The Cotswolds is a haven for history-buffs with plenty of Cotswold Castles, museums, and stately homes to enjoy on your next visit to Watermark. Our Cotswold holiday lodge based in South Cerney is an ideal starting point for visiting the many cultural attractions nearby:
Winchcombe | GL54 5LP
Known as the ‘hidden gem of the Cotswolds’, Sudeley is one of a majestic 15th-century Cotswold Castles that was once a royal residence and is still a family home today, inhabited by Lady Ashcombe and her son, daughter and their families.
With a fascinating history that’s retold through the exhibition rooms within the building itself, Sudeley boasts ten magnificent gardens, distinctive ruins and one of the largest public collections of rare and endangered species of pheasants. The adventure playground and trail will keep younger visitors entertained, while the Cotswold Castles Kitchen Pantry and Terrace Café are ideal pitstops for refuelling!
Woodstock | OX20 1UL
There’s a wealth of history and horticulture to explore at Blenheim Palace, which is over 300 years old and spans more than 2000 acres. Inside the spectacular building, you can take in such significant sights as Sir Winston Churchill’s birth room, gilded State Rooms and the Marlborough family’s private apartments. Outside, you’re free to roam the Formal Gardens, The Butterfly House or take on the challenge of the famous Marlborough Maze! Children will also love riding on the Blenheim miniature train or taking part in the Bee Trail in the charming Walled Garden.
Cheltenham | GL54 5LD
With stations from Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse, The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer-run railway that runs heritage steam and diesel trains. Step back in time and take a round trip of 28 miles through the Malvern Hills and some of the Cotswolds’ most breathtaking scenery.
It’s well worth checking the website before you visit, as there are often special events such as themed rides (fish and chips special, anyone?) and driving experiences – a train enthusiast’s dream!
Bourton-on-the-Water | GL54 2BY
If classic cars are your thing, a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum is not to be missed! The impressive collection of rare cars, motorcycles and memorabilia will take you through the history of 20th-century motoring, while the nostalgic toy collection will take older visitors back to their own childhood and capture the imagination of little ones who may never have seen a toy without batteries! Set within a converted 17th-century watermill, this unique attraction has something for everyone.
Cirencester | GL7 2BX
Just down the road from Watermark, this award-winning museum explores 200,000 years of Cotswolds history, with exhibits including some of the most significant archaeological finds from the town of Cirencester – which was once the Roman Town of Corinium. Interactive exhibits bring ancient stories to life, while seasonal events – such as the popular Halloween pumpkin trail – engage and educate kids of all ages!
Book your Cotswold holiday lodge with Watermark to discover the variety of castles, museums and more, right on your doorstep! Browse our lodges here.