Visitors staying in Tetbury will find plenty to do further afield during their visit: Visitors will find dozens of attractions including historic houses, stately homes and castles such has Blenheim Palace (45 miles) Berkeley Castle (15 miles) or Dyrham Park (18 miles). There are animal attractions such as the Cotswold Farm Park (31 miles) or Cotswold Wildlife Park (30 miles), fantastic museums such as the Corinium Museum (10 miles), beautiful gardens like Batsford Arboretum (35 miles) and Hidcote Manor Gardens (45 miles).
For those wanting activities there’s boating, walking the Cotswold Way, cycling and watersports all available around the Cotswold Water Park, the largest man-made water park in England, complete with its own beach for lazing around on sunny warm days, as well as several leisure centres; those after ‘retail therapy’ will find great shopping in the busy market towns which have an array of independent specialist shops and are particularly well known for their art and antiques; or the designer outlet villages at Gloucester Quays (22 miles) or Swindon Designer Outlet (22 miles), and when you’re searching for food and drink, there are loads of pubs and restaurants, cafes and tearooms with many serving local produce from the Cotswolds.
For general sight-seeing the Cotswolds have some of the prettiest towns and villages in England; Castle Combe (14 miles) is a must-see village and it’s no wonder when you see the beautiful honey-coloured cottages and the babbling river Bybrook, regularly seen on screen as a backdrop for films like Dr Dolittle (1960s), War Horse and Stardust. Bibury (18 miles) once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ and who can blame him with its attractive setting alongside river Colne where trout can be seen swimming along in the shallow clear waters and the view across Rack Isle to the famous cottages of Arlington Row. Then there’s Bourton-on-the-Water (27 miles), known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to its low bridges straddling the River Windrush, the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Birdland.
For lovers of history the Cotswolds have played a major role in the UKs heritage. Thousands of years ago large monuments appeared on the Cotswold landscape built by our ancient ancestors, Belas Knap Long Barrow (31 miles) near Winchcombe, Crickley Hill an Iron Age Hill Fort (24 miles) high above Gloucester and Cheltenham with great views across the Severn Valley, the great Iron Age hill fort of Uley Bury (8 miles) all clearly visible. Ancient towns such as Cirencester (10 miles), second in importance to London during the Roman occupation, the town was so important, that there are several major Roman roads linking the town, Ermin Street, Fosse Way, Akeman Street, Ikenild Street, Whiteway now bringing visitors from all over Britain to the Cotswolds.
King Athelstan was declared the First King of All England, and is buried at his beloved Malmesbury (5 miles), no one knows exactly where but his name lives on in the town at the Athelstan Museum and Malmesbury Abbey. The English Civil Wars began and ended with battles across the Cotswolds. War waged and blood spilled across the battlefields of Edge Hill (51 miles) site of the very first battle, Lansdown Hill (23 miles) near to the Roman/Georgian city of Bath and dozens of smaller skirmishes and sieges such as those at Beverstone Castle (2 miles) or Newbridge (43 miles) during the war years and on the morning of 21 March 1646 the last battle of the first English Civil War, took place just one mile north of the town of Stow on the Wold (30 miles).
Transport lovers can have a wheelie great time on a visit to the Cotswolds with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (37 miles) running along the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border of the Cotswolds, Steam – The Museum of the Great Western Railway (22 miles), the Jet Age Museum (30 miles) dedicated to the preservation of Gloucestershire’s aviation heritage, The Oxford Bus Museum (43 miles) is a transport museum at Long Hanborough and the Gloucester Waterways Museum (20 miles) housed in a Victorian warehouse at Gloucester Docks.
There is so much to see and do on a trip to Tetbury and the Cotswolds that you will need to visit the Tetbury Visitor Information Centre to discover more about the area.
Cotswold Country Park