Things To Do In Dursley

Staying in a holiday cottage means you live alongside the locals and explore the local area. For most visitors, Dursley's attractions include the Cotswold Way national walking trail which runs through the centre of the town; its history as a hub of mediaeval wool and cloth trade; and its proximity to centres like Bristol, Bath and Gloucester.

There are a number of interesting things to do in and around Dursley, whether you're looking for activities close by or wanting to explore further afield on a day trip. Here are a few ideas for you to consider while you're staying in your Amatis holiday cottage:

The Broadwell is thought to be the oldest part of Dursley.

Explore Dursley town

The town centre is quite compact; pedestrianised Parsonage Street is a great street to meander down, browsing the eclectic selection of independent shops and cafes. Wander along to the 18th century market hall. Behind the 13th century church of St James the Great, the area of the Broadwell is thought to be the oldest part of town.

Go for a scenic walk

Dursley is a perfect base from which to explore the attractive walks nearby, and the town hosts a walking festival every October. The woods to the south and west are criss-crossed with paths. The Cotswold Way runs through the town centre; follow it in either direction to reach breathtaking views over the Severn Valley.

Follow the Cotswold Way out of Dursley in either direction and you'll come across stunning views like this one from Coaley Peak.
Get a spectacular view over the Cotswold edge with a trial glider flight.

Get a bird's eye view

Why not see the countryside from a new perspective with a trial flight at the local gliding club? Flying from Nympsfield airfield you soar above the Cotswold edge and out over the Severn Valley. Not just a summer activity either - winter gliding can be really atmospheric as you rise above the valley clouds into the sunshine!

Explore archaeological sites

Many of the high points along the Cotswold edge near Dursley provided great vantage points for prehistoric people living in the area. There are impressive Iron Age hill forts and numerous long barrows on the hills surrounding the town, which lies in the bottom of a valley branching off the Severn Vale.

A number of ancient long barrows are dotted around Dursley, like this one at Nympsfield.

Other attractions near Dursley

Other attractions near Dursley
Mediaeval Berkeley Castle is a short drive from Dursley.

Berkeley Castle

Dursley town was founded after a grant of burgage from the Berkeley estate. This mediaeval castle has over 900 years of history to uncover - including the murder of a king! - as well as a butterfly house and yurt in the grounds.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre attracts thousands of birds during the winter.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge is a haven for wildlife and a fantastic local destination for anyone interested in birds. There are bird feeding opportunities for the children, keeper talks, a tropical house and several hides for bird watching.

Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Try a drop of some locally produced wine from Woodchester Valley. Three vineyards have been planted since 2007 producing white, rose and sparkling wines. Tours are available as well as tastings at the cellar door shop.

Westonbirt Arboretum is famous for its spectacular displays of colourful foliage in the autumn.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is a fabulous place to walk, picnic, hone your photography skills, and let the children play in nature. Visit at any time of year - it changes with the seasons and there's always something new to see.

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