The Cotswolds has a wide and varied choice of Tourist Holiday Attractions to suite all types, tastes, adults, and children of all ages to ensure you and the family are kept entertained and delighted during your stay in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Located at Bitton Station midway between Bristol and Bath on the A431 one mile from Keynsham.
The Avon Valley Railway is more than just a train ride, offering
a whole new experience for some or a nostalgic memory for others.
The track now extends south to the proposed location of a new
platform at the River Avon with the opening planned during 2003.
Passengers will be able to enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside,
as well as the many attractions the River Avon has to offer.
For adults and older children. The Bibury Trout Farm is one of the oldest and attractive trout farms in the country. High quality trout reared to supply angling waters and for fishing by visitors. Gift shop, beginners fishing lessons (summer), fresh and smoked trout sales, and cafe.
Open Summer and Winter. Bibury Trout Farm, Bibury, GL7 5NL. Tel: 01285 740215/740212. Directions: B4425 7miles from Cirencester.
For Adults and children of all ages. Birdland at Bourton-on-the-Water is set in Seven acres of woodland, river and gardens, inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes, 50 aviaries, also tropical, temperate, and desert houses. Picnic areas, cafe, gifts and play area.
Open all year. Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BN. Tel: 01451 820480.
For both adults and children. Watch the flying exhibitions of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. Appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. There are many breeding pairs of birds including the owls in Owl Wood. The Falconry Centre is in the same grounds as Batsford Arboretum.
Open mid February to mid November 10.30am to 5.30pm. Cotswolds Falconry Centre, Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh,
GL56 9QB. Directions: A44, 2 miles out of Moreton-in-Marsh towards Broadway.
The Cotswolds Water Park is for adults and children of all ages. Britain's largest Water Park - 132 great lakes south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs are satisfied including:- nature reserves, country parks, water sports, Thames Path, cycling, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping. Safe summer bathing , lakeside cafe, walks cycling, barbecues, children's play area, bike, boat, and surf bike hire. Waterland outdoor activities centre. Disabled wheelchair access at Keynes Country Park.
Open all year. Cotswold Water Park & Keynes Country Park, Shorncote, Cirencester, GL5 6DF. Tel: 01285 860186. Web site: www.waterpark.org. Directions: 3.5 miles west of A419 Spine Road junction.
For nearby Places to Stay - See Accommodation at Cirencester.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is located near Burford and is for adults and children of all ages. The Park exhibits over 260 animal species in approximately 160 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens with a fine variety of plants around a setting of a listed Victorian Manor House. Facilities include cafe, picnic areas, adventure playground, narrow-gauge railway, and gift shop. Disabled wheelchair access provided for. Dog Friendly.
The Dunkirk Mill Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, twelve feet
wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed
by James Ferrabee of Stroud having a mainly cast iron frame with forty steel buckets.
The wheel is operated regularly on opening days, (subject to water supply), and the sight of the wheel starting
to move in a powerful cascade of water is unforgettable. The Dunkirk Mill Centre has been made possible with the assistance of a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative.
Please note there is no public parking on site except for disabled visitors.
You can park in the Cycle Path car park behind Egypt Mill just off the A46 on the edge of Nailsworth and follow
the cycle trail, it isn’t far and it is a beautiful walk.
The Heritage Motor Centre near Banbury in Warwickshire is the largest collection of historic British cars in the World. There is also the all-new 'Time Road' which leads visitors on a fascinating journey through Britain's motoring and social history, as well as a 1930's themed motoring cinema and the 'Get Behind the Wheel' zone.
Since 1983 the Trust has pursued its aim to fully restore the 34 miles of canal and locks which will once again link Hereford with Ledbury, Dymock, Newent and the rest of the inland waterway system at Gloucester.
Their policy is to develop significant showpiece lengths of the canal in each county, working towards the full restoration.
Some of the original 22 locks were extremely deep so the restoration will include a few extra locks to make them all a practical depth.
The World of Mechanical Music is a living museum of the extraordinary variety of self-playing musical instruments and automata which were the pride and joy of our Great Grandparents, and the
only kind of "canned" musical entertainment available in the home before regular broadcasting started up in 1924.
All the instruments are maintained in the most perfect possible order in our world-famous workshops on the premises, and introduced and played by our well informed guides in the form of a live
Open every day
10.00 - 18.00 hrs,
Xmas and Boxing day
Gloucester Antiques Centre
Founded in 1978 by Eddie Cook, Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the longest established antiques centres in the UK. Located in a former Victorian Grain Warehouse known as “The Lock
Warehouse”, Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest antiques centres in the region. We offer the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. With over 20,000
square feet, we have a massive selection of antiques and collectables all under one roof.
Gloucester Antiques Centre
No. 1 Severn Road, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2LE
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm -
Sunday 11.30pm to 4.30pm
Email: email@example.com -
Tel: 01452 529 716
The museum's fascinating displays are housed in a fine Victorian Building in the heart of the City and contains many items of national and international importance. Among the spectacular collection
are the archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts, and natural history specimens representing Gloucester's rich heritage.
A visit to the City Museum and Art Gallery will tell you so much about the early history of Gloucester. As well as fascinating Roman and Mediaeval displays there are dinosaurs, fossils, paintings,
clocks, furniture, the stunning Birdlip Mirror and lots more.
A wide range of exquisite touring exhibitions and an exciting programme of events, hands-on activities, are held throughout the year.
Whether you are a researcher, a professional, an amateur, or an enthusiast about archaeology, fine art, science or history there are plenty of objects in our collection to grab your attention.
And if you are visiting us a parent, grand parent or a child of any age, there is always something to do for children, interactive and other hands-on activities.
The former dock estate has become a popular destination where visitors can enjoy shops, museums and refreshment places or just wander around the quays, looking at a variety of historic buildings
and interesting vessels on the water.
An information office near the Southgate Street entrance is run by the Gloucester Docks Trading Co., who are responsible for the routine management of the area.
There is also a Visitor Information
Point in the Merchants Quay building in the centre of the site.
The docks are well signposted with brown signs on the main approach roads. The vehicle entrance is from Southgate St, a short distance from the city centre. There is ample space for visitor
parking within the dock estate.
Gloucester Folk Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. The collections have been drawn together through mainly gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire,
and represent one of the most fascinating collections of such material.
From treen (small wooden items), to the intriguing story of the river Severn fisheries, from historic costume to the life of the dairy; from the reconstructed Victorian classroom to the original
pin factory - all of these plus hundreds of other elements of our local history are to be found here.
Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms on different
levels and with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum which is both larger than seems possible, and constantly
surprising. No visit to Gloucestershire is complete without seeing the treasures and curiosities on display here.
A wide range of exhibitions, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations and role play sessions are held throughout the year. There is an attractive cottage garden and a courtyard area for
events, often with live animals, and outside games.
The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is dedicated to promoting contemporary designer crafts. A resource for those seeking high quality British contemporary designer crafts, whether it be
for education about the crafts and design, or be exhibition curators, or be public art consultants, or be those inspired to purchase or commission specially designed and made items.
A permanent Gallery in Painswick provides the opportunity to buy members work all the year round.
The Steam Railway is based at Toddington (between Broadway and Winchcombe) and operates a round trip of 13 miles to just beyond Gotherington a few miles from Cheltenham Racecourse. Departing from the restored station at Toddington you will travel past the village of Didbrook and the site of Hayles Abbey onto Winchcombe and finally Gotherington. The line is being extended to Cheltenham
Racecourse and will be open 2003. Good views of the Cotswolds Hills can be seen from both sides of the train.
Open certain dates throughout the year. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT. Tel 01242 621405. Web site: www.gwsr.com
Edward Jenner became world famous following his publication in 1798 in which
he demonstrated that vaccination with cowpox prevented the deadly smallpox. As use of his
treatment spread he found that he had to spend more and more of his time answering correspondence
about it. He called himself 'the Vaccine Clerk to the World'. He continued to advise and
research on the safest ways to produce and transport his cowpox vaccine.
The Edward Jenner Museum &
The Old Cyder House Conference Centre
For Museum Opening Times see website.
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate
Lodge Park, situated on the picturesque Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds, was created in 1634 by John 'Crump' Dutton and inspired by his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining.
Until 1983 it was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, and, when bequeathed, it was the first project undertaken by the Trust that relied totally on archaeological evidence. Visitors
can now experience how the unique grandstand would have looked in the 17th century and enjoy the impressive views of the deer course and park, which was designed by Charles Bridgeman in the
1720s. Wonderful walks around the surrounding Sherborne Estate cover 1,650 hectares (4,000 acres) of beautiful rolling countryside, and include the restored and working water meadows and sweeping
views of the River Windrush. The village of Sherborne is divided into two parts, with the East End exploiting the model village design of the mid 19th century, and the West End retaining many
of the older buildings in the village.
Standard Admission Grandstand: £5, child £2.80, family £12.50.
Estate free (£1 donation per car to support work on the estate)
Sherborne Estate Open All year
Longleat Safari Park
In 1966 Longleat opened the first Safari Park outside of Africa. Today it is difficult to imagine the furore aroused when Longleat’s plans for a 100-acre lion reserve were made public. There were dire warnings of big cats running amok in the Wiltshire countryside, local clergymen were up in arms and there were even questions asked in the Houses of Parliament. In spite of the fears however the concept of a drive through safari park proved hugely popular and forty years on, Longleat Safari Park remains one of the country’s leading wildlife attractions. But that’s not all… Longleat now encompasses a wide range of attractions to suit visitors of all ages… find yourself going round in circles in the Longleat Hedge Maze, journey on the Safari Boats for a sea-lion escorted cruise, enjoy a fun-packed ride on the Longleat Railway, let the kids let off steam in the Adventure Castle and more… your day at Longleat will never be long enough!
All attractions open:
17th Feb to 25th Feb
3rd Mar to 25th Mar :
Daily: 31st Mar to 4th Nov
Founded in the 7th-century as a Benedictine Monastery by Aldhelm, a nephew of King Ina of Wessex, the Abbey was once a major European centre of scholarship and learning. The present building, now about a third of its original size, was consecrated in about 1180 AD. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII (1539), it was sold with all its lands to William Stumpe, a local wealthy clothier, for just over £1500.
Today the Abbey is the Parish Church and dedicated to St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Adhelm
and to St. Mary. The Abbey was an important centre for pilgrimage because it is the
burial place of St. Aldhelm (first Abbot) and King Athelstan. The Abbey House gardens are especially enchanting are one of the most beautiful in England.
A Prayer of St. Benedict
'Oh Gracious and Holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, diligence to to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, throughthe power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord'.
For adults and older children. The model of the actual village of Bourton-on-the-Water built of Cotswold stone to 1/9th scale in 1937. The river Windrush flows under Bourton's famous bridges. The beeches, Cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course the model of the model.
Open all year. The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AF. Tel: 01451 820467.
The Museum welcomes families and children and has something to offer visitors of all ages. Whether you are visiting the District or have lived here for many years, you are sure to find something
that interests, inspires or amazes you.
Look out for our exciting programme of family fun events during half term, Easter and Summer holidays. Most events are free and take place on Wednesdays during the school holidays. You might
find yourself meeting an inventor from Stroud's past, listening to tales of life long ago, hunting for treasure or getting creative with drawing and making activities.
We are within easy walking distance of Stroud railway station, bus station and town centre. Look for the old Mansion House in Stratford Park next door to Stratford Park Leisure Centre.
The Museum in the Park, Stroud District Museum Service, Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AF
Tel: 01453 763394 - Fax: 01453 752400
October - March:
April - September:
Tuesdays - Fridays 10am to 4pm
Weekends 11am to 4pm
Closed from 1 - 31 December Tuesdays - Fridays 10am to 5pm
Weekends 11am to 5pm
Closed Mondays apart from:
Bank Holiday Mondays
11am to 5pm
Open every day in August
Museum admission is FREE.
National Waterways Museum
The National Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks bring the history of Britain’s waterways to life.Through interactive displays, recordings of former dock and canal workers, archive
film footage and exhibits you can explore the fascinating story of this revolutionary transport system. Climb aboard historic boats and discover what life was like living and working on our
The original National Waterways Museum at Gloucester is housed in a Victorian warehouse at Gloucester Docks, in the city of Gloucester. It has a collection of boats including narrowboats,
river barges, canal and river tugs, and a steam powered dredger. There is also a steam crane and heavy oil engine in the setting of a canal repair yard, complete with working machine shop, forge
April – October: 10am – 5pm daily November: 11am – 4pm
Admission Charges (2008/9) Adult £3.95 Child £2.75 Concession £3.50
Family Ticket £12.00 Under 5's Free
We also offer an Annual Season Ticket. for less than the price of two day-admissions you can visit the Museum and take part in the events throughout the year.
Friends Membership Secretary
National Waterways Museum Gloucester Docks
Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
For adults and children of all ages near the Cotswolds town of Painswick. Feed and stroke the beautiful Fallow Deer. See one of the biggest collections of displaying peacocks, the numerous waterfowl, the exotic pheasants, ducklings, the amusing Pygmy goats and the lovely two storey Tudor Wendy house by the lake.
The Safari and Leisure Park caters for adults and children with many wild animals to see and drive next to. The children will love the leisure park with many amusements.
The Park is situated on the A456 between Kidderminster and Bewdley and is open 7 days each week, including Bank Holidays, from Saturday 16 March until Sunday 3 November 2002. West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, web site - www.wmsp.co.uk.
For Places to Stay nearby - See Accommodation at Worcester.
About the farm:
A real working organic dairy farm in the Severn Vale, St Augustines is a typical dairy farm of over 100 acres where the everyday farm life will go on around you. Watch the cows being milked in
a herringbone parlour every afternoon, talk to the farmer as he works and find out where your milk comes from. Help feed the baby calves and visit the farm animals in the paddocks. Follow the
farm trail to see over 50 acres and see our wildlife in its natural habitat. Explore the mini woodland trail. Go back in history and discover a vanished era in our bygones collection.
Join in the Fun on the Farm. -Indoor and outdoor activities -
Acres to Explore.
On the farm you will be able to enjoy a whole host of activities.
Get close to the small animals in the farmyard and hold some of them
Let yourself go on the adventure playground
All weather barn
Let the toddlers play in safety in the cafe play area
Learn and play in our activities room
Bring a picnic to eat in the fields and enjoy the views or undercover if wet
Enjoy a snack in our cafe and browse in the shop
17th March to October 2007 -
11am - 5pm. Every day during school holidays, every day except Monday in term time.
Open bank holidays.
Admission Prices for 2007:
Adults - £5.00
Children - £4.00
Concessions - £4.50
With an astounding array of wildlife from Water Voles to seals, hares to dragonflies, Slimbridge is home to the world's largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks. It is also the only place in the world where you can see all six species of Flamingo.
The vision of Sir Peter Scott, Slimbridge holds international significance as the headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and it is here that the world renowned experts of WWT Consulting and Species Conservation are based.
This leading conservation reserve of 325 hectares of internationally protected wetlands including a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) a Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area (SPA) is managed by WWT.
A year round programme of walks, arts, events, workshops, talks and spectacular wildlife encounters are a fantastic way for everyone to connect to their natural surroundings.
Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Sudeley Castle nestles
in the Cotswold Hills in the historic town of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
The Castle has changed hands over a dozen times during its one thousand year history and today it is the private home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and their families.
In addition to our regular and hugely popular events such as the Easter Egg Trail, Rose Week and The Spring Grand Sale, a special exhibition about resident Tudor Queen, Katherine Parr is introduced with a film by Dr David Starkey. The last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII, she came to live at Sudeley after his death and is now entombed in our church, St Mary’s, which is open to visitors. Our Tudor Fun Days, Archery, Literary events and popular talks continue throughout the year. Tours of the private family apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This year sees the addition of a new Roman exhibition, featuring a mosaic reconstruction from a Roman villa, once on the Sudeley estate.
Sudeley’s unique Gardens are amongst the finest in England. Our annual Rose Week in June features the centrepiece Queens Garden, which sits on the original Tudor Parterre and billows with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses. Overall Sudeley boasts ten stunning gardens, which we are constantly improving and evolving with the help of our design consultant, the eminent Sir Roddy Llewellyn. New for 2013 we introduce guided Garden Tours and Gardening for Wildlife Tours, led by expert Lyn Hall.
The Adventure Playground features a giant wooden play fort for our younger visitors to enjoy; there’s a picnic area and coffee shop serving drinks, light lunches and cakes. The Visitor Centre also a range of vintage items, together with souvenirs and locally produced gifts and crafts. Conservation is a theme on our Wildlife Trail and in The Pheasantry where falconer Gary Cope will be holding regular Owl Talks.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sudeley. Open daily from 17th March to 3rd November 2013.
The museum is mainly dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, founded in 1839 despite a petition raised by the people of Compton Greenfield against the necessity of forming
a police force in Gloucestershire at all! There is a copy of this petition in the museum and a photo of Gloucestershire first Chief Constable Mr. Anthony Thomas Lefroy.
A number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment show the history of policing. Our resident Sergeant is always on duty in the station watching over the prisoners, local troublemakers
and the public as he has done for over a hundred years.
In the first floor courtroom there is a complete magistrates court with a display using models and depicting hearing, as it would have been in the late 1940's or early 1950's.
Tetbury Police Museum is fast becoming one of the main attractions for all ages of visitors to the town and well worth a visit if you like history.
It is open daily Monday to Friday, from 10am to 3 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
Tetbury Police Museum, The Old Court House, 63 Long Street,
Tetbury, Gloucestershire.GL8 8AA
Tel: 01666 504670 - Fax: 01666 504670
For both adults and children. A fascinating display of teddy bears and dolls with many other Victorian and later toys, trains, games, and books. Also on show are textiles and lace, porcelain and pottery and other interesting collectibles.
Open all year. The Toy and Collectors Museum, 8, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AQ. Web site: www.thetoymuseum.co.uk.
The free visitor's center explores 750 years of the Leadon Valley, from the Roman Vineyards, the Civil War,willow growing and basketry, to the ongoing restoration of the Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire Canal.
It also promotes the work of local artists and crafts people.
Examples of their work are on display and for sale.
A great day out for both adults and children. Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved in the UK and dates back to William the Conqueror. It brings to life a thousand years of history. Here you can experience the sights and sounds of the medieval household, chilling dungeon and torture chambers, state rooms, towers and ramparts. In addition there are live shows of sword fighting, falconry, and knights jousting. This venue is a must for children of all ages. For more information on - Warwick Castle .
Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a grade II* listed tithe barn which due to its high risk category was purchased by South Gloucestershire Council in 1998 with the help of funding from English Heritage and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
It is an outstanding and unique building of national importance. All other surviving medieval great barns were built by the important monastic estates, Universities or the Knights Hospitallers, but Winterbourne Barn was built by Thomas de Bradeston, a commoner who seems to have amassed great wealth as an army captain for Edward III in the Hundred Years' War against the French.
These were very turbulent times, Edward II having been murdered at nearby Berkeley Castle in 1327. Thomas de Bradeston was closely associated with the Berkeley family and is suspected of involvement in the King’s murder. He acquired the patronage of Winterbourne Priory in 1328 and went on to build the Barn in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death first hit in England.
The Barn is in a compact group of medieval buildings formerly the home of Carmelite Friars in the 13th Century, and an underground passage is reputed to lead from the house to St Michael's Church.
The landscape is typical of the scattered hamlets that existed in the 14th Century, and the surrounding field patterns, lanes, footpaths and stiles have remained virtually unchanged since then. The hamlet has been granted Conservation Area status by South Gloucestershire Council.
Located in a converted fire station in the Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge, the Museum provides visitors with an excellent introduction to this historic wool town and its surrounding area of outstanding
The Heritage Centre houses the collection of the Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society as well as a wide range of resources for family and local history research.
The collection provides a good example of artefacts from Wotton's crafts and industries along with photographs, postcards, documents, maps and books of local interest.
The Heritage Centre, The Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge,
Gloucestershire. GL12 7AD
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