801 Cheltenham – Chipping Norton

Enchantment galore on a bus from stylish Cheltenham deep into the heart of the Cotswolds with its magical allure


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No. of Attractions:

9 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

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Starting point:

Cheltenham Royal Well Bus Station

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Journey fact:

The Cotswolds is renowned for its distinctive limestone buildings, known as Cotswold stone. This honey-coloured stone is quarried locally and has been used for centuries in the construction of buildings throughout the region, contributing to the area's unique architectural character.

Journey Overview

The 801 from Cheltenham to Chipping Norton takes customers on a gripping scenic sojourn through the picturesque Cotswolds. Departing from Cheltenham, with its historic architecture, perfectly manicured gardens, trendy designer boutique shops and restaurants, the route winds through charming quaint Cotswold towns such as beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Along the way, customers can admire the traditional honey-coloured stone buildings, rolling hills, criss-crossing of streams and rivers and expansive lush green fields that are synonymous with the unforgettably unique, story-book style, landscape of the Cotswolds and make it one of the most idyllic retreats in the UK and a ‘must visit’ for tourists.

This delightful, enchanted, journey offers glimpses of historic landmarks such as the medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin in Chipping Norton, adding to the cultural richness of the experience. Throughout the route, customers are treated to serene views of rural life and the timeless beauty of the English countryside, making it an enjoyable and memorable journey for customers seeking to explore this wonderful region.

A Fab Day Out!

The 801 bus route from Cheltenham to Chipping Norton, passes various attractions and there’s so much to see and do. The journey begins in Cheltenham, a historic town renowned for its Regency architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors can explore locations such as the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and the lush gardens of Imperial Square. Cheltenham also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival as well as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club matches at the historic Cheltenham School. Of course, when it comes to sport the town is most famous for the Cheltenham horse-racing festival which takes place in March and attracts fans from across the UK and far beyond.

As the bus continues its journey, it passes through Winchcombe, a charming Cotswold town steeped in history and surrounded by scenic countryside. One notable attraction in Winchcombe is Sudeley Castle, a 15th-century castle with beautiful gardens and exhibitions. Visitors can explore the castle’s grounds, which are home to rare plants, historic ruins, and a collection of art and artifacts. Additionally, Winchcombe offers opportunities for leisurely walks along the Cotswold Way, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape and traditional Cotswold stone cottages.

Further along the route, customers arrive in the medieval Chipping Norton, a bustling market town nestled in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Chipping Norton’s market square is a focal point, hosting regular markets and events throughout the year. Customers can also devour landmarks such as the medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin and explore the town’s fabulous independent shops, trendy cafes, and restaurants, where haute cuisine is very much aplenty, along with classic English Afternoon Tea! Chipping Norton is a delightful gateway to the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, with superb walking trails and outdoor recreational activities available on tap!

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