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Things to do in The Cotswolds

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Cotswolds. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Cotswolds attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Cotswolds to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Cotswolds.

  • Blenhelm Palace

    The Duke of Marlborough lives here, Winston Churchill was born here, and Capability Brown did the gardens. More
  • Byrne & Burge

    Founded in 2007 with a mission to revive Savile Row tailoring, Byrne & Burge is a bespoke tailoring house located in London’s Mayfair neighborhood.... More
  • Cotswold Way

    The National Trust has reserved this public footpath that bisects the whole of Gloucestershire. More
  • C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor

    Book a treatment at this hypermodern spa in a tranquil natural setting. More
  • Daylesford Organic Farmshop

    In addition to farmshop Daylesford is also a garden store, yoga studio, spa, and designer clothing boutique. For more than 20 years, the owners hav... More
  • Gifford's Circus

    This independent traveling act is the creation of Nell Gifford, who ran away to the big top on her gap year from Oxford, and her husband, Toti. The... More
  • Highgrove Shop

    Prince Charles' green shop features his Duchy Originals organic goods. More
  • Long Street

    Tebury's Long Street is unofficially considered Antiques Alley. More
  • Lorfords Antiques

    At Lorfords Antiques, stone garden statues are showcased outside, while English wing chairs and blue-and-white porcelain plates and crockery fill t... More
  • Merriscourt Arts Centre

  • Sharland & Lewis

    In Tetbury, don't miss Long Street, unofficially considered Antiques Alley: there's Sharland & Lewis, a cheerful shop brimming with 19th-century qu... More
  • Stroud Farmers' Market

    Stop in for gourmet chutneys, flowers, cheeses, meat, fish, and game. More
  • Sudeley Castle

    Nature lovers and history buffs should spend the afternoon in the 15th-century castle. The 14-acre grounds include an English rose garden. More
  • Walk the Cotswold Way

    Walk through the villages of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Moreton-in-Marsh. Just follow the walking maps for the Cotswold Way, a 100-mil... More
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

    Stroll Tetbury's 600-acre arboretum, started by the Holford family in the 1820's and now home to more than 3,000 types of trees, including maples, ... More

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