More About Gloucestershire

Home of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire is a place of staggering natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage and quaint market towns sprinkled throughout. Whilst the countryside beckons, and is great for an adventure, you will find that your holiday cottage in Gloucestershire will have everything you need for a relaxing break without having to go far at all. Holiday cottages in Gloucestershire are ideal for any holiday, whether you are whisking that special someone away for an intimate weekend or entertaining the kids at half term.

Gloucestershire Cottages
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Gloucestershire is home to some of the most renowned countryside in the UK, from the rolling Cotswold Hills in the east to the heavily wooded Forest of Dean in the west, providing the perfect setting for a variety of outdoor attractions and activities. The quaint towns, villages and farms that dot the landscape are great places to sample the county’s culture and cuisine, while the castles, country estates and royal residences give an indication of the importance of the area throughout British history up until the present day.

Things to Do in Gloucestershire

The first thing you’re going to want to do in Gloucestershire is sample the local fare and build up your energy for the all the attractions and activities you plan to see and do during your stay. The county is famous for the Gloucester Old Spot Pig, Cotswold Sheep and Double Gloucester Cheese, as well as less well-known dishes such as Gloucester Elvers, the young spawn of eels, and Gloucestershire Squab Pie, made of lamb, apples and onion. You can taste local produce at many of the pubs or buy it at farmers’ markets that are held every weekend all over the county from Tewkesbury to Tetbury and Coleford to Stow. The county’s hills, forests, lakes and rivers are havens for wildlife. You can observe the multitude of plants and animals at wildlife attractions in the area, at the Cotswold Falconry Centre you can see birds of prey like eagles, hawks and falcons, while the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens houses a wide range of animals, from tiny leaf-cutting ants to giant white rhinos.

Gloucestershire Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Gloucestershire has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;

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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham, one of Europe’s top racecourses, will make a great day out. Take the opportunity to get dressed up, drink a few glasses of Champagne, have a flutter and soak up the race-day atmosphere; from the beautiful and sometimes bizarre hats on display to the roar of the crowd as the starting gates fly open. Known as the "home of National Hunt racing", Cheltenham hosts the three-day Open Meeting and the four-day Festival, as well as other events throughout the year.

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Cheese-Rolling

Prepare to get muddy, bruised and battered at the annual Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling. The aim of the game is for you and 20 or so other foolhardy souls to chase after, and in theory catch, a round of Double Gloucester cheese as it hurtles down the hill at speeds of up to 70 mph. In reality the aim is to get to the bottom of the hill in one piece and try and have as much fun as possible along the way. A stop at the nearby The Cheese Rollers is highly recommended both before and after.

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Prescott Speed Hill Climb

Lay out your check wool picnic blanket, open up your thatch hamper, pop open a bottle of bubbly, look out over the idyllic countryside, and listen to the deafening roar of high-performance racecars. Prescott Hill Climb is a unique experience to say the least. The 60-acre estate plays host to major motor racing championships as well as classic car and bike weekends.

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