Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

Our top recommendations for activities and things to do in the Cotswolds.

Covering a huge area of almost 800 square miles, The Cotswolds is packed with amazing things to see and do. Picturesque villages, grand palaces, ancient castles, beautiful gardens, outdoor activities – this perfect slice of English countryside has got it all. Wondering where to start? Here are the top 10 attractions that we recommend:

1. Cotswolds Distillery – Shipston-on-Stour

The first full scale distillery in the Cotswolds, this beautiful rural distillery and shop were designed with visitors in mind. They run tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).

Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road, Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5HG

9 Miles from The Firs | 11 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


2. Cotswolds Wildlife Park – Burford

Stroll around the park and get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, watch Rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns or walk with Lemurs. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK.

Bradwell Grove, Burford OX18 4JP

12 Miles from Stable Cottage


3. Blenheim Palace – Blenheim

Blenheim Palace is a historic House and Gardens in Oxfordshire. With its own special place in Britain’s history, Blenheim Palace is a true national treasure and well worth a day trip to visit!

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

13 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


4. Cotswolds Farm Park – Cheltenham

Established in 1971 as the home of rare breed conservation, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun-filled day out for everyone!

Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG

10 Miles from The Bledington Barn | 14 Miles from Ivy Cottage


5. Cotswolds Water Park – Cirencester 

140 Lakes and wetlands covering 40 square miles, south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs satisfied – nature reserves, country parks, water sports, cycling, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping. The Cotswold Water Park has much to offer, from a beautiful lakeside stroll to lunch in a Cotswold village pub; from an exhilarating day of watersports to a tranquil morning of birdwatching.

Spine Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TL

30 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 30 Miles to The Bledington Barn


6. Soho Farmhouse – Chipping Norton

Soho Farmhouse is a hotel and a members’ club in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Members and guests can enjoy local ales in the Mill Room, watch a film at the Electric Barn Cinema or have a treatment at Cowshed spa.

1 Tracey Farm Cottages, Great Tew, Chipping Norton OX7 4JS

10 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 10 Miles from Ivy Cottage


7. Daylesford Farm – Daylesford

Daylesford Farm is a retail heaven of organic gorgeousness on the edge of the Cotswolds, it has grown over the past 10 years into something between a mall and a Japanese temple, selling not just food and produce, but clothing, gardening equipment, homeware, yoga classes and spa treatments.

Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG

6 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 6 Miles from Ivy Cottage


8. The Royal Gardens at Highgrove – Tetbury

Highgrove is the private residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Its organic gardens are open to the public for guided tours between April and October each year. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Highgrove House, Doughton, Tetbury GL8 8TN

30 Miles to The Bledington Barn


9. Broadway Tower – Broadway

Broadway Tower is a folly on Broadway Hill, near the large village of Broadway and is the second-highest point of the Cotswolds. It is open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location.

Middle Hill, Broadway WR12 7LB

13 Miles from Stable Cottage


10. Bourton House Garden – Bourton-on-the-Hill

Bourton House Garden is an award-winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. The entrance to the garden is through a magnificent Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn where you will find occasional exhibitions and can enjoy tea and delicious home-made cakes from May to September.

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AE

10 Miles from The Firs | 11 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


Book your Cotswolds getaway now and start planning your foodie escapade now! View our Cotswold properties here.

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