The best places to see awesome autumn Cotswold colours

Dog lying in autumn leaves (Last Updated On: 30th October 2019)

The Cotswolds are ablaze with autumn colours right now, but it won’t last long! Read on to find out about some of the best places to see the incredible natural autumn colourscape. Why not book a Cotswold autumn colour holiday today? You could visit for a long weekend or better still book a mid-week stay in November when cottage prices are a great deal!

Dyrham Park

The sumptuous National Trust-owned, 17th-century Dyrham Park house is set in a beautiful, ancient deer park. The gardens have many stunning plants and wildlife, while the housing interior includes 17th century paintings and furniture. There is a children’s play area at Old Lodge, providing space for little ones to let off some steam.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

A beautiful 18th-century landscape garden in the city of Bath, created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from ‘Capability’ Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. It is a place to take a walk and experience the beautiful nature and landscapes that Bath offers.

The Kennet and Avon Canal

This 87-mile long waterway links London with the Bristol Channel and is less than a mile walk from Avon Farm Estate, where we have five holiday rental properties. Explore this incredibly diverse waterway on foot or by bicycle – at a leisurely pace though, this is not the place to set your PB!

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Rated amongst the top attractions in the Cotswolds, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by a breath-taking 1,200-acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation.

Batsford Arboretum

The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just one mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds and a former home to the famous Mitford family. The arboretum is ablaze with autumn colours right now.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is perhaps one of the most magnificent buildings in the UK. Built between 1705 and 1722, this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture is open to the public to explore. Set in the distinctively landscaped grounds of Capability Brown, Blenheim was most famously the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill. With exhibitions, a shop, restaurant and seasonal events, Blenheim Palace provides a fascinating and educational day out for all the family.

Hidcote Manor Garden

One of the finest arts and crafts gardens in the country, Hidcote was created by American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston circa 1905. Divided into a series of garden ‘rooms’, each garden boasts its own character, intertwined with narrow pathways, beautiful views and plants bursting to life at every turn. A must-visit for the green fingered. (10-minute drive from Chipping Campden.)

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring beautiful, revolving blooms which burst to life throughout the year, visitors can discover the garden’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain. (10-minute drive from Chipping Campden.) 

The Bathurst Estate & Cirencester Park

This historic 3,000-acre estate owned by the Bathurst Family boasts a beautiful 19thCentury parkland designed by Alexander Pope, which the general public are free to enjoy at their leisure. Accessible via entrance gates on Cecily Hill, little ones will love stretching their legs here, whilst older visitors will enjoy taking in the stunning landscapes. Dogs are welcome, too, just take care to stick to the designated walking areas.

Westonbirt Arboretum

This spectacular 600-acre arboretum offers nature lovers of all ages a memorable day-out destination whatever the weather. Filled with over 15,000 trees from around the world, visitors can keep eyes peeled for specific species using the Arboretum’s Tree Spotter’s Guide, wander amidst the treetops on the award-winning STIHL Treetop Walkway (photo) or head off on one of the guided walks. Visitors in Autumn are in for a particular treat, as the trees put on an incredible leaf-changing display which carpets the area in red and golden hues.

Woodchester Mansion and Park

An unfinished Gothic masterpiece abandoned in 1868 after 16 years of building. Carefully preserved – but will never be finished. Mystery and intrigue has always surrounded this haunting building. Tours can be arranged by the Mansion Trust. The park is home to stunning woodland walks, lakes and ponds and a children’s adventure trail.

Owlpen Manor

A very beautiful Tudor manor with church, barn and mill. Terraced gardens in a wonderful wooded position.

The Bulwarks

The Minchinhampton Bulwarks is a large defensive earthwork stretching across the common for nearly a mile and was probably a settlement for the Belgic Dobunni tribe. There are various round and long barrows and the odd standing stones. Great views out over the surrounding Cotswold countryside and over to Wales across the Severn Estuary.

Newark Park

The National Trust’s 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 garden and estate has an incredible display of autumn cyclamen and autumn colours. A beautiful setting with splendid views of the Cotswold countryside, waiting to be discovered and explored. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland there is much to see and do at Newark!

Not keen on exploring Cotswold autumn colours on you own feet? Never fear there’s always two wheels, four legs or a lot of steam to get you about:

Horse Riding

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre offers tuition, tourist hacks and river rides. Telephone in advance to check availability.

Cotswold Electric Bike Tours

Discover the hidden treasures of the real Cotswolds on an exciting day tour with an expert guide on powerful 36-volt electric motor e-bikes which flatten the hills so you can enjoy the ride! A local guide leads the ride at a relaxed pace to help you appreciate the history and autumn colours of the area.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR), which runs between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway, is a steam and diesel heritage railway. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiasts’ events throughout the year, including the ever-popular Santa Specials.

And finally, for some inspiration about where to go on a bike, under your own steam without a motor, check out our ‘Cycling in the Cotswolds’ blog.

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