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The classic English beauty of the Cotswolds attracts many visitors every year and the northern Cotswolds contains most of the areas well-known towns and villages.

Whilst this means that some places can get over-crowded by coach tours in the summer months, there are plenty of achingly pretty options where you will find fewer crowds.

Beautiful Chipping Campden in the far north of the area is a pristine example of a prosperous medieval town, retaining many traditional buildings, including a 17th century market hall, a stunning 15th century church and a beautiful collection of almshouses and stone cottages, now interspersed with pleasant boutiques and cafes.

Many picture-perfect villages wait to be discovered in the area; try the stunning twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, popular Broadway, named by many as the prettiest village in the Cotswolds, or tiny Snowshill, with its 16th century manor house and beautiful hillside gardens. Alternatively, explore the winding country lanes to discover your own little gems – there are plenty!

Just outside the quiet town of Winchcombe sits grand Sudeley Castle. Partially open to the public, the castle has a fascinating history, having been the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. Winchcombe also makes a good starting point for some lovely walks with excellent views from the Cotswold Escarpment.

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