Gloucestershire Things to Do

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Gloucestershire Things to Do

  • Moreton-in-Marsh

    Moreton-in-Marsh is a market town located in Gloucestershire in the northern Cotswolds situated on the Roman Fosse Way. There still is a Tuesday market which consists of approximately 200 stalls. The town has been a traveller's stop-over for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station; a notable visitor was King Charles l who is said to...

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  • Stow-on-the-Wold

    Stow-on-the-Wold is a small market town and was originally known as Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward. The town was known within the area for its contribution to the wool industry and was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time. Today the town Stow is an important...

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  • Coleford

    Coleford lies on the Western side of the Forest of Dean and is a market town that which can trace its history back to 1275, the town was granted its Market Charter in 1661 and 50 years later was a thriving community of 160 houses. Coleford is also the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean.September 2011See My Travel Page for more...

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  • Sudeley Castle III

    The ruins of Sudeley were left untouched for nearly 200 years during the time when ‘romantic ruins’ were in vogue. King George III was one of the reported visitors. But the discovery of Catherine Parr’s grave in 1782 started to change things – although it took another 30 years before she was reinterred and moved to St Mary’s Chapel, which was...

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  • Sudeley Castle II

    Katherine Parr died 2 days after giving birth to a daughter and she was buried in the grounds of Sudeley. Thomas Seymour was executed only a year or so later, driven by greed and power to unseat his older brother, Edward, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector – King Edward VI was still a minor.Seymour’s estates were seized (including all the wealth...

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  • Sudeley Castle

    A major tourist attraction in the Cotswolds, the now privately-owned Sudeley Castle is known as the final resting place of Katherine Parr, the 6th and final wife of Henry VIII.The castle has a long history and rich associations with English monarchy...Established in the 10th century, the present day castle was moved to its current site in 1442. In...

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  • Winchcombe

    A real ‘working’ town, we loved Winchcombe. An incredibly long high street and seemingly not overly affected by tourism, it is unusual in that there is no dominance of limestone buildings. The white and black of Tudor homes compete with the limestone: 19th century renovations and rebuilds cover Elizabethan originals. Everyday shops such as the...

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  • Broadway

    Sometimes referred to as the ‘jewel of the Cotswolds, Broadway is located on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border. In spite of it being at the northern tip of the region, the stunning honey-coloured limestone is still dominant as the principle building material.Initially, the village developed as a busy coaching stop on the route between...

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  • Climb Broadway Tower for a great...

    Up above the quaint Cotswolds village of Broadway which nestles below the scarp slope of the hills is a tower built when it was fashionable for 18th century landowners to have a Folly. It has 4 storeys including the top which gives you a terrific view if the weather is being kind. We could see the skyscrapers of the Birmingham skyline about 30...

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  • Lower Slaughter

    With the River Eye running through the centre of the village and the impressive slim spired church (which dates from the 19th century), Lower Slaughter is the more popular of the Slaughters in terms of tourism. (It can be very hard to find a parking spot on a busy summer weekend).It’s known for its unspoilt limestone cottages and the converted mill...

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  • Upper Slaughter

    Upper (and Lower - see separate tip) Slaughter has nothing to do with mass genocide. Unlike a school trip where a school teacher informed us the name derived from a mass battle during the English Civil War between Royalists and Roundheads, the name 'slaughter' here comes from the old English word 'slohtre' which means muddy place.The River Eye...

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  • Bourton-on-the-Water

    Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds due to the number of bridges crossing the River Windrush in the centre of town, Bourton-on-the-Water is the most visited town in the Cotswolds. It has a number of tourist attractions, including the model village, Birdland Park and Gardens, Cotswold Motoring Museum and the Dragonfly Maze.But we found it pretty...

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  • Lodge Park/Sherborne Estate

    Built in 1634, Lodge Park is unique in that it is the only 17th century grandstand surviving in England, built for gambling and banqueting and overlooking the deer course and park of the Sherborne Estate. For the uninitiated, including myself until we visited – a park containing the deer, a mile-long walled enclosure for the chase, and, overlooking...

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  • Arlington

    One of the most photographed spots in the Cotswolds: Arlington Row. And, located as it is on the other side of the River Coln, it’s officially in the village of Arlington. A couple of local women informed me of this, fully aware that it’s accredited to Bibury. They didn’t seem to be overly concerned as the two villages are essentially one.The row...

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  • Bibury

    William Morris called Bibury ‘the most beautiful village in England’. With part of its parish church dating from Saxon times (with later additions), the River Coln flowing alongside the main street, the honey-coloured limestone cottages, the grandiose Bibury Court (a Jacobean mansion dated from the late 16th century but which was converted into a...

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  • Slimbridge - don't forget your...

    Founded by the famous naturalist, artist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, Slimbridge is now the Headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. It aims to bring the public closer to an understanding of wetland habitats and the wildlife they support.The Slimbridge centre covers an extensive area located on the floodplain of the Severn Estuary....

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  • Eating Out and Restaurants in...

    There are so many great restaurants in Gloucestershire. Across the county, in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. From the Forest of Dean to the Vale to the Cotswolds. Village restaurants, city centre restaurants., Waterside restaurantsThere is something for everyone - from light lunches or cream teas to fine cuisine for...

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  • Days out and Leisure activities

    Hi, Sorry this is a bit late , but it may help someone I hope. I use a really simple and quick website for great places to visit and eat in the Cotswolds.For places to visithttp://www.quoakle.com/gloucestershire/days-out-and-leisure/and restaurants http://www.quoakle.com/gloucestershire/restaurants/

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  • Berkeley Castle

    About 12 miles south of Gloucester just off the A38 in the village of Berkeley is one of the most historic castles in England. For nearly 900 years the Berkeley family have lived here and managed to keep the original Norman castle pretty much as it was in the 12th century when it was built.The castle contains some interesting and unusual artifacts...

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  • Tetbury

    About 10 miles south west of Cirencester (and sadly not logged under Gloucestershire in the VT map) lies the village of Tetbury.If you like antique shops this is the place for you as there are a reputed 25 in the village.The most famous shop though belongs to Prince Charles as his Highgrove estate is nearby and the shops sells a selection of...

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  • Bibury

    Ten miles east of Cirencester in South Gloucestershire lies what is one of the most beautiful villages in England. Bibury's beauty though is also it's downfall as tourists flock here in their thousands to enjoy the sights. If you really want to see Bibury at it's best pick a sunny day in early May (not a weekend though) and try and get there for...

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  • Visit Ebrington: a quaint Cotswolds...

    My wife wanted to show me the small village in the Cotswolds where she picked fruit on a farm during her summer vacation as a student. She had always said the village was beautiful and I must say on a short visit during a May afternoon she was quite right; and best of all it had hardly changed in the last 30 years since she worked there.We went...

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  • Visit Snowshill Manor & Garden

    Snowshill Manor is a National Trust property that was owned by an insatiable collector of fascinating items from around the world and stored in this lovely old Cotswold house. The gardens are worth visiting on their own and in the spring sunshine with the quaint, Cotswold stone of the buildings as a backdrop they are especially picturesque.The...

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  • Lower Slaughter

    This is one of the most popular destinations in the Cotswolds, perhaps understandably so, given its almost unbelievably pretty setting either side of a little stream, the Eye. In fact, there are those who consider it to be not just the prettiest village in the Cotswolds, but in the whole of England. Personally, I prefer to spend more time in some...

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  • Stow-on-the-Wold

    Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the best known (and consequently most visited) of the small Cotswolds towns. It is also the highest of the Cotswold towns, standing exposed on a 700 foot hill at the junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.At its centre is a vast Market Square, a sign of the town’s former importance at the height of...

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  • Adlestrop church

    St. Mary Magdalene's church in Adlestrop sits on a knoll at the end of the village street, which here turns into a track. The tower is the first thing to catch the eye. This is 14th century, and consists of three stages, with the lowest serving as the church porch. Much of the rest of church was rebuilt between 1750 and 1764, though so...

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  • Adlestrop: a poem

    Adlestrop was immortalised by Edward Thomas, one of my favourite poets, in a poem first published in 1917. The poem describes an uneventful journey Thomas took on 23 June 1914 on an Oxford to Worcester express.Like several other poets, he is closely associated with the First World War period, but unlike them he wrote mostly, not of the war, but of...

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  • The village of Adlestrop

    – This is for me one of the loveliest of Cotswold villages, made all the lovelier because very few people seem to know it or come here, despite the fact that it features in a well-known English poem (see next tip). As well as the poet, Edward Thomas, the village has a connection with the novelist Jane Austen, who is known to have visited at least...

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  • Castle Gardens and Playground

    under constructionTHE WHITE GARDENIt is believed that a covered passage led from the private quarters of the castle to the Chapel, and it would have been along this path that Katherine Parr would have walked in prayer with Lady Jane Grey. Today two topiary figures draped in ivy and roses represent these two ghostly figures.Around the Chapel,...

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  • Butterfly farm

    We bought a ticket to get into the castle and then got free entry into the butterfly farm, it's worth a look round, especially as there are some huge butterflies in there!

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  • Berkeley Castle

    The castle does a free tour which explains all the art work inside - we didn't take it as we prefer to look around by ourselves. Unfortunately a dead bird fell right next to me in the old servants quarters which 2 nearby children thought was really cool!!! But other that that it was nice and clean!

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  • Sudeley Castle

    Sudeley Castle and its amazing grounds are over 1000 years old. King Ethelred the Unready, Queen Katherine Parr, Sir Thomas Seymour, Lady Jane Grey, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I, King Charles I, and Prince Rupert have all either lived, stayed, or visited here.The large grounds are filled with gardens entwined with castle ruins as well...

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  • Chedworth Roman Villa

    This 1700 year old home is a National Trust property. From their web site:"Set in a wooded Cotswold combe, the site was excavated in 1864 and retains a Victorian atmosphere. Over a mile of walls survives and there are several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water shrine and latrine. The museum houses objects from the villa and a...

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  • Batsford Arboretum

    We came across this place while driving around the Cotswolds. The kids needed a run so we went in. The grounds are large and very pleasant. Most of the paths were smooth enough for strollers/pushchairs, but some were not. There are little statues and nooks hidden about the grounds that add to the interest. You can see the Batsford House from a...

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  • The Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds is an area of England that is popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world; the Cotswolds are well known for gentle hillsides ("wolds"), sleepy villages and for being so "traditionally English".Lying mainly in Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds have a mystical charm about them, and with superbly maintained...

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  • Westonbirt ,Gloucestershire

    Westonbirt is the National Arboretum in the UK. Is located near Tetbury in Gloucestershire(near HM. Prince Charles country home). Interesting place in a very nice part of Britain.

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  • SUDELEY CASTLE

    Sudeley Castle was one of the more interesting places we visited in the Cotswolds. Henry VIII and his many wives are a part of its history, and there are exhibitions which display their clothing (courtesty of the BBC series - Henry and His Wives). The Castle is also very unique as it was the home of Emma Dent, a famous Victorian collector. Many of...

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  • The Market Hall

    In keeping with my fascination regarding unusual place-names, Chipping Campden is a very old town, first refered to as Camperdene (meaning 'valley with fields') in Saxon records dating from the year 1085. By the early 1200's, it was being refered to as Cepynge Camperdene (meaning 'Market Campden') and that name has been transformed over the...

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  • Broadway

    Broadway village is a famous Cotswold beauty spot and is now a quieter and even more pleasant place since there is no through traffic due to the completion of the village bypass. Impressive stone buildings line the main road. There are a few good pubs and restaurants as well as tea rooms. You can browse around the antique shops selling all sorts of...

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  • Sudeley Castle

    Sudeley was once the palace of Queen Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife (she is buried in the castle church). It was desecrated by Cromwell's troops and the castle was left neglected, much of it in ruins. 200 years later it was acquired by the Dent brothers, famous glove manufacturers from Worcester. They began the task of restoring the castle....

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  • Chipping Campden

    Chipping Campden is in north Gloucestershire was once described as the most beautiful village in England. The High Street features a wide range of interesting, sometimes unique, small shops. In the space of a hundred metres or so, you'll find excellent examples of Elizabethan, Georgian, Jacobean, Regency and Victorian architectures.

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  • Broadway Tower

    Broadway Tower was built by the sixth Earl of Coventry in the 18th. From the top of the tower there are spectacular views across more than a dozen counties.

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