There’s plenty for the family to enjoy too, with natural play areas and lots of space for the kids to run free. And don’t forget to stop in at the café for a tasty treat. The National Trust properties in Gloucestershire are the perfect places to picnic in Gloucestershire.
There is lots to do during your summer holiday in Gloucestershire. They have nature trails to keep the kids entertained and sporty challenges to get your heart racing, peaceful gardens to discover and arts and crafts activities for messy afternoons.
On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry to National Trust Properties.
Dyrham Park was created in the 17th century by William Blathwayt. It is an early example of how a fortune made from empire was invested in a landed estate, transforming Dyrham into one of the most notable stately homes of its age.
The 270-acre (110 hectare) ancient steep and sloping parkland is full of magnificent trees and breathtaking views and space for young explorers to run free, be in nature and tick off challenges on their 50 things list.
Splendid borders, idyllic ponds and a wildflower orchard are all features of the stunning garden which is being sensitively developed as a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past.
Visitors can get a flavour of the life of William Blathwayt in the late 1600s by stepping into the impressive baroque mansion house with its collection of fine art and Dutch Delftware. His years as a diplomat in Europe, and his several colonial and administrative positions in government, helped to hone – and indulge – his increasingly refined taste.
Hidcote is an arts and crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.
Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.
Find a quiet spot and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.
Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.
The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the National Trust and rented out.
Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. The Newark Estate is situated in an unspoilt corner of Gloucestershire, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction.
The architecture of Newark House reveals its intriguing history, with a quirky collection of furnishings and impressive views completing its homely feel.
The garden and estate showcase a range of seasonal specials, such as snowdrops, aconites and daffodils, wild garlic, summer borders and autumn cyclamen. A beautiful setting with splendid views of the Cotswold countryside, waiting to be discovered and explored.
Chedworth Roman Villa was rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago. Leading the way in archaeology and conservation, Chedworth provides a unique insight into life during the Roman period in Britain.
A modern conservation building provides exceptional access to the extensive mosaic floors, hypocaust systems and bath house rooms. And a small museum houses a range of finds and artefacts from the villa.
As well as all this, the tranquil setting, idyllic views and rich wildlife haven gives plenty of opportunities for walks, relaxation and reflection.
Maybe treat yourself to something delicious in our small café, serving sandwiches, cakes, snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice-cream. Or you can visit our shop which offers Roman-themed souvenirs, books and games, as well as seasonal plants and gifts.
The garden of this Cotswold manor house is the perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas, quiet corners and unexpected delights. J.B Priestly described the valley in which Snowshill sits as ‘one of the those green little valleys that at once makes you feel oddly remote…clean out of this world.’ It is the perfect place to explore on a spring walk which takes in the beauty of this place and gives remarkable views of Snowshill Manor and Garden.
In the manor house are Charles Wade’s eclectic collections. He was an architect and artist who dedicated his life to collecting, having inheriting his family’s sugar estates. They maintain the atmospheric rooms he created with low lighting and few labels. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, and musical instruments to bicycles, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended.
You can explore canals, admire clipped hedges and see 17th-century vegetable plots growing through the seasons. There’s a dedicated picnic area over the bridge, so why not make some sandwiches, pack your rug and book your visit?
Westbury Court Garden is one of the only surviving 17th-century Dutch water gardens in the UK. Visiting them feels like you have stepped back in time to a place of elegance and calm. Here you’ll find straight canals reflecting the sky, clipped hedges, ornate garden buildings and old-fashioned orchards.