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Berkeley Castle                                          Berkeley                              www.berkeley-castle.com
Berkeley Castle is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures. Learn about the murder of a king, intrigue and plotting, the Berkeley links with early America, the Civil War damage and discover how both the castle and family have survived together for so long. Afterwards, enjoy the grounds and adjacent Butterfly Farm and church.
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Off the A38 midway between Bristol and Gloucester. 10 mins from M5 Junctions 13/14.

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Ashleworth Tithe BarnAshelworthOther Buildings
The barn, with its immense stone-tiled roof, is picturesquely situated close to the banks of the River Severn.

Batsford ArboretumMoreton-in-MarshGarden
56 acres of magical meandering paths among a rare and beautiful collection of trees and wild flowers set in the glorious Cotswold countryside

Belas Knap Long BarrowCharlton AbbotsAncient Monument
A particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow of c.3800 BC, featuring a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. The barrow has since been restored.

BlackfriarsGloucesterFriary
One of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England, later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory. Notable features include the church and the fine scissor-braced dormitory roof.

Chavenage HouseTetburyHistoric House
Lived in Elizabethan Manor House set amid the romantic Cotswold Countryside. Full of fascinating stories, ghosts and artefacts. Guided Tours. Film and TV location.

Chedworth Roman VillaYanworth, Nr CheltenhamRoman Remains
The remains of one of the largest Roman villas in the country provide a fascinating insight into 4th-century Roman Britain. The site was discovered in 1864 on the Earl of Eldon's estate by a local gamekeeper, and subsequently excavated by his estate workers. More than a mile of walls survives, along with beautiful mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water shrine and latrine. Visitors to the museum will discover artefacts from the villa, and an audio-visual presentation brings history to life. The ruins nestle in a wooded combe in the heart of the Cotswolds, with beautiful woodland walks.

Cirencester AmphitheatreCirencesterRoman Remains
The earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain, built in the early 2nd century. It served the Roman city of Corinium (now Cirencester), then second only in size and importance to London, and had a capacity of around 8,000 spectators. Later fortified against Saxon invaders.

Dean Heritage CentreCinderfordMuseum
Set in the beautiful Forest of Dean, the Centre unfolds the vast and exciting history of the local area and it's people. Cafe, adventure playground.

Dyrham ParkDyrham, Nr ChippenhamHouse and Park
House set in 274 acres of gardens and parkland. Collection includes Dutch decorative arts and 18th century additions of furniture by Gillow and Linnell.

Frampton CourtFrampton-on-SevernHistoric House and Garden
Whatever your tastes or interests - be they architectural or historical, horticultural or agricultural, medieval or classical - the buildings and surroundings at Frampton Court Estate will fascinate any visitor. We organise private guided tours during the summer months of Frampton Court and garden, The Manor and garden, and The Wool Barn by appointment and for groups of 10 people or more.

Gloucester CathedralGloucesterCathedral - Abbey
You are most welcome to visit the Cathedral, either to attend a service and to hear our wonderful choir, or to attend any of our events or concerts. Or you are welcome to come and visit and experience the architecture of the building. We have a gift shop and a coffee shop where you can buy a souvenir or relax.

Great Witcombe Roman VillaNr GloucesterRoman Remains
The remains of a large and luxurious villa built around AD 250, with a bathhouse complex and possibly the shrine of a water spirit.

GreyfriarsGloucesterFriary
Substantial remains of an early Tudor friary church of Franciscan 'grey friars'.

Hailes AbbeyNr Winchcombe, CheltenhamCathedral - Abbey
Once a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1246 by Richard of Cornwall and dissolved Christmas Eve 1539, Hailes never housed large numbers of monks but had extensive and elaborate buildings. It was financed by pilgrims visiting its renowned relic, 'the Holy Blood of Hailes' allegedly a phial of Christ's blood.

Hidcote Manor GardenHidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping CampdenGarden
Hidcote is one of England's great gardens. Designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character. Visitors will discover rare shrubs and trees, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plant species. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's glorious Red Border. Nestled in the Cotswolds with sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, Hidcote is appealing all year round.

Holst Birthplace MuseumCheltenhamMuseum
Welcome to Cheltenham's musical gem - the Regency terrace house where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings including his piano. The museum is also a fine period house showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery.

Kingswood Abbey GatehouseKingswoodAbbey
This 16th century gatehouse, one of the latest monastic buildings in England, displays a richly sculpted mullioned window. It is the sole survivor of this Cistercian abbey.

Newark ParkOzelworth, Wotton-under-EdgeHouse
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.

Notgrove Long BarrowNotgroveAncient Monument
A grassed-over Neolithic long barrow containing stone-lined burial chambers, on the crest of a high Cotswold ridge.

Nympsfield Long BarrowNympsfieldAncient Monument
A large Neolithic burial mound with spectacular vistas over the Severn Valley. Its internal burial chambers are uncovered for viewing.

Odda`s ChapelDeerhurstChurch - Chapel
One of the most complete surviving Saxon churches in England, this chapel was built in 1056 by Earl Odda, and rediscovered in 1865 subsumed into a farmhouse. Nearby is the equally famous Saxon parish church.

Offa`s DykeNr ChepstowAncient Monument
A three-mile section of the great earthwork boundary dyke built along the Anglo-Welsh border by Offa, King of Mercia, probably during the 780s. This especially impressive wooded stretch includes the Devil's Pulpit, with fine views of Tintern Abbey.

Over BridgeGloucesterBridge
A single-arch stone bridge spanning the River Severn, built in 1825-30 by the great engineer Thomas Telford.

Painswick Rococo GardenPainswick, StroudGarden
Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Rodmarton ManorCirencesterHistoric House and Garden
Rodmarton Manor is the supreme example of a house built and all its furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals and was one of the last country houses to be built and furnished in the old traditional style when everything was done by hand with local stone, local timber and local craftsmen. The Garden is one of the finest in Gloucestershire – spectacular throughout the summer.

Snowshill ManorSnowshill, Nr BroadwayGarden
Charles Wade embodied his family motto 'Let nothing perish', spending his life and inherited wealth amassing a spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects from across the globe. He bought objects because of their colour, craftsmanship and design, restoring the ancient, golden-yellow Cotswold manor house to display them. Laid out theatrically according to Mr Wade's wishes, the Manor is literally packed to the rafters with 22,000 or so unusual objects – from tiny toys to splendid suits of Samurai armour. The Manor is surrounded by an intriguing terraced hillside garden designed in the Arts & Crafts style.

St Briavel`s CastleSt Briavel'sCastle
The fine twin-towered gatehouse of this castle, built by Edward I in 1292, once defended a crossbow bolt factory which used local Forest of Dean iron. Once a prison, it is now a youth hostel in wonderful walking country.

Stanway House and FountainStanwayHistoric House and Garden
Stanway House, an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house is situated near Winchcombe in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside. The House and Grounds are now the setting for a 300ft single jet gravity fountain - the tallest fountain in Britain and the tallest gravity fountain in the world. The Stanway Watergarden, one of the finest in England, was created in the 1720s.

Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler`s Tump)Nr DursleyAncient Monument
A partly reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound, 37 metres (120 ft) long, atmospherically sited overlooking the Severn Valley. 'Hetty Pegler' was its 17th century landowner.

Westbury Court GardenWestbury-on-SevernGarden
Originally laid out between 1696 and 1705, this is the only restored Dutch water garden in the country. Visitors can explore canals, clipped hedges and working 17th-century vegetable plots and discover many old varieties of fruit trees.

Windmill Tump Long BarrowRodmartonAncient Monument
A Neolithic chambered tomb with an enigmatic 'false entrance'.

Woodchester ParkEbworth Estate, StroudPark
The tranquil wooded valley contains a 'lost landscape'; remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park with a chain of five lakes. The restoration of this landscape is an ongoing project. Waymarked trails (steep in places) lead through picturesque scenery.


 
Barn Owl Centre, TheGloucester
Beatrix Potter's House of the Tailor of GloucesterGloucester
Berkeley Butterfly HouseBerkeley
Bibury Trout FarmCirencester
Birdland Park & GardensBourton-on-the-Water
Bourton House GardenBourton-on-the-Hill
Bourton Model Railway ExhibitionBourton-on-the-Water
Brewery ArtsCirencester
Bristol Aero CollectionCirencester
Butts Farm Rare Farm AnimalsSouth Cerney
Cattle Country Adventure ParkBerkeley
Cheltenham Art Gallery & MuseumCheltenham
Cheltenham RacecourseCheltenham
Cheltenham Tourist Information CentreCheltenham
Cirencester Lock UpCirencester
Cirencester Tourist Information CentreCirencester
Clearwell CavesNr Coleford
Coleford Tourist Information CentreColeford
Corinium MuseumCirencester
Cotswold Canals TrustCirencester
Cotswold Falconry CentreMoreton-In-Marsh
Cotswold Farm ParkCheltenham
Cotswold Heritage CentreNorthleach
Cotswold Water ParkCirencester
Cotswolds Motoring MuseumBourton-on-the-Water
Dean Forest RailwayLydney
Donnington Trout FarmUpper Swell
Dragonfly MazeBourton-on-the-Water
Forest of Dean Sculpture TrailColeford
GL1 Gloucester Leisure CentreGloucester
Gloucester Antiques CentreGloucester
Gloucester City Museum and Art GalleryGloucester
Gloucester Civic Trust Guided WalksGloucester
Gloucester Folk MuseumGloucester
Gloucester GuildhallGloucester
Gloucester Leisure CruisesGloucester
Gloucester Ski & Snowboard CentreGloucester
Gloucester Tourist Information CentreGloucester
Gloucestershire Warwickshie RailwayToddington
Great Western Railway Museum ColefordColeford
Historic Gloucester DocksGloucester
Historic Gloucester Walks & ToursGloucester
Hopewell Colliery MuseumColeford
Horton CourtHorton, Nr Chipping Sodbury
Imperial GardensCheltenham
JDR KartingGloucester
Jenner MuseumBerkeley
John Moore Countryside MuseumTewkesbury
Keith Harding's World of Mechanical MusicNorthleach
Kelmscott ManorLechlade
Lechlade Trout FisheriesLechlade
Llanthony Secunda PrioryGloucester
Lodge Park & Sherborne EstateSherborne, Nr Cheltenham
Lullingstone CastleTetbury
Lydney Park GardensLydney
Merchant’s Quay Shopping CentreGloucester
Mill Dene GardenBlockley
Miserden Park GardensStroud
Model VillageBourton-on-the-Water
Mohair Countryside CentreGloucester
Museum in the ParkStroud
National Birds of Prey CentreNewent
National Waterways MuseumGloucester
Nature in Art MuseumGloucester
Newent Tourist Information CentreNewent
Old MillLower Slaughter
Owlpen ManorDursley
Pedalabikeaway Cycle CentreColeford
Perfumery ExhibitionBourton-on-the-Water
Perrygrove RailwayColeford
Pittville Park and Pump RoomCheltenham
Prinknash Abbey Bird and Deer ParkCranham
Rainforest Collection, TheCinderford
Robinswood Hill Country ParkGloucester
Rooksmoor MillsStroud
Sandford Parks LidoCheltenham
ShamblesNewent
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands TrustDursley
Soldiers of Gloucester Museum, TheGloucester
St James City FarmGloucester
St Mary`s ChurchKempley
St Oswald’s PrioryGloucester
Stow-on-the-Wold Tourist Information CentreStow-on-the-Wold
Stroud Tourist Information CentreStroud
Sudeley CastleCheltenham
Tailor of GloucesterGloucester
Taurus CraftsLydney
Tetbury Police MuseumTetbury
Tetbury Tourist Information CentreTetbury
Tewkesbury AbbeyTewkesbury
Tewkesbury MuseumTewkesbury
Three Choirs VineyardNewent
Tiger AirwaysCheltenham
Toy MuseumStow-on-the-Wold
Wellington Aviation MuseumMoreton-In-Marsh
Westonbirt ArboretumTetbury
Wharf House, TheOver, Gloucester
Winchcombe Folk & Police MuseumWinchcombe, Cheltenham
Winchcombe PotteryWinchcombe, Cheltenham
Wotton-Under-Edge Heritage CentreWotton-Under-Edge

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