Places to Visit in the Cotswolds

StayCotswold Handpicked Recommendations

Here you will find some of our favourite places to visit and enjoy during your StayCotswold visit. From delicious cuisine in one of the many fabulous pubs and restaurants, to fun activities and attractions, there's something for everyone.

Plus we have listed some excellent additional services such as catering, childcare, florists and more to ensure you Cotswold stay is absolute perfection!

We are always keen to know if you have had a great time at these or any of your own favourites, so please do let us know if you have a great experience while you are in The Cotswolds.

Pubs & Restaurants in the Cotswolds

Upton Firehouse


Upton, near Burford

A traditional smokery with a restaurant and shop just outside Burford, from which you can buy smoked meats, fish, game and ingredients alongside delicious, complementary food and wine. Their take on informal dining - enjoy superbly marinated meats and fish cooked on their awesome "live fire" BBQ and served as a buffet in a relaxed environment.

01993 823 612

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Upton Firehouse

The Five Alls

Pub & Restaurant


Head chef, Sebastian Snow, pays great attention to meticulously sourcing high quality seasonal ingredients from a wide variety of the Cotswolds’ artisan producers.  A visit to the Five Alls at Filkins is highly recommended by us during your StayCotswold.  The monthly-changing à la carte menu of generous and earthy ‘turf to table’ dishes with Italian influences are worth travelling for.

01367 860 875

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The Five Alls, Filkins

The Plough Inn

Pub & Restaurant


Sitting in the rural village of Kelmscott, this traditional stone inn is a 7-minute walk from the River Thames Path. Dedicated to showcasing the best locally sourced, seasonal produce on a  daily-changing menu of modern British comfort cooking, The Plough is well worth seeking out.  The delightful, cottage-style garden is perfect for summer dining while the log fires in the restaurant and bar roar in the winter months.

01367 253 543

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The Plough, Kelmscott

The Bull Hotel

Pub & Restaurant


Enjoy a delicious meal at the grade II-listed coaching inn situated in Fairford which serves local craft beers, spirits and great wines in the restaurant and traditional pub bar with open fires. There’s also a traditional, vaulted barn, The Bull Room, which can be hired for weddings and parties for up to 60 guests.

01285 712 535

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The Bull Hotel, Fairford

The Angel

Pub & Restaurant


Situated just off Burford high street, The Angel is a 16th century pub and restaurant where you can enjoy a tipple from the local Hook Norton Brewery or a delicious meal from their varied menu. Families and dogs are welcome too. The Angel are kindly offering StayCotswold guests a 125ml glass of house wine when purchased with a meal.

01993 822 714

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The Angle at Burford

The Wychwood Inn

Pub & Restaurant


Enjoy a drink or delicious meal at the Wychwood Inn, the beautifully refurbished country inn situated in the heart of Shipton-under-Wychwood with a rustic bar and restaurant plus large garden. Dogs are welcome in the bar area. 

 01993 831 185

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The Wychwood Inn

Food & Drink Producers in the Cotswolds

Cotswold Cider Co.

Cider Producer

Coleshill, Oxfordshire

The Cotswold Cider Company has a passion for apples and their calling is to bring you quirky craft cider with bags of character and spirited personality. Only ever fermented from 100% apple juice, they champion the full flavour of real cider. Keep a lookout for their distinctive products in local pubs and shops. Or why not get some delivered for your stay to aid that much needed relaxation?! Call or head to their online shop and take your pick…

 01793 762 312

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Cotswold Cider Co

The Burford Distilling Company

Gin Producer

Burford, Oxfordshire

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Burford Distilling Company has been created by a team of hospitality professionals, looking to produce fantastic spirits reflecting the historical significance of Burford town. Established in Autumn 2020, the BDC’s premier offering is Racing Gin which was inspired by their love of horse racing and the close connections with Burford town and the surrounding areas. This citrus and herbaceous contemporary gin is enhanced with meadowsweet, a delicate herb, favoured by our equine friends and gives this London dry a unique, fresh flavour.

01993 212 599

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The Burford Distilling Company

The Donnington Brewery


Upper Swell, near Stow-on-the Wold

The Donnington Brewery was founded by Richard Arkell in 1865 and has remained in the Arkell family ever since. Voted the ‘Best Small Brewery’ by the Good Beer Guide in 2010, the brewery is still powered by the original mill wheel, which drives the pumps and machinery, and the hillside spring gives the beer its unique flavour. Located in a valley near Stow on the Wold, it’s been producing beer for over 150 years.  The brewery now owns 17 pubs across the area and produces around 10,000 pints a week of its house beers BB (3.6% ABV), SBA (4.4% ABV) Cotswold Gold (4.0% ABV) and Double Donn (4.4% ABV). Sadly the brewery cannot accommodate tours, but why not visit one of their inns and try one of their brews? You can also buy Donnington Beer through The Donnington Brewery website. 

 01451 830 603

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The Donnington Brewery


Elements Brewing Co.

Beer Producer

Near Burford, Oxfordshire

The crafty mix of passion, science, fascination, world travels and love of hops brings the heart and flavour of Elements Brewery to life. On the Gloucestershire Oxfordshire border near Burford in the heart of the Cotswolds comes South African and Australian influences with an American heart. Take your taste buds on a round the world trip with our range of bold flavours and new world hops.  Unpasteurised, unfiltered and unadulterated.  Try something new. Rediscover. Be in your element.

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Elements Brewery

Upton Smokery

Food Producer

Upton, near Burford

A traditional Smokery with a restaurant and shop just outside Burford, from which you can buy smoked meats, fish, game and ingredients alongside delicious, complementary food and wine. Smoked produce can be made to order so we recommend contacting Upton Smokery before your visit. 

 01993 823 699

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Upton Smokery

Private Cellar

Wine Merchant

Delivered to you!

A truly personal wine service awaits you at Private Cellar. We enjoy doing what we do away from the constraints and bureaucracy of the corporate world, enabling us to stay closely in touch with our suppliers and customers and respond quickly and efficiently to every opportunity.

Master of Wine and Buying Director, Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler, scours the world continually, seeking out delicious wines, which represent superb value, direct from the grower. We also sell mature wines with sound provenance from our award-winning Fine Wine List.

Wine can be delivered to your StayCotswold property prior to your arrival. With bottles left in the fridge there’ll be no need to wait for that chilled glass.

Please contact Charlie Stanley-Evans for advice and to place orders: 

01353 977 995

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Private Cellar

Cafés in the Cotswolds

Lynwood & Co


Lechlade, Fairford & Burford

Lynwood & Co. has brought the down-to-earth and family-oriented coffee culture of Sydney to the Cotswolds. Their award winning Lechlade & Fairford cafes serve independent coffee and locally sourced, homemade food and everyone is welcome, no matter what age you are or how many legs you have.

 01285 711 117

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Attractions in the Cotswolds

Far Peak Climbing


Near Northleach 

Far Peak Climbing Centre is a superb dedicated climbing facility, offering indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and outdoor climbing on our 15m tower.  We welcome all climbers whatever your level and experience. Whether you want to push your limits, improve your technique and fitness or just relax with friends, our centre has something for you. We run regular courses and tasters, or you can Pay & Play for as long as you like during regular opening times.

Far Peak Climbing Centre is part of the Far Peak Estate GL54 3JL, about a mile from Northleach just off the A429 Fosseway to Cirencester.

Facilities Include:

  • Dedicated indoor climbing and bouldering area
  • Kids climbing area suitable for age 3+
  • Massive 15 metre outdoor climbing tower with auto belays
  • Outdoor low ropes course set in woodlands for the kids to explore
  • The Hayloft Café and Deli serving freshly prepared meals, snacks and great coffee

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Far Peak Climbing

Barbury Shooting School


Near Wroughton

Barbury Shooting School is situated on the Marlborough Downs just minutes from junction 15 of the M4. We are open 7 days a week for practice sessions, tuition, parties and corporate events. As well as Clay Shooting we also
offer other activities including Archery, Air Rifles and Simulated Game Days.

01793 940 420

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Barbury Shooting School

The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens


Near Burford

Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffe, walk with lemurs or watch rhinos graze on the gothic Manor House lawns. Take a ride on Bella the train (April-October) or explore the large tree house adventure playground. Pet the goats in the Children's Farmyard, have lunch in the café or peek inside the Reptile House with snakes, anacondas, lizards and crocodiles.

Explore the Tropical House with the feel of the rainforest with free-roaming sloths, birds and bats. The stunning gardens, themed borders, exotic planting and seasonal displays, make a beautiful backdrop to the animals. Don’t miss daily penguin talk and feed at (11am and 3pm) and Lemur Talk at 12 noon.

With over 260 different animal species in over 120 acres, there’s plenty of space to relax and get closer to wildlife!

01993 823 006

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The Cotswold Wildlife Park

Corinium Museum



Located at the heart of Cirencester, the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. The Corinium Museum’s principal collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum. However, the museum today is much more than that, taking the visitor on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day.

01285 655 611

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Corinium Museum

The Cotswold Farm Park


Guiting Power

The Cotswold Farm Park is an award-winning visitor attraction on the outskirts of Guiting Power, Gloucestershire – on top of the Cotswolds. It is run by farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson and his business partner Duncan Andrews. The Cotswold Farm Park is dedicated to preserving rare breed farm animals and delivering the best of British farming through sustainable methods.  

As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can interact closely with the animals and meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle.

There are plenty of activities for all ages, including rabbits and guinea pigs to stroke, lambs and goat kids to bottle feed, seasonal demonstrations (lambing, shearing or milking), farm safari ride, The Rare Breeds Through History Walk and play areas both indoors and outside for children.

The Farm Park also features an on-site restaurant serving seasonal food and a gift shop which sells various merchandise, including souvenirs, local meats and produce.

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The Cotswold Farm Park

Batsford Arboretum


Near Moreton-in-Marsh 

With 56 acres to explore, it’s easy to lose yourself among the leafy glades, find a quiet spot to soak up the sunshine or marvel at the stunning views across the Evenlode Valley at Batsford Arboretum. Enjoy early colour from the snowdrops, spring-flowering bulbs and spectacular Japanese flowering cherries; escape the heat under the tree canopy in summer and prepare to be amazed by the outstanding autumn colour!

If visiting the arboretum inspires you, chances are you’ll find most of the plants available to buy at Batsford Garden Centre; a haven for garden and plant lovers, offering an unusual range of quality, affordable plants and sundries.

Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Garden Terrace Café where you can soak up the sun from the wooden deck before treating yourself to some retail therapy in the gift shop or paying a visit to the resident Woodturner.

Open daily, dogs welcome on a short lead.

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Batsford Arboretum

Giffords Circus

Seasonal Attraction

Across the Cotswolds

Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours southern England from May until September. Expect to be enthralled by the best of international circus talent and theatre design during an awe inspiring musical and acrobatic comedy show. And dine under canvas after the show in the UK's only travelling restaurant Circus Sauce. Book now to avoid disappointment!

01242 691 181

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Giffords Circus



Brimbscombe Port, Near Stroud 

Rush Skatepark is a Community Interest Company (not for profit) which provides a unique indoor facility based in Stroud.  Rush is based in an old disused factory in Brimscombe Port and offers a unique rider experience for BMX, Scooter, Skate Boards and In-Line Skates. Situated in one giant warehouse, covering 40,000 square feet, the park is possibly one of the largest (and with the longest detailed continuous street art) in Europe. The sports facility is unique in providing 5 separate parks in one venue & is the only street section of its kind in Europe. The facilities include a Street section, Park section, Bowl section, Practice area with a Resi jump box, foam pit and trials track, viewing platform, on site café and fully stocked shop.  They hold sessions for beginners and intermediate riders, discipline specific nights, Over 30’s night and a U5 Mini Shredders Session.

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Event Venues in the Cotswolds

Oxleaze Barn

Event Venue and Hire

Near Lechlade

Oxleaze Barn sits in the heart of a thriving organic Cotswold farm. The farm is a haven for nature-lovers, with an orchard, bee hives, fields of organic wheat and roaming Aberdeen Angus cows. The old grain barn and milling barn have been beautifully resorted with exposed beams, beautiful stone work and is the perfect location for weddings, corporate events and private parties. The barn opens onto a private courtyard and terraced lawn for drinks and outdoor entertaining with a large fire pit for a chilly evening.

01367 850 838

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Oxleaze Barn

Rental Companies in the Cotswolds

Oxford Hot Tubs

Hot Tub Hire

at your StayCotswold Property

Oxford Hot Tubs are Oxfordshire’s most luxurious hot tub hire business. With over a decade of outstanding testimonials and an ever growing list of loyal clients, Oxford Hot Tubs can provide a hot tub experience at many StayCotswold properties. A well established business, Oxford Hot Tubs is renowned for a superior trailered service for both private and corporate events across Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. With the option of weekend or week-long hires available,  enquire about adding a hot tub to your booking and bring an extra special touch to your stay.

Please check the hot tub compatibility of your StayCotswold property before making a booking with Oxford Hot Tubs.

07803 078 033

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Oxford Hot Tubs

Far Peak Bike Hire

Bike Rental Company

North Leach

Fancy exploring the Cotswolds by bike but don't want to bring your bikes with you? In partnership with Far Peak Cycles, we have brand new Claud Butler, Dawes and Raleigh Electric bikes and accessories, checked and maintained before every ride.

Each hire is provided with an accessory pack, including multi tool, puncture repair kit, pump and lock to make your journey as hassle free as possible, wherever you decide to ride.

Details on how to book your bike can be found here »

Far Peak Bike Hire

Childcare in the Cotswolds



At your StayCotswold property

Looking for childcare during your stay? Kowalah helps parents to find, book and pay for high quality, safe childcare at a moment's notice. Kowalah has hundreds of interviewed and reference checked sitters across the Cotswolds to look after your little ones - whether you just want an extra pair of hands during the day, or someone to look after them when you head out to a restaurant or party in the evening.

0844 209 2955

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Kowalah Childcare

Transport & Tours in the Cotswolds

Go Cotswolds

Cotswold Tours

Moreton-in-Marsh & Chipping Campden

Run by local husband and wife team Go Cotswolds provide award-winning minibus day tours of the Cotswolds for groups of up to 16 passengers. On Wednesdays, Thursdays*, Fridays and Sundays they provide a set day tour - with departure points in Moreton-in-Marsh & Chipping Campden - for £40 per person that visits a selection of towns, villages and viewpoints that demonstrate the very best of the area. On other days they are available for private tours/private hire, designing bespoke days tailored to the requirements of their clients.
*Thursday tours currently operate from the start of June to the end of September.

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Go Cotswolds

Adam Carter Chauffeur Services



Adam Carter Chauffeur Services is based in Witney, twelve miles West of Oxford. They provide a reliable, door-to-door, personalised range of chauffeur services in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and the South East. Their private hire services range from business to pleasure, including Airport transfers, special occasions, weddings and bespoke tours. How about a luxury tour of the Cotswolds in our Bentley, or a drive to a day at the races, a night at the theatre, or a trip out to celebrate a special occasion.

07920 135157

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Adam Carter Chauffeur Services

Caterers & Catering in the Cotswolds

The Occasional Master Chef


At your location

The Occasional Master Chef provides unique fine dining experiences, specialising in personalised tasting menus, cooked and served in the comfort and privacy of your StayCotswold property. Celebrate with family, impress colleagues or simply enjoy a gastronomic experience with friends, and taste exceptional local, fresh and seasonal food prepared by the Michelin starred chef, Alan Dann.
The Master Chef Experience - enjoy a bespoke tasting menu, designed personally for you and cooked in your StayCotswold kitchen.
Lessons at The Chef's Table - take part in the cooking experience with a hands-on lesson preparing food to the highest standard.

07932 975 931

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The Occasional Master Chef

Brown Cow Kitchens & Events


At your location

Brown Cow Events are a catering company based in the Cotswolds who can cater for family events, dinner parties or corporate events. Sally uses the best local suppliers, and her cooking has even been praised by the Times!

01608 641 015

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Brown Cow Kitchens and events

Lindsey Allan Catering


At your location

Lindsey Allan is a Leith’s trained Professional Chef with over 20 years’ experience in creating and serving delicious food for many occasions including weddings, dinner parties, drinks parties, christenings and shoots. 

Food can simply be delivered ready prepared with full heating instructions, or you can have Lindsey and her team prepare, cook and serve you at your chosen location.

01367 810 340 or 07799 777 107

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Lindsey Allan Catering

Retailers & Florists in the Cotswolds

Burford Garden Company



No trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a visit to the iconic Burford Garden Company. This stylish, beautifully presented store is independently owned and has been retail and foody heaven to those in the know since 1975. It is the place to go if you’re seeking something different, expertly curated and with service to match.

01993 823 117

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Burford Garden Company

Eden Flowers



Eden Flowers is located in a beautiful Cotswold stone building attached to the Cotswold Gateway Hotel on the Burford roundabout. They offer exceptional quality and contemporary designs at a realistic price that can be tailored to suit all budgets. Throughout the year they offer arrangements of fabulous white phaleanopsis orchids with moss, delicate cyclamen and stunning hydrangea. Prices start from £35.00 plus delivery and they can deliver your flowers to areas of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. For further information please contact them directly.

01993 822 827

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Eden Flower

Joanna Davies Flowers


At your location

There is nothing nicer than walking in to a room decorated with beautiful fresh flowers. Joanna Davies designs, creates and hand makes these stunning arrangements for all occasions, from small gatherings to large events. All arrangements are made at home, to ensure that personal touch.

07814 226458

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Joanna Davies Flowers

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