Places to visit
those of you who are new to the area, to help you plan your holiday, we have put
together a comprehensive list of places to visit, local places to eat and things
to do and see in the area.
VILLAGES LOCALLY ALONG THE A429
Cotswold countryside is some of the most beautiful in the country with its
rolling hills and valleys, old market towns and villages. * Ilmington village is
one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds, and comes under the conservation area of
outstanding natural beauty. It is set in a valley, at the foot of the Campden
Hills. To explore surrounding villages, from the village follow the signpost
towards, Shipston on Stour, at the crossroads which is less than five minutes
drive you will reach the A429 turn right and follow this road and you will soon
MORETON IN THE MARSH famous for its Tuesday Market, from here continue on A429 to
STOW ON THE WOLD* an old market town with quaint shops to potter around including the famous Scott’s
BOURTON ON THE WATER is close by, with many tourist attractions to be found here and is a well known place on the tourist trail. For those who like it a little quieter, and wish to step back in time:
THE SLAUGHTERS* nearby is the place to explore. There is a lovely hotel where you can have coffee or lunch, set amongst the mellow stone cottages, take a walk through the village alongside the village stream, see chocolate box cottages with English cottage gardens, as far removed from the town or city as you can get.
To visit other villages further south into the Cotswold, from here you take the A429 until you see the sign for:
BIBURY a small village with picturesque cottages which have appeared on many adverts as the perfect Cotswold scene, it has a trout steam running through the village and a garden to visit.
BURFORD* nearby is a larger village again with quaint shops, café’s and tea rooms. There is a large garden centre here selling all sorts of gifts etc, and is also a good place for lunch or afternoon tea, not easy to find, at the top of the High Street, turn left at the roundabout.
those seeking to get back to the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it is a
just a short drive from here to the large town of
From Cedar Cottage turn left and follow the road through the village up the hill towards:
CHIPPING CAMPDEN* enjoy the view as you head towards this famous North
Cotswold town, set back in time. Tea rooms, country pubs and hotels dominate
the town with quaint shops set along the High Street.
* On all the tourists trail. Nothing has changed here over years, a true
look at the past, a gem in the Cotswold as a place to visit. Plenty of
places for lunch with a good choice of country pubs, lots of tea rooms.
Avoid the Lygon Arms unless you have a large bank balance, a hotel
where celebrities choose to stay, very expensive, but truly a taste of old
SNOWSHILL*A truly romantic village, famous for the setting of old English TV drama, nothing was change for the filming. Not a lot there but the surrounding countryside is breathtaking and the village Inn is a very welcoming place to eat, popular with walkers and visitors to the National trust property of SNOWSHILL MANOR (More details under National trust properties.) Whilst here you must visit THE LAVENDER FIELDS close by, which are breathtaking in season, they also have a good place for lunch or tea.
The most picturesque places and not to be missed.
For those who wish to explore these well known local towns, you cannot get more famous than
Parking is not cheap, best place is opposite the large multi-storey car park, last entrance on the left past the Hotel. by the boat yard. The town is set alongside the river
. Famous for its castle, not cheap
to enter but a full day and well worth a visit. A discount ticket may be
available from the tourist information centre in
For those who want more shops with more choice:
SPA is a large town a few miles further on and has a good choice of the
usual high street shops and department stores. The architecture is very
special here and it was famous as a Spa town years ago. The Pump rooms are
to be found at the bottom of the high street on the right hand side,
SHIPSTON ON STOUR is our nearest small market town, four miles drive, follow the sign from the middle of Ilmington. Shipston is on the edge of the Cotswolds and not quite as quaint, but offers a good choice of small individual shops and our nearest small supermarket set around the town square.
EVESHAM A medium size town on the edge of the Cotswolds so not so much charm, but set along the river, it is a reasonable place for shops, and there is a large garden/gift centre en route.
serious shoppers, you can get a train from Stratford Station straight to
Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre. Shop till you drop with every shop you
could possibly wish for under one roof. Rail
fairs are quite cheap and parking is available at the station.
The large town of
is possible to get a train to London Paddington from the Station at Moreton in
the Marsh a good service is available for those who may wish to go to a London
Show or just for a day sightseeing or shopping and there is parking at the
is possible to drive to Oxford from Ilmington, the London road runs through
Shipston on Stour, it takes around one hour to drive, but park and ride is
recommended as you get nearer the town centre
A rail service may operate from Moreton Station to Oxford.
OF OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
PROPERTIES Explore the Shakespeare
properties in and around Stratford
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE. For full details of theatre program for the coming season www.rsc.org.uk
will be maps and lots of tourist information leaflets of local places of
For those who like to explore the local countryside on foot or by cycle, we have information maps and routes for you to follow.
Those of you who enjoy a morning dip, we have a new local swimming pool at Shipston on
has its own public Astra turf tennis courts, open to the general public, quite a
few local players if you fancy a game. Details
of contacts etc will be available. Football fans will be delighted to know that
the Red Lion in the village shows prestige games on a large screen you will be welcome to join the locals.
Cricket and Green Bowls These are both played in the village. Sunday afternoon spent watching a good match is the perfect was to enjoy the true taste of English village life.