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Cotswolds Finest Attractions A-Z

Abbey House Garden

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AS

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Abbey House Gardens, is a stone’s throw from Malmesbury Abbey and is a significant garden in the Cotswolds. It shot to fame under its previous owners who were naturists and could be seen at work in the garden covered by little more than a tool belt or strategically-placed rosebud. Outraged locals (we're told that some were so outraged that they had to stand on a box for a better look) calmed down after a while. Fame followed, with Gordon Ramsey and Alan Titchmarsh/BBC Gardener's World amongst those who filmed the Adam and Eve experience. 

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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A dog-friendly arboretum and garden centre in the North Cotswolds. There are 58 acres to explore, making it the largest privately-owned tree collection for some distance. 

Belas Knap Long Barrow

Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham

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Belas Knap is the name of a Neolithic long barrow near Winchcombe. Locals know it as one of the best short walks in the Cotswolds, with views down over the town and Sudeley Castle. Experience it on a sunny day with clouds scudding past and Belas Knap might just be the highlight of your visit to the Cotswolds.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Gloucestershire

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Berkeley Castle is a Norman Castle. The same family have lived here for almost 900 years. That’s the Berkeley family. The nearby village is called ‘Berkeley’ and the local pub is called the Berkeley Arms. You get the idea, this place is ancient, with vaguely feudal undertones still.

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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OK, Blenheim may have lost a bit of Palace-cred when a Mr  Trump visited recently, but it has seen them come and it has seen them go. It remains unrivalled in terms of non-Royal palaces in Britain. 

The site was given by the nation to commemorate the military victory of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough over assorted French and Bavarian armies in 1704.


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