The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. It is the largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales: an area of warmth and clarity with stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, which make it an outstanding English landscape – a landscape once experienced, never forgotten.
The Cotswold Way
Just over 100 miles of quintessentially English countryside. Follow the Cotswolds escarpment with its stunning views and charming villages from the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden in the north to the World Heritage City of Bath in the south.
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) was founded in 1946 by the naturalist and artist, the late Sir Peter Scott. Sir Peter Scott was a visionary conservationist and recognised the importance of taking action to save wetlands and their wildlife as well as encouraging the public to care about the natural world. He pioneered the notion that conservation education should be uplifting and fun for people of all ages and believed wetlands should be enjoyed as well as treated with respect. Hence his creation of Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the birthplace of WWT located on the estuary of the River Severn.
Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Medieval domestic architecture in the country.
By the time of his arrest in 1535 Tyndale had translated both the Old and New Testaments. He was sentenced to death and on 16 October 1536 was strangled and burnt at the stake at Vilvorden, near Brussels. His dying prayer: ‘Lord open the King of England’s eyes’ was answered the following year Tyndale’s English Bible was printed in England ‘with the Kings most gracious licence’. and translation the King James Version of 1611 also follows Tyndale’s New Testament very closely. In 1863, the people of Berkeley decided to honour their famous son by building the tower. The Hon Col Berkeley laid the monument’s foundation stone, and the 111ft high tower was completed three years later in 1866.
The largest ships graveyard in maritime Britain where the intentional beaching of a small fleet of semi-redundant timber lighters in the winter of 1909, to strengthen the nearby eroding canal bank, that the Purton Ships’ Graveyard would eventually number some 96 vessels and in turn represent the largest collection of maritime artifacts on the foreshore of mainland Britain today. . A fascinating place to go and a photographers paradise!
Dursley Heritage Centre
It was from this house in 1796 that Edward Jenner pioneered a vaccination against smallpox and it changed the world. During his life he was also fascinated by geology, ballooning, poetry and natural history. Visit this world important site. Find out about Dr Jenner’s life, his hopes, the setbacks and how he changed the world. Immerse yourself in this beautiful, rural country home and explore where history was made.
From its Tudor origins to today, Newark Park contains elements reflecting 450 years of history. The atmospheric house is lived in and is furnished with an eclectic mix of old and modern. Outside, the wild romantic garden and landscape, with fantastic views to the distant Mendips, are breathtaking.
The famous Tudor manor house (1450-1616) stands in an early formal garden of magnificent yews at the heart of the estate, steeped in 900 years of history. Owlpen Manor and its cluster of holiday cottages form an exclusive and relaxing hideaway, surrounded by private woods and hills, with many miles of walks in the most beautiful part of the Cotswolds.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world. The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and over 16,000 individual specimens.
Westonbirt Arboretum is a place of environmental and historical importance. Its Victorian creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.
Uley Long Barrow
A partly reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound, 37 metres (120 ft) long, atmospherically sited overlooking the Severn Valley. ‘Hetty Pegler’ was its 17th century landowner.
England’s Greatest Snowdrop Park set in the beautiful Churn valley in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection, started by Henry John Elwes with the discovery of Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874, has been greatly developed by Sir Henry and Lady Elwes in the past 25 years. It has been called ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’ by Country Life. Now with a collection of 250 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The surrounding park, arboretum and nearby church are also open.