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10 of The Best Things to Do in The Cotswolds on a Rainy Day

Even when the Sun doesn't shine there are plenty of places to visit in the beautiful Cotswolds to ensure a memorable stay.

1. Gloucester Cathedral

Enjoy soaking up this extraordinary building with treasures of national significance. It's well worth a visit 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. Tours are available.

2. The Cotswolds Distillery

CotswoldDistillery

Nestled amongst landscaped gardens in the beautiful Warwickshire Countryside, the Distillery is a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon. Take a tour of the gin and whisky distillery, and delight in a tasting in front of the cosy, warm fire.

3. Cotswolds Motoring Museum and Toy Collection

Located in the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds the museum provides a fascinating journey through motoring history. As well as being home to 'Brum' the much-loved children's TV character, children will revel in the expansive toy collections from years gone by.

4. Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Hensons Cotswold Farm Park

With covered areas for rainy days there is plenty to keep the family occupied at the Cotswolds Farm Park. Head to the heated Touch Barn to meet the resident's smaller animals and join in with seasonal activities in the Demo Barn. Adam's Café serves delicious locally-sourced food. The Farm Park Shop is an ideal place to pick up locally-sourced gifts to take home.

5. Corinium Museum

The multi award-winning museum is home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities, found in and around Cirencester. View the fascinating exhibitions, beautiful mosaics and gain an authentic insight into life in Roman times.

6. The Cookery School at Daylesford

6 The Cookery School at Daylesford

Housed in a beautifully restored barn in the Cotswolds countryside, treat yourself to a cookery course at Daylesford. With state-of-the-art facilities and locally sourced food you will learn cooking principles and recipes using seasonal ingredients. Advance booking is required.

7. Magic Land, Cirencester

Keep the little ones entertained at this 13,000 sq. ft indoor play area. With its multi-tiered soft play structure, ball rivers, log ramps, zip slides and array of activities. Throughout the year this is sure to be a hit with the younger family members.

8. Fine Dining Lunch at Prithvi

Enjoy a memorable three course lunch at Prithvi. Since it's opening in 2012, Prithvi has become immensely popular for its alternative take on Indian Cuisine. It has a refined and sophisticated approach with enhancements on Indian Classics.

9. Afternoon Tea

afternoontea

There are numerous tea houses and restaurants offering delicious home-made Afternoon Tea across the Cotswolds. Huffkins and The Old Bakery Teahouse prove popular. For something more quirky, try Aunt Martha's, serving traditional afternoon tea which takes you back in time to the Victorian era.

10. Shopping in The Montpellier District, Cheltenham

Enjoy some leisurely shopping in Cheltenham's Montpellier District, with its individually styled boutiques. Mosey on up to Montpellier Walk where you will find an abundance of cafes, which adds to its continental, holiday feel.

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