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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 house with views at Dyrham Park in winter, South Gloucestershire
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Dyrham Park 

Ancient parkland, 17th-century house and garden

near Bath, South Gloucestershire

Partially 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

Closed now
Tree planting on the Buscot and Coleshill Estate, Oxfordshire
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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

Partially open today
A family at the south front of Newark Park, Gloucestershire
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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

Fully 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

More places to visit in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

The exterior of Chastleton House, an early Jacobean building
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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

Closed now
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

Closed now

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

Fully 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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Winter garden birds trail at Newark Park 

Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Learn more about winter garden birds and how you can help them this season.

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26 Feb to 29 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Storytelling for under 5s 

Woodchester Park, near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Join us each week on Monday mornings for story time with our storytelling volunteer. No need to book, available for under 5s and their grown ups!

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26 Feb to 16 Dec 2024
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10:30 to 11:00
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Behind the scenes Hidcote garden tour 

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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26 Feb to 25 Oct 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
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Craft and Chat 

Woodchester Park, near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

A weekly free session to join in with crafts over a warming brew

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28 Feb to 18 Dec 2024
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10:00 to 12:00
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Tai Chi at Hidcote 

Hidcote, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Join Swan School of Tai Chi & Qigong at Hidcote as they take you through the ancient Chinese tradition of Tai Chi.

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2 Mar to 7 Dec 2024
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09:30 to 11:00
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World Book Day storytelling at Newark Park 

Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Join us for a story in the Drawing Room.

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4 Mar to 10 Mar 2024
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11:30 to 13:45
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Garden reopens for 2024 season 

Westbury Court Garden, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

Make a date to visit the garden and see what's in bloom at the start of our 2024 season.

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6 Mar 2024
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11:00 to 17:00
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Mothers' Day at Newark Park 

Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Celebrate with crafts

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9 Mar to 10 Mar 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

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