Attractions accessible by public transport

Kiftsgate Court Garden – The gardens at Kiftsgate Court offer a wonderful combination of vivid colour and heady scent in the summer borders, gentle white blooms in the tranquil sunken garden, and a pretty four-square garden edged with box. The gardens were planted in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and continue to evolve. The bluebell wood is a breathtaking sight in early May. Getting there: 21/22 bus, alight at Mickleton. 4.8km/3 mile return walk to the gardens. www.kiftsgate.co.uk 
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01386 438777.


Wellington Aviation Museum – Dedicated to those who served or passed through the local RAF station on one of the many Bomber Command training courses. Open on Sundays only 10am - 4pm. Getting there: Short walk from Moreton-in-Marsh train station – via the X8 Railbus or 801 or 855 bus. www.wellingtonaviation.org 
Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01608 650323.


Hidcote Manor Garden – Hidcote Manor Garden has its origins in the Arts and Crafts movement and is regarded as one of the most influential gardens of the 20th Century. It is designed as a series of outdoor rooms divided by clipped hedges and walls. Each area has its own character, whether devoted to a particular species, colour or mood, or as a profusion of cottage-style planting. Getting there: 21/22 bus, alight at Mickleton. 4.8km/3 mile return walk to the gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. 
Tel: 01386 438333.

 


Sezincote House and Gardens – A turquoise onion dome adorns this distinctive Moghul style house, built for Sir Charles Cockerell, a long-time employee of the East India Company, in the early 18th Century. The Indian theme continues through the gardens, with mystical temples, oriental statues and water features. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays only. Getting there: Take the 21/22 bus to Moreton-in-Marsh – 4.8km/3 mile round trip to Sezincote. www.sezincote.co.uk
 Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01386 700444.


 

Broadway Tower – On a clear day, it is possible to see 13 counties from the 18th Century Gothic folly above Broadway. The artist William Morris used the tower as his country retreat in the mid 19th Century, and some of his work can be seen in the Morris Room. Getting there: Take the 559, 606 or 21/22 bus to Broadway. www.broadwaytower.co.ukBroadway, Worcestershire. Tel: 01386 852390.

 


Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway – A novel way of seeing the Cotswolds countryside is to take a 32km/20 mile round trip on the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway. Both steam and heritage diesel trains operate on selected days throughout the year between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse, via Winchcombe and Gotherington. Getting there: Alight from the 606 bus at Toddington Roundabout – two minute walk. www.gwsr.com 
Toddington, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 621405.


Hailes Abbey – Founded in 1246, the Cistercian abbey attracted pilgrims from far and wide because it held a phial which was believed to contain the blood of Christ. The monastery was dissolved in 1539 and now lies in ruins but there is a small museum containing finds from the site. 
Getting there: Take the 606 bus and alight at Greet – 2.8km/1.75 miles by footpath. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 
Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 602398.


Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum – Winchcombe was the one-time capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, and its abbey a focal point for pilgrims. The town’s colourful history comes under the spotlight in the museum’s folk collection. The police collection contains uniforms from home and abroad. Getting there: Take the 606 bus, alighting at Winchcombe. The museum is in the town centre. www.sunloch.me.uk/museum/index.html 
Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 609151.


Winchcombe Railway Museum and Garden – A Cotswold garden filled with rare plants and with an intriguing collection of railway equipment that will delight the steam train enthusiast. Getting there: Take the 606 bus to Winchcombe and head for 23 Gloucester Street.Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 609305.


Sudeley Castle – Royalty were frequent visitors to Sudeley Castle, the one-time home of Henry VIII’s last wife, Catherine Parr, and of Lady Jane Grey. The building was reconstructed in the 1850s, but parts of the 15th Century castle still remain. The castle is surrounded by glorious gardens. Getting there: Take the 606 bus to Winchcombe. Sudeley Castle is 0.8km/0.5 miles to south east of Winchcombe. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 602308.


Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection – The museum houses an eclectic collection of cars, motorcycles and metal motoring signs. Toys include an Austin pedal car, Meccano-made models, and penny tin toys. Getting there: Take the 801 or 855 bus. Alight at Bourton-on-the-Water for a one minute walk. www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 821255.


Model Village – Explore Bourton-on-the-Water in miniature in this enchanting 1/9th scale model of the village. Getting there: Take the 801 or 855 bus. Alight at Bourton-on-the-Water for a two minute walk.
www.theoldnewinn.co.uk Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 820467.


Birdland Park and Gardens – More than 500 birds from around the world, including flamingos, pelicans and penguins, inhabit the woodland and gardens at Birdland. Many of the species are part of international breeding programmes. Getting there: Alight at Bourton-on-the-Water via the 801 or 855 bus. A five minute walk. www.birdland.co.uk Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 820480.

 


Dragonfly Maze – A traditional yew hedge maze with a twist: it is combined with a Rebus puzzle. Visitors are set a challenge not only to find their way to the centre, but also to discover the hiding place of a golden dragonfly. Getting there: Take the 801 or 855 bus. Alight at Bourton-on-the-Water, head south east on Rissington Roadwww.thedragonflymaze.com  Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 822251.


Bourton Model Railway – More than 40 British and European model trains operate automatically on three displays, against a backdrop of colourful scenery and working model accessories. Getting there: Take the 801 or 855 bus. Alight at Bourton-on-the-Water. www.bourtonmodelrailway.co.uk 
High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 820686.


Blenheim Palace – The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill – a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. See gilded state rooms and the elegant Long Library. The Palace is set in 2,100 acres of spectacular parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and surrounded by sweeping lawns and formal gardens. Getting there: Take the S3 bus and ask the driver for the nearest point to alight – just outside the Palace gates. www.blenheimpalace.comWoodstock, Oxfordshire. Tel: 0800 849 6500.


Keith Harding’s World of Mechanical Music – The age of 
self-playing musical instruments and automata is brought to life at this museum. Musical boxes and antique clocks also feature in the collection. Getting there: Take the 55 bus. Alight at Market Place, Northleach. 
www.mechanicalmusic.co.uk
 High Street, Northleach, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01451 860181.


Chedworth Roman Villa – The remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the UK. Built in AD 120, the house was extended over the next three Centuries to create a grand mansion with two bath-houses. Intricate mosaic floors, a latrine and the bath-houses can be seen among the ruins. Getting there: Best accessed via taxi. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 
Yanworth, nr Northleach, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01242 890256.


Prinknash Abbey, Bird and Deer Park – Prinknash Park has been associated with Benedictine monks for more than 900 years. Today, the monks have a modern abbey and church, built in the 1970s. There is a Bird Park in the grounds. Getting there: Best accessed via taxi.www.prinknashabbey.org Cranham, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01452 812455.


Painswick Rococo Garden – The sole surviving garden in the English Rococo style. Planted as a flamboyant pleasure garden in the 1740s the garden has been the subject of a remarkable restoration project. It features long vistas, geometric patterns and intriguing architectural garden structures. The woodland is carpeted with a spectacular display of snowdrops early in the year. Getting there: Take the 46 bus, alight at Painswick. Just north of Painswick opposite Golf Course Lane. www.rococogarden.org.uk Painswick, Gloucestershire. 
Tel: 01452 813204.


Bibury Trout Farm – Discover how a trout farm works and, in summer, have a go at catching your own trout at the beginners’ fishery. Getting there: Take the 860, 861, 865 or 866 bus to Bibury, stops right outside. www.biburytroutfarm.co.uk Bibury, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01285 740215.


Cotswold Woollen Weavers – Beautiful 18th Century mill with a working textile design studio and mill shops in the picturesque village of Filkins between Burford and Lechlade. Open daily. Free admission. Getting there: Filkins is served by the 64 bus. www.naturalbest.co.uk 
Filkins, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01367 860491.


Corinium Museum – The museum has a superb collection of Roman mosaics, reconstructions of rooms from a wealthy town house of the period, artefacts and interactive displays. Getting there: Take the 51/151 bus to Cirencester. Alight at the Parish Church – a short walk to Park Street.
www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museum Cirencester, Gloucestershire. 
Tel: 01285 655611.


Owlpen Manor – This romantic Cotswold manor house dating from 1450 sits in a secluded wooded valley. Although closed during 2010 for repair work, topiary yews and box parterres shape the surrounding terraced gardens, and there are lovely walks through the beech woods. Gardens are open May to September, Mon, Wed and Thurs between 12 and 5pm. Getting there: Take the 20 bus to Uley. 0.8km/0.5 mile walk from Uley village.www.owlpen.com Uley, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01453 860261.


Chavenage House – Completed in 1576, this intriguing Elizabethan Cotswold manor was a hotbed of activity during the English Civil War when the occupants sided with Cromwell. Of special interest are Cromwell’s Room, the Main Hall and its stained-glass windows, and the panelled Oak Room. Open May to September, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only. Getting there: Take the 28/28A/29/X29 or 881 bus and alight at Tetbury. Approximately 2.9km/1.8 miles north of Tetbury towards Avening. www.chavenage.com Tetbury, Gloucestershire. 
Tel: 01666 502329.


Cirencester Park – Around 3,000 acres of mixed broadleaved and conifer woodlands, crossed by wide avenues, provide a peaceful setting for walking. Polo is played every Sunday from May to September. 
Getting there: Take the 28/28A/29/X29 bus, alight at Tetbury. Walk to Park Street and up Cecily Hill. www.cirencesterpark.co.uk 
Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01285 640410.


Abbey House Gardens – A riotous display of spring bulbs starts the season at Abbey House Gardens, giving way to rhododendron, azalea, wisteria and laburnum with the largest private collection of roses in the country. There are herbaceous borders, a herb garden and fernery, all set against the backdrop of Malmesbury Abbey. A scree garden can be found by the river. Getting there: Take the 91/92/93 or 41/76 bus. Alight at Malmesbury, just off of High Street. www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk Malmesbury, 
 Wiltshire. Tel: 01666 822212.


Athelstan Museum – Collection reflects the local history of the town and surrounding area. Getting there: 91/92/93 or 41/76 bus. Alight at Cross Hayes and the museum is opposite. www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk
 Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Tel: 01666 824651.


Chippenham Museum – The museum describes the story of this historic market town. Getting there: Take the 635 or 91/92/93 bus, alight at Chippenham bus station and the museum is a three minute walk away.www.chippenham.gov.uk 
Chippenham, Wiltshire. Tel: 01249 705020.


Malmesbury Abbey – The abbey has dominated the town since 
AD 600 and can be seen for miles around. However, the existing structure is about one third the size of the building that once stood here. Getting there: 41/76 or 91/92/93 bus. Alight at Malmesbury and follow signs to the Abbey. www.malmesburyabbey.com 
Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Tel: 01666 826666.


Tetbury Police Museum – A former Victorian police station is now the setting for an exhibition of police force memorabilia relating to the Gloucestershire Constabulary. The original court room and cells are open for inspection. Open Mondays to Fridays only, 10am to 3pm. Getting there: 620 or 881 bus. www.visittetbury.co.uk/police-museumTetbury, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01666 504670.


Westonbirt Arboretum – The National Arboretum is a treasure trove of trees and shrubs from around the world with 18,000 numbered specimens. Whatever the season, there is always something to see. Getting there: Take the 620/29 bus and alight at Westonbirt. 
www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01666 880220.

 


Wotton-under-Edge Heritage Centre – Display of artefacts and pictures of the area. Getting there: 627/686 or 310/224/626 bus. Alight at War Memorial, then short walk to Heritage Centre. www.wottonheritage.com
 Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01453 521541.


Dyrham Park – An imposing Baroque style country house and formal garden are set in the 1,000-year-old deer park. Completed in 1704, the house is noted for its collection of Dutch decorative arts. Getting there: From 13 Mar free National Trust bus from Queens Square, Bath on Mon, Tue, Fri and weekends. Alight at the park. 
www.nationaltrust.org.uk Dyrham, nr Chippenham, Wiltshire. 
Tel: 0117 9372501.


Barton Farm Country Park – Located in a wooded valley near the River Avon. A haven for wildlife and ideal for short and long country walks. The magnificent 14th Century tithe barn is one of the largest in England. Getting there: Short walk from Bradford-on-Avon train station.www.wiltshire.gov.uk Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. 
Tel: 01225 713425.


Prior Park Landscape Garden – A Palladian bridge and three lakes lie at the heart of Prior Park in a valley overlooking Bath. The Bath Skyline, a 10km/6 mile walk around the historic south-east of the city, passes nearby. Getting there: Take the 620/29 or 79 bus to Bath. Pick up the Skyline Tour bus from railway station or Abbey. www.nationaltrust.org.uk Bath. 
Tel: 01225 833422.


Cotswold Water Park – Britain’s largest water park with 140 lakes – lakeside nature walks, trails, bird watching, cycling, angling, sailing and swimming. Getting there: 51/151 bus. Alight at South Cerney. 
www.waterpark.org Tel: 01793 752413.


 Bath - Roman Baths – Beneath the modern-day city of Bath are the well-preserved remains of the Roman spa town of Aquae Sulis. The Great Bath attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire and continues to this day to be fed by naturally hot, mineral-rich water from the Sacred Spring. Getting there: 76/76A/79 or 620 bus. Alight at bus or train station. Five minute walk to Roman Baths.www.romanbaths.co.ukTel: 01225 477785.