Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, seeking a weekend escape, or planning a surprise for your significant other, this guide to romantic Cotswold breaks offers a myriad of activities designed for couples. From luxurious spa visits to scenic outdoor adventures, here are the top things to do in the Cotswolds that promise to add a spark of romance to your journey.

Indulge in a Couples Spa Visit

Embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation with a couples spa day. The Cotswolds is home to numerous award-winning spas that offer bespoke treatments perfect for couples. If you’re looking to make your next break a romantic Cotswold getaway, take a peek at our best spas in the Cotswolds.

Experience the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway

Step back in time with a nostalgic ride on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway. This historic journey winds through the picturesque Cotswold countryside, offering breath-taking views and a unique opportunity to experience travel from a bygone era. It’s a perfect thing to do in the Cotswolds with your other half.

Drive the Romantic Road

Explore the Cotswolds at your own pace by driving the Romantic Road. These two scenic routes both start in the town of Cheltenham with the first loop taking in Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-in-the-Water. Your first stop on this route should be to take in the views from Cleeve Hill – the highest point in the Cotswolds.  The second route loops east through Northleach, Burford, Lechlade, Bibury, Cirencester and Painswick – where we recommend stopping off at the Rococo Gardens or enjoy afternoon tea at The Painswick.

The view looking out from Cleeve Hill, Perfect For Romantic Cotswold Breaks

Spend a Day at Cheltenham Races

For those who enjoy a touch of excitement and glamour, spending a day at Cheltenham Races offers an exhilarating experience. Dress up for the occasion, enjoy the thrill of the race, and maybe even share the joy of a winning bet. It’s a glamorous addition to your romantic Cotswold break.

Go Wine Tasting at Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Is there a better thing to do in the Cotswolds than discover a locally made English wine? Nestled in a beautiful Cotswold valley, Woodchester Valley Vineyard offers guided tours and tastings, making for a delightful way to spend the day. Sample their sparkling wine to add a little extra romance.

Wine Tasting Setup and views over the vineyard at Woodchester Valley, Perfect for Romantic Cotswold Breaks

Take a Boat Trip

Glide along the River Thames in a rowing boat, kayak or pedalo from Cotswold Canoe Hire. When the sun is shining it can prove to be a wonderfully serene day on the water. Or why not make the journey over to Oxford for the day and hire a boat from The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and go punting along the River Thames?

Take to the skies with Virgin Balloon Flights

Elevate your romantic Cotswold break with a hot air balloon flight. Virgin Balloon Flights offer an unforgettable way to witness the Cotswolds from above, revealing the stunning beauty of the region whilst watching the sunrise or sunset from the basket of a balloon.

Enjoy a Performance at New Theatre Oxford

The largest live entertainment venue in the region, New Theatre Oxford is the place to catch west-end musicals, laugh-out-loud comedians and live music.  Situated in the centre of Oxford, there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner for two, before taking to your seats with your loved one and enjoying the show.

Rent a Cottage with a Hot Tub and Wood Burner

Enhance your romantic break by renting one of our cosy cottages complete with a hot tub and wood burner. There’s nothing quite like relaxing in the warmth of the hot tub or cuddling up by the fire after a day of exploring.

Tow images, one of a hot tub and one of a wood burner! Ultimate luxuries for romantic Cotswold breaks

Watch the Sunset from Cleeve Hill

Finally, no romantic escape is complete without watching the sunset from Cleeve Hill. As the highest point in the Cotswolds, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, providing a awe-inspiring backdrop for a moment of togetherness.

Accommodation for a Romantic Cotswold Break

From luxurious pampering to adventurous outings, these things to do in the Cotswolds for couples ensure a memorable and romantic escape. If you’re feeling inspired, discover where to stay in Cotswolds for couples and take a look at our selection of properties perfect for beautiful romantic Cotswold breaks.