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Things to do in Cotswold District

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Good day out for families with youngsters, but parking can be a problem if wet ground conditions”
  • 97 locals recommend
Racecourse
“One the best racecourses in the country and home to the Gold Cup, which takes place annually in early March. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Park
“Take a good half a day to visit here. Walk around the old and new arboretum and marvel in the beautiful colours and different species of trees. It has a beautiful shop and cafe too. Dogs welcome ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Farm
“Another great day out for kids. Get there early. They'll love learning how to milk cows and handling lots of small animals and feeding the lambs in season! A great place to take a picnic too although there is a cafe.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Café
“A superb restaurant, day spa and farm shop. They also have a cookery school and host various events throughout the summer months.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Nature
“On the second highest point in the Cotswolds, the Tower was completed in 1798 and was the brainchild of the 18th Century landscape designer, “Capability Brown” with the help of architect James Wyatt. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Castle
“Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Rated amongst the top attractions on TripAdvisor for ‘Things to Do in the Cotswolds’, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. All-year-round activities and events.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Place of worship
“Stunning cathedral really worth a visit. Used in the filming of Harry Potter (Hogwarts).”
  • 41 locals recommend
Theatre
“Lovely theatre, centrally situated and attracts a variety of national and local touring shows and artists”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely large Regency park, complete with boating lake, pitch and putt course, tennis courts and a large play area for the young ones. Routes for a jog or a cycle - connect up with the Honeybourne Line cycle track that takes you all the way to Cheltenham Spa railway station And not forgetting the stunning Pittville Pump Rooms”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lodging
“Modern British food, with fine dining, a bar and terrace and private dining. 20 minutes drive.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
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“Wonderful old manor house and great collection of artefacts. In the lovely Cotswold Village of Snowshill”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
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“The Wilson is a lovely museum and well worth a visit, it has some great exhibits and permanent collections relating to Cheltenham and the town's history. The Tourist Information is also located at the museum.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
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“Stunning gardens, loads of history in a beautiful part of the world. The Ebrington Arms is a couple of miles down the road if you're out walking, excellent for a pint and a bite!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Nature
“The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Elegant and dramatic brasserie, which used to be an art deco cinema 1920s/30s bar, over 2 levels with live jazz often and a seasonal British menu.”
  • 30 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Lodging
“Modern British food, with fine dining, a bar and terrace and private dining. 20 minutes drive.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Elegant and dramatic brasserie, which used to be an art deco cinema 1920s/30s bar, over 2 levels with live jazz often and a seasonal British menu.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and a great atmosphere. Great location in the Corn Hall in Cirencester”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“A wonderful farm shop and deli a short drive from the village. Great for coffee, fresh eggs, local produce, great food, wine and craft beer. Order from their delicious menu and sit in a yurt next to the Woodburner fire!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Many chain bars and restaurants (Chef and Brewer, Harvester etc.) also cinema and ten pin. The cosy bar has good atmosphere might have to book Gold Cup Week. Plenty of places to eat and drink. 400 Mtrs away.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“An exceptional menu; this is not your typical gastro-pub fare. The food is inspirationally modern British and multi-award winning. The kitchen delivers an exciting take on English classics and everything is produced from scratch on site by their team of talented chefs. The emphasis is on celebrating local produce sourced in and around Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good solid brasserie menu with great wine list and cocktails in a beautiful setting. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pub
“The King's Head Inn is one of our favourite pubs in the area for a quiet drink or lunch or dinner. The food is great, as is the location on the green in Bledington. Look out for the Bantam chickens in the garden!”
  • 19 locals recommend

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