Whether you’re visiting, passing through or have just moved into the area, there are so many things to see and do in Gloucestershire that you’ll be spoiled for choice. From beautiful parks and gardens to historic houses and traditional steam railways, there is truly something for everyone, both young and old. Here are just a few of the top attractions but there are many more:
WWT Slimbridge – for all nature lovers, a visit to Slimbridge is a must. You know you’re in for a treat as this attraction won a Visit England Golf Award for 2016. You’ll discover pools, meadows, reed beds and lagoons bustling with birds and wildlife. Geese, Swans, Flamingos and Ducks can all be found in this stunning wetland. With canoe and land rover safari trails, the kids will have a ball too. There are activities and events on every day and the centre is only closed in Christmas Day.
Berkeley Castle – not just a castle but a butterfly farm too which will delight both young and old. This impressive medieval castle has been a part of the Berkeley family since 1153 and daily activities include falconry, archery, jester skills workshop and a wild play area. Various monarchs have stayed here, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and Shakespeare wrote ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for a Berkeley family wedding! If you love history, you’ll find centuries worth here at Berkeley Castle. For your own (slightly smaller) castle in the county, you’ll need a Gloucester Estate Agent. For available properties in the area, visit http://www.tgres.co.uk/
Cotswold Country Park – this vast expanse of watery, beachy fun can be found between Swindon and Cirencester. It boasts the largest inland beach in the whole of the UK. You’ll find swimming, pedalos, crazy golf, playgrounds and bouncy castles. For the grown-ups, immerse yourself in some wonderful lakeside walks or some water sports. You’ll also find cafés and accommodation.
Rococo Garden – located in the beautifully quaint village of Painswick, this glorious garden was designed in the 18th century for intimate gatherings and is the only garden of its kind left in the country. You’ll discover garden follies, a unique maze to navigate, a woodland swing and some amazing views. The café also serves some tasty homemade food.
Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway – run completely by volunteers, this traditional steam railway is a must-visit attraction in the county. Take an award-winning 20-mile train ride through some of the most beautiful Cotswold scenery and see restored buildings, diesel locomotives and platforms. Disappear into one of the longest tunnels on a preserved railway and then enjoy a picnic or visit to the tearooms at Toddington Station.
Chedworth Roman Villa – if you like your history a little more ancient then Gloucestershire has this to offer as well. Chedworth offers a chance to see the remains of a very grand roman villa, one of biggest and best preserved in the UK. Not only can you see mosaic floors and bath house rooms but the museum also features some fascinating Roman artefacts. For the kids, there are opportunities to play Roman-themed games and dress up as one too.