Character Cottages

Family Holidays in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are one of England's most beautiful and popular holiday destinations. Known for its hundreds of honey coloured villages amongst beautiful countryside, it is the perfect place for hiking and walking. With a mixture of outdoor fun, museums, and historical landmarks, the whole family will enjoy a pleasant holiday away from the stresses of modern society. There is ample self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds available for your family.

Summer in the Cotswolds Blog Image 2

Outdoor Activities

The Cotswolds is a perfect location for a family outdoor holiday. You can walk through the countryside, marveling at all the little villages you come across. You can stay at one of the many beautiful cottages in the Cotswolds or another type of self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds and further enjoy the scenery. On hot days, take your family to the Cotswold Water Park formerly known as Keynes Country Park. It is one of the largest water parks in Britain, with 132 great lakes. You can just walk and hike and enjoy the scenery or you can enjoy the water, either with water sports or swimming.

Parks and Animals

Stay in one of the cottages in the Cotswolds, enjoying the beautiful and peaceful countryside, and then visit one of the numerous parks and gardens kids are sure to love. Birdland Park and Gardens is seven acres of woodland, river and gardens that have over 400 birds living there, including flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes. For a unique wildlife experience, visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, where you can see over 200 species of animals, including rhinos, all set around a stunning Victorian Manor House. If your family really loves animals, visit the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park and the Berkeley Heath Farm as well.


if you decide to leave the tranquility of the cottages in the Cotswolds, there are a few museums you can visit that your whole family will enjoy. For families who love trains, visit the Model Railway Exhibition or the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway. On the Stream Railway, you and your family will take a round trip on one of the old Stream Railways, while also getting to see the beautiful countryside in the Cotswolds. You might even find some self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds near the Steam Railway.

Nearby Attractions

The Cotswolds cover a large area of England. Nearby is Warwick Castle, a must see for families interested in history. It is one of the best-preserved castles in England. The castle dates back to the time of William the Conqueror and you can see exhibits that are interactive and fun that teach about life in medieval times. You can easily get to Bath, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, and the West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park even when staying in cottages in the Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds offer a great, stress free holiday destination the whole family can enjoy. Opting for self-catering accommodation in the Cotswolds means that you and your family can take your holiday at your own pace! With so much to offer, a family holiday staying in the Cotswolds will be a truly memorable experience for your entire family!

Receive exclusive offers from Character Cottages


Your details will never be given to any third parties for their marketing. It will only ever be used by us to send you great things.
To find out more, visit our Privacy Notice.