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Things to do in Cotswold District

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Beautiful grounds and fantastic animals from penguins to giraffes- take a picnic you will not be disappointed.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Racecourse
“Cheltenham is one of the best racecourses in the country and features the famous March Festival meeting. Other events include the Showcase Meeting in October and the November Meeting”
  • 83 locals recommend
Park
“Fantastic Arboretum, the autumn is filled with colours and beautiful walks ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Farm
“At Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. With an adventure playground, farm safari, maze and jumping pillows, there’s lots of entertainment for children of all ages. The on-site restaurant, serving seasonal food and Adam’s own beer, is a hit with the adults.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Cafe
“A superb restaurant, day spa and farm shop. They also have a cookery school and host various events throughout the summer months.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Nature
“On a clear day you can see 17 counties! This is a must - fabulous views and also more great food and shopping at this venue!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Castle
“Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Rated amongst the top attractions on TripAdvisor for ‘Things to Do in the Cotswolds’, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. All-year-round activities and events.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Place of worship
“Stunning Cathedral, with regular concerts, tours and events - an 8 mile drive from Cheltenham. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Theater
“Lovely theatre, centrally situated and attracts a variety of national and local touring shows and artists”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely large Regency park, complete with boating lake, pitch and putt course, tennis courts and a large play area for the young ones. Routes for a jog or a cycle - connect up with the Honeybourne Line cycle track that takes you all the way to Cheltenham Spa railway station And not forgetting the stunning Pittville Pump Rooms”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lodging
“Still not managed to eat here, often booked up, but worth trying if you are planning ahead.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
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“Snowshill Manor is a National Trust property located in the village of Snowshill, Gloucestershire. It is a sixteenth century country house, best known for its twentieth century owner, Charles Paget Wade, an eccentric man who amassed an enormous collection of objects that interested him.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“The Wilson is a lovely museum and well worth a visit, it has some great exhibits and permanent collections relating to Cheltenham and the town's history. The Tourist Information is also located at the museum.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Nature
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“Stunning gardens, loads of history in a beautiful part of the world. The Ebrington Arms is a couple of miles down the road if you're out walking, excellent for a pint and a bite!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Nature
“The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Elegant and dramatic brasserie, which used to be an art deco cinema 1920s/30s bar, over 2 levels with live jazz often and a seasonal British menu.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Lodging
“Still not managed to eat here, often booked up, but worth trying if you are planning ahead.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Elegant and dramatic brasserie, which used to be an art deco cinema 1920s/30s bar, over 2 levels with live jazz often and a seasonal British menu.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and a great atmosphere. Great location in the Corn Hall in Cirencester”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“A wonderful farm shop and deli a short drive from the village. Great for coffee, fresh eggs, local produce, great food, wine and craft beer. Order from their delicious menu and sit in a yurt next to the Woodburner fire!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Cinema, shops and restaurants in the heart of Cheltenham for a great night out”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“An exceptional menu; this is not your typical gastro-pub fare. The food is inspirationally modern British and multi-award winning. The kitchen delivers an exciting take on English classics and everything is produced from scratch on site by their team of talented chefs. The emphasis is on celebrating local produce sourced in and around Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good solid brasserie menu with great wine list and cocktails in a beautiful setting. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pub
“The King's Head Inn is one of our favourite pubs in the area for a quiet drink or lunch or dinner. The food is great, as is the location on the green in Bledington. Look out for the Bantam chickens in the garden!”
  • 19 locals recommend

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