Cotswolds

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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Well Court at Snowshill Manor and Garden in spring

Where you can visit in the Cotswolds 

We've re-opened a number of places in line with government guidance. We recommend you book in advance for visits to gardens and parks, especially at busy times such as weekends. See what’s open and ready for you to book this week below.

Tulips in flower at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

Situated near Bath, this ancient parkland is full of magnificent trees and view points with extensive vistas that stretch as far as the Welsh mountains. The garden is home to sumptuous planting, formal areas and peaceful wooded terraces.

The view of the Old Garden in spring

Hidcote

Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills. Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, delightful vistas and colourful planting.

Lower garden at Newark Park

Newark Park

Tudor hunting lodge set proudly in an estate on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. The quaint gardens and sprawling parkland are filled with spring blooms.

Crocus at Westbury Court Garden

Westbury Court Garden

A rare and beautiful survivor, explore the canals in this Dutch water garden near Gloucester; the only restored one in the country.

Daffodils at Snowshill Manor

Snowshill

The garden of this Cotswold manor house is the perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas, quiet corners and unexpected delights.

More places to visit

Outdoors around the Cotswolds

Family taking part in craft activities

Recreating places from the South West at home 

If you're in need of a National Trust fix but can't get out at the moment, we have some different ways you could recreate your favourite places from the South West at home, from baking to knitting to cut-out and create models.

Bringing nature to you

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Large blue butterfly boost

The globally endangered large blue butterfly has been successfully reintroduced at Rodborough Common. Large blues were once a common sight on the commons. Butterflies are such sensitive creatures, and with the large blue’s particular requirements they are real barometers for what is happening with our environment and the changing climate. Creating the right conditions for this globally endangered butterfly has been the culmination of years of work by conservationists and the local graziers.⁠

Gloucestershire

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

Oxfordshire

Enjoy unusual houses and walk through the countryside.