Museums that transport you back to the Domesday Book, yellow-stone Cotswold hamlets straight from a chocolate box and manors perched on rolling, emerald hills. If you like the great outdoors, you’ll love these west-central hills. After trekking escarpments, swap hiking boots for top hat and tails at race days in elegant regency Cheltenham. If you haven’t spotted buzzards sweeping across the hilltops, get a bird’s eye view of species like barn owls and harris hawks at the bird parks. Raid farmers’ markets for local culinary delights like crumbly single Gloucester cheese, local trout and heady ales.