Local Attractions

Find out up to date information on what to see and do in the local area at:
www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk

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  • Open all year - sleeps 10
  • On the Cotswold edge, near Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud.
  • Suitable for family and friends reunions, birthdays and anniversary celebrations.

Local activites include:

  • Alternative Therapists (on site) - Reki, reflexology, Indian head massage, Hot stone massage and Hopi ear candle
     
  • Golf - Gloucester Hotel and Country Club
    Brickhampton Golf Course and Driving Range
    Painswick Golf Club
    Minchinhampton Golf Club
    Cotswold Hill Golf Club
    Ross on Wye Golf Club
     
  • Dry Slope Skiing - Thinking of a winter holiday snow skiing? Then a beginner's course at the downhill artificial ski run will give the family an amazing advantage. After a short course here you will be a confident skier and be able to tackle a variety of runs across any resort.
     
  • Cheltenham Racecourse
     
  • Gloucester Rugby Club, Kingsholm Stadium
     
  • Excellent Facilities For Walkers - Surrounded in beautiful countryside on the Cotswold Way.
     
  • Horse Riding - Ongars Farm for Trail Riding and Summer House for Tuition

    BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS
    GATCOMBE HORSE TRIALS

Leisure Centres at:

  • Stratford Park, Stroud
  • GL1, Gloucester

BERKELEY CASTLE - excellently preserved castle, very much a family hope but still with a flavour of its days as a Normam fortress. Impressive paintings, furnishings and silver. Find old keep and Great Hall and the dungeon where Edward II was murdered in 1327.

BIBURY and TROUT FARM - one of the most popular villages in the area with lovely golden streamside houses owned by NT built along the side of the River Coln. Bibury Trout Farm is a long-established working farm breeding rainbow trout in forty ponds and tanks. You can feed the fish or try to catch your own. 01285 740215

BIRDWOOD - working farm producing double and single Gloucester cheese. You can normally watch them make it on Tuesday and Thursday. Ask about home-cured bacon and sausages. 01452 750225

CATTLE COUNTRY - adventure park with several nail-biting drop slides, aerial slide and masses of indoor and outdoor playground activities. The children will be entertained for hours. Parents can simply chill out and enjoy a coffee or snack in the restaurant or visit the American bison among other things. 01453 810510

CLEARWELL CAVES - a good place to spend an hour or so rather than a whole day, these atmospheric caverns are great for children who like to be spoked and don't mind going underground. Find your own way around the nine caverns, reckoned to be some of the oldest underground workings in Britain. 01594 832535

GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL - towering majestically over the city's more modern buildings, this has lovely fan-vaulted cloisters, the second largest medieval stained-glass window in the country and a fine collection of church plate in the Treasury. The temporary transformation of the Cloisters into Harry Potter''s Hogwarts School may persuade young visitors to spend some time here. 01452 508210

NATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUM - focusing on the history of Britain's network of inland waterways, there is quite an emphasis on hand-on exhibits, with lots of touch-screen activities. Most displays are undercover, though there are some historic boats outside. Take a 45-minute boat trip along the canal or up the river as far as Tewkesbury. Numerous quay-side shops and a variety of restuarants.

PRINKNASH ABBEY - unusual 20th Century Benedictine monastery. Now a home to the world-famous poterry; watch production from the viewing gallery or enjoy a stroll in the attractive grounds or Prinknash Bird Park. 01452 812727

SEVERN BORE - tidal wave surging upstream at high tide, which can someetimes reach up to two metres (6 ft) in height around Spring and Autumn equinox.

SLIMBRIDGE WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS - this enormous place is one of the most visitor-friendly bird reserves in the country. Showing off a comprehensive collection of geese, swans and ducks, this is the only place in Europe where you can see six species of flamingo. 01453 891900

The scenery is breathtaking across the valley. Take a walk across Painswick Beacon, Haresfield Beacon or across Edge Common, then stroll back into the Edgemoor Inn for a drink before walking back to Barncastle.

Contacts

Barncastle
Wragg Castle Lane,
Pitchcombe,
Gloucestershire
GL6 6LU

01452 812495
07766 514114

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