in the UK
The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural
beauty with thousands visiting each year on sightseeing tours making it one
of the most popular things to do in Gloucestershire for adults. The area extends
into a number of counties but is mainly found in Gloucestershire. The area is
noted for it's gentle hillsides (wolds), quiet villages of beautiful cottages
constructed from a local honey-
Racecourse is one of the top racecourses in the country.
Cheltenham is called the "home of National Hunt racing", largely because it
hosts the four-
Farm Park has all the fun of a farm and the possibility
of seeing the brilliant TV presenter from Country File -
The park has Roller racing, tractor skills, sand pit, tractor rides, cotswold lion maze, adventure play ground, giant jumping pillow, farm safari, touch barn, demo barn, rare breeds, wildlife walk, camping and horse riding. Lots of great fun!
The Waterways Museum Gloucester brings to life the fascinating story of 2,000 miles of waterways and Britain’s most inland port. Visitors can climb aboard heritage boats in the Waterside Gallery, delve into the fascinating world of Gloucester’s Victorian docks and meet the people and wildlife of our wonderful waterways. Plenty of hands on fun and interactive exhibits for all the family to enjoy.
Boat trips depart from the National Waterways Museum and it is possible to purchase a combined boat trip and museum entry ticket. There are Daily 45 minute boat trips on board Queen Boadicea II from April to October along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal .
The railway offers a 25-
Cotswolds Way map by Celtic-
The Cotswold Way National Trail is a 102 mile route that takes you from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south.
The route is mainly through gentle undulating countryside with the occasional steep slope.
The route pass through a number of beautiful villages and it will not be difficult to arrange accommodation in some fantastic hotels or a bed and breakfast.
The Thames is England’s longest river and the start is marked with a stone. In summer little can be seen at this spot but after prolonged periods of rain or in the winter months water can be seen issuing from this spot and gently trickling away on the 184 mile journey into London and out to sea.
The Severn Bore is a large wave that that travels up the River Severn against the flow of the river. It forms upstream of Sharpness, and can be seen as far as Maisemore. The highest recorded bore wave was 9.2 feet, higher than many waves on a beach. The bore attracts lots of interest during high tides and is popular with surfers. Severn bridges.
Romantic ruins, award-
Chedworth Roman Villa was home to some of the richest people in the country during its heyday in the 4th century. The villa was built with fantastic views, near a spring, with underfloor central heating, bath houses and large reception rooms. Sadly only ruins remain although some of the mosaic floors have survived.
Tewkesbury Abbey was built to house Benedictine monks. The Norman Abbey took approximately 20 years to build and has had a number of additions in subsequent years. The Abbey has a team of highly knowledgeable guides that will guide you on a tour and be delighted to share their knowledge with you.
The forest covers an area of approximately 42 sq miles and is roughly triangular in shape, bounded by the River Wye to the west and north, the River Severn to the south, and the City of Gloucester to the east. The area is ancient oak woodland that hides industrial relics from more than one industrial age. This could be one of the things to do in Gloucestershire with teenagers as they will experience a variety of activities and enjoy the freedom to explore.
The best place to start your visit is the Dean Heritage centre. The Dean Heritage centre has a new 'Gruffalo Trail' based on the children's book. There are also a number of other activities including: five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; an adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop.
Puzzlewood was originally a pre-
The Forest of Dean has a number of attractions all as a result of earlier 'industrial' work. One such attraction is Clearwell caves. It is believed that Iron ore has been mined here for up to 4000 years. The result has been the creation of huge caverns that descend to a depth of 500ft.
In the 16th century much of the forest had been used to power the charcoal furnaces. As the ironworks declined, coal mining began to flourish. Hopewell Colliery allows you to visit one of the local mines to see the conditions and understand some of the local history.
The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail has many permanent artworks by artists such as Andrew Darke, Annie Cattrell, Bruce Allan, etc, and many more.
Go Ape at the Forest of Dean has the popular Tree Top adventure with the usual safety wires and training. There is also the Tree Top Junior Adventure and the forest segway experience.
Find great things to do, the best Gloucestershire attractions, cheap family days out, romantic weekend breaks & fun things to do visiting Gloucestershire this weekend.