Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

Covering a huge area of almost 800 square miles, The Cotswolds is packed with amazing things to see and do. Picturesque villages, grand palaces, ancient castles, beautiful gardens, outdoor activities – this perfect slice of English countryside has got it all. Wondering where to start? Here are the top 10 thing to do in the Cotswolds with the Sand & Stone stamp of approval:

1. Cotswolds Distillery – Shipston-on-Stour

Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

The first full scale distillery in the Cotswolds, this beautiful rural distillery and shop were designed with visitors in mind. They run tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).

Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road, Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5HG

11 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


2. Cotswolds Wildlife Park – Burford

Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

Stroll around the park and get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, watch Rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns or walk with Lemurs. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK.

Bradwell Grove, Burford, OX18 4JP

18 Miles from Ivy Cottage


3. Blenheim Palace – Blenheim

Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds
Blenheim Palace is a historic House and Gardens in Oxfordshire. With its own special place in Britain’s history, Blenheim Palace is a true national treasure and well worth a day trip to visit!

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

13 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


4. Cotswolds Farm Park – Cheltenham

Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

Established in 1971 as the home of rare breed conservation, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun-filled day out for everyone!

Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG

10 Miles from The Bledington Barn | 14 Miles from Ivy Cottage


5. Cotswolds Water Park – Cirencester 

Top 10 Things To Do In The Cotswolds

140 Lakes and wetlands covering 40 square miles, south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs satisfied – nature reserves, country parks, water sports, cycling, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping. The Cotswold Water Park has much to offer, from a beautiful lakeside stroll to lunch in a Cotswold village pub; from an exhilarating day of watersports to a tranquil morning of birdwatching.

Spine Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5TL

30 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 30 Miles to The Bledington Barn


6. Soho Farmhouse – Chipping Norton

Soho Farmhouse is a hotel and a members’ club in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside. Members and guests can enjoy local ales in the Mill Room, watch a film at the Electric Barn Cinema or have a treatment at Cowshed spa.

1 Tracey Farm Cottages, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4JS

10 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 10 Miles from Ivy Cottage


7. Daylesford Farm – Daylesford

Daylesford Farm is a retail heaven of organic gorgeousness on the edge of the Cotswolds, it has grown over the past 10 years into something between a mall and a Japanese temple, selling not just food and produce, but clothing, gardening equipment, homeware, yoga classes and spa treatments.

Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0YG

6 Miles from Yarrow Cottage | 6 Miles from Ivy Cottage


8. The Royal Gardens at Highgrove – Tetbury

Highgrove is the private residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Its organic gardens are open to the public for guided tours between April and October each year. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Highgrove House, Doughton, Tetbury, GL8 8TN

30 Miles to The Bledington Barn


9. Broadway Tower – Broadway

Broadway Tower is a folly on Broadway Hill, near the large village of Broadway and is the second-highest point of the Cotswolds. It is open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location.

Middle Hill, Broadway, WR12 7LB

25 Miles from The Old Dairy


10. Bourton House Garden – Bourton-on-the-Hill

Bourton House Garden is an award-winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. The entrance to the garden is through a magnificent Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn where you will find occasional exhibitions and can enjoy tea and delicious home-made cakes from May to September.

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AE

11 Miles from Yarrow Cottage


With plenty to do in the great outdoors, once you’ve decided on your choice out of our top 10 things to do in the Cotswolds, view our Cotswolds properties here to find the perfect place to lay your head after a day spent in the fresh air.