Attractions

Whether it’s Romans, gardens, romantics walks or water sports you are looking for,          The Cotswolds provide a tourist treasure trove. Here is a selection

Corinium Museum – This museum in the centre of Cirencester has one of the finest and most extensive Roman collections in the country. Visitors can take a peek through a Roman town house, enjoy the sights and smells of a Roman garden, marvel at the stunning mosaics, and experience what it was like to be a Roman soldier.

Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles and 150 lakes, providing many different tourism leisure activities including kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, water skiing, open-water swimming, fishing and cycling.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre - The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations. Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott on the bank of the River Severn, today’s Slimbridge Centre complements wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of UK tourism centres comprising   2,600 hectares of globally-important wetland habitat.

Westonbirt Arboretum - The National Arboretum, is located three miles from Tetbury. The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape, and internationally-important tree and shrub collection comprises 16,000 trees and 2,500 different species originating from around the world. Planting started in the 1850s, and the Arboretum is managed today by the Forestry Commission. Westonbirt today is a tourism Mecca for lovers of trees.

National Trust properties

Chedworth Roman Villa - one of the country’s largest Roman villas, with distinctive mosaics in a tranquil setting with idyllic rural views.

Dyrham Park - the herd of fallow deer that roam the 270 acre park is almost as impressive as the beautiful late 17th century house.

Hidcote - one of the country’s great gardens with exquisite garden ‘rooms’ each with its own unique character. A visit to Hidcote is inspirational at any time of the year.

Newark Park - originally built in Tudor times and then rescued by a Texan architect in the 20th century, the house has breathtaking views to the south.

Snowshill Manor and Garden - bought specifically to house the thousands of treasures of an avid collector, the manor nestles in an intimate Arts and Crafts-style terraced garden.

Woodchester Park – The mansion in this secluded Cotswold valley between Stroud and Nailsworth is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece which was mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873: an extraordinary architectural exhibit within a 400 acre park which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.