Cotswolds Holidays Local Attractions
Are you considering self catering Cotswolds holidays? Find out about the range of local attractions available in the area.
The Cotswolds are visited by a large number of visitors annually. The serenity and composure of nature offers a perfect unwinding. It offers a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of tiring city life. Here are some of our favourite places to visit:
First let's look at the local history, with a visit to Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe in the North Cotswolds. Sudeley is famous for some Royal reasons and was once the home of Queen Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. With exhibitions to see and beautiful grounds to explore, Sudeley is definitely worth a trip.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Back firmly in the present, Slimbridge Wetland Centre hailed as 'the birthplace of modern conservation.' It is the place to go to see wildlife. Slimbridge is largely famous largely for its collection of swans, geese, and ducks. There is also a year-round programme of walks, arts, events, workshops, and talks - something for everyone.
National Waterways Museum
Another famous attraction is the National Waterways Museum. Set in the heart of the historic Gloucester Docks, the museum is packed with family-friendly galleries and exhibitions. These give a window into life on Britain's inland waterways.
While we're in the centre of Gloucester, let's take a look at the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, consecrated over 900 years ago. It is an outstanding example of English cathedral design. It is also famous as the burial place of King Edward II.
Pay a visit to Clearwell Caves, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean. As well as an extensive natural cave system, one can experience some of Britain's oldest underground mine workings. There are nine impressive caverns to explore, as well as deep level caving opportunities for the more adventurous!
Painswick Rococo Garden
Originally laid out in the early 18th Century it has recently been restored. It's particularly famous for its snowdrop display, but there is something to see virtually all year round. Cotswold stone of the original, the model village is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.
Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music
It's always nice to round things off with some music. Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music in Northleach houses an incredible variety of self-playing instruments, and visitors can hear many of them in action.