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Gloucestershire Travel Guide

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Gloucestershire
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St Briavel's Castle (Gloucestershire)
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Gloucestershire lies on the northern edge of the South-West of England, famous for the many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water , Cheltenham , Stow-on-the-Wold , Tewkesbury , and The Slaughters . Filled with outstanding picturesque views across the River Severn and simply amazing scenic Countryside settings.

Gloucestershire has so much to offer and just some of its nearby attractions include the 840 year old 'Berkley Castle', the Ruins of 'Witcombe Roman Villa' and ' Tewkesbury Abbey ' which is over 500 years old and has the tallest Norman tower in England.

Gloucestershire forms the greater part of the Cotswolds region but the other English Counties of Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Somerset also contain parts; an area once given over entirely to sheep-farming. Many of the fine churches and manor houses owe their existence to the generosity of the wealthy medieval yeoman farmers and wool merchants.

The dignified villages and towns owe much of their charm from the use of the warm, honey-coloured limestone which was locally quarried by hand and used alike for humble weavers cottages, mansions, and churches. Never far from sight, numerous streams wind through the valleys and chatter alongside main streets.

The demise, and now the good fortune, of the Cotswolds was due to the increasing manufacture of cloth in the 16th and 17th centuries leading to a forgotten wool industry and a forgotten Cotswolds. Hence the villages have undertaken no change for 300 years and are now to be marvelled at for their perfect preservation and beauty that only exists in this most unique of regions in the United Kingdom.
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