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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Take the kids to meet the Lucky Dog of Todmorden

Centre Vale Park is home to 'The Lucky Dog' of Todmorden, made famous by Derren Brown in his 2011 show, The Experiments.

Location: Todmorden, West Yorkshire

 

Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate

Get up close and personal with rare birds, tropical mammals and wild-roaming deer at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Uncover the life of the children’s author and illustrator as you explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

 

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park, in the heart of Blackpool, is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

 

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater secrets at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, giant octopus and plenty more indoor activities as you immerse in this underwater world.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

Let loose at WildRootz

Let the kids get up close and personal with nature, in all its muddy glory, at WildRootz, in Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens.

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

 

Enjoy a day out at Bridlington

Bridlington for fantastic beaches, award winning promenades, attractions, ice cream and fish and chips. Come and see why generations return yearly.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Characters in front of a ride at Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

7 toddler-friendly theme parks and play areas

From ball pits to merry-go-rounds, England has no shortage of exciting attractions geared towards smaller children.

 

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

 

Bag some bon bons at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Evoke happy childhood memories with hundreds of retro sweets at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 
A family watching chocolate being made at Cadbury World, Birmingham.

Go chocolate crazy at Cadbury World

A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, this sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with all kinds of monkeys, gorillas and apes.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

Explore the UK's first safari park at Longleat

Feed giraffes by hand and walk on the wildside with lemurs at this popular safari park, found in the picturesque grounds of historic Longleat House.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

 

See London in miniature at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

See the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge made entirely of LEGO in the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort's Miniland attraction.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

 

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

 

Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Dig your toes in the sand, paddle in the waves and make memories with the kids at this spectacular seaside town.

Location: Weymouth, Dorset

 
Bay, with steep cliffs and rocks on the beach, on the North sea coastline of Yorkshire. Sunset. Evening. Calm seas.

5 of the best beaches for wildlife spotting

From fluffy seal pups, to bottlenose dolphins and soaring sea birds, England's beaches are great places to see nature at its very best.

 

Have a medieval sleepover at Warwick Castle

For a family holiday with a difference, grab your sleeping bag and head to Warwick Castle to spend the night within the castle's historic grounds.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Rides and play area at Wheelgate Park in Nottinghamshire

Ride a unicorn at Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park

From ball pits to soak zones and plenty of furry friends, Robin Hood's Wheelgate Park is a must-visit for fun-loving families.

Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore the spectacular Science Museum

Known around the world for its historic collections and inspirational exhibitions, London's Science Museum is a treat for all the family.

Location: South Kensington, London

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