There are plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds, from visiting historic gardens, to exploring houses and ancient sites amongst a patchwork of commons, woods and valleys.

Places to visit

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Summer in the Cotswolds

New cottage - The exterior of Horton Court, Gloucestershire

Horton Court near Chipping Sodbury - now available as a holiday cottage 

A Grade 1 listed manor house which is recently refurbished, situated on the edge of the rolling Cotswold countryside. Ideal for family get togethers (sleeps 10), it's close to Bath and Bristol as well as many National Trust days out.

Autumn brings spectacular light and colour to Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Family group at Trerice

Heritage Open Days 2019 

From 13-22 September 2019, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of activities. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, so you can visit many of the places we care for entirely for free.

Upcoming events


Unearthing Hidcote: Arts and Crafts

Mon 26 Aug 2019
During 2019 Hidcote will be exploring the Arts and Crafts Movement that grew in the North Cotswolds and how it may have influenced the garden.
Dyrham Park

The great outdoors family trail

Mon 26 Aug 2019
This summer holidays you can explore the parkland through a self-led trail. This year’s trail includes lots of activities to tick off your 50 things list, such as cloud-watching, wild art, having fun with sticks and den-building.
Chedworth Roman Villa

Roman Traders

Mon 26 Aug 2019
Come to meet Roman Traders and feast your eyes on their beautiful Roman replica items.

Rachel Dein: Hidcote through the seasons

Mon 26 Aug 2019
In August 2019 acclaimed artist Rachel Dein will be exhibiting her unique castings at Hidcote made using plants and flowers from the garden collected throughout the seasons.

Silent Spaces in the Home Shrubbery

Mon 26 Aug 2019
Enjoy the tranquility of our Silent Space. Explore the opportunities to reflect without interruptions of daily life!
Prior Park Landscape Garden

'50 things' nature trails

Mon 26 Aug 2019
Pick up one of our new '50 things' activity cards from reception and test them out as you explore the garden.
Visitors pick up fallen apples in the orchard at Killerton, Devon

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Myths and legends in the South West

Time to reflect

Summer walks in the Cotswolds 

Exploring on foot is a great way to get around the Cotswolds, soak in the wide-reaching views and spend time in the great outdoors.


Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.


Enjoy unusual houses and walk through the countryside.