Places of Interest in the Cotswolds
Please note that due to coronavirus, it is worth checking whether any of our suggested places of interest require advance booking, as many attractions are booking up far in advance.
The Cotswolds is the ultimate playground. Rich in history, natural wonder and fascinating towns and villages. Start to discover the places you can visit during your stay with at one of our hotels below.
Take time to explore the Cotswolds during your stay with Cotswold Inns & Hotels. Here are some of the highlights in the locality.
Abbey House Gardens - Malmesbury
Abbey House Gardens, nestled beside old Malmesbury Abbey in this lovely Wiltshire Cotswold location just 5 miles from M4 J17. Park easily in the Long stay car park to stay all day with refreshment available.
Ashmolean Museum Broadway - Broadway
The Ashmolean at Broadway opened in September 2013 and displays objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries, including from the founding Tradescant collections of the Ashmolean Museum.
Badminton Horse Trials - Badminton
The Badminton Horse Trials is a three-day event which takes place in May each year in the park of Badminton House the seat of the Dukes of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England.
Batsford Arboretum - Near Moreton in Marsh
Batsford Arboretum, one of the jewels of the Cotswolds and one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the Country.
Beaufort Polo Club - Tetbury
The Beaufort Polo Club is the foremost centre for the development of polo in the Cotswolds. Home to the famous Tomlinson polo dynasty you can always be assured of watching or playing polo of the highest quality at every level from 2 to 20 goal.
Berkeley Castle - Berkeley
Berkeley Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years. It is where history has been made. Where Edward II was murdered, where the Barons of the West gathered before Magna Carta and where Queen Elizabeth I hunted and played bowls.
Bibury Trout Farm - Bibury
Bibury Trout Farm is a working trout farm and is one of Britain’s oldest trout farms. Bibury Trout Farm was founded in 1902, by the naturalist Arthur Severn, to stock the local rivers and streams with the native Brown Trout. The trout farm now covers 15 acres in Bibury.
Blenheim Palace Park and Garden - Woodstock
Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.
Broadway Tower Country Park - Broadway
Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and is the second highest point on the Cotswold Ridge. The eighteenth century Gothic folly from which it is possible to survey an area which includes as many as thirteen counties.
Burford Garden Company - Burford
Garden furniture, home furniture, garden tools, garden supplies, outdoor games, home accessories, garden centre, kitchen accessories, gift ideas!
Charlecote Park - Warwick
(National Trust) Shakespeare was rumoured to be caught poaching on the estate. 700 years of the Lucy family, with a uniquely extensive portrait collection. Colourful landscaped gardens by the River Avon Great walking and picnic opportunities in the ‘Capability’ Brown deer park.
Chavenage House - Tetbury
Chavenage House is an Elizabethan era manor house situated 1.5 miles northwest of Tetbury, in the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire. Chavenage offers personal tours, usually conducted by the owner, David Lowsley-Williams.
Cheltenham Racecourse - Cheltenham
The racecourse is best known for the National Hunt festival held in March each year, and includes races such as the Gold Cup and Champion hurdle.
Corinium Museum - Cirencester
Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities in the country. Corinium, Roman Cirencester, was the second largest town in Roman Britain. Experience life as a Roman. Marvel at the stunning mosaics. Visit a Roman Garden.
Cotswold Farm Park - Guiting Power
The perfect family day out interacting with a collection of domestic rare breeds, or the chance to learn more about farming and conservation. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park as seen on Countryfile.
Cotswold Lavender - Snowshill
Lavender has thrived on the gentle free draining limestone hills. At 1000 feet above sea level the combination of soil type, altitude and climate produce ideal growing conditions for the finest English essential oils. With 53 acres of lavender, 250,000 plants and 70 miles of rows.
Cotswold Way - Cotswolds
The countryside is one of the main reasons people visit the Cotswolds and following the Cotswold Way is a wonderful way to see the area. Running from Chipping Campden to Bath (100 miles), the trail picks its way through lots of tiny villages along the way.
Cotswold Wildlife Park - Burford
Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House and has been open to the public since 1970. The Park is home to a fascinating collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
Daylesford Organic - Daylesford
Specialising in organic, fresh, seasonal and local produce; vegetables, fresh from the kitchen garden; award-winning handmade cheeses from the Creamery; breads, pastries, cakes and biscuits from the Bakery; fresh meat and farm shop.
Giffords Circus - The Cotswolds
Toti and Nell Gifford started Giffords Circus in 2000. Their vision was of a miniature village green circus, packed, rowdy, glamorous – birds and horses and motorbikes bursting from a fluttering white tent – a show for rural families, farmers and filmstars.
Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester
One of the finest cathedrals in England and rated as one of the most beautiful in the world – Gloucester Cathedral is one of the architectural jewels of the city of Gloucester. The magnificent 900 year old Norman Cathedral lies at the heart of the city.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway - Toddington
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway’s mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham. The line commands wonderful views of the sleepy hamlets and villages, as it runs though the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Hidcote Manor Gardens - Near Chipping Campden
(National Trust) This garden is internationally renowned and is a series of smaller gardens each with its own theme. One of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century. Located near the village of Hidcote Bartrim not far from Chipping Campden.
Highgrove House & Garden - Tetbury
Highgrove House & Garden near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is the family home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchy of Cornwall owns Highgrove, and bought the house, garden and nearby farmland now known as Duchy Home Farm in 1980.
Kelmscott Manor - Lechlade
Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 Listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, was built in the late 1500s. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village of Kelmscott. The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of William Morris.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens - Chipping Campden
Kiftsgate Court Gardens is a series of interconnecting gardens each with its distinct character and secrets. Let them share their secrets with you.
Longborough Festival Opera - Moreton-in-Marsh
Longborough Festival Opera, located in Moreton-in-Marsh and overlooking the Evenlode valley, has an intimate auditorium seating just under 500, with an orchestra pit for up to 70 players. Despite being one of the smaller country opera houses it continues to impress and is well worth a visit.
Mill Dene Garden - Nr Moreton-in-Marsh
Mill Dene is a private garden created by the Dares for their family. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its kingfishers. Beautiful views and an air of tranquility and peace and history.
Painswick Rococo Garden - Painswick
Stroll, sit, relax and drink up the atmosphere as you step back in time to the early 18th century. Set in a hidden Cotswold valley, this is a magical garden at any time of year.
Roman Villa - Chedworth
(National Trust) The remains of one of the largest Roman villas in the country provide a fascinating insight into 4th-century Roman Britain. The site was rediscovered in 1864 on the Earl of Eldon’s estate by a local gamekeeper, and subsequently excavated by his estate workers.
Sezincote House & Garden - Moreton in Marsh
Sezincote (pronounced See-zin-kt) is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills. Built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell, who had worked in India, there is a central dome, peacock tail windows and pavilions. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.
Snowshill Manor & Garden - Snowshill
(National Trust) Once described as ”a house for the evening hours, surely the loveliest spell of the day”, Snowshill Manor is a typical, traditional Cotswold house, built of golden yellow local stone and set on a hillside above the Vale of Evesham.
Stanway House & Fountain - Stanway
Stanway is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss.
Sudeley Castle, Gardens & Exhibitions - Winchcombe
The history of Sudeley Castle and its award-winning gardens spans over a thousand years and contains many varied tales of royal associations, wars and periods of neglect and subsequent restoration.
Warwick Castle - Warwick
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire. It sits on a bend on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 within or adjacent to the Anglo-Saxon burgh of Warwick.
Wellington Aviation Museum - Moreton-in-Marsh
Wellington Aviation Museum is a small independent museum based in Moreton-in-Marsh, England, which serves to remember the hundreds of trainee pilots who passed through its gates.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum - Tetbury
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses.
Woodchester Mansion - Nympsfield
Woodchester Mansion is an architectural masterpiece of the Victorian age abandoned by its builders before it could be completed. It has been virtually untouched by time since the mid-1870s, and today offers a unique opportunity to tour and explore a Gothic building in mid-assembly.
Woodchester Valley Vineyard
Woodchester Valley is a family owned vineyard & winery established by the Shiner family in 2007. The boutique estate stretches across three vineyard sites in Woodchester, Amberley & Doverow and offers fantastic tours (booking essential) including a tutored tasting with an experienced member of the team. Visit the website for more information and to book your tour!