Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Campden Yurts offers the perfect base for exploring one of the most picturesque regions in the UK. Whether you’re seeking historic towns, stunning landscapes, or charming villages, there’s something for everyone just a short drive away. Here are some recommended day trips to make the most of your stay at Campden Yurts.

Exploring the Cotswolds

Chipping Campden

Start your adventure right on your doorstep with a visit to the beautiful town of Chipping Campden. Known for its historic high street, lined with golden limestone buildings, this market town is brimming with history and charm. Visit the 17th-century Market Hall, explore the tranquil gardens of the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden, and don’t miss the chance to stroll along the Cotswold Way National Trail.

Broadway

A short 10-minute drive from Campden Yurts, Broadway is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’. Its wide high street is dotted with independent shops, art galleries, and cosy tearooms. Visit the Broadway Tower, an iconic folly offering panoramic views of the Cotswolds, and take a leisurely walk around the surrounding countryside.

Stratford-upon-Avon

For a touch of culture, head to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Just 25 minutes from Campden Yurts, this historic town is home to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where you can catch a play or take a behind-the-scenes tour. Explore Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and enjoy a boat ride along the River Avon.

Bourton-on-the-Water

Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton-on-the-Water is a must-visit destination. Located about 30 minutes away, this charming village is famous for its low stone bridges crossing the River Windrush. Visit the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Birdland Park and Gardens, and enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the riverside cafes.

Stow-on-the-Wold

A 20-minute drive will take you to Stow-on-the-Wold, a quintessential Cotswold market town. Known for its antique shops, historic inns, and the picturesque St Edward’s Church, Stow-on-the-Wold is perfect for a leisurely day out. Don’t miss the town’s market square, which hosts a regular farmer’s market offering local produce and crafts.

Blenheim Palace

Just a 40-minute drive from Campden Yurts, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of England’s largest houses. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this stunning baroque palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland. Explore the grand state rooms, beautiful gardens, and enjoy the various exhibitions and events held throughout the year.

Sudeley Castle

Located near Winchcombe, about 35 minutes from Campden Yurts, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. The castle has royal connections spanning over 1,000 years and is the final resting place of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Wander through the beautifully restored gardens, visit the exhibitions, and explore the castle’s fascinating history.

The Slaughters

The charming villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, located about 25 minutes away, are often considered some of the prettiest in the Cotswolds. The tranquil River Eye flows through both villages, creating picturesque scenes. Take a peaceful walk along the river, visit the historic mills, and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Hidcote Manor Garden

A short 10-minute drive will take you to Hidcote Manor Garden, one of England’s great arts and crafts gardens. Created by the American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston, Hidcote is known for its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’. Wander through the gardens, taking in the vibrant plantings and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Winchcombe

Just a 30-minute drive from Campden Yurts, Winchcombe is a historic town with narrow streets and charming cottages. Visit the ancient Winchcombe Pottery, explore the town’s interesting shops and cafes, and take a walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic long barrow offering beautiful views of the countryside.

Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre

Located just a 20-minute drive from Campden Yurts, Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country. This stunning 56-acre arboretum offers a beautiful display of trees, shrubs, and bamboos from around the world. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the gardens, visit the garden centre, and relax with a cup of tea at the on-site café.

Snowshill Manor and Garden

Snowshill Manor, just 15 minutes away, is a National Trust property famous for its eclectic collection of treasures amassed by its owner, Charles Paget Wade. The manor is filled with quirky and intriguing objects from around the globe, and the surrounding gardens offer a tranquil escape with stunning views of the countryside.

Cirencester

Known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester is about a 45-minute drive from Campden Yurts. This historic market town boasts a rich Roman heritage, which you can explore at the Corinium Museum. Wander through the bustling market square, visit the beautiful Cirencester Park, and enjoy the town’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Moreton-in-Marsh

A short 15-minute drive from Campden Yurts, Moreton-in-Marsh is a traditional Cotswold market town. Its Tuesday market, one of the largest in the region, is a must-visit for local produce and crafts. Stroll along the High Street, visit the Wellington Aviation Museum, and enjoy a meal at one of the town’s many cosy pubs and cafes.

Northleach

Northleach, about 35 minutes away, is a charming town with a rich wool heritage. Visit the historic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Cotswolds’, and explore the local shops and eateries. The Old Prison, a unique visitor centre, offers a glimpse into the town’s history and has a lovely café and shop.

Painswick

Known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, Painswick is about a 50-minute drive from Campden Yurts. This picturesque town is famous for its beautiful churchyard, filled with yew trees, and the stunning Painswick Rococo Garden. Wander through the narrow streets, visit the local galleries, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this historic town.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Just a 40-minute drive away, Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the largest and most elaborate Roman villas in Britain. Managed by the National Trust, the site offers a fascinating glimpse into Roman life, with impressive mosaics, bathhouses, and a museum displaying various artefacts. Explore the villa and enjoy a walk through the surrounding woodland.

Tetbury

Tetbury, located about 50 minutes from Campden Yurts, is a historic town known for its royal connections and antique shops. Visit the beautiful Highgrove Gardens, the private residence of HRH The Prince of Wales, and explore the town’s charming streets and historic buildings. Tetbury’s Market House, dating back to the 17th century, is a focal point of the town.

Burford

A 35-minute drive will take you to Burford, often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. This picturesque town is known for its medieval bridge, quaint high street, and stunning church. Visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, just outside Burford, for a fantastic family day out with animals from around the world and beautiful gardens.

Bibury

Bibury, located about 40 minutes from Campden Yurts, is often described as one of the most beautiful villages in England. The village is famous for Arlington Row, a row of picturesque weavers’ cottages that are among the most photographed scenes in the Cotswolds. Stroll along the River Coln, visit the trout farm, and enjoy a meal at the local pub.

Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons

About an hour’s drive from Campden Yurts, Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons offer stunning open landscapes managed by the National Trust. These limestone grasslands are perfect for a leisurely walk, with panoramic views of the Cotswolds. Keep an eye out for the famous longhorn cattle that graze the commons and enjoy a picnic in this serene setting.

 

Each of these destinations showcases the unique beauty and charm of the Cotswolds, providing endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Whether you’re visiting historic landmarks, enjoying scenic walks, or indulging in local cuisine, there’s always something new to discover. Book your stay at Campden Yurts today and start planning your perfect day trips in the Cotswolds.

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