The Cotswolds really is a fantastic part of the country and I am proud and pleased to have been born and bred in the area.
Here are 6 suggestions for cracking day trips:
- Cheltenham’s Pittville Park – I was lucky enough to be born in Cheltenham, a truly delightful Regency spa town. The Grade II listed parklands at Pittville Park are well worth a leisurely stroll and feature the elegant Pump Rooms, children’s play area, aviaries and lake in a wonderful woodland setting.
- Chipping Camden – this is a beautiful market town in the north Cotswolds. Take a turn along its high street and admire the traditional honey coloured buildings constructed of locally quarried limestone. Then take a stop and enjoy a pub lunch or afternoon tea and cake, watching the world go by.
- Cotswold Wildlife Park – this is found between Oxford and Cheltenham and features creatures of all shapes and sizes, from falcons and lemurs to elephants, rhinos and giraffes!
- Gloucester Cathedral and Docks – Gloucester is the Cotswolds Cathedral City. It dates back 2,000 years to Roman times and is England’s most inland port. The Cathedral is open all year round and offers a host of guided tours and regular events. The historic docks are just 10 minutes’ walk away. The refurbished Gloucester Quays area is home to numerous retail outlets as well as plenty of restaurants and bars.
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – step back in time to enjoy this wondrous steam railway experience. Originally built between 1900 and 1906, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire railway spans 25 miles of track running from Cheltenham Racecourse to Toddington. The route takes you through some stunning Cotswold scenery including Tewkesbury Abbey, the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills.
- Sudeley Castle and Winchcombe Village – Winchcombe is a lovely Anglo-Saxon town full of charming and characterful buildings. Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. Richard III used it as a base during the Wars of the Roses and Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, lived and died here. A hole visible in the Octagon Tower made by a cannon ball is testament to a siege during the Civil War.
We organise bespoke trips throughout the Cotswolds so give me a call today on 01242 374767 and let’s get cracking on yours!