What to do and see in The Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds offers some of the countries best attractions, scenery and places to visit. There are plenty of attractions on offer for a wide range of interests.
A Magnificent Cathedral Founded by King Osric in the 7th Century. Now widely know as the magical setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
Gloucester Cathedral is renowned for the lierne vaulting carved out of the soft white local stone. Also popular for its huge east end window, which retains nearly all of the original medieval glass. More impressive are the 14th century fan-vaulted cloisters, these were transformed into interiors at Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
Opening Times : 7.30am till 18.00pm with Sunday services held at 7.40am, 8.00am, 10.15am and 15.00pm. Please be aware that parts of the Cathedral may be closed at times due to maintenance or events. You can visit their website for more details.
Cotswolds Falconry Centre
Based in Moreton in Marsh the Cotswolds Falconry Centre is a popular attraction with over 2,000 visitors per year. Found in 1988 by Geoff and Naomi Dalton, it houses 150 birds of prey. It is an educational and fun day out for all the family. The different species of bird can be seen in free fly demonstrations or in their natural habitats for breeding with a walk through the Owl Wood.
Opening Hours: Every day 10.30am till 5.00pm
Demonstration Times : 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm and 4.30pm
Open mid Feb till Mid Nov
Fees: Adults £10, Concessions £7.50, Child £5, Family 2 Adults + 2 Child £25
Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens
Located in Burford, Oxfordshire the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens is a great family day out. Get up close with over 260 different species of animals in 160 Acre Parkland to explore.
Theres plenty to see and activities to get involved in! Learn about the conservation programmes or stroll freely around the park taking in the beautiful scenery and views. The gardens are a must see and the perfect backdrop for the animals.
Take a ride on the Bella Train or dare to visit the Reptile house opened by Bear Grylls.
Opening Times: 7 days a week
March – September – 10am till 4.30pm ( Last admission)
October – February – 10am till 3.30pm ( Last admission)
Visit to please leave car park by 6pm
Adult – £14.50
Children and Over 65s – £10
Prescott Speed Hill Climb – Cheltenham
Prescott Hill Climb, based just outside Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is home to one of the world’s most prestigious motor racing venues. Set in 60 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, the estate not only provides a beautiful setting for a range of classic car and bike weekends, but also hosts major motor racing championships. Prescott has been home to top flight motor racing as well as vintage and classic meetings for cars and bikes for almost 80 years now.
Theres not much better than a day on the Prescott Estate! Enjoy the rolling acres of green, the dappled sun in the orchard with beautiful scenery. Smell the hot motor-oil, feel of warm tarmac and hear sound of a well tuned engine in full song.
Whether you are a competitor, a car or bike enthusiast or someone who just likes a day out in beautiful surroundings Prescott is the place for you.
Visit there website www.prescott-hillclimb.com
Bugatti Owners’ Club
Cheltenham, Glos. GL52 9RD
Blenheim Castle is located in Woodstock in Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds. Home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. It was built between 1705 and 1722 in the rare and short lived English baroque style and is today one of the largest houses in the country.
Theres is plenty to do and see at Blenheim Palace, visitors can explore the hedge maze, adventure playground, the plant centre, the butterfly house and the stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. You can also grab a bite to eat or refreshing drink in the Cafeteria.
The Castles main attraction are many events hosted during the year!
Concerts, festivals, a Triathlon, Game/Country fair, Jousting and International Horse-Trials.
Middle of Feb to beginning of November
10.30am – 5.30pm
The Castle is open till the middle of December but only Wednesday till Sunday, Closed Christmas Day.
Palace, Park and Gardens –
Adult – £19 / Child – £10.50 / Concessions – £15 / Family – £50
Park and Gardens Only –
Adult – £11 / Child – £5.50 / Concessions – £8 / Family – £28