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Your guide to Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire at a glance:

  • Encompassing the Cotswolds and Wye Valley
  • Rolling countryside with stunning scenery
  • Miles of forest paths to explore
  • Pretty villages and picture-postcard towns
  • A lively programme of events all the year round

Your guide to Gloucestershire

To the southwest of England, Gloucestershire is home to a large part of the Cotswold Hills and offers visitors rolling green countryside, picture-perfect villages and the magical Forest of Dean with its roe deer and wild boar.

With beautiful scenery and a lively calendar of events during every season, this delightful location is the perfect choice for a getaway at any time of the year.

An area of outstanding beauty, Gloucestershire offers a tranquil holiday in stunning surroundings at any time of the year. With the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds and the dramatic landscapes of the Wye Valley, this captivating area keeps visitors coming back for more, year after year.

A visit to Gloucestershire is an enjoyable experience whatever the time of year. The woodlands burst into life during the spring, the meadows provide ample spots for a sunny picnic during the warmer months, the forest is awash with colour throughout autumn and the cosy, country pubs provide a welcome treat after a crisp walk through the unspoilt countryside in winter.

Meander through honey-coloured idyllic villages and picture-postcard towns, discovering medieval market squares and miles of pretty meadows: there’s so much to see and do in Gloucestershire. Step back into the 4th Century and walk in the footsteps of the Romans at the Chedworth Roman Villa or lose yourself at Hidcote Manor in some of Gloucestershire’s finest gardens. Venture into the Clearwell Caves, where iron ore was once mined for more than 4,000 years, or take a trip through the forest on the Dean Forest Railway, stopping at the five stations along the way for refreshments at a homely local pub, or enjoy a detour to Lydney Harbour. This charming county is the epitome of rural Britain and visitors will find endless opportunities to explore discover and relax during their time away.

Gloucestershire’s exciting and often unique calendar of events offers visitors even more to see during their break. Highlights include huge hats and horse racing at Cheltenham's historic racecourse for the Gold Cup in March, a huge display of bikes and entertainment at the Prescott Bike Festival in April and the renowned Jazz music festival in May. The Racecourse also hosts the Wychwood Music Festival in June with comedy, music and literature, while July sees the return of the annual Medieval Festival at Tewkesbury. This features thrilling battle re-enactments and a medieval market. Gloucestershire also hosts its own world famous cheese-rolling event every May on Cooper’s Hill, where spectators tumble head-over-heels in an attempt to catch the coveted 8lb wheel of Double Gloucester.

Our Bay hotels offer the perfect base from which you can appreciate this beautiful region whatever the season. They provide guests with relaxed, stylish accommodation and a comfortable home-from-home. With superb service, delicious food, local ales and a programme of quality entertainment on-site, we have everything you need for a memorable holiday in Gloucestershire.

 

 
 

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Local Attractions

Cotswold Country Park and Beach

Head to the largest inland beach in the UK and enjoy a day of fun by the shore. You can take a pedalo or rowing boat out onto the lake, visit the café for a delicious hot drink or snack, or simply soak up the wonderful atmosphere of this cheerful scenic location.

Cotswold Falconry Centre

The Falconry Centre is home to hundreds of birds – you can see 60 different species – and treats guests to regular flying displays throughout the day. Stroll through the aviaries and meet some of the centre’s inhabitants, many of which are critically endangered in the wild, or book a very special owl evening with the opportunity to hold the birds and walk through 'owl wood' for an incredible experience. 

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

No ordinary animal attraction, the Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of stunning parkland and is home to a huge variety of species, including many endangered creatures. With passionate, knowledgeable keepers and a thoughtful programme of events throughout the day, this delightful attraction will be appreciated by visitors of all ages.

Cotswold Motoring Museum

Located in a delightful converted watermill, the Cotswold Motoring Museum offers a fantastic day out in picturesque surroundings. With seven galleries to explore, a huge range of motoring memorabilia and a superb collection of toys, this wonderful attraction will delight all ages. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the loveable ‘Brum’, star of the children’s hit TV series.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

This is a delightfully scenic attraction that offers visitors an insight into more than 1,000 years of history. Brimming with treasures that date back to Roman times, the Castle will entertain and fascinate guests of all ages. The stunning 1,200-acre estate incorporates ten award-winning gardens with the impressive Queens Garden at its centre.

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