Cotswold (Bibury, Gloucestershire)

Type : Countryside, National Park
Best Date : Jun-Aug
Expense : Fair
Things to do : Fishing, Sightseeing, Afternoon Tea ect
Points of Interest: Bibury Trout farm, St Mary’s church, Arlington Row ect
The Good: Peaceful and beautiful British countryside
The Bad:
Very small, no ATM, limited shops and restaurants

Brief

The Cotswold is a 800 square miles area in the English countryside which centres between 5 counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire). Cotswold is a large place and would take several days to visit every beautiful areas. Here I will talk about the small village of Bibury in Gloucestershire.

Bibury is a typical Cotswold village known to be one of the worlds most picturesque villages. Bibury which runs along the river Coln only has a few attractions but its peaceful scenic charm would make you want to stay for a whole day.

The Place

Bibury is a very small village within the Cotswold area in Gloucestershire. I visited this place in a nice summers for the purpose of fishing and having a picnic, in their trout farm in a nice summers day. However little did I know I visited one of the most special area in the Cotswold.

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The first place of interest in the village and maybe the central tourist spot is the ‘Bibury Trout Farm’ which is popular with families and children. The farm is a great place for a picnic and you are able to barbeque by the ponds. There is an entrance fee and you may have to pay for a table or a tent if you are planning to barbeque depending on availability. Nonetheless within their complex there is a beautiful café if a picnic is not your thing. To do some fishing there is a beginners pond and a more skilled one, the equipment is free and you may catch however many you want but you will pay for the fish depending on its weight.

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Another place to see in Bibury is ‘Arlington Row’ which is a 10 minute walk from the farm. It is beautiful collection of traditional British cottages a great area to roam and take photos.

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The ‘River Coln’ runs right in the centre of this village, it creates a beautiful environment and views of the landscapes. Again another place to unwind and take photographs.

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A traditional ‘St Mary’s church’ is also in the area, it is a operational church of England diocese.

Other than that Bibury as a whole is a reason to visit, the landscapes, traditional stone buildings and surroundings is just a pleasure in a warm summers day. There are various different wildlife that are seen here, some more welcome than others. Furthermore depending on the season flowers and plants also vary making the village an incredible sight to see.

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Conclusion

Bibury was small and you could walk from one end to the other. There was not plenty to do but fish trout, picnic, have a walk or go for an afternoon tea. However the surroundings cottages, river and greenery is why Bibury is a definite place to stay or visit whilst in the Cotswold.

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Reference:

https://www.cotswolds.com/
http://www.bibury.com/

 

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Bath

Type : Countryside
Best Date : (summer) July- August, (winter) December
Expense :  Medium
Things to do : Sightseeing, Christmas Markets
Points of Interest: Roman Bath, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, Jane Austen Centre, ect

Brief

Bath is a small provincial town in the countryside southwest of England. Known for being a settlement for the Romans, largely occupied by 18th century Georgians whos infrastructure still stand today, the town is currently being modernised with new buildings (keeping a traditional architecture) and now extensively being visited for shopping and dining. Other recognized aspects of Bath are its Rugby, various schools, literature and its natural hot springs.

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The Place

Bath is a growing modern English town that has its historic attractions, its main appeal is the ‘Roman Baths’ which is a well preserved public bathing area. Attractions such as the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, Jane Austen Centre and Bath Abbey are the other popular interests in the town. Although the Roman Era are mainly introduced as the prime pioneers, it is the stone Georgian buildings which surround the town, however newer modern buildings have been completed for new shop complexes and many other establishments. Bath also sit upon a wave of various beautiful parks and is parallel to the river Avon which in itself has dazzling views.

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The ‘Roman Baths’ is a sight to see, and I believe is a golden attraction for the country. The entrance fee is affordable, about £15-£25 for adults, about £10-£20 for seniors and students whilst children’s tickets costing £8-£18 depending on the season of visit, however there are also family and seasonal tickets as well. Tickets include entrance to the Baths, aDSC_7091n extensive museum exhibit, an audio phone and a free taste of the spring water which I can describe as an earthy weak sparkling water. Best time to visit are said to be in the morning as the lines are not too long and the building not too busy. Firstly upon entering the building you appear in some sort of ticket room where you either collect or buy your ticket, this takes a short 5 minutes and afterwards you collect an audio form and some leaflets. After that you proceed straight to the terrace view of the bath itself and with your portable audio roam at your own pace. The whole museum is on a structured one way route type system, which is good for crowd control and so you don’t miss a thing. Throughout the exhibition there are many different videos, artefacts and even actors re-enacting along the way. Apart from the hot spring bath the best thing for me was the head (mask) of the patron goddess ‘Sulis Minerva’ who was worshiped by the British-Romans at the location. The life sized bronze head which was only seen by high priests at the time, is probably the most valuable and highly preserved item they have. Around the route there ardsc_71121.jpge plenty to see and even many places to take photos and in the end you will be able to visit the Gift shop which quite surprisingly has many soaps and shampoos instead of gifts.

Another attraction in Bath is Pulteney Bridge and the views of the Avon river, there are many different views locations within this area to rest and enjoy the scenes, one area which was really good was ‘Bath Garden’ along the Grande parade road, there were many different art work and floral display, but the downside was that the garden itself had an entrance fee of £1.50 which although not much turned many tourists away.

Bath is also a great place for a city getaway with an exceptional shopping avenue which include modern chains and prestige market stalls. Bath is also one of not so many places which host Christmas markets in the which is not yet popular in the United Kingdom but increasingly popular around Europe around the festive season.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion Bath is a days visit and not an overnight trip. The village is very small and can be explored again and again in just a few hours. A definite place for tourists to visit even if it is just for a few hours. There are many tours which include this town as an itinerary and I believe people visiting the UK should plan a day excursion here.