Journey Through the Cotswolds: A guide to days out in Cheltenham and the surrounding area.
Welcome to Pigeon House Cottage Bed & Breakfast, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds. Our charming cottage provides an inviting retreat for guests seeking a memorable escape. If you're staying with us or considering a visit, you're in for a treat. Cheltenham and its neighbouring towns offer an array of delightful days out that promise to leave you enchanted. Join us as we explore some of the best activities, attractions and days out in Cheltenham and Cotswolds to enjoy during your stay.
GWSR Heritage Steam Railway: Journey back in time aboard the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, running over 22 miles from Cheltenham to Broadway. The rhythmic chug of vintage locomotives carries you through the stunning Cotswolds scenery. Experience the golden age of steam travel, as you pass through or can stop at restored stations. The journey offers some of the best views of Cotswold rolling hills, providing a nostalgic adventure for both families and railway aficionados.
Winchcombe: Nestled in the Cotswolds, Winchcombe exudes charm. Stroll through its historic streets adorned with honey-hued cottages and traditional shops. Enjoy scenic walks to nearby attractions, like Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey, and bask in the town's relaxed atmosphere, where history and modernity harmoniously intertwine. Find out more
Sudeley Castle: Immerse yourself in regal history at Sudeley Castle, in Winchcombe. With roots dating back to the 15th century, it boasts connections to royalty and intrigue. Explore lavish interiors, admire stunning gardens, and uncover the stories of the past. From the captivating exhibitions to the breathtaking views, Sudeley Castle is a crown jewel of the Cotswolds. Find out more
Cotswold Lavender Farm: Enjoy the sight and scent of endless lavender fields at Cotswold Lavender Farm, when in season. A sensory delight awaits as you walk among rows of blooming purple, creating a picturesque landscape straight from a dream. Capture stunning photos, relax in the tranquil atmosphere, and take home fragrant lavender products as keepsakes.
Prescott Hill Climb: Feel the adrenaline at Prescott Hill Climb, a haven for motorsport enthusiasts. Witness historic and contemporary racing cars tackle the challenging course, offering exhilarating moments against the backdrop of picturesque Cotswolds views. Experience the thrill and heritage of this motorsport gem.
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum: Discover Cheltenham's cultural tapestry at the Art Gallery and Museum. This treasure trove showcases art, artifacts, and history, reflecting the town's heritage. Explore Regency-era exhibits, local artwork, and insightful displays that weave together the past and present, making it a must-visit for history buffs and art enthusiasts alike.
Rococo Gardens: Step into a whimsical paradise at Rococo Gardens, Painswick. This horticultural marvel showcases playful designs and vibrant landscapes that embody the Rococo style. Stroll through enchanting pathways, cross charming bridges, and embrace the harmony of nature's colours and shapes in this captivating garden sanctuary. Find out more
Hidcote Gardens: Lose yourself in the intricate beauty of Hidcote Gardens, near Chipping Campden. This National Trust treasure features meticulously designed "outdoor rooms," each with its own character and charm. Wander through enchanting pathways, immerse yourself in a symphony of colours, and experience the artistry of nature. Find out more
Kiftsgate Gardens: Adjacent to Hidcote, Kiftsgate Gardens boasts its own allure. A tapestry of terraced gardens unfolds, revealing stunning views of the Cotswolds. Discover vibrant flower borders, hidden corners, and an iconic Kiftsgate rose that cascades over walls, creating an enchanting landscape.
Dunkertons Organic Cider Shop and Deli: Indulge in the flavours of the Cotswolds at Dunkertons Cider Shop and deli near Cheltenham. Experience traditional traditional cider-making methods and taste organic ciders crafted with care. Dunkertons offers a range of British charcuterie, organic olives and antipasti, a great selection of organic cheeses, fruit and vegetables, as well as a large selection of Daylesford Organic products. There are also ‘pop up’ eateries to suit every taste. Find out more
Cotswold Gin Distillery: Raise your spirits at the Cotswold Gin Distillery. Explore the art of gin-making with guided tours and witness the crafting of premium spirits using locally sourced ingredients. Discover the flavours of the area in every sip and take home a taste of the Cotswolds. Find out more
Woodchester Valley Vineyard: Cotswolds charm. Explore the vineyard's rows of vines, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy wine tastings against the backdrop of rolling hills. Raise a glass to the region's terroir and the dedication that goes into every bottle.
Tewkesbury Abbey: Marvel at the grandeur of Tewkesbury Abbey, a medieval masterpiece that stands as a testament to centuries of history and craftsmanship. Admire the soaring architecture, intricate carvings, and serene atmosphere of this spiritual and architectural gem. Find out more
Hailes Abbey: Tranquility and history converge at Hailes Abbey. The atmospheric ruins of this medieval monastery whisper tales of a bygone era. Wander through cloisters and contemplative spaces, imagining the lives of monks who once inhabited these walls. The Abbey's serene beauty provides a reflective pause in the midst of the Cotswolds' scenic splendour.
Gloucester Quays: Embrace the fusion of history and modernity at Gloucester Quays. This vibrant waterfront destination offers a mix of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Explore historic warehouses transformed into shops, catch events at the Victorian dockside, and relish the atmosphere where past and present coexist. Find out more