1 The Vale of White Horse

The vale takes its name from the huge, prehistoric horse cut into the chalk of the Berkshire Downs.

2 Oxford

One of Britain’s most captivating cities, with dozens of historic colleges, memorable museums and an enjoyably lively undergraduate atmosphere.

3 Cirencester

Self-styled “Capital of the Cotswolds”, with a bustling marketplace overlooked by the superb Gothic church of St John the Baptist.

4 Chipping Campden

Perfectly preserved medieval wool town, with honey-coloured houses lining its historic main street.

5 Festivals in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s three-day National Hunt Festival is one of the highlights of the British racing calendar, while the town also boasts lively festivals dedicated to folk, jazz, classical music, literature and science.

6 Gloucester Cathedral

The earliest – and one of the finest – examples of English Perpendicular architecture, topped by a magnificent tower.

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