Cotswolds is situated in the central part of England. It is surrounded by the range of hills, covered with meadows. Here are top 10 places in Cotswolds for the lovers of dynamic leisure.
Cotswolds is situated in the central part of England. It is surrounded by the range of hills, covered with meadows. It looks very attractive especially in summer, the view is picturesque here. If you plan the tour, you should know that it is rather a stone built village than a vivid town, so choose it as the place for your vacation if you like hiking and cycling. Here are top 10 places in Cotswolds for the lovers of dynamic leisure.
Do you like falconries? If you are the fan of these birds or simply want to get closer to nature, you should visit this place in Cotswolds. It is opened everyday from 10:30 till 16:30. There are three display flights: 11:30, 13:30, and 15:00.
First of all you will like the staffs. They are extremely attentive and polite and even if you are the newcomer, soon you will be comfortable here. You can watch the birds through the entrance. In fact it is very clean here and smells well unlike some other places, where birds and animals live.
At the defined time you will see the demonstration. Birds are well cared, healthy and can play a lot of tricks as they are trained. You will watch their flight and know a lot of interesting facts about the habits of these birds and their lifestyle.
If you have a big house and want to get the bird to live at your place, there’s falconry store just in the center!
Plan your visit here and for sure, you will be back!
Cotswold Falconry Centre Address: Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1386 701043
This place suits to romantic persons. If you are not local and don’t know the area, this “secret’ place will be a real surprise for you. It is situated in one of North Cotswold villages, beautiful and extremely peaceful.
First of all you should have some tea in the cottage. Pastries, hot tea and cream will make you full and ready to continue your tour. Thus, one of the staffs in the secret cottage will invite you into a minibus and take to the village. Here you will see thatched cottages and green glades. The way of life here is familiar as it was in the 16th century. This tour will be interesting for children and adults, because a calm day in a village is always useful for those, who lead very active way of life!
Address: New Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1608 674700
Secret Cottage Tour Pick-up-and-drop-off-times:
Moreton-in-Marsh railway station – 10:15 – 16:30
Sundays – 10:30
If you have no time to visit every place of interest in Cotswolds, you can study the whole area, if you take part in the tour, arranged by Fowler Tours.
The guide, a very polite and professional person, will offer you to visit several most prominent places in the area to create the full impression about it.
He will take you to Ian Coley Shooting School, where you can try your hand to shoot and will feel like a hunter. Then you will take a very tasty lunch at the Swan Inn.
In fact your tour along Cotswolds can be planned with the guide individually, according to your taste and interests. You can visit shops and a fair here or go to the Cotswolds Hills with the guide. He will tell you everything about sites and if you have kids – take them too! They will like the tour.
Cotswolds Tours by Fowler Tours Address: 16 Windrush Court, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4RE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7969 665983
Smells remind us about past, about people, we used to meet and about places, we attended. That’s why visiting Cotswolds Perfumery may be useful for any tourist – to find the aroma, which will remind about the visit here. Besides it is a good idea to buy aromatic souvenirs for your friends and relatives.
There’s a great selection of perfume, so you may find your favorite or try a new one. Jewellery is sold here too, so you won’t leave empty-handed. And don’t afraid to ruin your budget after your visit to this shop – prices are very democratic!
Address: Cotswold Perfumery Ltd, Victoria Street, Bourton on the Water, Cheltenham GL54 2BU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1451 820698
Cotswold Perfumery opening times:
Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 17:00 (17:30 in Summer)
Sunday & Bank Holidays 10:30 – 17:00 (17:30 in Summer)
Can you cook? Don’t worry, if you can’t! It is easy to learn – just visit Dancing Trousers Cookery School at Cotswolds. At this school you can order an informative course of baking. There are different courses – you will choose the most interesting one and then a chef will teach you and tell some of his professional secrets. Although making bread, mint biscuits or salt-caramel chocolate brownies is really entertaining, you can improve your cooking skills too– or start to cook, if you are a fresher.
The prices on the courses are different – they vary from £59.00 to £159.00. The course starts in the morning as usual, it is organized as an informal event, but you will really learn to bake at the same time.
Address of Dancing Trousers Cookery School: The Corn Barn, Broughton Poggs, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3JH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1367 860144
It is probably, the most popular site in Cotswolds. I am sure, you have already visited zoos and don’t expect something unique from your coming here. That’s why you will be impressed!
The animals can be watched very closely, as there are no high walls here, like in most of other zoos. Take your kids with you – and they will be crazy to see the favorite animals – and new ones – so near to them.
If you are tired – the area is really huge here – you can take a train for a reasonable price and move faster. Animals and birds are not the only value here. Gardens are wonderful too! Enjoy tall trees and bright flowers, take some photos and make a picnic just at the wide glade.
If you haven’t got the meal for a picnic, you can easily take lunch in a café – the food here is fresh cooked, inexpensive and very tasty!
No doubt, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is worth visiting.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens Address: Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1993 823006
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens opening times:
April to October (British Summertime) 10.00 – 18:00, Last admission 16:30
November to March (GMT) 10.00 – 17:00 or dusk, Last admission 15:30
If you dream to travel around Cotswolds and take part in some sport activity at the same time, cycling is the best choice for you. The villages around Cotswolds are so beautiful and picturesque, that you will admire them and get know the area while cycling.
You can plan your cycling tour yourself or use one of linear routes (30 miles each) that are already planned for you. You may choose one of the routes separately or get 7-day Circular Cycling Holiday Route around Cotswolds. If you don’t feel comfortable to travel alone, ask for a guide at Tourist Centre.
Cotswolds Hills with gentle slopes have been always attractive to tourists. You can try a short walk or to get 5000km walking tour – if you are healthy and strong enough.
There are some popular walking routes that are chosen by tourists very often. Thus you are for sure to try beautiful Thames Path. You can walk around the hills, or stop at some small village nearby. May be you will be happy to make a shopping tour to the local market or simply enjoy your weekend, spending several hours outside and have a picnic at the meadow. Walking around Cotswolds is an interesting and healthy way of entertaining.
Even if you can’t ride a horse, I am sure, you have dreamed to try it at least once in your life. May be it is the time for a dream to be realized?
Horse riding is a popular activity here. Local people have their own horses and tourists can hire one of them in the specialized centers. If you are an experienced rider, you will just choose one of the horse riding routes (like Sabrina Way) and start your trip. If you are a fresher, trainers from the center will help you to start!
Cotswolds Horse Riding Address: Washpool Equestrian Centre, Stanton, Nr. Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7NE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1386 584250
Cotswolds Horse Riding opening times:
08:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 17:00
Do you like cars and motorcycles? So you can learn about the history of these vehicles at Cotswold Motoring Museum. It is situated in one of the villages near Cotswolds.
The collection of the museum shows the development of car industry in the 20th century. If you have children, they can also come and enjoy toy cars and bicycles and meet popular television star Brum.
Address of Cotswold Motoring Museum: The Old Mill, Sherborne St, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1451 821255
Cotswold Motoring Museum opening times:
Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 18:00
So, Cotswolds is small, but full of interesting sites that are worth your attention!