5 of the Best Cotswold Winter Attractions

The festive period may be over, but now its time for the real winter to set in. Its a popular time of year to explore the Cotswolds, with many people heading to the glorious countryside to enjoy a winter break. While some attractions may be closed during the winter season, there are still many Cotswold winter attractions to enjoy at this time of year. Just dont forget to dress for the occasion by wrapping up warm!

Cotswold winter attractions


Corinium Museum

The Corinium in Cirencester is an excellent place to explore during the winter months. One of our favourite Cotswold winter attractions, it features many exhibitions which celebrate the heritage and culture of the district, as well as many archaeological finds. Open Monday-Saturday, the museum welcomes families and people of all ages, and there are lectures and talks for those with a deeper interest in the museums collections. Also at the museum is a cinema featuring recently released films and a discovery zone for children. Escape the cold and step inside this wonderful museum and all of its treasures this winter.Where to stay: A winter escape is made even better with a group of friends and families, and Millbank House in Bibury has enough space for you to bring 10 of your nearest and dearest. A fantastic property with elegant dcor and modern home comforts, its located in a great area for exploring the best of the Cotswolds. 

Prinknash Abbey

Prinknash Abbey is a beautiful and historical place to explore, inhabited by a Roman Catholic monastic community. The majority of building works took place in the 16th century and the monastery itself dates all the way back to 681. The architecture alone is worth a visit, but there are also exhibitions and the gardens to explore, whilst the monastery invites you to take part in mass too. Youll also find an on-site shop and caf which you can also enjoy as part of your visit. Whilst youre in the area you can also explore The Prinknash Bird and Deer Park nearby, where you can get up close with some magnificent birds and admire the parks many deer - one of the best Cotswold winter attractions.Where to stay: Park Cottage in Minchinhampton is a cosy Cotswolds cottage for 4 which has all the comforts you need to enjoy a weekend away with family and friends. A luxurious property with all the features you could need, it even has a fireplace to help you warm up after a day of exploring Prinknash. 

Lechlade Riverside Park

For some fresh air and the chance to take in some of the Cotswolds most beautiful winter views, you cant beat a walk at Lechlade Riverside Park. There are many different routes you can take, encompassing both short and long distance walks around the river and beyond. Along the way, youll find many recommended places to eat and drink, with the Riverside pub in particular offering some excellent pub meals and Sunday lunches with a view. The Tea Chest is another of our top picks, perfect for those wanting to enjoy something lighter or some afternoon tea.Where to stay: After a day exploring the sights of Lechlade, you can return to the delightful Hope Cottage in Quenington. Sleeping 6, the cottage has a cosy, warm feel with some beautiful dcor and is within walking distance of the nearest pub. The gardens are gorgeous for winters warmer days and youll love the woodburner to keep your party warm in the evenings. 

A visit to Stanton

Stanton is known for being one of the Cotswolds most picturesque villages, which has been largely preserved since the majority of homes were built 300 years ago. A walk around the village is a relaxing way to spend a day in the Cotswolds and youll find little in terms of shops and commercial properties. However, during your visit to Stanton you must try The Mount Inn which offers some excellent local beers and food, as well as unbeatable views of Worcestershire and beyond.Where to stay: A romantic break for two exploring Cotswolds villages and attractions is complete at Holly Cottage, near Broadway, with wonderful features to make it a weekend to remember. With easy access to the local pub and the village, youll feel rested and relaxed after a weekend in this Cotswolds cottage. 

Shopping in Tetbury

Tetbury is a lovely Cotswolds town which has a lot of history as a market town. Shoppers will be delighted with the various shops selling everything from antiques and jewellery, to sumptuous cheeses and other culinary delights. One of the most popular places to visit is The Highgrove Shop, which features more than 700 products sourced either from Home Farm or selected by the Prince of Wales himself. Tetbury is a great location for picking up gifts and souvenirs of your visit to remember your time in the Cotswolds.Where to stay: Located in the heart of Tetbury, New Church Cottage is perfect for families and small groups of up to four. A beautiful townhouse with features including a fire and a wonderful garden, its one of our dog friendly properties so mans best friend can come along too.

Tired after a day of exploring? Relax and unwind with good food and wine

Whilst the Cotswolds is beautiful in winter, it can get rather cold, but youll find plenty of excuses to warm up with the Cotswolds many pubs and restaurants offering a toasty environment to enjoy excellent food and drink. Some excellent choices include the Lords of the Manor, for Michelin star dining and tasting menus that will be sure to warm your heart. Meanwhile, The Wheatsheaf Inn is another popular eatery with a lot of choice to suit all tastes an excellent gastropub to add to your Cotswold experience. Meanwhile, if its a country flair youre after, The Seagrave Arms is another location which has plenty of locally-sourced meat and products on its menu and an excellent location to dine in.A winter escape sampling some of the best Cotswold winter attractions can help lift the blues of the post-festive season, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing break before the next round of bank holidays summer trips. Our wide range of properties offer plenty to make you feel welcome away from home, leaving you recharged and ready for the year ahead. Take a look at whats available and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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