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The Sundial Garden | Courtesy of The Royal Gardens at Highgrove
The Sundial Garden | Courtesy of The Royal Gardens at Highgrove
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20 Must-Visit Attractions in The Cotswolds

Picture of Sarah Dawson
Updated: 30 August 2017
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 – this perfect slice of English countryside has got it all. Wondering where to start? Here are 20 of the very best attractions that are well worth a visit.
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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

This family-friendly wetland centre makes the perfect day out. Hand feed the ducks and geese as you walk around the idyllic grounds, check out the huge flamingo flock, spot water voles from the canoe safari and go birdwatching in the comfy Discovery Hide.

WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT, +44 (0) 1453 891900

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Broadway Tower Country Park

Standing tall in the most glorious of settings, Broadway Tower looks out across the breath-taking Cotswold scenery. Visitors can explore this unique, Capability Brown Folly Tower before hiking along the Cotswold Way, meeting the herd of red deer or just sitting back with a cup of tea, taking in the view.

Broadway Tower Country Park, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LB, +44 (0) 1386 852390

Broadway Tower | © JJFarq/Shutterstock

Broadway Tower | © JJFarq/Shutterstock

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Westonbirt Arboretum

With 15,000 tree specimens from all over the world, Westonbirt Arboretum is regarded as one of the best arboretums in the country. There’s something for everyone here, whether you just want to wander around the grounds, explore the treetop walkway or take the children along the Gruffalo Spotters trail. Beautiful whatever the season, but particularly dramatic in autumn, as the leaves turn a kaleidoscope of reds and oranges.

Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS, +44 (0) 300 067 4890

Westonbirt Arboretum | © PJ Photography/Shutterstock

Westonbirt Arboretum | © PJ Photography/Shutterstock

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Highgrove Gardens

Created and cultivated over the last 35 years by TRH The Prince of Wales, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove are a stunning example of sustainability, harmony with nature and a true love of all things horticulture. The gardens are open annually from April to October, and visitors can enjoy fascinating guided tours around the estate.

Highgrove Gardens, Tetbury Upton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8TN, +44 (0) 333 222 4555

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The Cotswolds Distillery

With a dedication to producing the very best artisan whisky and gin with a local twist, the Cotswolds Distillery is one of the smallest but arguably the prettiest distilleries in England. Find out all about the process on one of the distillery tours, before putting your feet up in front of a warming log fire for a tasting session in a relaxing environment.