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

Newbridge Play Barn

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Farm Parks, Zoos - Newbridge Play Barn


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There are lots of friendly animals to feed, hands-on pet time, pony and tractor rides. Our new Playbarn has been going down well with all our young visitors and there is a outdoor play area with zipwire and trampolines. Picnic area. Pony birthday parties also available. Check website for opening days and times.

Newbridge Play Barn - Ledbury, Gloucestershire

Nympsfield Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Nympsfield Long Barrow

A large Neolithic burial mound with spectacular vistas over the Severn Valley. Its internal burial chambers are uncovered for viewing. The remains of at least thirteen human skeletons, as well as Neolithic pottery, have been recovered during excavations. Free to visit.

Nympsfield Long Barrow - , Gloucestershire

Out of the Hat

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Out of the Hat


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A charming heritage and visitor centre in a restored 15th century building. Visitors get a taste of 17th century life in Tewkesbury: using hand held personal media players, follow Bartholomew Read, a glove maker who resided in the building during the 17th century, as he takes visitors around his former home. Interactive displays, games and information panels. School visits welcome.

Out of the Hat - Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Owlpen Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Owlpen Manor


A Tudor manor house set in its own remote and picturesque wooded valley. Formal gardens, Grist Mill, Church and historic cottages. Restaurant. Open from May to September, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays only.

Owlpen Manor - Uley, Gloucestershire

Painswick Centre

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Art Galleries - Painswick Centre


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The Centre arranges events, hires rooms for public and private functions, including weddings and parties, acts as a focus for artists and craftsmen and is home to a number of regular clubs, societies and sporting activities. An area of the ground floor has been converted into five artist studios, occupied by a number of local artists, who always have work on display.

Painswick Centre - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Painswick Rococo Garden

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Painswick Rococo Garden


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A unique 18th century garden, set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Anniversary maze, Georgian follies, kitchen garden. Restaurant. Licenced for civil wedding ceremonies.

Painswick Rococo Garden - Painswick, Gloucestershire

Parabola Arts Centre

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Art Galleries - Parabola Arts Centre

A home for contemporary performance, we have a passion for supporting local creativity, developing new work and creating opportunities for the next generation of artists.

Parabola Arts Centre - , Gloucestershire


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