Traveling just two hours away from London, you will be able to find the picture-perfect scene from the movies in the Cotswolds. A collection of 113 towns and villages in southwest England, the Cotswolds holds so much charm that missing these ideal postcard sights will leave you feeling like you are missing out. Whether you wake up at a cozy Bed and Breakfast or bike across the 100-mile Cotswolds Way spending time in the Cotswolds is worth the trip outside of the city. There are several iconic stops as you venture across the countryside, including Broadway Tower, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, and the iconic town of Oxford. Still, quite possibly the most stunning is St. Edwards Church in Stow-on-the-Wold.
St. Edwards Church
St. Edwards Church is a medieval church that looks as if it will transport your straight into a fairytale. This church dates back to the 13th century. It was built for Edward the Martyr and later dedicated to Edward the Confessor. The church remained the same for over 200 years until the iconic four-stage clock tower was completed. The clocks have chimed ever since 1580. There was a renovation to the tower back in 1926, and the building still stands tall for all to see.
These grounds are so unique that it is one of the must-see features in the Cotswolds. It was the location of the burial grounds of those who did not make it through the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold. This was considered one of the deadliest battles of the royalist war in the English countryside. To this day, you can still see their graves and memorials to those who gave their lives in this battle
Finally, the most stunning feature of the church is the north door. Some say that it inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's Doors of Durin, and with good reason. It looks as if these doors would transport you to another world. The entry is flanked by two trees that seemingly grow out of the building. These trees will draw you into the doors and a stunningly beautiful church.
Now that you know about one feature of the Cotswolds, schedule a consultation to start planning your trip.