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An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds is an expanse of rolling green fields, spotted with sleepy villages, stone farmhouses, and grazing sheep. The range of hills spans an area of 25 miles across and ninety miles long, throughout southwestern and west-central England, crossing six counties. Famous composers of the past, inspired by the stunning landscape of this typically English region, transformed the magnificent views into song, including Herbert Howells's first masterpiece Piano Quartet in A minor.
Honey-limestone villages provide a taste of rural England, complete with traditional pubs selling hearty home-cooked meals, and tea houses selling scones, locally made jams and steaming pots of British tea. In Birdland Park and Gardens over 500 birds wait to greet you including penguins, flamingos, storks, cranes, cassowaries, and waterfowl. The 1300-year-old Gloucester Cathedral, made of local telltale limestone, is open for daily services and visitors who come to peer at its magnificent architecture. Located to the South of the Cotswolds, the city of Bath, nourished by natural hot springs, has a diverse range of museums and attractions, including the world-famous Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa. Celebrating the city's most famous resident, The Jane Austen Centre explores the life of this beloved author during Regency times, and how living in the area affected her writing. The Royal Crescent, built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood, is a world-famous landmark consisting of thirty elegant, towering terraced homes along a semicircular street.
It is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture around, and if you can afford it, the Royal Crescent Hotel will put you up in style.