Places to visit in The Cotswolds

Museums that transport you back to the Domesday Book, yellow-stone Cotswold villages straight from a chocolate box and manors perched on rolling, emerald hills. If you like the great outdoors, you'll love The Cotswolds, a region that spans central England and the south west. If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds – well, there’s plenty. Potter around Broadway or Bilbury, spot buzzards sweeping across the hilltops, raid farmers markets for local culinary delights like single Gloucester cheese or treat the kids to a day out at Cotswold farm park. After trekking escarpments, you can even swap hiking boots for top hat and tails at race days in elegant regency Cheltenham. Top that off with a stay at a choice of cosy Cotswolds cottages and hotels, and you’ve got a staycation to remember.

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Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn and the grounds are the final resting place of Katherine Parr.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

 

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Take inspiration from the BBC adaptation of the classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ and follow in the footsteps of author Laurie Lee through the Slad Valley.

Location: Slad village near Stroud, Gloucestershire

 

Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours in this perfect spot of Gloucestershire.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

 

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 

Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Park

Indulge in classically beautiful surroundings and enjoy a hotel that strives for excellence.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

Seek out wild garlic flowers amongst Gloucestershire’s woodland

Wild garlic flowers are pretty little things to spot on a summer’s ramble in the Cotswolds, and make for a delicious addition to your salad bowl.

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

 

Indulge with the Cotswolds' Pudding Club

Join a foodie revolution where pudding is king in the Cotswolds.

Location: Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

 

May events: Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest things to do in May, but this unique race dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 

Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Ever fancied trying your hand at making your own sausages? Be part of a traditional farming experience at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Go wild for the wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Take part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Enjoy a circular self guided cycling holiday tour, so you spend a week exploring the Cotswolds & Severn Vale, on your bike with optional day routes.

Location: Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

 

Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Explore William Morris's Cotswolds as you relive the area's arts and crafts movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

 

Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.

Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire

 

Escape with the family to a Cotswolds hill farm

Walk with donkeys, cook alfresco pizza, picnic in an arboretum, enjoy an indoor skate-park and become a Roman for the day at Westley Farm.

Location: Chalford, Gloucestershire

 

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Camp out amongst elderflowers and starlight at Thistledown Campsite. Acres of idyllic woodland surround your tent, waiting to be explored for free.

Location: Nympsfield, Gloucestershire

 

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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