Historic gardens, houses and ancient sites amongst a patchwork of commons, woods and valleys

Places to visit

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Summer in the Cotswolds

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

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

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Upcoming events

Charlecote Park

An introduction to Beekeeping

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Find out all about beekeeping and Charlecote's own honey bees. This event will help to pay for the care of our bees next year.

Unearthing Hidcote: Arts and Crafts

Thu 20 Jun 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.

Rose month

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Join us across the month of June as we celebrate the nations favourite flower and a Hidcote favourite.

Silent Spaces in the Home Shrubbery

Thu 20 Jun 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

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Pick up one of our new '50 things' activity cards from reception and test them out as you explore the garden.

Garden Tours

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Spend about an hour walking in the garden with one of our volunteer tour guides.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

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

Behind the scenes from experts

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.