Things to do in the Cotswolds

Top 10 Things to do in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offer a number of awe-inspiring views across rolling hills in South Western and West Central England offering an abundance of things to do suitable for all age groups. From strolling around the area of outstanding natural beauty to exploring some of its most beautiful sights and attractions, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to visit for a family or romantic weekend break.

The Cotwolds has a whole lot to offer, from sites to see in the South of Stratford-upon-Avon to the City of Bath and beautiful parts of Oxfordshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Worchestershire. You will never be short of things to do in the Cotswolds. There is a number of exciting things to do and see for couples, families or even your four-legged friends. 

10 Things to do in the Cotswolds 

  1. Cheltenham Race Course
  2. Cotswolds Water Park
  3. Warwick Castle
  4. Birdland Park & Gardens
  5. Visit Blockley 
  6. Bibury Trout Farm
  7. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  8. Abbey House & Gardens
  9. Cotswold Motoring Museum
  10. Cotswolds Distillery

Join the Race-Goers and Visit Cheltenham Race Course

One of the most exciting and thrilling days out for families and friends is a visit to Cheltenham Race Course. Cheltenham Race Course is just under an hour’s journey from Alexandra House offering easy transportation links to Swindon City Centre and is most famous for hosting it’s annual Cheltenham Gold Cup plus various events throughout the year. 

Cheltenham Race Course is the perfect day out offering a sense of enjoyment and thrill for everyone. Whether you are looking to sample fine dining or are a keen racegoer, Cheltenham Race Course delivers an unforgettable experience that guests will never forget.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Visit Cotswolds Water Park 

The Cotswold Water Park boasts 180 lakes spread across 40 square miles being the perfect attraction for families to escape to and enjoy whilst visiting the Cotswolds. Cotswolds Water Park is a half an hour’s drive to Alexandra Hosue being easily accessible for day trips out to enjoy a number of fantastic activities. 

A few of the many activities that you can expect to see at The Cotswolds Water Park are paddleboarding, inflatable obstacle courses, archery and sailing. The Cotswolds Water Park offers something for everyone, whether you are looking to enjoy the water with your four-legged friends or get competitive with your team, all can be experienced at the Cotswolds Water Park. 

Explore Warwick Castle

There are always fun things to do in the Cotswolds, especially if you are a history lover and are wanting to explore some of the Cotswold’s most historic sites by visiting Warwick Castle. Warwick Castle, located near River Avon in Warwick offers a great family-friendly educational day out with children’s interactive shows and programmes on offer for the whole family.  

Nestle in Nature at Birdland Park & Gardens

Just an hour’s drive from Alexandra House enjoy a fun day out with the kids and visit Birdland in the stunning town of Bourton-on-the-Water. This is an exciting wildlife park with beautiful gardens and grounds to go exploring for birds with an additional area for penguins and other attractions to see, such as an indoor Discovery Zone with amphibians and reptiles, a Desert House with Birds, The Jurrasic Journey-themed landscape and many more. 

Win over the little ones and add this fantastic attraction to your stay at Alexandra House in Swindon!

Spend the Day in Blockley

To get the most out of your stay at Alexandra House be sure to visit the beautiful village of Blockley. Blockley is a chocolate box high street village boasting an array of stunning villages most famous for their limestone and traditional cottages. You can be sure to never be lost with things to do at Blockley, from exploring the Gingerbread Trail to enjoying a leisurely picnic on the open village green. 

Take a Trip to Bibury Trout Farm

Bibury Trout Farm is one of the most beautiful sights to see in England and Britain’s most dated Trout Farm. Whilst enjoying a relaxing stay at Alexandra House take the opportunity to visit Bibury Trout Farm and explore the beautiful grounds to catch your own dinner, hire a BBQ, enjoy a round of crazy golf and visit the deli filled with local wines and delicious foods.

Trout Farm

Experience Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Walk on the wild side and explore the magnificent animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens for an unforgettable experience. This is a fantastic attraction suitable for ages in the Cotswolds that you won’t want to miss! Just a 40-minute journey from Alexandra House you can visit the largest reptile collection in the UK as well as zebras, reindeer, giraffes, lemurs and many more. 

Take a Stroll in Abbey House Gardens

Just a 30 minutes drive from Alexandra House, you can make the most out of your stay by nestling into the beautiful countryside and exploring Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury Brims. Stroll past Abbey House itself and visit its graceful grounds as well as its Coy Carp Cafe to admire its views of its very own koi carp pond.

Go Back in Time at Cotswold Motoring Museum 

Go back in time and take a magnificent journey through the 20th century of motoring and visit the Cotswold Motoring Museum to view its fascinating range of rare and classic vehicles and toys. Cotswold Motoring Museum is set in a converted 17th-century water mill featuring a vast range of showrooms and exhibiting a number of penny farthing bikes, cars and horse carriages. 

Check out Cotswolds Distillery

Whether you are a gin or whisky connoisseur or you just want to sample a few quality spirits and check out how they’re made, then take a visit to the Cotswolds Distillery for the perfect day out. Don’t worry if you’re on a whole family trip, the Cotswolds Distillery is dog-friendly and perfect for educational tours and tasting!

Where to stay near the Cotswolds?

Alexandra House, near the Cotswolds, is the perfect place for your weekend break, family holiday or celebration offering such a wide variety of great things to do in and around the Cotswolds village. Alexandra House in Swindon offers beautiful strolls, great cycling routes and hiking trails as well as a wide selection of shops in Swindon and the Cotswolds. 

Alexandra House based near the Cotswolds offers comfortable accommodation in the countryside so you can embrace the beautiful location of Swindon. Within easy reach of the Cotswolds, whilst staying at Alexandra House you can make the most out of your stay and explore the glorious area with your friends and family. 

Stay at our dog-friendly hotel as you explore what the Cotswolds has to offer!

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