The Cotswolds

The UK is ideal for country holidays with so many great locations that have a great choice of idyllic cottages, cabins and lodges that will please everyone from those looking for a romantic break to families looking for an adventure.

One of those great locations that welcomes many visitors every year is the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is located in the south of England and its close proximity to London makes it an ideal getaway for anyone.

Covering over 800 square miles the Cotswolds also go through 5 counties each having their own, individual style so any trip will have countless options for its visitors.

We thought we would take a look at some of the best things to do when visiting the Cotswolds to help anyone that might be planning a trip.

If you are a fan on the water a trip to the Cotswold Water Park is a must. Stretched over 40 square miles and with 140 lakes and wetlands it is ideal for everything from swimming to fishing and there are also facilities for a great range of water sports too.

If you want to keep your feet on dry land there are a lot of choices for you too. The National Trusts Chastleton House and Sherborne Estate are just two great examples of the great historic buildings that you can make the most of on your trip.

If it’s relaxation you are looking for then the Vaulted Spa at the Kings Head Hotel should be the ideal place for a spot of pampering with some excellent treatments available.

If you are a fan of animals and want to get up close and personal with a bit of wilderness the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens will be right up your street. With over 260 different species of animal including rhinos, giraffes and lions, this wildlife park is a great day out.

Tickets for the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens will cost £16 for adults  and £10.50 for concessions.

Film fans have also been known to flock to the Cotswolds to see some of the filming locations from their favourite movies. Fans of Johnny Depp will be interested to hear that Stanway Hose featured in his film ‘The Libertine’ while Harry Potter fans will want to head to Gloucester Cathedral. As well as featuring in TV’s Sherlock, the Cathedral has featured as parts of Hogwarts in the films.

With so much to see and do in such a beautiful part of the country it is little wonder that so many people choose to come.

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