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Translations (UK - US)

  • saloon = sedan (car)
  • estate = station wagon (car)
  • motorway = main highway (interstate)
  • dual carriageway = divided highway
  • roundabout = traffic circle
  • petrol = gas
  • boot = trunk

Books, Maps and DVDs for Planning Your Trip to the Cotswolds

Get good guidebooks and maps to plan your trip before you leave. Read books and watch movies set in England to get in the mood for your trip. These are my recommended books.

About the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination) by Jane Bingham, 2009

The Most Beautiful Villages of England by James Bentley and Hugh Palmer, 2007

The Most Beautiful Country Towns of England by Hugh Palmer, 2005


The Rough Guide to England, 2011

The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds (Includes Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon), 2011

Rick Steves' Snapshot - The Cotswolds, 2014 (Kindle version only)

Food and Drink Guides

Vegetarian Visitor 2012 - Where to Stay and Eat in Britain, Annemarie Weitzel

The Good Pub Guide 2014


See our Walks in the Cotswolds page for a list of walking guides.


Cicerone Guides - Cycling in the Cotswolds, Half- and full-day routes and a 200km tour of the Cotswolds, by Chiz Dakin, 2014


Buildings of the Cotswolds by Denis Moriarty, 2000

Pevsner Architectural Guides Bath by Michael Forsyth, 2004

Other Books about England

Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage by Jennifer Richardson, 2012. The memoir of an American woman and her British husband living in a cottage in the Cotswolds.

Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox, 2005