Things To Do

Things to do and see around us

You’ll never be short of something to do in the Cotswolds!

A visit to the Cotswolds not only allows you to relax and unwind, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to experience the many things to do and attractions on offer in this beautiful part of the world.

Here’s our personal top ten list of things to do during your trip:

Stratford upon Avon

(About 20 minutes from here)

You really need a couple of days to uncover all the exciting things there is to do in Shakespeare’s home town. We would highly recommend buying tickets for the open top bus that tours around the town so you can hop on and off all day long to capture some of the magic in this place. The Butterfly Farm, the ferris wheel for stunning views, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm, the Other Place, the MAD Museum and a ride on one of the many boats on the River Avon are a must.

British Motor Museum – Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

(About 10 minutes from here)

Explore the British Motor Museum – home to world’s largest collection of historic British cars – from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1. Take a walk down the ‘Time Road’ and discover how motoring and family life has changed through the decades as the cars are brought to life by costumed explainers and free guided tours. Great restaurant and also a lovely outdoor play area with picnic area for children.

Broadway Tower and Broadway – Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LB

(About 25 minutes from here)

An iconic landmark, on top of the beautiful Cotswolds escarpment, Broadway Tower has enjoyed a colourful history since its conception and offers something of interest for everyone, as well as stunning views. Then pop down to Broadway village and take a stroll around some of the delightful shops and have a delicious afternoon tea in one of the many tea rooms.

Blenheim Palace – Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS

(About 25 minutes from here)

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors and sits amongst more than 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland and gardens. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this Grade 1 listed building is home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculptures and tapestries.

Compton Verney – Warwickshire CV35 9HZ

(About 10 minutes from here)

Discover the unique delights of Compton Verney, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 120 acres of stunning parkland and a lake surround and award-winning art gallery, with family friendly café and gift shop. You can wander through the historic Capability Brown landscape, marvel at the world-class art exhibitions or have great fun in the outdoor adventure playground. Definitely worth buying an annual membership pass if you’re planning a return visit in the next 12 months, as they are great value for money.

Cotswold Wildlife Park – Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP

(About 30 minutes from here)

Take a walk on the wild side at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Gothic Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs or take a ride on Bella the Train (April-October).

The stunning gardens and themed borders, make a beautiful backdrop for viewing the animals. With over 260 different species of animals in over 120 acres of Parkland, there’s plenty of space to relax and get closer to wildlife.

Kids of all ages will love the adventure playground in the woods with interconnecting tree-houses, rope bridges and slides. Don’t miss the Children’s Farmyard with goat.

Warwick Castle – Warwick CV34 6AH

(About 25 minutes from here)

Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle; great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, heroic knights, birds of prey and the castle dungeons are not to be missed. Book your tickets on line before your visit to take advantage of discounted prices.

Royal Shakespeare Company – Stratford upon Avon CV37 6BB

(About 20 minutes from here)

One of the world’s best-known theatre ensembles, the Royal Shakespeare Company performs the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing, throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon.

If you don’t have time to see a performance then you can still enjoy the stunning views from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, spend time exploring the award-winning The Play’s The Thing exhibition, relax with a coffee at The Other Place overlooking the River Avon while feeding the swans or sip cocktails on the Rooftop Restaurant.

Upton House and Gardens – near Banbury, Warwickshire OX15 6HT

(About 5 minutes from here)

The National Trust’s Upton House is a country mansion and home to an extensive private art collection. With beautiful walks, stunning gardens and the best chocolate cake ever to be found in their coffee shop, this is really worth a visit. There are several other National Trust properties all within easy travelling distance of here including Farnborough Hall, Packwood House, Baddersley Clinton and Charlecote House.

Cotswold Distillery – Whichford Road, Stourton, Shipston on Stour CV36 5HG

(About 10 minutes from here)

The first full scale distillery in the Cotswolds, established in 2014, and offers visitors guided tours around the distillery to see how their spirits are crafted, followed by the opportunity to sample the full range of their spirits and liqueurs in their cosy tasting room.

Researching the area

A few websites that can also help to decide on where to visit while you stay here are:

Walkers

It you enjoy a good ramble, can we suggest that you visit this website for some of the best walks in Warwickshire – https://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/Warwickshire-walks-list

The Edge Hill walk was listed by the Sunday Times as the third best walk in England. There’s also a great walk from the National Herb Centre (Warmington – about 10 minutes away) where you can see three counties from one point.

Cycling in the Cotswolds

This is a great website for details of some of the very best cycle routes in the Cotswolds: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/walking-and-cycling-inspiration/best-regional-routes/cycling-Cotswolds

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