Places to visit in the beautiful Cotswolds

De Vere Cotswold Water park sits in the heart of The Cotswolds and is the perfect base for exploring this vast and alluring piece of England. The Cotswolds runs through five counties and is made up of an intoxicating variety of sights and destinations: from lush, green countryside and rolling hills to dreamy villages and buzzing market towns.

The area is also home to some of the UK’s finest castles and palaces – as well as wildlife parks, museums and gardens guaranteed to delight grown-ups and little ones. Here are a few destinations we think you’ll love – all of which are easily accessible from De Vere Cotswold Water Park.

  Read or download the complete companion guide to find out even more about the local area.

Together starts here – exclusive family break offer

Aside from being surrounded fabulous attractions, De Vere hotels are wonderful places to spend some quality time with your loved ones, with family-friendly restaurants, gardens to explore and play in, and new al fresco food and drink options to enjoy.

Treat your family to a short break at a De Vere hotel this summer and you'll get two nights’ stay with breakfast on both mornings, a two course dinner on an evening of your choice – and a complimentary local, craft G&T. Plus, bring up to two children and they’ll stay and eat for free.

Lakeside Ski & Wake

Experience the thrill of watersports at this family-friendly destination. From wakeboarding and waterskiing to more gentle rides - it's all here. All equipment, wetsuits and tuition are available and the on-site brasserie is an excellent place to eat and drink.

5-10 minutes' walk from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Head 4 Heights

Test yourself with some challenging climbing and rope-based activites at this popular activity centre. Professional staff will ensure your day is exhilerating, educational and very, very safe. Suitable for grown-ups and children of all abilities.

13 miles / 25 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Oasis Leisure Centre

The swimming pool is the star of the show at this legendary family attraction. Two pools, two epic water slides, a wave machine, a water cannon - as well as pirate fun and elephant slides for little splashers. Lovely café on-site, too.

21 miles / 35 minutes from De Vere Cotswold Water Park (10% discount when you show your room key card)

Water Park kayak and canoe hire

Don't just admire the lakes of the Cotswold Water Park - get on them and have a paddle around. Hiring a canoe or kayak is a blissful way of getting up-close and personal with this aquatic wonderland.

5 minutes' walk from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Butts Farm

A chance to meet some rare breed farm animals at this wonderful family destination. Don't forget to visit the excellent farm shop where you can stock up on some first-class produce to take home.

3 miles / 5 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Combat Splat

A great time is guaranteed for all at this long-established paintball event centre. The woodland combat zones are imaginatively designed, with excitement and surprise around every corner. Over 10s only.

Less than 1 mile / 10-15 minutes' walk from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Country Park & Beach

On the doorstep of the hotel, this man-made complex of lakes and beaches is a haven for water activities for all ages.

3.8 miles / 7 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Sculpture Park

Marvel at traditional and contemporary sculptures and art installations as you potter around serene gardens. Be sure to take refreshments at the delightful Poppin Tearoom.

4.3 miles / 10 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Corinium Museum

This wonderful museum presents life 2,000 years ago through fascinating artefacts and exhibitions. Grab a souvenir and refreshments at the shop & café.

5.3 miles / 11 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Lydiard Park

A beautiful Palladian house, church and walled garden await you, all set in 260 acres of landscaped parkland. Excellent children’s play area, café and tea rooms.

10.7 miles / 20 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Painswick Rococo Garden

Delight your senses in this beautiful ornamental garden, impeccably maintained and nurtured since the 18th century. The restaurant is well worth a visit, serving fresh food grown in the garden itself.

21 miles / 27 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Marlborough

A town for which the word ‘quaint’ could have been invented. Marlborough has streets, lanes, nooks and crannies to explore – all of which are teeming with interesting shops and agreeable restaurants.

27.7 miles / 26 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

STEAM – Museum of the GWR

This fascinating, nostalgic museum immerses you in the heydey of the Great Western Railway, with locomotives, exhibitions and memorabilia. Refreshment at the Platform One Café is just the ticket.

11.8 miles / 20 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Swindon Designer Outlet

This complex of Victorian railway buildings is now home to an impressive collection of big-name retail stores and eateries, all of which offer considerable discounts – all year round.

11.8 miles / 20 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Farmtastic Animal Farm

Say hello to all manner of birds and beasts at this wonderful family destination. There are talks, rides and animal petting and feeding opportunities to be had. Human food and drinks are also available.

12.9 miles / 21 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Coate Water Country Park

A really lovely place to go for families. Lakeside walks, boating, golf and a play area - all set to beautiful scenery. Take a picnic or barbecue and make a glorious day of it.

14.2 miles / 16 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Meet some BIG beasts at this legendary Cotswold attraction. Giraffes, rhinos, lions, zebras and more – as well as reptiles, amphibians and exotic birds. Take time out from the excitement at one of the many gift shops and eateries.

16.5 miles / 32 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Badbury Hill

Stunning walking opportunities for all ages and abilities are abound at this Iron Age hill fort, which offers spectacular views across The Cotswolds and River Severn. A truly breath-taking experience.

17.3 miles / 26 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Coopers Hill

Ever seen the world-famous cheese-rolling event on TV? This is the hill where it happens – and its gradient is surprisingly terrifying. Well worth ascending for the views from the top.

19.2 miles / 24 minutes drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Pittville Park

The largest ornamental park in the area, Pittville Park offers lots to see and do for all ages. Visit the Grade I listed Pump Room, take in the wonderful views, or relax by the water. Lots of play areas for the kids, too.

20 miles / 31 minutes' drive from De Vere Cotswold Water Park

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