Abbey Grounds

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Abbey Grounds


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This beautiful area is situated behind the parish church and was the site of St Mary's Abbey (1176-1539) until the Abbey was demolished. The outline of the Abbey is marked out with paving stones. The Abbey Grounds is surrounded by mature trees and is a peaceful, pleasant place to have a picnic, walk or play. There is a lake and bandstand.

Abbey Grounds - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Arlington Row

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Arlington Row


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The picturesque cottages at Arlington Row date from 1380 when they were used as a monastic wool store. They were converted into weaver's cottages in the 17th century. The weavers supplied cloth for the nearby Arlington Mill. The cottages are not open to the public. Probably one of the best known and most photographed places in the Cotswolds.

Arlington Row - Bibury, Gloucestershire

Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum


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One of Gloucester's hidden gems, the arboretum contains a variety of unusual and old trees. Look out for the Wellingtonia or Giant Redwood, a magnificent Silver Lime tree, a mature Mulberry tree and Gloucester's oldest Indian Bean Tree. The arboretum and park were originally part of a landscaped garden within the grounds of the old Barnwood House Hospital (now demolished).

Barnwood Park and Barnwood Jubilee Arboretum - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Batsford Arboretum

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Batsford Arboretum


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Batsford is home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country. The Arboretum is planted on a south facing slope with stunning views of the Evenlode Valley beyond. At 56 acres, Batsford is an intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November. In the visitor centre you'll find the Garden Terrace Café, gift and garden ahop and the pant centre within the walls of the Victorian kitchen garden.

Batsford Arboretum - Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop


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This charming shop and museum is open to the public every day, where you will be served by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. The house is said to be the original building which inspired Beatrix Potter to write her wonderful story The Tailor of Gloucester. Upstairs visitors can read a history of the original tailor and view a small collection of Potter memorabilia, including an automaton of mice working on the waistcoat. Free entry.

Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Belas Knap Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Belas Knap Long Barrow

South of Winchcombe

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A particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow of c3800 BC, featuring a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. The barrow has since been restored. The barrow is approximately 178 feet (54m) long, 60 feet (18m) wide, and nearly 14 feet (4.3m) high. Free to visit.

Belas Knap Long Barrow - South of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Berkeley Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Berkeley Castle


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Dating back to the 12th century, the castle is still inhabited by descendants of the original owner. Many significant historical events took place here, including the murder of Edward II. Check website for seasonal opening days and times. Wedding receptions catered for and licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

Berkeley Castle - Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Bibury Trout Farm

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Farm Parks, Zoos - Bibury Trout Farm


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Children of all ages will delight in seeing the trout leap out of the water in their quest for food thrown by visitors. Look out for cygnets and ducklings too. Children's play area and caf. School visits welcome. Open all year (except Christmas day), seasonal opening times. Check website for details.

Bibury Trout Farm - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Birdland Park and Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Farm Parks, Zoos - Birdland Park and Gardens

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Home to over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes, storks, parrots, falcons, toucans, ibis and more. See the penguin keeper feed the birds and give a talk every day at 2.30pm. Special event days throughout the year. Nature reserve trail with hides. Play area, picnic area and cafe. School visits welcome.

Birdland Park and Gardens - , Gloucestershire

Blenheim Palace

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Blenheim Palace


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Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874. Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all.

Blenheim Palace - Woodstock, Gloucestershire

Bourton Model Village

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Family Attractions - Bourton Model Village


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Built in the 1930s this is a replica of Bourton on the Water village, including river, bridges and churches built in Cotswold stone. Open all year round.

Bourton Model Village - Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Bowood House and Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Bowood House and Gardens


The whole family can relax in 100 acres of parkland, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown offering a lake, arboretum, pinetum and cascade. Famous adventure playground, soft play palace for younger children. Children can also meet friendly farm animals. The House itself hosts a wealth of unique items from Queen Victoria’s wedding chair to Napoleon’s death mask and an extensive collection of paintings. During the spring visit the stunning Rhododendron Walks offering breathtaking vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

Bowood House and Gardens - Calne, Gloucestershire

Broadway Tower

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Broadway Tower


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The site of an ancient beacon, Broadway Tower was once home to the artist William Morris. On a clear day it is possible to see across the Severn Valley as far as the Welsh mountains and from the top of the tower it is possible to see as many as thirteen counties. The Tower is surrounded by 35 acres of parkland with animal enclosures, picnic/BBQ facilities, giant chessboard and adventure playground.

Broadway Tower - Broadway, Gloucestershire

Cannop Ponds

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Cannop Ponds

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There is a large grassed area beside Cannop Ponds, ideal for family games and picnics. The popular fishing lake is an idyllic spot to view local birdlife, including Mandarin ducks. It also has good access to cycleways. Walks around the ponds and through the oak and pine woodland of the Cannop Valley; fallow deer may sometimes be seen.

Cannop Ponds - , Gloucestershire

Cattle Country Adventure Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Family Attractions - Cattle Country Adventure Park


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Indoor playbarn with giant wavy slides, ball pits etc; boating lake; outdoor climbing net 40ft high; animal encounters; mini train, splash pool and more! Slide barn (for up to 40 people) and ice skating (winter) available for birthday parties.

Cattle Country Adventure Park - Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Cerney House Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Cerney House Gardens


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A secret, romantic Cotswold garden where time seems to stand still. The walled garden changes with the seasons: from the tulips and blossom in the spring, peonies, foxgloves and roses in the summer to autumn delights. Full of scents, bee friendly plants and birdsong. Home to Roman snails - the largest snails in England! Delightful woodland walk and lake. Set in 40 acres of Cotswold parkland. Picnic tables. Refreshments available. Plant sales. No dogs allowed.

Cerney House Gardens - Cirencester, Gloucestershire


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