Uncover the Cotswolds with top travel pass in conjunction with Great Western Railway

You’ll find thatched-roof cottages, perfect pubs and quintessentially British countryside when you explore the astonishing Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Cotswolds Discoverer one-day pass. 

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The Cotswold canal at Ebley Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England UK

With rolling hills, quaint villages and thatched-roof cottages – is there anywhere as English as the Cotswolds?

Spanning five counties, the region is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, covering 790 square miles, and includes historic towns like Burford and Tetbury, and neighbours transport hubs including Cheltenham and Bradford-on-Avon – as well as plenty of other hidden gems ripe for discovery. 

Now, thanks to a partnership between Great Western Railway, Cotswolds AONB, Visit the Cotswolds and local bus operators, exploring the area has never been easier. The Cotswolds Discoverer one-day pass allows you hassle-free access to some of the most breath-taking parts of Britain for just £10.50. 

You can purchase the pass at mainline train stations throughout the UK and on participating bus services, giving you flexible, unlimited day travel to places as far afield as Yate in Gloucestershire and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Take a GWR train along the Cotswold Line from Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh, and you can discover one of the area’s biggest market towns, with a high street lined with art and antique galleries, alongside pubs, cafes and restaurants. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to explore further afield, with good bus connections to Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. 

Go between Swindon and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury and you can stop off at buzzing Stroud – home to one of the best farmer’s markets in the country, as well as a slew of cafes and restaurants. There are good bus connections for Cirencester from Gloucester, Kemble and Swindon, perfect for visiting the capital of the Cotswolds and discovering its Roman roots. 

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From Gloucester, with its impressive cathedral, you can take a GWR train to Yate – the birthplace of JK Rowling – which is the perfect spot to enjoy walks in the countryside, including the Frome Valley. 

Don’t miss Burford, which is just a bus journey away from Oxford or Cheltenham. This lovely, medieval town in the Cotswold Hills has a high street full of old stone houses, complete with perfectly imperfect, wonky roofs and quaint grid windows. You’re guaranteed to get snap-happy when you explore the hidden alleys in and around this exceptional town. 

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How to buy 

The Cotswolds Discoverer one-day pass gives you unlimited train and bus travel in the area for just £10.50. You can purchase your pass from train station ticket offices up to three months in advance of travel, and onboard buses on the day of travel. 

Visit the Discoverer Pass page at cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

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