Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Chipping Campden

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Set on the edge of the Cotswold escarpments this is a delightful garden to explore with wonderful views to enjoy. Home to the famous Kiftsgate rose. Light lunches and teas. Plant sales. Some parts of the garden are set on very steep banks. House not open to visitors. For seasonal opening times see website.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens - Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney


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The hill lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for walks, wildlife, picnics and views over Cheltenham. Look out for The Devil's Chimney, a limestone outcrop which stands above the disused quarry. Legend has it that it is the chimney to the devil's house which is deep below ground!

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Littledean Jail

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Littledean Jail

Nr. Cinderford

Reputed to be one of Britain’s most haunted properties, once a former house of correction, then a police station and then a courthouse, it is home to the infamous crime-through-time collection, including instruments of punishment and torture. It also houses the largest collection of Quadrophenia memorabilia in the world. “Not for the easily offended or those of a sensitive nature”.

Littledean Jail - Nr. Cinderford, Gloucestershire

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate


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John 'Crump' Dutton built this 17th-century grandstand, fuelled by his passion for deer coursing, gambling, banqueting and entertaining. The Lodge has seasonal opening times. Sherborne is a working estate and has an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes. Ewe Pen Barn is the starting point for Lodge Park's three main walking routes: Short Woodland Stroll; Family Fun Walk and Historic Farmland Hike.

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Lydney Harbour

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Lydney Harbour


Lovely place to walk with great views across the River Severn, on a clear day you can see the Severn Bridges and Berkeley Power Station. Some large rocks with bore holes in them, help you pick out points of interest. Picnic benches. Popular with dog walkers. Small children will need to be supervised.

Lydney Harbour - Lydney, Gloucestershire

Lydney Park Gardens & Roman Remains

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Lydney Park Gardens & Roman Remains


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The estate is open to the public in the Spring and is also open on selected days as part of the National Garden Scheme (Yellow Book). A visit to Lydney Park Gardens is a great fun family day out - stroll through the woodland garden, picnic in the Deer Park, explore the Roman ruins and visit the museums, including our New Zealand Museum. Groups and Guided Tours are available by prior arrangement. Dogs may be taken around the garden on a lead.

Lydney Park Gardens & Roman Remains - Lydney, Gloucestershire

May Hill

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - May Hill

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The summit and surrounding area consists of a wide expanse of open grassland, bracken and gorse with boggy areas and pools. The hill is capped by a clump of pine trees (not NT), planted in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is now the location of annual May Day celebrations. May Hill Common covers 30 hectares of common land acquired by the NT in 1988. This attractive area of bracken and developing trees (mainly birch, oak and crab apple) is still grazed by the commoners' ponies, pigs and occasionally sheep. There are beautiful views to the north and west across Herefordshire. Free to visit.

May Hill - , Gloucestershire

Mill Dene Garden

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Mill Dene Garden


This romantic garden is set around a lovely mill which dates back to Norman times. Sited in its own steep sided valley, the garden has hidden paths winding up from the mill-pool and steam. Check seasonal opening times.

Mill Dene Garden - Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Minchinhampton Common

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Minchinhampton Common

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Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment, with fantastic views across the Severn Vale. Look out for the Winstone's ice cream van which is often parked nearby - the ice-cream is made just down the road! It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthwork, known as The Bulwarks. In the summer the common is grazed by local commoners' cattle. The area is managed by the National Trust. Let's keep this place special and please remember to take your litter home with you.

Minchinhampton Common - , Gloucestershire

Misarden Park Garden

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Misarden Park Garden


From early Spring until Autumn visitors to this Cotswold garden are rewarded with rich and memorable views: Spring flowers, shrubs, fine topiary (some designed by Edwin Lutyens) and, within the walled garden, herbaceous borders; roses, fine specimen trees and a newly planted parterre. The 17th century Manor House (not open) stands high overlooking the Golden Valley.

Misarden Park Garden - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Museum in the Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Museum in the Park


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Family-friendly museum housed on two floors of a Grade II 17th century wool merchant's mansion, in the grounds of Stratford Park. Objects and displays include dinosaur remains, Roman temple remains and the world's first lawnmower. Always a variety of interesting exhibitions and events. School visits welcome. See website for opening times. Free admission, donations welcome.

Museum in the Park - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Nagshead RSPB & Forestry Commission Nature Reserve

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Farm Parks, Zoos - Nagshead RSPB & Forestry Commission Nature Reserve

Spring at Nagshead is an especially good time to visit as you can wander along the trails looking for pied flycatchers, redstarts and species of tits around the nestboxes. Look to the skies for views of ravens, buzzards and sparrowhawks. There are hawfinches and all three British woodpeckers in the woods all year round. Reserve open at all times, year-round.

Nagshead RSPB & Forestry Commission Nature Reserve - , Gloucestershire

National Garden Scheme

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - National Garden Scheme

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Gorgeous gardens to visit in Gloucestershire! Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to us (including from the sale of teas and plants)

National Garden Scheme - , Gloucestershire

Nature in Art

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Art Galleries - Nature in Art


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The world's first museum dedicated exclusively to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. School visits welcome. Special exhibitions throughout year. Children's activities during school holidays. Adult art courses held regularly (see website for programme). Free admission to under 8s.

Nature in Art - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Newark Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Newark Park


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A former Tudor hunting lodge which was converted into a fashionable Georgian home. Perched on a 40ft cliff, with outstanding panoramic views and beautiful gardens. See website for seasonal opening times.

Newark Park - Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire


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