Outstanding Places to Visit
Outstanding Places to Visit – most of which are within 30 minutes drive from Box Cottage. Please visit individual web-sites for more details and opening times etc.
Batsford Arboretum is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds and one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the Country. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
Location: Moreton in Marsh, GL56 9AB
Tel: 01386 701441
Berkeley Castle has been lived in by the same family for over 900 years. It is where history has been made. Where Edward II was murdered, where the Barons of the West gathered before Magna Carta and where Queen Elizabeth I hunted and played bowls.
Location: Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ
Tel: 01453 810332
A working trout farm and is one of Britain’s oldest trout farms. Bibury Trout Farm was founded in 1902, by the naturalist Arthur Severn, to stock the local rivers and streams with the native Brown Trout. The trout farm now covers 15 acres in Bibury The Trout Farm is Open Daily. April – September 8am – 6pm. March and October 8am – 5pm. November – February 8am – 4pm
Location: Arlington near Cirencester GL7 5NL
Tel: 01285 740215
Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.
Location: Woodstock, OX20 1PP
Tel: 01993 810500
Bourton House Garden will re-open to the general public from 10am to 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from June to September.
Location: Bourton on the Hill, Moreton in Marsh, GL56 9AE
Tel: 01386 700754
Broadway Tower is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and is the second highest point on the Cotswold Ridge. The eighteenth century Gothic folly from which it is possible to survey an area which includes as many as thirteen counties.
Location: Broadway, WR12 7LB
Tel: 01386 852390
Garden furniture, home furniture, garden tools, garden supplies, outdoor games, home accessories, garden centre, kitchen accessories, gift ideas!
Location: Burford, OX18 4PA
Tel: 01993 823117
At Buscot Park you will find exqusite gardens, including the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto and the Four Seasons Walled Garden created by the present Lord Faringdon. The House is also home to the Faringdon Collection.
Location: Faringdon, SN7 8BU
Tel: 01367 240786
Leave the hustle and bustle of today’s world and visit Cerney House Gardens, where time seems to stand still. Let old-fashioned scents and colour surround you in this romantic secret garden. Explore the working organic kitchen garden amongst the overflowing borders.
Location: Cirencester, GL7 7BX
Tel: 01285 831300/831044
Shakespeare was rumoured to be caught poaching on the estate. 700 years of the Lucy family, with a uniquely extensive portrait collection. Colourful landscaped gardens by the River Avon Great walking and picnic opportunities in the ‘Capability’ Brown deer park.
Location: Warwick, CV35 9ER
Tel: 01789 470277
A unique 400-year-old time capsule. Rare tapestries, portraits and personal belongings. Classic Elizabethan topiary garden. Lawn where the rules of modern croquet were laid down. Idyllic Cotswolds setting, next to a 12th-century parish church. Entrance by ticket only.
Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0SU
Tel: 01498 755560
Chavenage House is an Elizabethan era manor house situated 1.5 miles northwest of Tetbury, in the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire. Chavenage offers personal tours, usually conducted by the owner, David Lowsley-Williams.
Location: Tetbury, GL8 8XP
Tel: 01666 502329
The racecourse is best known for the National Hunt festival held in March each year, and includes races such as the Gold Cup and Champion hurdle.
Location: Prestbury Park, GL50 4SH
Tel: 01242 513014
The Golf Club offers a traditional welcoming atmosphere and a picturesque and interesting course kept in wonderful condition throughout the year. Many of the holes are virtually unchanged from James Braids original design and offer wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
Location: Cirencester, GL7 7BH
Tel: 01285 652465
Home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities in the country. Corinium, Roman Cirencester, was the second largest town in Roman Britain. Experience life as a Roman. Marvel at the stunning mosaics. Visit a Roman Garden.
Location: Cirencester, GL7 2BX
Tel: 01285 655611
The perfect family day out interacting with a collection of domestic rare breeds, or the chance to learn more about farming and conservation. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park as seen on BBC Countryfile.
Location: Guiting Power, GL54 5UG
Tel: 01285 655611
The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile long-distance footpath, running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England. It was officially inaugurated as a National Trail on 24 May 2007 and several new rights of way have been created. It runs from Chipping Campden to Bath.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House and has been open to the public since 1970. The Park is home to a fascinating collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
Location: Burford, OX18 4JP
Tel: 01993 823006
Specialising in organic, fresh, seasonal and local produce; vegetables, fresh from the kitchen garden; award-winning handmade cheeses from the Creamery; breads, pastries, cakes and biscuits from the Bakery; fresh meat and farm shop. Daylesford is also the home of the Bamford Haybarn Spa, a wellness retreat in the Cotswolds.
Location: Daylesford, Nr. Kingham, GL56 0YG
Tel: 01608 731700
One of the finest cathedrals in England and rated as one of the most beautiful in the world – Gloucester Cathedral is one of the architectural jewels of the city of Gloucester. The magnificent 900 year old Norman Cathedral lies at the heart of the city.
Location: Gloucester, GL1 2LX
Tel: 01452 528095
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway’s mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham. The line commands wonderful views of the sleepy hamlets and villages, as it runs though the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Location: Toddington, GL54 5DT
Tel: 01242 621405
Hailes Abbey enjoys a beautiful setting on the western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture. The museum displays include some fine examples of medieval sculpture and decorated floor tiles.
Location: Winchcombe, GL54 5PB
Tel: 01242 603859
This garden is internationally renowned and is a series of smaller gardens each with its own theme. One of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century. Located near the village of Hidcote Bartrim not far from Chipping Campden.
Location: Near Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR
Tel: 01386 438333
Highgrove House & Garden near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is the family home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchy of Cornwall owns Highgrove, and bought the house, garden and nearby farmland now known as Duchy Home Farm in 1980.
Location: Tetbury, GL8 8PH
Tel: 0845 521 4342
Highgrove products take their inspiration from the gardens at Highgrove and reflect the wide-ranging interests and passions of HRH The Prince of Wales. Profits from the sale of products sold from the Highgrove shops or web site are paid to The Prince’s Charities Foundation.
Location: Tetbury, GL8 8PH
Tel: 0845 521 4342
Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 Listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, was built in the late 1500s. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village of Kelmscott. The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of William Morris.
Location: Lechlade, GL7 3HJ
Tel: 01367 253348
Coarse fishery of four lakes! Lemington Lakes is located on Todenham Road in Moreton-in-Marsh.
Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NP
Tel: 01608 650872
Mill Dene garden in Blockley is a private garden created by the Dares for their family. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its kingfishers. Beautiful views and an air of tranquility and peace.
Location: Nr Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9HU
Tel: 01386 700457
Naunton Downs is an 18 hole, par 71 course, which is situated in an area of outstanding Cotswold countryside. The course was designed keeping the natural features and landscape in mind, and offers a challenge to suit golfers of all ages and abilities.
Location: Naunton, GL54 3AE
Tel: 01451 850090
Stroll, sit, relax and drink up the atmosphere as you step back in time to the early 18th century. Set in a hidden Cotswold valley, this is a magical garden at any time of year.
Location: Painswick, GL6 6TH
Tel: 01452 813204
Cheltenham’s finest Regency building was completed in 1830 as the centre piece for Joseph Pitt’s Pittville estate. Located at the North end of Pittville Park visitors can still sample the famous spa waters and take a tour of the fabulous grounds.
Location: Cheltenham, GL52 3JE
Tel: 01242 523852
Prescott is tucked away amidst the still quite unspoiled Cotswold countryside. Here visitors can view the green hills around or watch competing cars from a number of advantageous points all in a spacious ‘confine’.
Location: Near Cheltenham
Tel: 01242 673136/679796
Established in 1990 by ex English Sporting Champion and former International shot, Rob Ireland. Rob Ireland’s activity days have become firm favourites with many of the UK’s leading companies along with hundreds of individuals and groups.
Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9LQ
Tel: 01386 701683
The remains of one of the largest Roman villas in the country provide a fascinating insight into 4th-century Roman Britain. The site was discovered in 1864 on the Earl of Eldon’s estate by a local gamekeeper, and subsequently excavated by his estate workers.
Location: Chedworth, GL54 3LJ
Tel: 01242 890256
Sezincote (pronounced See-zin-kt) is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills. Built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell, who had worked in India, there is a central dome, peacock tail windows and pavilions. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.
Location: Moreton in Marsh, GL56 9AW
Tel: 01386 700444
Lavender has thrived on the gentle free draining limestone hills. At 1000 feet above sea level the combination of soil type, altitude and climate produce ideal growing conditions for the finest English essential oils. With 53 acres of lavender, 250,000 plants and 70 miles of rows.
Location: WR12 7JY
Tel: 01386 854821
Once described as ”a house for the evening hours, surely the loveliest spell of the day”, Snowshill Manor is a typical, traditional Cotswold house, built of golden yellow local stone and set on a hillside above the Vale of Evesham.
Location: Snowshill, WR12 7JU
Tel: 01386 842814
Stanway is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss.
Location: Stanway, GL54 5PQ
Tel: 01386 584688
Join the guests of Lord and Lady Bearsted and experience the weekend house party of a 1930s millionaire. Surrounded by the internationally important art and porcelain collections, hear and discover more about family life and join in the atmosphere.
Location: Banbury, OX15 6HT
Tel: 01295 670266
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire. It sits on a bend on the River Avon. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 within or adjacent to the Anglo-Saxon burh of Warwick.
Location: Warwick, CV34 4QV
Tel: 0870 442 2000
Wellington Aviation Museum is a small independent museum based in Moreton-in-Marsh, England, which serves to remember the hundreds of trainee pilots who passed through its gates.
Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0BG
Tel: 01608 650323
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses.
Location: Tetbury, GL8 8QS
Tel: 01666 880220