The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes some of the most beautiful countryside in England and is a wonderful place to visit and explore at any time of year. There are lots of attractions and plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds for all ages. Visit the Cotswolds for a truly peaceful and relaxing holiday - get away from the crowds and explore the quieter tracks, hidden villages and secret corners.

Blenheim Palace
Adams Farm
Bourton On Water
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cycling in the Cotswolds
Walking in the Cotswolds
Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure, houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.


Explore this World Heritage Site set in more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and tour the array of Formal Gardens, or take the miniature train to the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace and offers visitors a precious time, every time.

Museums & Exhibitions (Oxford)

From classical art to shrunken heads, Oxford has several museums to suit all tastes. Most have free admission, so if you have 5 minutes or you have all day, pop into a museum and see the wonderful things on offer.

  • Ashmolean Museum

  • Modern Art Oxford

  • University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers

  • Oxford University Press Museum

  • Museum of the History of Science

  • Museum of Oxford

  • Christ Church Picture Gallery

  • Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

  • Bodleian Library


Bourton - On - The - Water

The Cotswolds is set in the heart of England, famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike, there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.

Walking In The Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds provides a wealth of choices with gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks including many level, stile-free walks for wheelchairs and easy access.


There are many ways to enjoy walking in the Cotswolds, depending on your own ability and interest.  You could venture out on your own with a map and compass or with the help of circular route guides.  You may prefer to join the company of a walking group or guided walks leader.  If you prefer the idea of walking with others, you could join one of the hundreds of guided walks that take place across the Cotswolds, the majority of which are led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens.  Many other organisations also run walking programmes and events including the Wildlife Trusts, National Trust and local authorities.  However used you are to walking this is one of the best places in the country to get outside and take a stroll or a ramble.

Cycling in the Cotswold

Open countryside with sweeping views, hidden valleys with shaded lanes, woods, stone walls and wildflowers: varied cycling, perfect cycling! The terrain is best described as gentle and rolling, so that any hills are rewarded with a freewheel afterwards. Quaint villages and old stone inns offer frequent and welcome opportunities to take a well-earned (or unearned!) break for food and drink.

Adams Farm

A rare farm treat in the heart of the Cotswolds

From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to crested ducks, there's a rare breed for every week of the year. Daily demonstrations, tractor school and farm safari ride. Touch barn, adventure playground, bouncy pillows, conservation area, gift shop and café.

Discover our Rare Breeds through History as you stroll the walkways surrounded by our fifty flocks and herds of farm animals. Enjoy our undercover facilities in the Touch Barn and Demonstration Barn. Help bottle feed the lambs and goat kids, hold a chick and experience our seasonal demonstrations, including lambing, shearing and milking.

With a passion for rare breed conservation, Joe Henson opened the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971. We have welcomed millions of happy visitors in the 44 years since opening. This family-run business is not to be missed.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK (by species). The park is set in 160 acres (0.65 km2) of landscaped parkland and gardens 2 miles south of Burford on the A361, Oxfordshire, England. Around 350,000 people visited the park in 2012.

Shakespeare Birthplace

Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up.


Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This is the house where William Shakespeare was born, grew up and played. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamt in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway.

See how his father, John, earned his living as a glove maker and explore The Shakespeare Exhibition, before entering the house and it's outstanding gardens.


For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, this house is a shrine. Here you will discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.


Shakespeare's Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare's early world. It's a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.