101 Super Things to do in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the UK’s official ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and visitors and tourists come from all over the World to visit the picturesque villages, the stunning countryside and to see the beautiful views that we surround ourselves with all over this wonderful region.
Now, the Cotswolds is beautiful, of that there can be no doubt, but it is also one of the most exciting and interesting areas in the UK when it comes to attractions, museums, history, culinary delights, festivals and entertainment.
This is our list (in no particular order) of
101 Super Things To Do When You Visit The Cotswolds.
1. Blenheim Palace
Explore the beautiful views of Blenheim Palace and gardens. A world heritage site in beautiful Woodstock, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. One not to miss when you’re visiting the Cotswolds.
2. Slimbridge Wetland Centre
From birdwatchers to families, there is plenty to discover all year round at the truly wonderful Slimbridge Wetland Centre just south of Gloucester in the Cotswolds. Enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise we are an award-winning day out!
3. The Howard Arms
There’s a wonderful pub in one of the lesser known villages in the Cotswolds, Ilmington in Warwickshire. This pub, The Howard Arms, is one of the most wonderful we have in all of the Cotswolds and very much worth a visit for an overnight stay or a delicious meal. Set right in the centre of the village, easily accessible, great parking and next to a number of walking trails and routes that will take you out to the countryside too.
4. Burleigh Court
Eat well, sleep well and feel well at Burleigh Court. This wonderful hotel in Stroud is an intimate boutique manor hotel full of captivating country charm with a splash of luxury. Nestled in stunning nature with views over the golden valley, this is the perfect place for a break, a wellness stay and a lovely meal.
5. Compton Verney
Bringing a love of art and community together, Compton Verney is a not for profit national art gallery that is located in a beautiful park just outside the Cotswolds. A place for all ages, their gallery aims to entertain and inspire all visitors with its highly-acclaimed art exhibitions and wide range of cultural activities. A great place for kids too.
6. Charingworth Manor
Situated in the wonderful Cotswolds, Charingworth Manor is the perfect place to explore, enjoy and relax. All of Charingworth Manor’s 26 bedrooms are decorated and furnished to the highest standard, whilst maintaining the individuality that makes this Cotswold hotel so special. Fine dining is an essential part of the Charingworth experience and the intimate John Greville Restaurant is one of the most exciting dining experiences in the Cotswolds. Also, this beautiful hotel is the perfect setting for a wonderful afternoon tea.
7. The Cotswold Tour Guide
The Luxury Tour Service in the Cotswolds, The Cotswold Tour Guide has been providing discerning clients with luxury tours across the Cotswolds since 2011.
8. The Wood Norton
Equidistant from Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham, The Wood Norton is the perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds, Worcestershire and the Malvern Hill. A stunning destination, this beautiful hotel now offers fifty rooms including five spectacular suites, a restaurant using the finest local produce, contemporary bar and an alfresco dining terrace surrounded by extensive grounds and formal gardens.
9. The Cotswold Outpost
The Cotswold Outpost in Burford is fast becoming the ‘go-to’ place for truly amazing food in a cosy cafe setting in the Cotswolds. And alongside the great food is a lovely shopping area with great selection of deli foods, fresh produce and items handmade right here in the Cotswolds.
10. Woodchester Valley Vineyard
Woodchester Valley is a family owned boutique vineyard and winery in the South Cotswolds with three vineyard sites in the Stroud valleys which produce a range of still white, rosé and sparkling wines. Alongside the wines, fantastic tours and overnight stays make Woodchester Valley Vineyard a super experience in the Cotswolds.
11. Tewkesbury Park
At Tewkesbury Park, luxurious surroundings, great food and wonderful relaxation is what it’s all about. Unrivalled views across the Gloucestershire countryside is an added bonus. A truly wonderful place to stay, eat and play.
12. Noel Arms
The Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden is one of the oldest Cotswold inns and steeped in history.. they even say that Charles II stayed there during the English Civil War. Things are a bit more relaxed these days, though.. now you can put your feet up in front of the log fire in the bar, read the papers and treat yourself to a homemade cake in the excellent coffee shop, as well as enjoying the restaurant and bar, which features the very best produce from the Cotswolds. Plus you can’t leave without trying one of Chef Indunil’s famous curries – so good that he has been named Best Pub Curry Chef Award at the Great British Pub Food Awards on three occasions!
13. Best Cotswold Tours
Best Cotswold Tours will describe and take you to the beautiful and quintessentially English countryside that is the Cotswolds. You will gain insight into everyday Cotswold Life. Each tour is tailored to your own requirements and will be at your speed. You will not be sharing the day with anyone else. The aim is to have a relaxing and memorable day.
14. Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden is quite simply one of the finest towns in the Cotswolds – well-preserved and full of history, but also full of life and bustle. It’s elegant High Street is a delight, described by the historian, G.M. Trevelyan, as “the most beautiful village street now left in the island”: a broad gentle curve flanked on either side by an unbroken sweep of buildings covering a host of architectural styles, with buildings dating back to the 14th century.
15. Batsford Arboretum
Batsford Arboretum is an intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.
16. The Ivy
Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham offers relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics. Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building in the centre of beautiful Cheltenham, the restaurant is open seven days a week, the modern British menu will be available from dawn till dusk for diners to enjoy breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
17. Brockencote Hall
Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire is a beautifully refurbished, Victorian country manor house hotel set in 70 acres of stunning parkland. Complete with a scenic lake, tennis court and restored dovecote, the idyllic setting is the perfect hotel for a break away, for a fine meal or for that quintessentially English afternoon tea.
18. Three Ways House
Three Ways House has established itself as a warm, welcoming, comfortable and quirky Cotswold village hotel. The emphasis is on great customer service and delicious food, with welcoming log fires in the winter and a lovely rose filled garden to enjoy in the summer, it’s like a home from home. Oh, and this hotel is also the home of the world famous Pudding Club (see no. 20 below).
19. Beautiful Broadway
A famous Cotswold beauty spot, and popular throughout the year, Broadway is dominated by a wide main street lined with independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops. It’s one of the most wonderful towns, in the Cotswolds and anywhere.
20. The Pudding Club
The Pudding Clubs heartfelt mission since it started in 1985 has been to preserve the Great British Pudding… and boy how they have succeeded in this mission! Attend The Pudding Club and enjoy a whole evening’s entertainment starting with a glass of Bucks Fizz and a jovial introduction by The Pudding Master, followed by a light main course and then the Parade of Seven Traditional Puddings, with all its noise and ceremony, the aim is to taste them all and then to vote for your favourite pudding of the night over coffee.
21. Chipping Campden Playground
The recreation ground in Chipping Campden is a mere 3-minute walk from the centre of the High Street. It is a wonderful playground that you simply must go visit if you are in the area with children. The beautifully kept lawn is the size of a couple of football fields, with an area for ball games on one end and playground on the other. The playground is well laid out, maintained very nicely and made so there are different activities grouped together so children of various ages will be drawn to areas with equipment they can master. The grounds are perfect for a family picnic or simply for sharing a snack and a drink on a blanket while the kids are running to and from and having a whale of a time.
22. Broadway Playground
Set amongst beautiful Cotswolds hills and old trees, the playground in Broadway is made of sections with equipment appropriate for various age groups – there’s something for every single age there, something even for adults. There are designated picnic areas, tables and even nice rest rooms, so there’s every opportunity to spend a good few hours on a nice day out with your kids. Located off Broadway High Street, look for the signs to the Leisure Area.
23. Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Redwings Oxhill is home to almost 90 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, including the most friendly group of cobs known as “The Breakfast Club” because they’re all named after breakfast items! The centre’s staff offer regular ‘Walk and Talk’ tours where you can meet residents large and small – from impressive cuddly cob Rumpel to super fluffy part-Poitou donkey Arya – and the café offers tasty refreshments, while the shop has a range of tempting gifts, homewares and souvenirs.
24. Mary Arden’s Farm
Discover the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm on a fantastic family day out at Mary Arden’s Farm. Meet the Tudors who run the farm just as Shakespeare’s mother would have done, watch craft and falconry demonstrations and explore the farmyard, playground and historic buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon.
25. The Fuzzy Duck
In the little village of Armscote near Stratford-upon-Avon lies an exquisite Cotswold pub with rooms, most definitely worth a visit. On the menu at The Fuzzy Duck you will find both innovative and classic dishes from seasonal menus and daily specials. The ‘contemporary Cotswold’ style offers a diverse and delicious culinary experience that will inspire and fulfil your expectations.
26. Poulton Hill Estate Vineyard
In the heart of the south Cotswolds, just east of Cirencester, lies Poulton Hill Estate, a small, family-run vineyard producing award-winning English wines and spirits. Founded in 2010, the estate has quickly become a leading producer in the English wine industry, with the wines praised for quality and complexity.
27. The gardens at Cowley Manor
The garden at one of the most iconic hotels in the Cotswolds, Cowley Manor, is a haven of tranquillity. From an eclectic collection of trees and beautiful plant life that blooms all year around, to the unique sculptures dotted around the grounds, these gardens will inspire you to reconnect with nature, no matter the time of year. Just like the interiors in the hotel, a trip to Cowley Manor’s gardens is full of surprises. Explore the 55 acre estate and discover secret woodland pathways, vibrant sculptures, and relaxing hideaways. Take a look around and soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of this slice of peaceful Cotswold countryside.
Buying wine should be one of life’s greatest pleasures. At Vinotopia – a modern, independent, wine merchant based in Tetbury in the heart of the Cotswolds – they are dedicated to ensuring that it is the enjoyable and rewarding experience it ought to be. Chin Chin!
29. The Lygon Arms
Where to begin with The Lygon Arms in Broadway? From the luxurious spa to the best Italian restaurant in the Cotswolds. From the luxurious suites to the beautiful restaurant with the most wonderful culinary offering. From the wonderful terrace on a hot summer’s day to the cosy corners near and around the bar inside. You absolutely must visit The Lygon Arms when you’re in Broadway and the Cotswolds, you’ll love it.
30. Highgrove Gardens
Highgrove is the private residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Since 1980 when the Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove, His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house, which are renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom. And it is, quite simply, the most wonderful gardens you could ever hope to visit. And they serve afternoon tea too… like you needed another reason to go.
31. Mallory Spa
Mallory Court Hotel and Spa prides itself on offering guests exceptional hospitality, which is also reflected in the four Red Stars awarded from the AA. This beautifully grand Lutyens style main house is set in 10 acres of lush, green grounds and is the epitome of a quintessentially English country house hotel.
32. Brian Sinfield Gallery
The Brian Sinfield Gallery is a wonderful gallery in Burford and one of the most prestigious exhibition spaces outside London for contemporary painting. the Brian Sinfield Gallery is one of the longest established galleries in the Cotswolds and worth a visit whenever you’re here. They specialise in 20th Century, traditional and semi-abstract work by mainly British artists, and also hold a select group of sculpture, mainly bronze. Whether working with widely-acclaimed artists or emerging talent, their focus is on depth, tone and originality.
33. Hudson’s Home & Antiques
Hudson’s Home & Antiques is the most wonderful shopping destination and café just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Open seven days a week and with ample free parking, it’s easy to meet up with friends for a coffee and a bit (or a lot!) of shopping. Looking for your home, your garden or a gift for that special someone, Hudson’s stock a variety of products from the unusual and individual to the well-designed, be it old or new.
34. Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery is the first and only full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds. Set in 5 acres of rolling Warwickshire countryside, the distillery, visitor centre and brand new café, which serves coffees, cakes and bites to eat all throughout the day, are open seven days a week. The Cotswolds Distillery produces Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, made from 100% locally-grown barley, and Cotswolds Dry Gin which includes nine carefully-considered botanicals such as lavender from nearby Snowshill.
35. Station Mill Antiques
This wonderful Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton is home to 80 high quality, reputable antiques dealers. With a huge selection of constantly changing stock to suit all tastes, and the loveliest tea room too (The Tea Set, see No 36 below), you’ll spend hours here for sure.
36. Afternoon Tea at The Tea Set
The Tea Set on the High Street in Chipping Norton and The Quiet Woman Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton, are two lovely tea rooms in the Cotswolds. Although their speciality is beautifully presented and deliciously tempting afternoon teas, these tea rooms offer mouth-watering lunch, snacks and breakfasts as well.
37. A lovely walk through the Venice of the Cotswolds
Step into the Cotswold countryside in and around Bourton-on-the-Water. Walk along the river and take in this pretty village, known far and wide for it’s rich architecture and tranquil village scenes, and is often referred to as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’.
38. A view from the Top
Stow-on-the-Wold is Cotswold’s highest town and while you may not be able to stand on it ‘hill top’-style, you are able to have a deserving break in one of the abundant cafes in the market square and immerse yourself in the town and it’s history. It was here that the last fight of the English Civil War happened in 1646 and there are many references to this throughout the square in the centre.
39. Cotswold House
Nestled in the heart of Chipping Campden, the award winning Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is a charming, Grade II listed Regency town house, complete with a tranquil spa, relaxed bistro and formal dining in Fig restaurant. The central location offers up picturesque Cotswold scenery from every window; be that rolling hills and nearby fields, or the honey-coloured architecture of the town centre.
40. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
If Shakespeare is your fancy, or his wife for that matter, visit Stratford-on-Avon and tour Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Take a seat by the riverside at The Dirty Duck, have a sip of wine or ale, and take in the nearby Swan Theatre where many of Shakespeare’s plays are showcased. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage was originally a farmhouse, built in 1463 and comprising of just two rooms. The first Hathaway to live in the house was Anne’s grandfather, John Hathaway, who was a tenant farmer. Anne, later Shakespeare’s wife, was born in the house in 1556.
41. The Slaughters (not what it sounds like)
Walk in your wellies through the charming villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, both unbelievably pretty and everywhere you look is a snapshot for the perfect Cotswold postcard.
42.The Cotswold Way
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over The Cotswold Way. A 102 mile walk starting in Chipping Campden and travelling through picturesque fields all the way down to Bath in the south of the region, is well worth the morning wake up call.
43. The Cotswold Water Park
Head to the water… hey, you didn’t think you could do that in the Cotswolds, did you? Well, you can. Head to the Cotswold Water Park, located near Cirencester, and try your hand at outdoors adventure and an abundance of fun activities based around the 40+ square miles of 150 lakes, one of the UK’s largest Nature Reserves in fact.
44. How to survive in the Wilderness
Get back to nature at the annual Wilderness Festival hosted in Oxfordshire every summer. Aside from enjoying the great outdoors, festival attendees take part in a variety of musical entertainment, food and drink including a Chef’s Table, talks, debates and workshops, and theatrical performances.
45. The Angel at Burford
Step back into medieval times at The Angel at Burford, a 16th century inn located in the town of Burford… it’s not really medival, in fact it’s beautifully restored and decorated, it’s just that the building been there all that time. Featuring award-winning fresh dishes in the restaurant, and holds a strong alliance with local brewery Hook Norton, this 3-room inn is sure to provide a sweet escape to any local or visitor.
46. C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor
The award-winning spa at Cowley Manor features two spectacular pools, one 17m indoor and a 15m outdoor, both heated all year round. The spa offers a variety of treatments and also includes a gym, steam room, and sauna.
47. All Things Wild
All Things Wild is a fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of animals, dinosaurs, soft play and much more to discover! With plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather.
48. Minster Mill
Minster Mill is a glorious, glamorous new hotel in the Cotswolds. Uncompromising luxury on the banks of the River Windrush. With impressive vaulted ceilings and original oak beams, The Mill Restaurant & Bar provides a wonderfully atmospheric backdrop for exceptional seasonal food and drink.
49. Russell’s Fish & Chips
You can’t beat a traditional fish and chips experience! Highly recommended by locals, Russells Fish and Chips is THE place for the best battered fish and chips in the Cotswolds.
50. The Olimpicks
Bringing people together every Spring, The Olimpick Games pays homage to Britain’s rural history. There are a variety of events from the Five Mile Run to Shin Kicking. Don’t worry it’s all in good fun.
51. Chedworth Roman Villa
Do as the Romans do Chedworth Roman Villa transport visitors back to one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain. Rediscovered over 150 yeas ago, this now museum holds rare artifacts and findings that will leave you in awe. From mosaic floors to bathhouse rooms, exploring the villa and its beautiful vista views will take you to a different era.
52. The Cornbury Festival
Four stages, phenomenal music, gourmet chefs, and camping, The Cornbury Festival is an open air party – on overload! Pitch your tent and enjoy a summer weekend enjoying all the flavours of life in a big fun-filled fairground.
53. CJP Cotswold Tours
The whole of the Cotswolds is waiting for you when you go out with CJP Cotswold Tours. A family-run business owned and operated by Chris and Ruth, CJP Cotswold Tours offer private cultural and sightseeing tours of the Cotswolds, giving you the freedom to discover the beauty and charm of the region, whilst enjoying the view from the comfort of an executive passenger vehicle.
54. Giffords Circus
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Giffords Circus, the best circus EVER… yes, we said it, EVER! Acrobats, horses, magical performances and more, this is a family-friendly event that tours throughout the Cotswolds and beyond all summer long. Get your ticket to see the most glamorous troupe of performers.
55. The Fleece Inn in Bretforton
Whether in winter or summer, The Fleece Inn’s pub is a favourite among Real Ale lovers! The pub also serves an authentic taste of Worcestershire and the local area with fresh seasonal ingredients. Every dish and sip of ale or cider is a new true British experience.
56. Broadway Tower
Standing 1024 feet above sea level, Broadway Tower is an iconic little castle, the highest in the Cotswolds, in fact. It’s the perfect place to start your walking excursion, take in some history, or even enjoy a delicious breakfast in the restaurant next door.
57. The Cotswold Cheese Company
Say CHEESE! The Cotswold Cheese Company is a cheese lovers dream come true. More than 80 different artisan and farmhouse cheeses stock the walls of each of the shops, located in Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Burford. Cheese is great, but it isn’t everything (some say!) so a wide range of the very best cheese accompaniments like breads, biscuits, chutneys and local meats are also sold.
58. Afternoon Tea at The Cotswold Plough
At the Cotswold Plough Hotel, there is always time for tea party! Serving afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm with a selection of Cream Teas and decadent sweet treats and savoury sandwiches. If you are feeling extra fancy, add a glass of bubbly to toast the special occasion.
59. Let’s go to the Dormy
Dormy House has many options for food and drink. Want a classy environment? The Garden Room is your answer. More of a casual affair? The Potting Shed is a relaxed atmosphere serving traditional pub food. If you are a large group, private dining is available at The Top Table. They even have wonderful picnic hampers to take out on your adventures… you’re well and truly catered for a the Dormy.
60. Cotswold Farm Park
Since 1971, Cotswold Farm Park has been helping protect rare breeds of farm animals and today over 50 breeds call the park home. Family activities include farm demonstrations, farm safaris, and feeding time!
61. Chastleton House
Discover the rare gem of a Jacobean country home, the 17th century Chastleton House is a museum in itself. Preserved for years and untouched by modern day, visitors are captivated by the unspoiled home and surrounding beautiful gardens. And, there is always room for a round of croquet.
Over nine acres of gardens and forest, Birdland in the Cotswolds is a must-see. From bird watching and feeding to having a Jurassic Journey (yes, DINOSAURS) and discovering a variety of flora, Birdland is a jam-packed day of fun and exploration.
63. The Royal Oak in Tetbury
The Royal Oak in Tetbury is known for it’s award-winning pub that boasts fresh and organic food, a selection of ales, ciders and wines, and a friendly atmosphere that welcomes locals and visitors with open arms and warm hearts.
64. Let’s Go, Cotswolds
Lost on how to fit in both the wonderful town of Stratford-upon-Avon with all the Shakespearean action it has to offer and all the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds into one day of sightseeing? Go Cotswolds offers day tours of both, so without the worry of directions or driving the narrow alleys and roads, this affordable and convenient bus tour is the way to go.
65. The Rollright Stones
An ancient relic, The Rollright Stones consist of three major elements: The King’s Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights, and the King Stone. Take a step into the mystery and the wonder that is The Rollright Stones.
66. The Arden
The Arden in Stratford-upon-Avon is an award-winning boutique hotel with an impressive terrace overlooking both the wonderful River Avon and the impressive Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre. Enjoy the fine comforts of fresh seasonal dishes and slowly sip a pint of ale or a flute of champagne on the terrace as the warm sun beams on you.
67. Westonbirt Arboretum
Discover 15,000 varieties of trees from all over the world at Westonbirt Arboretum. High above the trees, experience the STIHL Treetop Walkway for a perfect bird’s eye view of the forest below.
68. The Model Village
When visiting the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, go to The Model Village where you experience the whole village in just one ninth of it’s actual size. The Model Village is comprised of buildings, gardens, miniature trees, and even a smaller version of the River Windrush!
69. The Tavern in Cheltenham
The Tavern in Cheltenham prides itself in offering seasonal and local food, not to mention a dedication to be healthy and flavoursome. Menus include: Breakfast, Spring and Summer Feasts and Sunday Lunch. In addition to delicious food, The Tavern stocks more than 20 bottled beers – some of the best in the Cotswolds.
70. Snowshill Manor
Visit Snowshill Manor, a Cotswold manor house that is home to the many treasures collected by Charles Wade. Full of tiny toys, Samurai armour, musical instruments and more! And in the garden, unwind and discover secret vistas, quiet corners, and the Priest’s House – Charles Wade’s home.
71. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
All aboard the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, a 25-mile roundtrip journey through the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds. Starting at Laverton, this epic train ride takes passengers pass towns like Toddington, Didbrook, Gotherington, and others. You will see Hayles Abbey, train workshops, the Vale of Evesham and so many other delights along the way.
72. Cotswold Falconry
Birds of prey take centre stage at Cotswold Falconry Centre. Take part in flying demonstrations, educational sessions and see up close these fierce birds including eagles, falcons and owls.
73. The Wheatsheaf
Focused on seasonal and local ingredients, The Wheatsheaf in Northleach has a daily changing menu that keeps dishes fresh and flavourful. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
74. Cotswold Lavender
All lavender, all the time. Home to the finest English lavender, Cotswold Lavender is rows on rows of beautiful purple lavender. Visitors are able to purchase a variety of lavender products including bath and shower, skincare, oils, and other well-being items.
75. The Festival
And they’re off! Every year The Jockey Club in Cheltenham hosts The Festival, an event that sees horses with speed and agility Jump race to determine a victorious winner. While not watching the race, indulge yourself in traditional race day hospitality with fine food and drink.
76. Corinium Museum
Both national and international collections are preserved in the Corinium Museum, a service that manages archaeological and social historical objects in the Council’s collection. Learn about the importance of these objects through the museum’s educational programmes.
77. Stay in a Short Let Space
Book your Holiday Cottage in the Cotswolds with Short Let Space, as well as a varied range of luxury serviced apartments and houses across Oxford, Henley-on-Thames and Leamington Spa. With many of the beautiful vacation rentals located in Woodstock, Witney and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, a Short Let Space holiday cottage is the perfect base for your stay in the Cotswolds.
78. Cirencester Park
The Bathurst Estate and Cirencester Park is meticulously landscaped to bring out the natural beauty of plants, flowers and buildings. Every second and fourth Saturday of every month is a Farmer’s Market, and the Cricket and Beer Festival is always a good time.
79. The Queen of the Cotswolds
This beautiful, historic wool town, sitting in regal hilltop splendour near Stroud, is known as ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’. It is one of the best-preserved settlements in the Cotswolds, built from mellow honey-coloured stone quarried from nearby Painswick Beacon. Painswick is one of the mot picture-perfect villages in the Cotswolds.
80. Burford Garden Company
Burford Garden Company is… well, the mother of all garden centres. It’s a one stop shop for those seeking an exceptional curated mixture of plants, home décor, art, furniture, clothing and goods to reflect their inner self.
81. Head to the terrace at Wyck Hill House
Grab a glass of fine wine, a spritz of cider or a pint of your favourite ale and head to the sun-drenched terrace of the Wyck Hill House in Stow-on-the-Wold. With unparalleled views, you will be there for hours and hours, just taking it all in.
82. Cotswold Motoring Museum
Love cars? Cotswold Motoring Museum takes visitors through the course of motor vehicles in the 20th century. From vintage car collections and classic cars to motorcycles and caravans, the museum is a family friendly afternoon activity.
83. Sezincote Estate and Garden
Inspired design from Hindu and Muslim architecture, Sezincote Estate is a truly unique gem in Cotswolds. Take a walk through the perfectly landscaped gardens through green shrubbery and spring-fed pools, or visit the building where magical weddings are hosted.
A wonderful mix of the traditional and the new, Cheltenham nestles against the Cotswolds as the perfect place to unwind and refresh your mind, body and soul. With unique festival vibes, an abundance of independent and much loved High Street shops, incredible dining experiences from street food to Michelin starred fine dining, Cheltenham is a must-visit town.
85. Stanway Fountain and Gardens
A beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, Stanway House and Fountain, the tallest gravity fountain in the world, brings together history, architecture and nature in beautiful harmony. From a 14th century Tithe Barn to an 18th century water garden–home to the magnificent Stanway Fountain, Stanway is an experience that will take your breath away.
86. Cirencester Amphitheatre
The Cirencester Amphitheatre is one of the largest natural Roman amphitheatres in Britain. Built in the early 2nd century, it could hold up to 8,000 spectators. An incredibly impressive place… one not to miss.
87. Gordon Russell was here!
Gordon Russell was a creative mind, with works in furniture design, calligraphy and architecture. His life is featured at the Gordon Russell Museum in Broadway where you can now walk through his original workshop, see his toolbox, and learn about this extraordinary entrepreneur.
88. Daylesford Organic Farm
What can only really be described as the poshest farm shop out there, Daylesford Organic Farm is a must when you visit the Cotswolds if you love good food and the finer things in life. As they say “straight from our farm to your fork”, Daylesford Organic Farm strives to bring fresh, local ingredients into visitors’ homes and on to their plates in their wonderful restaurant.
89. A nice pint of Hooky
Have a pint of beer after taking a tour of the Hook Norton Brewery – over 150 years of brewing history. This family owned business still distributes beer to neighbouring pubs in the village by traditional horse-drawn carriage. Tours run Monday-Friday but reservations are highly recommended.
90. Off to the Races
Every year on the last bank holiday in May, the Tetbury Woolsack Races is the event to attend. More than 5,000 people attend and raise money for local charities as racers throw a sack of wool on their backs and run a course full of steep climbs and downhills… you know you want to!
91. See the Cotswolds from the Air
A unique experience among the clouds in the sky, Cotswold Balloon Safaris take guests up in a hot air balloon and tours the below towns and villages of the Cotswolds, leaving guests awe-inspired.
92. Run off and join the (Soul) Circus
Fuel your soul as you bend and twist your body, and enlighten your mind at Soul Circus. An annual summer yoga festival held over three days that is hosted by the town Elmore, Gloucester. Yoga classes, energizing music, and food and drink to satisfy any “yogi” from beginner to expert.
Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Woodstock is a fine Georgian town, famous as the home of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
94. Stratford Mini Golf
Stratford Mini Golf is situated on the bank of the river Avon next to the recreation grounds, this Miniature Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon has enjoyed entertaining visitors from all over the world, year after year tourists, visitors and locals keep going back to the course for an hour or two of good family fun.
95. Shop your heart out at Cotswold Grey
It’s one of these shops that take your breath away as soon as you walk through the doors… you’ll want nothing other than to shop your little heart out when you enter Cotswold Grey. Historically an ironmongers shop, Cotswold Grey in Moreton-in-Marsh is a contemporary furniture boutique shop that suits every individual personality, it also boasts homewares and gifts. Working with the world’s finest suppliers, the collection of furniture, lighting, glassware, home décor, and candles is sure to inspire the decoration of your home.
The Square is the heart of this large market town in the Cotswolds. It is surrounded by town houses, independent shops, antique centres, cosy cafes and inns all built in the yellow local stone, and it has been the focus of town life over many centuries, with the medieval market stocks at one end, the ancient market cross at the other and the impressive St Edwards Hall standing in the centre.
97. Chipping Norton
Renowned for its antique shops and diverse shopping offer, including a regular market, Chipping Norton retains a robust living, working market town atmosphere. There is good choice of places to eat and top quality entertainment at the wonderful Theatre, famous for its pantomime and visiting world class performers.
Burford’s famous High Street sweeps downhill towards the River Windrush, its three arched medieval bridge and its impressive church, both sides of the street flanked by an unbroken line of ancient houses and shops.
Brimming with independent shops, cafés and galleries and home to one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the country, there are plenty of things to do in Stroud, described by Jasper Conran as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’.
100. The Big Feastival
Family fun, live music and top chefs make up The Big Feastival! An annual summer event at Alex James’ Farm in Cotswolds, created and dreamt up by Alex James and Jamie Oliver. So, grab some good grub, dance to a variety of musical genres and participate in fun filled activities and glamping Cotswolds Style.
101. The most beautiful village in England
Bibury is such a charming Cotswold village, once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages, and an article on the Huffington Post website (1st May 2014), titled “The Most Charming Towns In Europe You’ll Want To Visit ASAP”, mentioned Bibury. And the cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country.