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The Cotswolds are a range of picturesque, rural hills located in central England. Sometimes called the 'Heart of England', the area is characterized by its small attractive towns and villages that are built from a yellow oolitic limestone. This type of limestone contains large quantities of fossils, not to mention history.
Now a tourist Mecca, providing a peaceful, pastoral haven for those tired of the London rat-race, the area was formerly best known for its 'wool churches' that helped it to prosper during the Middle Ages.
The history that develops in small towns and villages provides a wealth of educational opportunities for visitors. There are some extraordinary historical adventures to be had just by walking around town and looking in shops or old buildings they have saved for show. It is amazing what you learn by taking the time to look around. You can do that at Roman Villa, the Farmers Market, and Cotswold Wildlife Park.
It's fun just to take the time to look around at what years can do to change a place and what is left behind for you to see and learn about.
There are many different pubs and restaurants to choose from in Cotswolds and here are a list of a few of the best.
Check out some of the many local parks and museums or have fun with the kids. You can go to Sudley Castle, the Old Mill Museum, or Woodchester Mansion. Youngsters will love all those fun-filled attractions dedicated to their amusement including Ballyhoo, Fundays, and Magicland.
They may also like to see the impressive range of wildlife that calls the Cotswolds home. History is on every corner, although lovers of the past will particularly enjoy the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and the Heritage Centre.
A countryside picnic can be a relaxing way to start any afternoon in the Cotswolds. You can watch the wildlife and read a good book, or just let the day float away amid beautiful surroundings.