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Things to do in the Cotswolds

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in the Cotswolds

If you’re looking for the best things to do in the Cotswolds, then our guide has you covered. From attractions with timeless characters, serene walks and thrilling outdoor activities, there is truly something for everyone!

Things to do in the Cotswolds

With lush rolling fields and endless countryside, the Cotswolds is renowned for its beauty and visitors can expect to find a wealth of exciting things to do woven throughout.

Look forward to exploring the beautiful countryside by joining one of the many picturesque walks laced through the Cotswolds such as The Cotswolds Way. These trails are perfect for people looking for things to do in the Cotswolds with dogs. They are also perfect any time of year; enjoy walking and bike riding in the summer and frosted walks when visiting the Cotswolds in winter.

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds for families there are also an array of exciting options. Take the kids down to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens or Birdland Park and Gardens to experience exciting wildlife! Families looking for outdoor activities can also look forward to attractions like Cotswold Mountain Biking which offers a unique way to see the Cotswolds.

Are you looking for unusual things to do in the Cotswolds? If so you can expect countless unique attractions in this beautiful part of the country. Spend the day at Diddly Squat Farm, where Jeremy Clarkson’s hit TV show was filmed or travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to join a Ghost Walk. There’s even a Dragonfly Maze dating back to 1997 in Bourton-on-the-Water!

Evoking a sense of romance, the Cotswolds is the perfect place for couples seeking a romantic getaway where they can create unforgettable memories. Delight in live shows at the Barn Theatre, enjoy romantic walks around the ground of Blenheim Palace or learn more about gin and whisky at The Cotswolds Distillery. There are countless things to do in the Cotswolds for couples!

Places to visit in the Cotswolds

As well as exciting things to do in the Cotswolds there are also endless wonderful places to visit in the Cotswolds. Treat the one you love most to a romantic getaway to the Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water or delight in the elegant beauty of Cheltenham!

If it’s rich culture and exciting history that you’re seeking then Gloucester is the place for you! This magnificent cathedral city famed for its docks is bursting at the seams with museums and delicious restaurants which all make it a definite place to visit in the Cotswolds.

For a taste of the quintessential Cotswolds stop off in Cirencester and Stroud which are filled with honey-coloured, stone cottages and surrounded by stunning countryside!

Enjoy an endless amount of things to do in the Cotswolds with the help of our guide…

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  • 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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  • American Museum Bath
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    American Museum – Bath

    Claverton Manor
    Claverton Down
    BA2 7BD

    01225 460503

    If you want to uncover pre-1880 America, come to the American Museum near Bath. A marvellous day out for any history buff; this is a great addition to any Cotswolds holiday itinerary.

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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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  • Barn Theatre, Feature

    Barn Theatre – Cirencester

    3 Beeches Rd
    GL7 1BN

    01285 648255

    If you want to enjoy fantastic entertainment in Cirencester, be sure to come to the Barn Theatre. Live shows of all kinds await.

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  • Bath Skyline Walk
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    Bath Skyline

    South East of the city of Bath
    Bath and NE Somerset
    United Kingdom
    BA2 6EN


    Want to experience the beauty of Bath in a new way? Come and walk along the Bath Skyline, where you can savour elevated vistas of Bath’s rooftops.

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  • Birdland Park and Gardens

    Birdland Park and Gardens

    Birdland Park and Gardens
    Rissington Road
    GL54 2BN

    01451 820480

    The wildlife park, set amid magnificent forests, houses over 500 species ranging from swans and hornbills to herons and storks. It even has the sole group of King Penguins in England.

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  • Blenheim Palace
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    Blenheim Palace

    OX20 1PP

    01993 810530

    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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  • Brennen and Brown gin distiller

    Brennen and Brown

    2c Bramery Business Park
    Alstone Lane
    GL51 8HE

    01242 370400

    A gin distillery and tasting experience in Cheltenham committed to reviving long-lost gin flavours and traditions.

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  • Broadway tower

    Broadway Tower

    Middle Hill
    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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  • Chastleton House National Trust
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    Chastleton House

    GL56 0SU

    01608 674981

    Looking for a memorable day out that’s packed with history in Gloucestershire? Look no further than the National Trust delight of Chastleton House.

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