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14 Attractions Not to Miss in the Cotswolds

1. Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

A visit to Gloucester Cathedral is a must with its stunning architecture, stained glass windows and artefacts. Wander down the corridors which doubled as scenes for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Head up to the Whispering Gallery to enjoy spectacular views of the Cathedral and explore the subterranean levels, where the earliest remains of the building are located. Guided tours and family activities run throughout the year.

2. Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park is a great day out for all the family, home to animals and mammals of all shapes and sizes. Head to the Madagascar exhibit where you can learn more about the fascinating creatures that reside there. As well as regular activities there are numerous events which take place throughout the summer months. Events include Falconry flying displays, daily talks on rhinos, car rallies and its MG Cars in the Park.

3. The Roman Baths

Roman Baths

Pay a visit to this magnificent example of a religious Roman hot spa which is located around Britain’s only hot springs, in the beautiful historic city of Bath. The temple is home to a bathing complex which still today, flows with natural hot water. Take a dip in the bath spa itself and soak up its unique atmosphere. Also located at the baths is a Roman museum which lies beneath the Pump Room which provides a fascinating insight into Roman life.

4. Cotswold Distillery

Cotswold Distillery

Nestled amongst landscaped gardens in the beautiful Warwickshire Countryside, the Cotswold Distillery is the perfect place to switch off and enjoy a unique experience. Knowledgeable tour guides provide an informative insight into the craft of creating award-winning gin and whisky. Relax and enjoy a generous tasting in the cosy bar area with its homely feel. Take home a reminder of your day, with a purchase of your favourite spirit from the well-stocked gift shop.

5. Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Located on the outskirts of Winchcombe this Castle houses of over 1,000 years of fascinating history. The last of King Henry VIII’s wives, Katherine Parr lived and died at the Castle and it was frequented by four of England’s queens. Explore a number of the family’s private rooms including the Sewing Room which offers one of the best views of the ruins. The award-winning gardens are well worth a visit with stunning seasonal displays.

6. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Step back in time on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway which runs a 25-mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse. It’s perfect for taking in the delightful scenery that the Cotswolds has to offer, including Stanway House, Hayles Abbey and the Malvern Hills. A full price ticket allows you the option to hop on and off stations located along the route.

7. Pittville Park

Pittville Park

Cheltenham’s Grade 2 listed Pittville Park is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The east side of the park is overlooked by a large, elegant pump room with a large children’s play area. Visit the aviaries where you can enjoy the popular birds and rabbits that inhabit there. The western side of the park includes a lower lake and areas of woodland to enjoy a gentle stroll. Fishing can also be enjoyed in the lake during the fishing season. Tennis courts and pitch and putt are also available at your leisure.

8. Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts a true highlight in the Jump Horse Racing Calendar in the Cheltenham Festival, which spans over four days and includes 28 races. 2018 races are provisionally scheduled to take place between 13th – 16th March. British and Irish trained horses and jockeys battle it out to achieve a winning title. There are three main enclosures to choose from depending on your requirement and budget. With ample eateries, bars, entertainment and the excitement of having a flutter, a great day out is pretty much guaranteed.

9. Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey

Soak up the impressive architecture and tranquillity of this well-maintained 12th Century Abbey which was used to house Benedictine Monks. Today, the Abbey’s long naïve which dominates the town’s skyline is said to be probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England. There is a tea room where you can enjoy a light refreshment and fantastic choral music events throughout the year.

10. Cotswold Falconry Centre

Falconry Centre

The Cotswold Falconry Centre is home to around 150 Birds of Prey and has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Centre showcases spectacular bird displays with free flying demonstrations and the opportunity to hand hold some of the birds. Follow the path through the Owl Wood; a mock-native environment for the birds, enabling them to be viewed in close proximity.

11. Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

This impressive 12th Century fortress ancestry home is full of fascinating history. Marvel at the Castle’s ceramics, paintings and tapestries. Saunter through the estate and its beautiful gardens, set amongst 6,000 acres of farm land, a stretch of the River Severn and a Medieval Deer Park. The Castle is open to visitors Sundays to Wednesdays from April to October. There are also plenty events to keep the little ones entertained during school holidays.

12. Montpellier District

Montpellier District

Cheltenham’s super stylish Montpellier District boasts a continental feel with its shopping and eatery areas. Head to Montpellier Walk to enjoy some retail therapy where you’ll find boutique and specialist shops. Upmarket shops can also be found at the Courtyard Shopping Arcade for you to peruse. Watch the world go by at Montpellier Gardens, or enjoy a refreshing glass of wine at one of the local wine bars.

13. The Chef’s Dozen Restaurant

For a culinary delight using quality local ingredients, head to The Chef’s Dozen in the picturesque market town of Chipping Campden. With its intimate, warm and friendly atmosphere and award-winning chef, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a special dining experience. The restaurant offers a seasonal changing menu. The sort of dishes that may tempt you included slow cooked pig cheek, rabbit wellington, or a damson soufflé.

14. Dragonfly Maze

Dragonfly Maze

For an exciting activity that proves popular with all ages, the Dragon Fly Maze located in the beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, is a great way to pass the afternoon. This traditional yew hedge maze consists of 14 clues to reveal the hidden Golden Dragon Fly. The aim is to reach the middle; however, you need to find the answers to the clues in order to make it to the centre of the maze!

If you’re going to fit all these fantastic attractions on your visit to the Cotswolds then you’re going to need somewhere fantastic to stay! Why not try one of our beautiful holiday cottages around the Cotswolds which will give you the perfect base to head out and explore everything the region has to offer.