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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See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

 

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 

Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, is set in over 4,200 acres of stunning countryside, offering you a great getaway experience.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

 

Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Take a sea fishing trip in Devon.

Location: Beer, Devon

 

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

 

Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Cruise along the canal connecting London's picturesque Little Venice to the colourful hub of Camden Lock.

Location: Warwick Avenue, Greater London

 

Take an iconic ferry trip across the Mersey

No trip to Liverpool would be complete without venturing on to the water – especially on a newly ‘dazzled’ ferry.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Wander along sparkling Scilly beaches

With sparkling white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, Scilly is a tropical break that is close to home.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Paddle through living history on the Heritage Canoe Trail

This brand new route leads to the edge of the Peak District, and features special markers to guide canoeists along the 20-mile canal-based route.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

 

Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmarks?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

 

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Enjoy a trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Hop aboard for a luxury canal boat holiday in Lancashire

Cruise along England's waterways on a five-star hotel boat.

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

 

Explore the River Wye by canoe

Spring is one of the most picturesque times of year to navigate the Wye Valley by water.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

 

Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Enjoy the gentle pace of Suffolk’s rivers and coast, then bed down in a boutique hotel at night, with Viking Mariners’ stay and sail packages.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

 

Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Take in quaint villages, welcoming country pubs, majestic industrial heritage sites and even castles on a boat trip through the county’s canals.

Location: Audlem, Cheshire

 

Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a new world with Shire Cruisers - steering a beautifully fitted narrow boat with everything you need, past ever-changing Pennine scenery.

Location: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

 

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

 

Sail on posh boats on the Broads

Take a well-earned break from life.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

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