It’s no surprise that visitors come from far and wide to experience the Cotswolds. The area stretches across several counties spreading through 800 square miles in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, north-east Somerset and Wiltshire. If you’re coming on holiday to England and would like to give your family a special day out in true English countryside, then the Cotswolds will not disappoint you. Family days in the Cotswolds take you on a special experience around the area, showing you beautiful stately homes, impressive castles and there’s masses of interesting historical places to discover. The Cotswolds offers beautiful views and some of the most stunning countryside that take your breath away.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park has a huge range of animals with over 260 different species including rhinos, giraffes, meerkats, wolves, lions, tropical birds and a varied monkey collection. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is a special family attraction situated close to Burford in Oxfordshire, set amongst acres of green estate land with a beautiful grand stately home. The park is a fantastic place to take the family any time of year and makes for a wonderful experience for children.
Blenheim Palace in Woodstock
The stunning estate of Blenheim Palace is in Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The palace was awarded to John Churchill by Queen Anne after his victory over France in the War of the Spanish Succession. John Churchill was the 1st Duke of Marlborough and the magnificent estate is now owned by the late John Spencer-Churchill who died in 1999 and was the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Blenheim Palace is famously known as being the Churchill family’s home for many decades and it is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill and his family are buried at a church in the nearby village of Bladon.
Cotswold Farm Park
The Cotswolds offer numerous family attractions that are perfect for a day out and the Cotswold Farm Park is no exception. The farm is owned by TV celebrity Adam Henson and is situated near to Guiting Power in the north Cotswolds. Set amongst the idyllic Cotswold hills with far-reaching views, the farm has a large collection of rare farm breeds including sheep, cows and pigs. The farm park also has a campsite in the grounds and hosts many outdoor weekends for developing skills.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water has some popular attractions for the family. The village sits on the River Windrush, so you can relax on the grass while children paddle in the river in the centre of the village. Bourton also has the famous Model Village which is an exact model of Bourton village has been built to stand waist high, complete with miniature trees, the river and Cotswold stone houses. Birdland is also a local visitor’s attraction where you can see hundreds on rare birds, including flamingos, penguins and parrots.
The Jacobean home of Chastleton House is over 400 years old and has many of its original features, giving visitors the perfect Cotswold stately home experience with ancient architecture and historical artefacts. The beautiful Chastleton House is in the village of Chastleton, close to Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh. Visitors regularly come to the house to see ancient Cotswold history and wander through the wonderful gardens. Chastleton House is a fantastic experience with an interesting history that Robert Catesby once lived there. Catesby was a key player in the famous gunpowder plot and it’s believed that he lived at Chastleton during time of the plotting to blow up parliament.
The Secret Cottage Tour
If your family want to experience a fantastic day out in the Cotswolds, then book a tour with The Secret Cottage. The Secret Cottage Tour will show you the hidden parts of the Cotswolds that you may never find! Explore the countryside, hidden villages and the market towns, discover far-reaching views, hidden villages and the secret beauty spots in the Cotswolds. If you’re staying in London, then you can get a direct train to our nearest station in Moreton-in-Marsh from London Paddington. We collect you in our 7-seater luxury Mercedes minibus and take you on a special 6-hour tour around the Cotswolds. We invite our guests into our home The Secret Cottage, giving you a wonderful tour of our 400-year old thatched cottage and some delicious homemade food. You will be given a hot drink and pastry in the morning, a tasty homecooked buffet lunch and a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. If you want to experience the best family Cotswold tour, then book with us. Read our 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor!