Local Attractions in the Cotswolds

  This page should provide you with an overview of the attractions, places to visits and local shops in the Cotwolds so that you can plan your stay accordingly. However, we strongly suggest that you visit www.completely-cotswold.com for excellent advice and more detailed information. Thanks.  

Attractions in the Cotswolds:



The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people all over the world. It is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with honey-coloured stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grass roads, beech woods and captivating villages. It is an outstanding English landscape – a landscape once experienced is never forgotten.

There are many attractions to help visitors enjoy their stay in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Whether it be a family trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park or an inspiring visit to Blenheim Palace, the wide host of attractions and places of interest will captivate your breath and imagination.

Some of the best attractions are listed below, followed by a wide variety of interesting Gardens and Walking places, spectacular Restaurants and Pubs and other 'must see' places of interest.

Together, Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds offer so much to see and do that you will be spoilt for choice. Please 'left click' on the attraction names for additional information.

Blenheim Palace - Home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of the largest and finest private houses in the country. It contains a superb collection of tapestries and paintings set in the magnificent State Rooms. Surrounding the Palace are lovely parkland and gardens.

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum - Awarded Designated Museum status for its outstanding, world-famous collection relating to the Arts & Crafts Movement. This includes fine furniture and exquisite metalwork, made by Cotswold craftsmen - inspired by William Morris. Additional collections are rare Chinese and English pottery and 300 years of painting by Dutch and British artists.

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection - For adults and older children. Famous as the home of "Brum" the little car from the childrens' TV series, this collection of vehicles includes cars, motorcycles and caravans displayed with all kinds of memorabilia. There is also one of the largest collections of metal motoring signs and a number of teddy bears and rare pedal cars - something for everyone.

Stanway House and Gardens - The glory of the Stanway watergarden is the single-jet fountain in the Canal, opened on 5th June 2004. The fountain rises magnificently to over 300 feet, making it the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in the world, and the second tallest fountain in Europe.

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop & Spa - Daylesford organic farm is not only a wonderful organic food shop, it is a cookery school and a spa!

For more information on attractions in the Cotswolds, please visit www.cotswolds.info
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  Walking in the Cotswolds:  


The Cotswolds offer some of the most beautiful countryside for walking as well as easy access to Stratford, Warwick and Oxford. The Cotswolds have many small and quaint villages not far from London that time has simply left behind and many public trails lead straight through these wonderful areas. 

You can also hire some bicycles and take a leisurely cycle through the gorgeous terrain and natural landscapes.  A few useful links and guides to walking are provided below:

Cotswolds National Trail

Walking Tours of the Cotswolds 2006

Luxury Walking in the Cotswolds

Walkers Guide to the Cotswolds

Cotswold Walking Books and Guides


  Cotswold Gardens:  


The Cotswolds has some of the finest and most beautiful gardens and arboreta in Britain. There are lots of small gardens full of the old-fashioned romance of an English country cottage and even more captivating gardens built on a grand scale.

Whether you are interested in Gardens or not, the Cotswolds simply offers some spectacular views for all to see and experience. Areas of interest here include:

Here are some of the best Gardens to visit in Gloucester and the Cotswolds area with a bit of background information too:

List of simply 'The Best Gardens'

Cotswolds Gardens

Cotswolds Gardens & Arboretums

Gardens in the Cotswolds


  Villages to visit:

Many of the small towns and villages surrounding the Cotswolds are within short distance from the South View Cottage. When you have a moment, why not pay them a visit and experience their individualistic English characteristics.

  • Broadway
  • Bourton on the Water
  • Chipping Campden
  • Chipping Norton
  • Moreton in Marsh
  • Stanway
  • Tetbury, including Highgrove House - the private residence of The Prince of Wales since 1980
  • Tewkesbury
  • Winchombe

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