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Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

There are plenty of things to do in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, from visiting historic gardens, to exploring houses and ancient sites amongst a patchwork of commons, woods and valleys. Start planning to get the most from your visit.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

View of the West Front and gardens in summer at Dyrham Park
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Dyrham Park 

Ancient parkland, 17th-century house and garden

near Bath, South Gloucestershire

Fully open today
Outside the south front of Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire on a spring day
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Snowshill Manor and Garden 

Snowshill is the unconventional home of the eccentric Charles Wade, who delighted in creating a stage for his life and passions.

near Broadway, Gloucestershire

Fully open today
Distant view of visitors walking through a buttercup meadow at Coleshill Park
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Buscot and Coleshill Estates 

Villages and countryside criss-crossed with trails

near Swindon, Wiltshire

Partially open today
A mother holds a baby while walking the garden
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Hidcote 

Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills.

near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Fully open today
The South front of Newark Park house
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Newark Park 

A secluded estate with glorious views, providing country house hospitality, garden strolls and woodland walks

Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Fully open today
View through pine trees of a grassy clearing in spring at Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire
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Woodchester Park 

Beautiful secluded wooded valley

near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Partially open today
Chedworth Roman Villa from viewpoint
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Chedworth Roman Villa 

Cradled in a beautiful Cotswold valley rest the remains of one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain

near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Fully open today

What's on this May half term

Make the most of the school holidays with a day out at one of the places we care for in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Two adults and a toddler walk along the path admiring the plants in the Armillary Court at Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire in spring

May half term events 

Discover days out near you including a Roman Snail Trail at Chedworth Roman Villa and Festival of Blossom at Snowshill Manor and Garden.

More places to visit in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

The east facade at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire in spring
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Chastleton 

Discover the myths and memories of an ancient country house, a compelling time capsule of 400 years of family life

near Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire

Fully open today
The medieval ruins at Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire
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Hailes Abbey 

13th-century Cistercian abbey

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

View over green woodland pasture on an estate walk at Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire
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Lodge Park and Sherborne Park Estate 

England's only surviving 17th-century grandstand, within a tranquil Cotswold estate full of diverse wildlife

near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Partially open today
A view over the T-canal with the Neptune scultpure with visitors walking from the Summer House at Westbury Court Garden, Gloucestershire
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Westbury Court Garden 

Dutch water garden - a rare and beautiful survival

Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

Fully open today

Castles and forts in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

An opportunity to explore distinctive landmarks rich in wildlife and archaeology with tremendous panoramas. There's plenty for the whole family to do with walks to the summit and a chance to explore the woodland on the way.

Visitor walking at Crickley Hill with a view of the countryside and bare winter trees
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Crickley Hill 

Discover an area rich in bird, plant and tree life on Crickley Hill. Take a walk on the wild side and see what you can spot along the way.

Walkers with a dog at Haresfield Beacon in Gloucestershire
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Haresfield Beacon and Standish Wood 

Explore a wealth of archaeological features, including long and round barrows, a hill fort and cross dyke. It's the perfect vantage point for there are views across the Severn estuary towards the Forest of Dean and Brecon Beacons. Image Override

Stroud, Gloucestershire

Fully open today

Outdoor activities in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

Get active this winter with outdoor activities in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds including running, fishing, cycling and horse riding.

A visitor horse riding through a wooded glade at Killerton, Devon
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Woodchester Park 

Head to woodland near you and take part in activities in the fresh air including running and walking.

near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Partially open today

Sustainable travel

Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.

A visitor walking and their child riding a bike along the path towards the meadows.
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Sustainable travel in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Chris Beckett, Artist in Residence at Newark Park 

Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Fused-glass artist, Chris Beckett, will be at Newark Park during May half term 2024

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23 May to 27 May 2024
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May half term at Newark Park 

Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Get arty this half term from 25 May to 2 June

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23 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Nature’s Tapestry | Botanical Embroidery at Hidcote 

Hidcote, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Botanical and embroidery artist Olga Prinku brings her exclusive Nature’s Tapestry: Botanical Embroidery at Hidcote exhibition to Hidcote. Find out more.

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23 May to 30 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Picnic under the blossom 

Snowshill Manor and Garden, near Broadway, Gloucestershire

Enjoying a picnic under the blossom is part of the Japanese tradition of Hanami. Take some time to sit, enjoy some food and admire the beauty of the blossoms.

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23 May to 31 May 2024
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11:00 to 17:30
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Snowshill Manor Blossom Photography Competition 

Snowshill Manor and Garden, near Broadway, Gloucestershire

Take the best blossom photo and win a private tour of Charles Wade's cottage including parts not usually open to the public.

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23 May to 31 May 2024
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11:00 to 17:30
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Spotlight on Japanese objects 

Snowshill Manor and Garden, near Broadway, Gloucestershire

During the season of blossom we will be highlighting some of the fine Japanese objects collected by Charles Wade.

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23 May to 31 May 2024
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11:30 to 16:30
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Garden tours at Hidcote 

Hidcote, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Discover the history of Hidcote and its creator, Major Lawrence Johnston, as well as the garden conservation work of the National Trust on a guided garden tour. Find out more...

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24 May to 25 Oct 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
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Roman Snail Trail at Chedworth Roman Villa 

Chedworth Roman Villa, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Come and learn about one of Chedworth Roman Villa's famous residents.

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25 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:30
+ 8 other dates or times
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.