WHEN YOU GO:
Depending on the U.S. departure city, airlines serving Londons Heathrow Airport are American, British Airways, and United. Airlines serving Londons Gatwick Airport are American, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and TWA. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these airlines are available at this magazines Airlines page.
The Cotswold villages are approximately 2-1/2 hours drive from Londons Heathrow Airport via auto route M25 (the ring) to M4, heading west, to route A419 north to Cirencester and the Cotswold Hills. Visitors are recommended to rent a car, available via Auto Europe, Avis, Europe By Car, and Hertz.. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these agencies are available at this magazines Autos page.
A variety of lodging accommodations and eating establishing for the Cotswolds and for Bath and Stratford are described in detail in Rick Steves' Great Britain. Rick Steves also gives excellent advice on sites and suggested itineraries. Fodor's Great Britain has an entire chapter devoted to the "Heart of England," covering the Cotswold Hills, Bath, and other locales. These and other travel guides on Great Britain and Europe are available via the amazon.com link below.
The Cotswold Hills are dotted with storybook villages which beckon to be explored. This is also one of Englands best locations from which to base other interesting explorations. Within approximately an hours drive are some of Englands most noteworthy locales, including Shakespeares Stratford Upon Avon, the glorious cities of Bath and Oxford, the southeastern corner of Wales, and the ancient stone sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. The Cotswold villages were constructed from local golden stone during the height of Englands wool trading era (15th through 17th century). The homes, shops, and churches are well preserved and are surrounded by beautiful English countryside.
|Useful WWW sites for York:
Shakespeares Stratford Visitors Guide: History, events, attractions, hotels, dining
Cotswold Hyperguide: Towns and villages, places to stay, etc.
Avebury: the Mysterious Stones: introduction to the Avebury site