Gloucestershire Historic Cotswold Places Tourist Attractions

Chedworth Roman Villa

If you enjoy history then a visit to Chedworth Roman Villa will have you amazed and intrigued as you experience life in Roman times at Chedworth Roman Villa. The villa is one of the largest Roman Villas in the country and would have been home to some of the richest people alive during the 4th Century.

Planning a trip to the Cotswolds for you and your family will find you with plenty to do and see and Chedworth Roman Villa is a must visit attraction for all the family. Children love some of the holiday activities including costumed guides and live archaeology. There are also living history events taking places throughout the year.

There is lots to see on your visit to Chedworth Roman Villa which is between Northleach and Cirencester, the bath house is an intriguing place to see how the Romans had both hot and cold baths. A hot bath with under floor heating and a cold plunge bath. There is a water shrine where once stood an alter to offer up sacrifices to the goddess of spring, people still throw money into the pool at the water shrine as they did 1600 years ago.

You may be surprised that the Romans had flushing toilets back in the 4th Century. The latrines in the villa were wooden benches with holes cut out of them placed over the top of the sewers and a stone water channel carried fresh flowing water through them. There is the museum to visit on site which tells a history of the original excavation in Victorian times in 1864 of the Chedworth Roman Villa site. The original site was discovered by a Victorian gamekeeper beneath one of the fields.

New mosaic flooring was uncovered as late as 2011 and you can walk along a suspended walk way to get a closer look at all the mosaic flooring tiles. The first Roman villa at Chedworth was occupied in the 2nd Century and was extended until it was as big and grand as it is now. The site of Chedworth Roman Villa has 2km of Roman walls surrounding the Villa.

There are lots of unforgettable experiences at Chedworth Roman Villa as guides and volunteers bring everyday Roman life alive once again. If you are taking the whole family to visit then before your trip you are able to download a Roman explorer’s map of the site to follow on your visit. Discover how the Romans made and dyed textiles for their robes with live demonstrations of spinning and dyeing cloth.

There is a visitor cafe on site if you are hungry where home-made cakes are a speciality. A nice refreshing drink and a bite to eat before embarking on more of the Roman life adventure. There is also an onsite book shop where you can learn lots more about life as a Roman in Britain. There is also glorious woodland to stroll through on your visit to Chedworth Roman Villa or to have your own picnic as you take in all the realities of life in Roman Britain.

Chedworth Roman Villa is now owned and run by the National Trust for everyone to enjoy for generations to come. This is well worth a visit if you are planning a Cotswold holiday or thinking of a place to visit on a day trip, definitely child friendly in fact a great day out for all the family with lots of fun learning along the way.

Chedworth Roman Villas

Bourton On The Water Family Days Out Tourist Attractions

Bourton On The Water Tourist Attractions

Bourton On The Water Tourist Attractions nicknamed the Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water has unique visitor appeal for people of all ages. As you stroll around the village you cannot help but notice the stunning architectural buildings built with local Cotswold stone with its distinctive warm hues of yellow from every angle.

Bourton On The Water has been regularly voted as the prettiest village in England. There are many tourist attractions with plenty to do on your visit, below are some of the popular must see tourist attractions:

The Dragonfly Maze

The Dragonfly Maze is an exciting traditional Yew hedge maze for all the family to enjoy, but with a twist added to differentiate from the usual mazes. It is all about finding your way to the centre of the maze to discover the golden dragonfly. Along the way are engraved flagstones with clues, which when completed will create a rebus puzzle to solve.

You will be given a clue card upon entering the maze to note down all your answers to the clues. If you can solve the rebus puzzle correctly it will reveal where you can find the golden dragonfly. Family tickets are available at a discount with under 4’s going free. A great family participation game for all ages.

Dragon Fly Maze Bourton On The Water 

Birdland – Park and Gardens

Birdland is an oasis for over 500 birds, there are 50 aviaries housing lots of varieties of birds including toucan, parrots, hornbills, pheasant and falcons. You will also find desert and toucan and tropical houses where the more delicate birds are housed.

There are flamingos and penguins, in fact the Birdland – Park and Gardens is home to the only King Penguins to be found in England, Wales and Ireland, so well worth a visit just to see these magnificent creatures. Along with the King Penguins you will also find Humbold penguins on site. The penguins are fed at 2.30pm everyday so that’s not to be missed.

There is a nature walk through the gardens covering 7 acres around the river Windrush and 150 poplar trees. With an on-site café to enjoy rest and eat, along with a gift shop selling all sorts of nature themed products an enjoyable day can be had by all the family.

Birdland Bourton On The Water 

Bourton-on-the-Water Model village

The model village based behind the villages Old New Inn is perfectly located right in the centre of the village. It is a 1/9th scale replica of the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It took 5 years to build and was commissioned by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn. The model village was officially opened in 1937. The model village is a perfect replica of the village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the 1930’s.

It has great appeal with historians and photographers as well as visitors. Children love to stroll through the village, appearing like giants over the miniature buildings. Also situated in the model village is miniature world which is a unique exhibition of room sets and scenes such as grocer’s stalls and classrooms from a bygone era.

Another great experience for all the family to enjoy on a visit to Bourton-on-the-Water. The model village is open every day of the year except for Christmas day, but if you visiting in the winter time do check ahead of your visit if there has been any snowfall, as for safety reasons the village cannot open when there has been significant snowfall in the area.

The Model Village Website

Model Village Bourton On The Water 

The Cotswolds Perfumery Exhibition

Well worth a visit is the Perfumery exhibition, it has been blending perfumes for well over 40 years in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. As well as a splendid garden filled with plants and flowers chosen for their aroma there is a shop where customers can test all the fragrances.

If you are interested in seeing how the perfumes are made then there are also tours available of the factory where your sense of smell will be tested to the limits. The tours give a unique behind the scenes look at a business that is still today manufactures by hand by a small team of dedicated staff.

The perfumery is quite unusual in itself that it is only one of three manufacturers and retailers of perfume in the whole of Europe. The tours start in the perfume garden and take in the compounding room, the laboratory and the packing room. All tours last for 45 minutes and all bookings must be made in advance.

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Railway Exhibition and Toyshop

The model railway exhibition is a real delight for any fan of model railways child or adult! It has over 500 feet of model railway with over 40 British and Continental trains. With some of the most impressive scenery, including mountains, industrial and suburban areas it makes great viewing following the train on its journey.

You also have the chance to watch the trains as they go from day to night and see the model railway as it would be at night time with some fantastic light shows. On site is also a toy shop selling an extensive range of model railways and trains.

Model railway Exhibition Bourton on The Water 

The Cotswold Motoring Museum – Bourton-on-the-Water

The motoring museum is a journey through the 20th Century with a collection of classic cars, vintage cars and caravans, motorcycles and motoring curiosities. There is an educational learning zone, where children from early years onwards can experience workshops all about the era of motoring.

As well as the normal exhibitions of motoring the museum also hosts new exhibitions each year. Open between February and December each year family ticket discounts are available to purchase. If you are a CMSA club member there is also 10% off entrance fees.

Motor Museum Bourton On The Water

With all of the above attractions to visit you can be sure of a fun filled time when visiting Bourton-on-the-Water with something for everyone to enjoy.

Gloucestershire Historic Cotswold Places Tourist Attractions

Broadway Tower

The Cotswolds in England are well known for the many architectural follies that adorn the green, rolling hills, one of the most famous of which is known as the Broadway Tower near Broadway. The Broadway Tower is located on Broadway Hill right next to the village by the same name in the county of Worcestershire. It is the second highest point in the region following Cleeve Hill, which is located in Gloucestershire. Broadway Hill peaks at more than 1000 feet above sea level. The tower stands an additional 55 feet and makes quite a dramatic shape against the skyline.

The tower looks like a medieval castle, albeit a very vertical one. It was designed by James Wyatt in 1794 as a gift to Lady Coventry, and constructed five years later in 1799. Lady Coventry’s house was located in Worcester, 22 miles away. She wondered whether a beacon positioned on Broadway Hill would be visible from her home; the Broadway Tower was built to test the theory. Years later, the tower was used by Sir Thomas Phillips, who had a printing press there, and by the artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, who retreated there in the late 19th century. It also served as an observation post during two important wars in the 20th century.

Nobody lives in Broadway Tower today, but it is open to the public and is among the most well-known tourist destinations in the Cotswolds. The building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture. The suddenness of its shape against the skyline makes for a surrealistic sight; it stands in contrast to the flatness of its surroundings (even though it is placed on a hill, there are not many trees around it, and the hills still give an impression of the horizontal, so the verticality of the tower is somewhat striking). The country park immediately surrounding the tower consists of lovely green land which blooms with flowers during the spring. You may see some deer grazing around the fields while you’re touring the surroundings. There are many opportunities to take beautiful photographs of the imposing building and the idyllic loveliness of the park land around it.

The tower also hosts exhibitions and a gift shop. While you’re climbing to the top of the tower, you can pause and look at artworks by William Morris and learn more about the historic Arts and Crafts movement and how the Tower was involved with the artists who fronted that movement. There’s another exhibit where you can learn about how the tower was used during World War II and the Cold War by the Royal Observer Corps.

While you’re visiting the Broadway Tower, you can stay at a historic bed and breakfast at the nearby town of Broadway. This town boasts some lovely medieval architecture, and is also the site of the Gordon Russell Museum, Heritage Railway, and many beautiful homes and gardens. It is one of the best-known towns in the Cotswolds and is a destination in its own right.

Broadway Tower

Family Days Out Tourist Attractions

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Cotswold Falconry Centre Batsford

Open Every day from Mid February Until Mid November, You will see Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and other Birds of Prey in all over 150 Birds can be seen either in the Breeding Aviaries or on the Flying Displays which are held daily at 11.30am,13.30,15.00 and 16.30 in the summertime.

You may wish to pre book one of our popular experiences for that special day out.

Cotswold Falconry Centre is “More than just a Flying Visit”

Tel:01386 701043


Family Days Out Tourist Attractions

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park can be found just two miles from the medieval town of Buford, Oxfordshire and has been open to the public since 1970 and is still going strong today. It is situated in the grounds of the Bradwell Grove Estate and was opened by the owner John Heyworth.

If you are planning a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park you will find plenty to do and see on your arrival. The park is split into four separate sections with animals and gardens a plenty. If birds are your thing then you will not be disappointed as there are over 130 different species situated in the park. There are also plenty of Mammals housed in the park too from Giraffes to Leopards and Lions to Zebras. Make sure you bring your cameras as there will be plenty of opportunities to grab some great pictures.

One of the more popular attractions at the Cotswold Wildlife Park is the section where the Primates are located. Meerkats, Yellow Mongoose and the White faced Saki are always popular amongst the children as are the Crowned Sifaka’s and the Greater Bamboo Lemur which are actually two of the most endangered primate species in the world.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park is proud of all their animals and when it comes to the Reptiles and Amphibians they have one of the largest collections in the whole of the United Kingdom. A Goliath Bird eating Spider and a Striped Knee Tarantula are two of the spiders on show with snakes like Reticulated Pythons and Green Anacondas, not to mention the Black Mamba, Gaboon Viper and Puff Adder which are three of the most venomous snakes in the whole world.

Even when you return home you can keep an eye on your favourite animals as the Cotswold Wildlife Park has a great website with many animal web cams. The Croc Crèche and the Penguin Pool are two popular web cams as is the Meerkat web cam which always attracts it fair share of visitors.

Once you have visited the animals you will be able to take in all of the beautiful gardens that adorn the estate. Fresh flowers blooming with vibrant colours and tress standing proud that were first planted way back in the 19th century. The gardens are a gardeners delight and are a must see during your visit.

There is a narrow gauge railway that runs from April to October that will take you all around the park, a ride that is well worth the £1 charge while the under 3’s are free of charge. In the Manor House you get the chance to do some brass rubbing too with plates, animals and other items available to rub. There is also an adventure playground for the children to play while you enjoy your packed lunch, and there is a child’s farmyard nearby where some animals will even let you stoke them.

If you are planning a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford in Oxfordshire you will not be disappointed as it really is a great place to visit, and not just for the children either. You will wonder why you have not been before and no doubt you will be planning another visit sooner rather than later.


Family Days Out Tourist Attractions

Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswold Farm Park
The Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswold Farm Park – Adam’s Farm

There are many great visitor attractions in the Cotswold’s with the Cotswold Farm Park being just one of them.  The Cotswold Farm Park is owned and run by Adam Henson and his business partner Duncan Andrews. Adam is a well-known TV celebrity and regularly appears on our TV screens on shows like Country file and Lambing Live where the farm park is better known as Adam’s Farm.

The Cotswold Farm Park was founded over 40 years ago by Adam’s father Joe who wanted to protect valuable rare breed animals, but also breed from those animals as well. Today there are over 50 flocks of animals on the farm ranging from pigs and cows to chicken and sheep. The Demo Barn is a popular attraction amongst young and old alike. During March and April you can watch the lambs being born, and throughout the year you can experience the baby lambs and kid goats being bottle fed, and if you are very lucky you may even get the chance to feed them yourselves.

During the summer months you can watch the sheep have their fleeces removed, and there is also a Sheep History Pyramid Show which gives you an insight in to how the different breeds of sheep have developed over the years.

The Touch Barn is another popular place to visit during your stay at the Cotswold Farm Park. This is where some of the smaller animals are housed, animals like new born chickens and ducklings, rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs and piglets. There is always a trained member of staff on hand at all times to answer any questions you may have.

The Cotswold Farm Park has a wonderful two mile wildlife walk, a walk that is a must as you experience the wonderful views of the Cotswold Hills. You can download the map of the walk from your computer at home, but should you forget there are copies available in the Farm shop on your arrival at the Cotswold Farm.

There are plenty of other activities on offer as well. There is a sandpit and play area for the younger children to enjoy, and for the slightly older ones there are battery operated tractors to ride. There is a kitchen where you can sit and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, or you can always indulge and stay for dinner and experience some homemade sausages made from the pigs on the farm. There are also a couple of snack bars dotted around the farm as well should you need to use them.

If you own a horse then you can take advantage of the Horse Fun Rides that are held throughout the year. Simply turn up with your horse and take advantage of the 12 mile course which has over 60 fences to test your equestrian skills. Simply check out the Cotswold Farm Park website for times and dates of when these events are held.

Adams Farm Caravan Park

The Cotswold Farm Park or Adam’s Farm also allows you to take advantage of its caravan site and Caravan Park. Tents, caravans and motor homes can all be accommodated, and there is surely no better way to relax than in the Cotswold Hills. The next time you need a good day out and somewhere to entertain the kids take them along to the Cotswold Farm Park where you are sure to have a day to remember.

Cotswold Farm Park Discount Vouchers

Cotswold Farm Park voucher and discount codes are few and far between but if they ever become available we will post them out to anyone who subscribes to our new newsletter, you can sign up at the bottom of the page.

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