Places to Visit

The Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country

Things to see and do

There are many things you can see and do in this beautiful part of the world. We have compiled this list of nearby attractions. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

Elder Cottage is a great base for walking, and a local 1:25000 walkers map centred on the cottage is provided. There are lots of walks from the door (including Hidcote and Kiftsgate) and many more within a short distance.

Houses and gardens

Hidcote Manor Garden (National Trust) – Celebrated 20th-century garden designed by Major Lawrence Johnston

Snowshill Manor (National Trust) – Cotswold Manor House with Arts & Crafts style garden

Charlecote Park (National Trust) – Tudor house and deer park where Shakespeare is alleged to have been caught poaching

Chastleton House (National Trust) – Jacobean house, occupied by the same family for over 400 years

Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust) – remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country

Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Interconnecting gardens, the work of three generations of women gardeners

Bourton House – Beautiful gardens in the grounds of a stately home

Compton Verney – An award winning art gallery set in a Robert Adam mansion located in 120 acres of spectacular parkland

Sezincote House and Garden – A unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills

Blenheim Palace – Home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill

Stoneleigh Abbey – Abbey dating from 1154, with many famous connections



Sudeley Castle – Beautiful castle with 1,000 years of royal connections

Warwick Castle – The finest mediaeval castle in England, dating from 914 AD

Kenilworth Castle – One of the largest castle ruins in England, dating from about 1116

Goodrich Castle – Majestic fortress at Symonds Yat, dating from the 11th century

Broughton Castle – More of a house than a castle, the home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele dates from 1300 and has appeared in many TV shows and films


Towns and villages

Chipping Campden – Reputedly has the most beautiful High Street in England

Broadway – The ‘Show village of England’

Stow-on-the-Wold – Cotswolds market town with many antique shops and much more

Bourton-on-the-Water – The ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds

Stratford-upon-Avon – Historic market town, birthplace of William Shakespeare


Culture and heritage

Royal Shakespeare Company – With three theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, there is something for all tastes

Fleece InnĀ  (National Trust) – Mediaeval building, still in use as a village inn

Whichford Pottery – A family-run pottery established in 1976. All the pots are made entirely by hand

English Heritage

National Trust sites in Wessex

National Trust sites in the West Midlands


Places to eat

The Pudding Club at The Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton

The Howard Arms, Ilmington

The Bell, Alderminster

The Bell, Welford on Avon

Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden

The Eight Bells, Chipping Campden

Lapstone Shop and Cafe, near Chipping Campden

The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington


Other links

Cotswolds Information

More Cotswolds Information

e Self Catering Directory

Holiday Home Rental

Self-catering Country Cottages