Whether you are looking for an active break or merely wish to relax, there is something for everyone in the Cotswolds. Listed below is a small selection of things to see and do, but there are so many more in this beautiful area, so why not come and sample them?
There are more than 3,000 miles of public footpaths in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest such region in the country, including the following:
A full programme of walks is available from Cotswolds Conservation Board, tel 01451 862000
Enjoy the Cotswolds on your bike, taking in the beautiful scenery and picturesque villages on the way.
Information available from:
Cotswold Country Cycles, tel 01386 438706
With more than 40 courses in the region, you are spoilt for choice!
For further information visit Golf in the Cotswolds
Whether you want private lessons, hacking out, picnic rides or simply fun days out, try the following:
Parks and Gardens:
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford
First open to the public in 1970 the Cotswold Wildlife Park stands in 160 acres of parkland and gardens and offers visitors a fascinating array of animals, many now endangered.
Tel: 01993 823006
Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water
With picnic areas and the river Windrush running through the park, this natural setting is home to more than 500 birds including pelicans, penguins, cranes and flamingos.
Tel: 01451 820480
Cotswold Falconry Centre at Batsford Park
See some of the world's most beautiful birds and even gain some hands-on experience with them. Picnic area and shop on site.
Tel: 01386 701043
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power
A treat for young and old with a varied selection of rare breeds. Features include Pets Corner, Touch Barn, daily demonstrations and an adventure playground.
Tel: 01451 850307
Bibury Trout Farm, Bibury
An opportunity to visit one of Britain's oldest working trout farms.
Tel: 01285 740215
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
With one of the country's largest private collections of trees and shrubs, Batsford Arboretum is worthy of a visit, especially in the spring and autumn months.
Tel: 01386 701441
Painswick Rococo Garden
Originally laid out in the early 18th century, Painswick Rococo Garden is famous for its snowdrop display and lies in a hidden Cotswold valley with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Tel: 01452 813204
Hidcote Manor Garden
One of England's great Arts and Crafts gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden is famous for its rare trees and shrubs.
Tel: 01386 438333
Country home of William Morris, the house features a collection of the possessions and works of Morris and his associates.
Tel: 01367 252486
Railways and Transport in the Cotswolds:
Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water
Enjoy a fascinating journey through the 20th century and the history of motoring. Interesting collection of memorabilia from a by-gone era.
Tel: 01451 821255
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway - GWSR
Enjoy superb scenery, as well as the 693 feet-long Greet Tunnel, on the 20-mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse.
Tel: 01242 621405
Museums and Galleries:
Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth
Discovered in 1864 by a local gamekeeper, Chedworth Roman Villa houses the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. Artefacts and an audio-visual presentation make this a fascinating excursion.
Tel: 01242 890256
Corinium Museum, Cirencester
Housing one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities from Corinium, Roman Cirencester, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to discover Cotswold history through the ages.
Tel: 01285 655611
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
Home to an internationally renowned collection from the Arts and Crafts Movement as well as the last surviving Cheltenham tram, the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum provides a fascinating insight into Cheltenham's history and its famous inhabitants.
Tel: 01242 237431
The Hay Barn, Daylesford
Winner of Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards Favourite UK Day Spa 2008, the Hay Barn is the perfect place to unwind, de-stress and enjoy some 'me' time.
Tel: 01608 731703
Chapel Spa, Cheltenham
Escape to the peace and tranquillity of Chapel Spa for a wide range of treatments designed to relax or rejuvenate.
Tel: 01242 518075
Balloon flights over the Cotswolds
A chance to see the Cotswolds from a different angle, with 1st Choice Balloon Flights. Flights last approximately 1 hour.
Tel: 01242 675003
From 30 minutes to an all-day session, Cotswold Helicopters offer trial lessons, either in an aircraft or on a simulator.
Tel: 01285 770740
Parachuting with The Red Devils over the Cotswolds
A once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Red Devils, culminating in a tandem skydive of the Cotswolds!
Tel: 0845 6088844
The Cotswold Perfumery, Bourton-on-the-Water
Experience the art of perfumery, take a tour of the factory or even create your own fragrance.
Tel: 01451 820698