Things To Do In The Cotswolds

Looking for things to do in the Cotswolds while you're here? Look no further - we have a great selection of ideas - there's something for everyone!

The Cotswolds is a region of central and south western England that has inspired authors, poets and artists throughout the ages. Here the countryside, dotted with honey-coloured stone cottages and quaint villages, is quintessentially English. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds' natural beauty and historical landscape are protected in perpetuity.

There are many ways to enjoy the delights of the Cotswolds. Here are a few of our favourites...

Fantastic views of the Severn Valley from Leckhampton Hill on the Cotswold edge, Devil's Chimney in the foreground.

Take a scenic walk

The most famous scenic walk in this region is the Cotswold Way. A popular and picturesque route, it runs along the western edge of the Cotswolds. For accommodation, Dursley is ideally situated to explore the Cotswold Way and other attractive walks nearby such as the Five Valleys Walk.

Explore quaint villages

Visitors to the Cotswolds usually try to see those most famous of picturesque villages, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Broadway. However if you mean to avoid the crowds, you can't really go wrong if you plan a day just pottering around a handful of Cotswold villages. Be prepared to take plenty of photos!

Bisley is a pretty little village near Stroud.
Gorgeous half-ruin Sudeley Castle, built of the local Cotswold limestone, and still lived in to this day.

Visit stately homes and castles

There are many interesting architectural and historical gems in this area, from castles which were once home to royalty, to picturesque ruins and historic manor gardens. The difficulty will be choosing which to visit!

Unearth Roman remains

The Cotswolds' popularity extends back at least as far as Roman times, evidenced by the vast number of Roman remains discovered in the area. Take a trip to Chedworth to explore the archaeology of a Roman villa. Cirencester (one of the capitals of Roman Britain) boasts a Roman amphitheatre and its Corinium Museum displays a number of spectacular mosaic floors.

Roman mosaic floor at Chedworth Roman Villa.

Other Cotswold attractions

Other Cotswold attractions

The Cotswolds are chock-full of amazing things to see and do - attractions suitable for all ages, interests and fitness levels. We're just touching the tip of the iceberg here, so check out our blog articles for more ideas for things to do in the Cotswolds!

Bourton-on-the-Water's Model Village is a delight for all ages.


Children love feeling like a giant, and adults are delighted by the detail in the stonework in Bourton's heritage listed model village.

Hidcote Manor Garden, near Chipping Camden, is one of the best known Arts and Crafts gardens in England.

Hidcote Manor Garden

An influential garden with outdoor "rooms" in the Arts and Crafts style. There's something to delight the eye at every turn.

The Roman Baths in the City of Bath are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cotswolds.

Roman Baths

Part of the City of Bath's UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, the Roman Baths are a must-see.

Sample local gins in the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Distillery

If you like gin, a tour and tasting at Cotswolds Distillery should be high on your list of things to do while you're here!

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