Things To Do / Places to Visit


While you are visiting the hotel you may like to visit some of the local attraction and places to make your 'staycation' even more enjoyable.

There are lots of wonderful and beautiful places for young and old and our Guest Relations Manager has put together this list for you with details on any special measures they are currently taking - however we would recommend that if making a special journey to visit that you check that these details have not changed.


Painswick Rococo Garden 

(OPEN with restrictions in place)

Painswick, GL6 6TH
 01452 813204
Open 11th January to 29th November.  10.30am - 5.00pm ( 4.30pm in November). Café and shop available. Wheelchair friendly.

Bookings currently need to be made in advance

The country's only complete surviving rococo garden, it was designed by Benjamin Hyett in 1740's to delight his guests;  it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory since 1984, and continues to delight! A must-see is the maze. Suitable for families and dogs welcome (on leads). Famed for its snowdrop 'carpets' in Spring. Free to HHA and RHS members.

Maybe twin this day trip with a visit to St Mary's Church, Painswick which is famed for its 99 yew trees, dating back to the 18th Century.


Westonbirt Arboretum 

(OPEN with restrictions in place)

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

0300 067 4890

Open: 9.00am – 4.00pm. Restaurant and Shop 9.30am – 4.00pm. Visitor Centre 10.00am – 4.00pm

Bookings currently need to be made in advance.

Run by the Forestry England, Westonbirt Arboretum is an extraordinary place to visit as it has one of the most beautiful and important plant collections in the world, with 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the globe. As well as playing a vital part in research and conservation, it is a stunningly beautiful place to visit for all the family, including dogs (in some areas). Wheelchair friendly but access to some areas may be testing. Concerts held in the summer and an ‘Enchanted Walk’ over the festive period when the trees are lit up. Don’t miss the Treetop Walkway!


Cotswold Water Park  

(OPEN with restrictions in place)

Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL

01793 752413

Opening Times vary according to activity – please see website for more details.

The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 170 lakes set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. It offers various activities including birdwatching, walking, cycling and a whole range of water sports. Dogs (off and on lead) and picnics permitted in most areas. Wheelchair (and pushchair) access variable and weather-dependent in some areas. Best to check website.


Cotswold Wildlife Park  

(OPEN with restrictions in place)

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP

01993 823 006

Open every day except Christmas Day.

Apr – Oct (BST)  10.00am- 6.00pm ( last admission at 4.00pm)

Nov – March (GMT)  10.00am – Dusk or 5.00pm ( last admission at 3.00pm)

Founded in 1970, this privately owned wildlife park now houses one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and 160 acres of beautiful parkland. They recommend a visit of 4 hours. Fun for all the family. Dogs welcome on leads. Excellent provisions for wheelchair users and wheelchairs available on site, if booked in advance. Café on-site but picnics also permitted.


Elemental Sculpture Park -also known as The Cotswolds Sculpture Park


The Paddocks, Somerford Keynes Cirencester GL7 6FE

07927 028558

Open 20th June – 29th October  Thurs – Mon 10.30am- 4.30pm (closed Tues and Wed)

(last admission 3:30pm).  Gallery is also be open throughout December.

Take the meandering paths that lead round an ever-changing outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculpture, displayed in beautiful woodland with ponds, gardens and glades. Café on site. Wheelchair users may find it tricky but not impossible. No dogs or picnics.


Corinium Museum / Cirencester Visitor Information Centre  


Visitors need to book via website and are requested to wear masks.

The Corinium Museum is located at the heart of Cirencester, the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. Our principal collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. However, the museum today is much more than that, taking you on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day.

Explore the light and modern galleries that offer you an exceptional interactive experience. Discover thousands of objects on display, from Prehistoric tools, Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxon grave goods to Medieval sculpture! Every object has a story to tell.

Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX
01285 655611

For the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre:01285 654180

Web Details the same as the museum.

Open year round.

April - Oct      Mon - Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sun 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Nov - March  Mon - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sun 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Collection includes highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum. Very inter-active and family friendly, with its full programme of events. Full disabled access and facilities. Occasional cinema and National Theatre Live events.



Chedworth Roman Villa


Yanworth  GL54 3LJ

01242 890256

Open all year round.

Mon- Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm

A chance discovery by a gamekeeper in 1864 unearthed the existence of Chedworth Roman Villa, one of Britain's largest remaining Roman villas, dating back to the 4th Century, and it is really worth a visit to see the quite beautiful mosiacs and extensive bath houses.  Part of the National Trust since 1924.  Free tours available - check website for timings. Café and shop on site. Wheelchair users may find it tricky but not impossible. Assistance dogs only on site but dogs on leads permissible in outside seating behind café.


Cirencester Park Polo Club      


Cirencester Park Polo Club, Stroud Road, Cirencester. GL7 6JT

01285 653225

Season is usually May to September.

Gates and Clubhouse open at midday. Main matches and finals begin at 2.30pm and are held at the weekends and bank holidays – best to check in advance as times vary and matches can be cancelled or postponed due to weather.

Established in 1894, and set in one of the country’s most beautiful parks, the Cirencester Polo Club is the oldest polo club in the UK. It offers the highest levels of polo whilst retaining the charm of a delightfully relaxed club. Open to non- members. Picnics, dogs and children welcome. Wheelchair friendly.


Highgrove House


Doughton, Nr. Tetbury. GL8 8TQ
0333 222 4555 

(Customer Services Mon- Fri 9.00am -5.00pm)

Home to HRH The Prince of Wales (since 1980) and the Duchess of Cornwall,  the well-renowned organic gardens are open to visitors on selected dates between April and October each year.  Tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Visits must be booked in advance and we would draw your attention to the security measures (see website) in place prior to your visit. The Champagne Tea Garden Tour is considered to be quite a treat! Wheelchair-friendly but some paths unmade so uneven. Assistance dogs only.

Good to know

This list is intended as a guide only and the opening timings were correct as of July 2020.  We will do our best to keep this information up to date but please do check with the venues themselves for any changes. We regret the Kings Head Hotel cannot take responsibility for the services provided by the listed venues nor any change to the opening times.