Top Places to Visit in UK During this Summer Holiday 2021
The UK is a very popular place for travel for a wide range of reasons, including but certainly not limited to, the history, the diverse scenery and the variety of countryside and city locations. There are so many Places for travel UK that it can be difficult to know exactly where to holiday. We would of course recommend Summer Holiday Cottages in the Cotswolds.
Famous Summer Holiday Places in UK
Despite the Cotswolds being the UK’s second largest protected landscape (after the Lake District) and the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England Wales, it feels like a cosy, comfortable and relaxing location to enjoy a Summer Holiday.
Cheltenham Spa is a town of considerable elegance, with beautiful wide streets lined with terraces and villas. There are a wide range of places to visit that surround Cheltenham, such as Leckhampton, Cleeve, Tewkesbury, Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold, making Cheltenham a wonderful base for anyone looking to explore the Cotswolds. However, there are plenty of events, activities and places to visit in Cheltenham. Here are just a handful of the wide array of options that Cheltenham offers below:
Places to Visit in Cheltenham
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (also known as GWSR) is a volunteer run heritage railway which runs along border of the Cotswolds.
Pittville Park is certainly a place to make memories with your family, your partner or for yourself. A beautiful park with ample beauty to keep you in awe. If you are holidaying with Children, Pittville Park has a large play area and cute little animals to keep your little ones entertained. Holidaying in Summer? Why not try the rowing boats in the Sothern area of the park. Not feeling so great? Then head to the Pittville Pump rooms where the water is said to aid gout, rheumatism and constipation (word of warning, it is not known for its great taste…)
Rebecca, the founder of Come and Stay, the Holiday Home Management Company, personally recommends Pittville Park as a place to visit. Rebecca has spent many years making memories in this park with her family and friends with many generations of her family spending plenty of time in
Walks With Hawks
Voted on TripAdvisor as one of the top experiences in the Cotswolds Walks With Hawks offer a range of packages giving you a rare opportunity to handle and fly a variety of birds of prey. This adventure is the perfect introduction for all ages to experience the ancient art of Falconry. On arrival, you are introduced to the birds you will be flying during your visit and the friendly instructors will teach you a few essential skills needed to handle these magnificent creatures.
Whilst on your walk there’s always the chance you will see wild fauna. Deer, foxes and native birds of prey are often spotted. This makes for an unforgettable experience with these awesome predators. Small groups ensure everyone gets plenty of hands on time with the birds with groups being a maximum of 6. During your experience, visitors are welcome to take as many pictures as they’d like. This activity takes place all year round and due to this we recommend dressing appropriately for the season. Tea and Coffee are provided to guests during their visit.
Montpellier District is known for its restaurants, cafes and a range of boutique shops. It is one of the most beautiful Places for Travel UK. Summer Holiday Cottages Cotswolds are superb in this area, and guests are fantastically close to the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham Spa town.
Montpellier’s bars include The Montpellier Wine Bar, The Rotunda Tavern, John Gordon’s, Door 4 Cocktail Bar, Soho Bar and Eatery, Harry Cook and All Bar One, with The Circus Bar at the lower end of Montpellier Street. Eating establishments include The Thai Brasserie (Thai), Tarragon (Continental), Indian Voojan (Indian), and Strada (Italian and Mediterranean).
Brennen & Brown
Do you love Gin? Is a good place to drink a key deciding factor in deciding your Summer Holiday Places UK? If so, a Gin tasting event at Brennen & Brown is for you. Your Ginformational journey will take you and your taste buds through the history of Brennen & Brown and the team’s fabulous creations. Learn about rotary evaporators and the most modern and high-tech distilling techniques. See just how good your taste buds really are while learning about garnish and the difference they can make to what you taste in your glass.
Places to Visit in Nympsfield
Nympsfield is a small, quaint, and quiet little village that has a lot to offer those who are looking for a rejuvenating break in the Cotswolds. There are so many little gems hidden in and around Nympsfield that it is easy to fill your stay with things to do, sights to see and places to eat.
Coaley Peak boasts of spectacular views of the Severn Valley, Coaley Peak, near Stroud. It is a picture-perfect spot for all types of visitors, whether you want to fly a kite with your kids or pitch up on one of the picnic tables or bring a blanket to sit in the wildflower meadow It’s also a popular stopping point for walkers along the Cotswold Way National Trail.
Nympsfield Long Barrow
Are you a history buff? Then we would strongly recommend Nympsfield Long Barrow, the Neolithic burial site located close to the village of Nympsfield. Standing high on the Cotswold Scarp with spectacular views over the Severn Trent, this is one place you won’t want to miss!
Thistledown is an organically managed family farm and an award-winning campsite near Stroud in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The café is currently open and serves delicious drinks and hot snacks. If you’re tired from walking around the Cotswolds, this is a great place to take a rest-bite (quite literally).
Painswick is also known as the Queen of the Cotswolds and is very popular with tourists with its honey coloured stone houses, the 99 Yew Trees in the churchyard and the deep history found in each and every corner. Painswick is a stunning and highly instagramable village which we strongly recommend. You’ll be hard pressed to find a UK travel influencer who has not been to Painswick. Why not try if yourself and stay in one of our Summer Holiday Cottages Cotswolds?
Places to Visit in Painswick
Painswick Rococo Garden
Painswick Rococo Garden is quirky and pretty unique.
Designed in the 1740s as a fanciful pleasure garden for the owner of Painswick House and his guests, today it’s a place to roam free, to get up close and personal with nature, or to feel the warmth of the sun on your face as you take in the spectacular views of the Cotswold countryside and magical follies. If you are planning a wedding, the Painswick Rococo Garden is considered one of the top 50 wedding venues in the UK by The Independent. The garden is a perfect backdrop to a simple, elegant and beautiful wedding.
Ashton Beer Collection
The Ashton Beer Collection is a dream come true for any designers or vintage lovers. A great place for furniture and other mysterious finds. Currently open on weekends from 11am to 4pm, this is definitely a place to visit during the weekend for a good old snoop.
Admire St Mary’s Church
When in Painswick, it is difficult not to admire St Mary’s Church and its surrounding 99 Yew Trees. The tale goes that whenever the villagers try to plant the 100th tree, it dies thanks to the devil! St Mary’s Churchyard is also described as “the grandest churchyard in England” by the renowned historian Alex Clifton Taylor.
If a good pub is something you are looking for when deciding on your Summer Holiday Places UK, then Painswick is definitely a village to consider. The Royal Oak is a small dog friendly pub that serves food, drinks with a charming courtyard for guests who wish to drink in the sun.
The Falcon Inn can be found opposite the churchyard, on the main road and offers rooms that look out over the church. The food, drinks and entertainment are all fantastic and definitely a place to enjoy with your friends.
Looking to build up an appetite before heading to the pub? Then try pubs that are just outside of Painswick Village. There is the Butchers Arms in Slad which is great for a Sunday Roast and The Woolpack Inn made famous by Laurie Lee’s, ‘Cider with Rosie’, a very small, local pub filled with friendly Slad residents and curious tourists.
Walking the Painswick Beacon is a must when visiting the village for your Summer Holiday Cottages Cotswolds. Wonderful views from the beacon and plenty benches for a nice picnic and day in nature. Not too taxing, so can be a pleasant afternoon walk with all of the family. There a car park close by which is also a good alternative start point.
We have previously mentioned St Mary’s Church in Painswick, but there is another notable church in the village. The Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint Theresa is a simple, elegant and charming church where it is easy to sit in peace. There is a certain grace to this church which can only been experienced by being there.
Moreton in Marsh is a charming town and has centuries of fascinating history about it that make it a delight to stay in. It grew up in the thirteenth century as a market town with a wide main street, narrow burgage plots and back lanes.
- Moreton in Marsh has been a traveling town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester Railway in 1853. There still is a busy Tuesday market with about 200 stalls that have been running weekly since 1227 attracting many visitors. There are several pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops, restaurants and accommodation including this location in the form of Summer Holiday Cottages in Moreton in Marsh in the immediate vicinity.
Places to Visit in Moreton-in-Marsh
There are few better places than Batsford Arboretum to enjoy the changing seasons, and this Summer the gardens will be absolutely gorgeous. Escape the heat with a walk beside the pools and streams or soak up the sunshine beside their beautiful wild flower areas, where you’ll find clouds of forget-me-knots, buttercups, foxgloves and orchids. Summer is also the time for their rarer trees to shine too – among them the Californian Nutmeg, Dawn Redwood and Maidenhair Tree.
Cotswold Falconry Centre
The Cotswold Falconry Centre is right next to Batsford Arboretum and home to around 150 Birds of Prey – many of which can be seen in free-flying demonstrations each day. If you are travelling with dogs, we do not recommend this activity,
Chastleton House and Garden
Chastleton House is a remarkable survival of a Jacobean architecture and a building of national significance. The garden at Chastleton presents an intimate and beautiful setting for the house. With views from the windows which draw you out to the topiary, kitchen garden and wilderness, it’s up to you whether you explore, bask in the sunshine or sit inthe shade of the magnificent trees.
Sezincote House & Garden
Nothing quite prepares you for Sezincote. After winding through the mighty oaks that line the long drive of this Gloucestershire garden on the edge of the Cotswolds, you see a weathered-copper onion dome straight out of India. The south front, complete with curving orangery, unfurls above a Repton landscape that has remained unchanged since the mid-19th century. The garden is blessed by a series of spring-fed pools, connected by gurgling water which eventually tumbles into the Island Pool in the valley bottom, before joining the River Evenlode below.
Lemington Lakes as an exclusive fishing and holiday complex offering a wide variety of good quality accommodation to meet the needs of both anglers and non anglers. There are 60 acres of well managed lakes and woodland which visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy. Keep a look out for the Roe deer and Muntjac, Barn Owl and Red Kite.
There are plenty of places for you to enjoy Summer Holiday Places UK, but we would always recommend Summer Holiday Cottages in Moreton in Marsh. And as a Holiday Home Management Company which specialises in Summer Holiday Cottages Cotswolds, we know that there is a lot to offer in the Cotswolds as a Places for travel UK.