Top 10 Places To Visit Cotswolds (Cotswolds Attractions)
At first glance, it may seem difficult to find something for everyone during your holiday in the Cotswolds, but at Monk’s Mill Barn, we know all of the hidden gems this wonderful place has to offer. Whether you’re a romantic couple, a group of friends or a family looking to keep the kids happy, here are just 10 great places to visit during your stay.
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is nestled in the very heart of the Cotswolds and is renowned for providing everyone with a great, fun-filled day out. No matter how old you are, you can closely interact with all the animals, as well as finding out about farming of the past and present.
You can meet over 50 herds and flocks of rare breed animals, such as Highland cattle, Gloucestershire and Old Spot Pigs. The Demonstration Barn and Touch Barn are open year round, and you’ll find plenty of entertainment for the kids, as you enjoy seasonal food and homemade beer at the on-site restaurant.
Batsford was a former home to the famous Mitford family and its 56 acre arboretum is beautiful and ever changing throughout the year. Snowdrops, aconites and daffodils are followed by Japanese ornamental cherries, magnolias, fritillaries and hellebores in late spring. We suggest coming to visit in May to see the show stopping handkerchief tree and the delightful wildflower meadows which are in bloom in the middle of summer.
After spending a day with the flowers, the Garden Terrace Cafe offers homemade food from locally sourced ingredients. There are plenty of scrummy cakes and pastries alongside meat, fish and vegetarian meals.
Great Escape Cars offer what is undoubtedly one of the best and most romantic ways to see the glory of the Cotswolds – classic car. With everything from vintage Minis to E-Types, and prices starting from just £160 for a weekend, this is an amazing surprise for your loved one.
Great Escape Cars will even deliver the car you’ve hired to your holiday cottage or hotel to make your life that much easier, as well as providing an airport and rail transfer.
We heartily recommend you visit the village of Bourton-on-the-Water during your stay in the Cotswolds, and more specifically, its model village. Built to 1/9th scale, the model village is itself constructed from Cotswold stone. You’ll even see that the cherry, beech and chestnut trees are all miniature and under Bourton’s famous bridges runs the river Windrush. You’ll hear music in the miniature churches and you can even see a miniature version of the miniature village!
Get up and close with giraffes, encounter lemurs, see rhinos grazing the lawn of a gothic manor house and more at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens! There are over 260 species of animals in the 120 acres of parkland, making this a treat for all the family.
Children will love the woodland adventure playground, with its slides, interconnecting tree-houses and rope bridges, as well as the goat petting area in the Children’s Farmyard.
Take a short drive (maybe in your classic car…?) and visit the Victoria Art Gallery in the nearby historic city of Bath. You’ll discover a wealth of artistic talent spanning from the 15th century to today, including local artists such as Walter Sickert and Thomas Gainsborough. The temporary art collections offer rare chances to see extraordinary pieces of art before you enjoy as cup of freshly brewed tea under the gallery’s zodiac dome- one of the finest Victorian spaces in the Cotswolds.
The National Waterways Museum tells the interesting and little-known 200 year history of Britain’s inland waterways. There are a number of interactive and hands-on displays for all the family to enjoy and learn with, and there are regular boat trips for the children (and adults!) to enjoy. The specialist book and gift shop are perfect for finding souvenirs and more in-depth knowledge on this fascinating part of British history.
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is perfect to take someone who loves birds of prey or just wants to get closer to nature for the day. The centre is home to more than 60 species of birds of prey, many of them in breeding pairs. There are multiple displays everyday where you can learn more about these fantastic predators and their conservation.
If you’re looking for something truly special, the Eagle Day or Owl Evening experience will make your partner’s holiday truly memorable!
With 270 acres of ancient parkland and a historic herd of fallow deer join the majestic trees and gorgeous view that make Dyrham Park a must-visit for any stay in the Cotswolds. There’s plenty of space for children to run free and tire themselves out, and plenty of acres for adults to do the same!
The West Garden is definitely worth exploring, and you can take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the house’s conservation studio.
Producing a range of delicious spirits, the Cotswolds Distillery is the first full-scale craft distillery in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They offer Cotswold Single Malt Whiskey, made with Cotswold-grown barley. Their Cotswold Dry Gin is award winning, and features local lavender from the nearby Snowshill. You can also browse a range of small-batch liqueurs and brandies.
Be sure to book yourself onto one of their daily tours to avoid disappointment today!
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in the Cotswolds, no matter what you’re looking for. For more information about the wide range of things you can do during your stay at Monk’s Mill Barn, give us a call on 07809 216647 or get in touch online.