Things To Do in the CotswoldsThe Old Bell Hotel, is perfecty-positioned on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, in the buzzing market town of Malmesbury. Dating back more than two and a half millenia, the town has long been a gateway to the busy commercial port town of Bristol, and the Roman spa town of Bath. There are plenty of places to visit nearby including an impressive range of National Trust properties, a challenging selection of golf courses and some of the country’s finest fishing lakes.
Malmesbury – A Bustling Market Town
Malmesbury is a typical Cotswolds market town, bustling with unusual shops, cafés and eateries. The town has a strong sense of history: England's oldest borough and a local church hang the old English coat of arms which inspired the ‘US Stars and Stripes’.
Malmesbury Abbey stands proud on top of a hilltop, which commands fine views across the town and the river which meanders through: on a clear day it is possible to see the Black Mountains. Back down to earth (literally) and the renowned Naked Gardeners are worth a visit, with astonishingly pretty flora and fauna protecting modesty!
Malmesbury also lies close to the 'Royal Triangle' with Tetbury only five miles away. Highgrove House provides organic fruit and vegetables to 'The Veg Shed' and HRH's own Highgrove Shop in the town.
Princess Anne's Gatcome Park plays host to the annual world famous Gatcome International Horse Trials where equine sporting legend is created. Badminton Horse Trials held in Spring each year at nearby Badminton Park is a cornerstone of the equine calendar and forms one part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
For a more tranquil experience, Westonbirt Arboretum is stunning all year round. Its 600 acres nurture more than 18,000 trees and shrubs, as well as many woodland trails and activities.
Bristol – A Cultural City
Today, Bristol is culturally rich, with theatres, galleries, and museums. The new Cabot's Circus mall provides retail therapy, while the town centre offers many diverse eateries.
Bath – Chic Shopping
Present day Bath is renowned almost as much for its shopping as its architecture. Quirky boutiques fight for space along Milsom Street. The redeveloped Bath Spa offers the opportunity to relax in a hot tub under the stars, on the rooftop deck.