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Home to the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire is a county of natural beauty and of caves, castles and beautiful historic houses. It’s also an excellent choice of destination for those that love museums, heritage sites and festivals. The Cotswold Motoring Museum, in Bourton-on-the-Water, is a great place to spend a day. You also won’t want to miss the many National Trust attractions that can be found throughout the region.

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  • Gloucestershire is great for Walking Walking
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Your guide to Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire at a glance:
  • The home of the Cotswolds.
  • A place of history and natural beauty.
  • Plenty of museums to visit and enjoy, including the Cotswold Motoring Museum.
  • Many National Trust attractions, perfect for members and visitors.
  • Home to some of the UK’s most enchanting formal gardens.

Encompassing the beauty of the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds, the county of Gloucestershire is quintessentially English and wonderfully charming with idyllic villages, colourful meadows and miles upon miles of rolling hills. Riverside towns, where there are quaint cottages made of Cotswold stone, stand close to grand stately homes with perfectly-maintained formal gardens. If you’re looking for traditional rural Britain, there’s no better place to look.

Famous Gloucestershire attractions include the Cotswold Motoring Museum, in the peaceful town of Bourton-on-the-Water, and Slimbridge Wetland Centre which is managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Also within the region are gardens, National Trust properties, museums and castles, as well as family favourites such as Puzzlewood, the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo and the Clearwell Caves.

In any season, the Gloucestershire region is a wonderful choice for short breaks and holidays. Summer picnics, autumn walks, winters in traditional Cotswold pubs and spring days spent out on the farm watching the young lambs bounding through the fields all combine to create a fantastic year-round experience that you’ll never forget. Children will have so much to talk about, as will adults that appreciate the picturesque beauty of real, unspoilt England.

All year, a varied and exciting calendar of events can be enjoyed throughout Gloucestershire. Don’t miss world-famous festivals, classic car shows and more unusual events such as cheese-rolling and woolsack racing. Whenever you visit, there’s something exciting to see.

For decades, the Gloucestershire region has been a source of inspiration for artists and for authors. Now, with your camera or your paintbrush and easel, join them to capture some of the most beautiful scenes that have ever existed. Enchanting in all seasons, the Gloucestershire landscape is an ever-changing tapestry that is just waiting for you to explore it. Walking trails and cycling routes, including the long-distance Cotswold Way will have you taking in the sights whilst building up an appetite. Then, stop at a restaurant or a pub for delicious seasonal food prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, grown amongst the hills and fields of Gloucestershire.

Whether you plan to enjoy a lazy and relaxing short break, or an action-packed adventure with castles, long walks and visits to family-friendly animal attractions, you’re sure to create lasting memories with the people that you love. Book into your Gloucestershire hotel, enjoy the comfort of your en-suite room and experience the wonderful feeling that you can only get from waking to the sound of silence, broken only by birdsong, with a long day stretching ahead and with an unlimited number of ways to spend it.

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Local attractions
  • Berkeley Butterfly House
    Berkeley Butterfly House
  • Gloucester Folk Museum
    Gloucester Folk Museum
  • The Royal Forest of Dean
    The Royal Forest of Dean
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
    Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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