Free things to do in the Cotswolds

Much of the appeal of the Cotswolds is its scenery and villages, which are all there for you to wander around at your leisure. There is no end of opportunities for stretching your legs further as the Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Beauty, meaning its landscapes are protected. Plus there’s long-distance trail The Cotswolds Way you can follow.

Cheltenham’s free entry art Gallery and museum The Wilson has a large collection of fine art and hosts touring exhibitions. A whole gallery is dedicated to the Arts and Crafts Movement.

It’s free entry to Belas Knap, one of the finest examples of a long barrow – a sort of underground burial chamber dating from Neolithic times. When it was excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found.

Grand and sprawling Cirencester Park is open to visitors free of charge by kind permission of the 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst. Crossed by wide avenues it’s a peaceful setting for walking. Polo is played every Sunday in the summer.

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