Shottery, a small village just a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. You see paintings and photographs of this picture-book cottage all over ... more

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Snowshill and Snowshill Manor (NT)is a Tudor manor packed with collections of musical instruments, clocks, toys, and bicycles, and surrounded by lovely cottage gardens. Just down the lane, flowers dress the picutesque weathered-stone houses of Broadway, a town that is often described ... more

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Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the greatest poet in the English language, William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is always impossibly crowded with visitors—if crowds are not to your liking, give it a miss. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in a half-timbered house... more

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Taynton full of adorable thatched and golden-stone cottages.... more

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The peaceful town of Willersey is where ducks sail serenely on the village mere, and it’s also where Hidcote Manor Gardens (NT), one of the most delightful gardens in England is located. Created early this century by Major Lawrence Johnston, it is a series of individual gardens ... more

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