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Take it slow in Stow

Built on top of an 800ft hill, Stow is the highest of the Cotswolds towns, and nestled deep in the Gloucestershire countryside. As well as being a big draw for nature lovers, it's also of interest to history buffs as the last battle in the English Civil War was fought here, and St Edward's Church was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops.

The town has several antique shops, so perhaps you'll find a hidden treasure here, and be sure to enjoy a tipple in The Porch House, said to be the oldest inn in England.

Wing it to Birdland

Animal lovers will be in their element at this tropical oasis in Bourton-on-the-Water. It's home to more than 500 birds, including colourful parrots, flamingos, kookaburras, birds of prey, pelicans and owls.

Watch the entertaining King penguins and comical Humboldts being fed, and go on a Jurassic Journey to track more than 30 life-size dinosaurs.

Stroll among the blooms at Batsford Arboretum

From the snowdrops and daffodils of spring to nature's natural fireworks in autumn, this Victorian arboretum and botanical garden is an explosion of colour whatever time of year you visit. Even in the depths of winter, the ice transforms it into a magical wonderland. Next to the arboretum is the Cotswold Falconry Centre, which has daily flying demonstrations.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Stow-on-the-Wold? Travelodge Burford Cotswolds Hotel is around 10 miles away. Another good option is Travelodge Cirencester Hotel.