From historic buildings and ancient artefacts to some of the prettiest gardens you ever did see, there are lots of stunning National Trust Cotswolds properties to visit.
Here’s our pick of the top 11 places to visit (plus a few bonuses nearby) with a handy map at the end to help you find your way!
Stunning National Trust Places in the Cotswolds
The vast estate is split up between hedges, gates, water features and secret gardens – and each part of the garden has its own theme to make it feel like you’re exploring different rooms and areas.
If you love gardens, nature and getting outside, then you will simply love exploring Hidcote for a few hours!
2. Newark Park
As we live in Bristol, Newark Park was one of the first National Trust Cotswolds places we visited and we’ve been back many times since then because it’s so beautiful here.
Set within the Cotswolds countryside and close to Ozleworth, you’ll find this secluded Tudor hunting lodge and estate.
There are various rooms inside the house to explore, but it’s the views of the surrounding countryside that will have you spellbound!
Whether you admire the views from the house’s windows, out in the gardens or follow the waymarked walking trails around the estate, you’ll be in awe at every step.
Later on, be sure to rest your feet in the gardens that look out across a pond and those incredible views you saw earlier.
3. Chedworth Roman Villa
If you’re interested in the ancient Romans, then a trip to Chedworth Roman Villa in the heart of the Cotswolds is definitely for you.
Here, you can wander around ancient Roman ruins and see original Roman mosaic floors and artefacts. It’s fascinating!
If they’re running during your visit, we’d recommend joining one of the free walking tours so you can learn more about what the Romans used Chedworth for and how the mosaics were discovered by the Victorians many centuries later.
4. Dyrham Park
Found towards the south-east edge of the Cotswolds, Dyrham Park is perfect for nature lovers, history buffs and theatre fanatics too!
The vast 270-acre estate offers some fantastic country walks while the landscaped gardens are pretty and tranquil. Not to mention there are hundreds of free-roaming fallow deer to see within the estate too.
As can be expected from an estate this grand, there is also a beautiful 17th-century manor house to explore. However, I believe it’s currently undergoing extensive renovation works so expect to see some scaffolding!
Dyrham Park is also great for theatre fanatics as the gardens close to the house often host Shakespeare plays by The Lord Chamberlains Men, which are a lot of fun to watch while eating an evening picnic.
We’ve seen both Romeo and Juliet and The Twelfth Night performed here and have loved it both times!
READ NEXT: A Quick Guide to Dyrham Park and its History
5. Chastleton House
This 17th-century Jacobean country house is a pleasure to explore both inside and out.
The house was built between 1607 and 1612 and has remained virtually unchanged for over 400 years – making it the ideal place for history lovers and anyone interested in period features.
The house also looks out over some lovely landscaped gardens, which are well worth a relaxing stroll around too.
There’s also a chapel on site, which frequently sells tea and homemade cakes. These are best enjoyed on the grass in the sunshine!
6. Arlington Row in Bibury
Well, you might be surprised to hear that Arlington Row, a set of Insta-famous 17th-century weavers’ cottages in Bibury, are actually owned by the National Trust.
You can even holiday in number 9! I know… mind blown!
7. Chipping Campden Market Hall
Chipping Campden is another utterly charming Cotswolds town and the 400-year old Market Hall found here is looked after by the National Trust.
It was built in 1627 and was where townsfolk would go to trade goods like cheese, butter and poultry.
Interestingly, the Market Hall was nearly sold to an American in the 1940s, but the local people raised enough money to buy it before gifting it to the National Trust!
8. Bath Assembly Rooms
If you dream about the days of Jane Austen as regularly as I do, then a visit to the Bath Assembly Rooms is well worth it!
In the past, these grand rooms would have been used as music rooms, function rooms for high society or simply a place for ladies and gentlemen to have a ‘walkabout’ while chatting and socialising with each other.
The Assembly rooms are free to have a look around (even for non-National Trust members).
There used to be a Fashion Museum on the lower levels of the building, but it’s currently closed as they’re moving to a new location.
9. Bath Skyline
The National Trust also looks after some of the countryside surrounding the beautiful city of Bath, which includes the Bath Skyline.
This spot offers superb views across the city as well as plenty of enjoyable woodland and field walks. It’s a great place to bring your dog or children to help them run off some steam.
10. Woodchester Park
Along the eastern border of the Cotswolds (close to Stonehouse and Stroud) is the delightful Woodchester Park. This was actually where Scott and I first met many years ago!
Here, you can wander through woodlands and along waymarked trails surrounding a large lake.
You’ll also find a pretty boathouse here, which is a charming place to come for a romantic picnic.
Woodchester Park was even used as a filming location in series 2 of The Crown. You might recognise the lake and boathouse as part of the setting for Gordonstoun in Moray, Scotland (Prince Charles’ and the Duke of Edinburgh’s boarding school).
There’s also a children’s woodland trail at Woodchester Park, which has fun things to play on like swings, seesaws and walking beams. We can personally vouch for them being a lot of fun (we’re big kids ourselves!)
11. Prior Park Landscape Garden
Prior Park Landscape Garden is located in the beautiful city of Bath in the southern section of the Cotswolds.
Here, you’ll follow a steep sloping walkway past large rhododendrons, ferns and ancient oak trees towards a lake where you’ll find an imposing Palladian bridge.
This bridge dates back to 1755 and is one of only four bridges in the world that has this design. It was inspired by Andrea Palladio, an Italian architect.
It even has centuries-old graffiti carved into its stonework!
As you might imagine, this part of the garden is quite popular, especially at peak times.
Head here in the morning (ideally before 11 am) to avoid the Instagram crowd and people who get engaged here. Honestly, we saw people who must’ve taken over 100 selfies here!
Once you’ve admired the lake and bridge, you can follow a different path back up to the top, so you end up doing a circular route during your visit.
Don’t worry! The path back up is not as steep as the path you walk down at the beginning.
You’ll likely still work up a sweat, but it’s definitely far less gruelling than if you took the other path.
Top Tip: You’ll find the Bath Skyline walk nearby, so you can tick off two National Trust Cotswolds places from this list in just one day!
BONUS: National Trust Places Near The Cotswolds Worth Visiting
Alongside these pretty National Trust Cotswolds properties, there are also a few more places nearby that are well worth visiting when you’re in this area.
Tyntesfield is roughly 45 minutes away from the south-east edge of the Cotswolds and is a lovely place to explore.
Here, you can find an intricate Victorian Gothic Revival house set within a vast estate and pretty landscaped gardens.
Coming here is almost like you’ve stumbled across a vampire’s lair or something – it’s that unique of a building!
Tyntesfield also hosts incredible Christmas events each year. You can read our full review of that here.
2. Lacock Village and Abbey
The charming village of Lacock is just six miles away from the nearest Cotswolds town and is a fantastic place to while away a few hours.
The National Trust looks after this whole area and it’s the ideal day out for TV and film fanatics as so many different productions have been filmed here – from Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice to The Other Boleyn Girl and even Harry Potter.
For example, some episodes of Downton Abbey were filmed in the village, while Lacock Abbey (also looked after by the National Trust) was used multiple times as Hogwarts corridors and classrooms within the first couple of Harry Potter films!
3. Hanbury Hall and Gardens
Found close to the city of Worcester and roughly 45 minutes from the northeast tip of the Cotswolds, Hanbury Hall and Gardens is a lovely place to visit in the spring and summer months.
Here, you’ll find multiple landscaped gardens and a large estate to explore, which are full of flowers, blossom trees, water features and plenty of prime picnic spots.
National Trust Cotswolds Map
Here’s a map to show you where each of these National Trust Cotswolds places are (plus the three bonus places nearby we’ve mentioned as well):
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