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Things to do in the Cotswolds

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Discover the best attractions and activities that the Cotswolds has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, the Cotswolds has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year

A top attraction in the Cotswolds is the awe-striking Blenheim Palace, the grand residence of the 12th Duke of Marlborough. This UNESCO World Heritage Site enjoys 2000 acres of Capability Brown parkland and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Family activities in the Cotswolds include Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water and Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park. Furthermore, the Cotswold Motoring Museum makes for a fascinating day out for those automobile enthusiasts.

Enjoy an endless amount of things to do during your visit to the Cotswolds.


Image of Blenheim Palace by: DeFacto

  • Adam Henson's Cotswolds Farm Park

    Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park

    Guiting Power
    GL54 5FL

    01451 850307

    A fun-filled day for the whole family, this farm park gives children the option to get close to different breeds of farm animal, as well as providing play areas and a good quality restaurant.

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  • Avon Valley Railway

    Avon Valley Railway

    Visit the Avon Valley Railway for a trip on a steam train!  Enjoy the beautifully restored Victorian station, take a ride on one of the trains and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the café.

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  • Birdland Park and Gardens

    Birdland Park and Gardens

    Rissington Road
    Bourton-on-the-Water
    Gloucestershire
    GL54 2BN

    01451 820480

    Set in beautiful woodlands, the wildlife park house around 500 birds ranging from swans and hornbills, to herons and storks, it even boasts the only group of King Penguins in England.

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  • Blenheim Palace

    Now the principle residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, this grand country estate is a World Heritage Site famous for being the birthplace of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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  • Broadway tower

    Broadway Tower

    Middle Hill
    Broadway
    WR12 7LB

    01386 852390

    This unique folly tower was designed by Capability Brown for the purpose of admiring the stunning surrounding views. At 312m above sea level, it is one of the most incredible viewpoints in the country, offering views of up to a 62-mile radius.  

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  • Coaley Peak

    Coaley Peak

    21 Rock Road
    Dursley
    GL10 3TP

    01452 814213

    A popular picnic site just outside the town of Stroud, Coaley Park offers views over the Severn Valley and towards the Forest of Dean.

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  • Cotswold Motoring Museum

    The Old Mill
    Sherborne Street
    Bourton-on-the-Water
    GL54 2BY

    01451 821255

    This museum offers visitors the chance to discover the motoring history of the 20th century, with everything from classic cars and caravans to motorbikes and motoring curiosities.

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  • Diddly Squat Farm

    Diddly Squat Farm Shop

    5-12 Chipping Norton Road
    Chipping Norton
    OX7 3PE

    As seen on Clarkson’s Farm, the hit Amazon Prime show, Diddly Squat Farm Shop was opened in 2020 by Jeremy Clarkson and Lisa Hogan, and sells a range of delicious treats.

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  • Dover's Hill, Cotswolds

    Dover’s Hill

    Chipping Campden
    GL55 6UW

    01451 844257

    Boasting glorious views over the countryside, the open fields and woodland of Dover’s Hill offer popular walking routes for the towns of Broadway and Evesham.

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  • Dragonfly Maze

    Rissington Road
    Bourton-on-the-Water
    GL54 2BN

    01451 822251

    With the aim of discovering the golden dragonfly, this traditional maze has been a central attraction, dating back to 1997. Taking around 30 minutes to complete, visitors can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon, followed by a browse in the local shop, home to a selection of toys, puzzles and gifts.

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