Northleach is an ideal place to stay for visitors wishing to explore the North Cotswolds. Listed below are some popular local attractions within easy reach of the town.
Bibury Trout Farm
Arlington, Bibury, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5NL
Feed the fish and watch the water boil on this working farm. Gift shop, fresh and smoked trout, local foods, cafe, play and picnic area. Beginner’s fishery, all tackle provided.
Farm shop open all year, cafe and fishery seasonal, please check before visiting.
Tel: 01285 740215
Birdland – Bourton on the Water
Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 2BN
A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various habitats. Cafe, picnic area, play area and gift shop.
Open: All year except Christmas Day.
Tel: 01451 820480
Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Toy Shop
Box Bush, High St, Bourton-on-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2AN
400 square feet of the finest operating scenic model railway layouts in the country. Over 40 British and continental trains running on three main displays. Large shop with good range of quality toys, models, trains and accessories.
Open: February – December
Tel: 01451 820686
Chedworth Roman Villa
Yanworth, Cheltenham GL54 3LJ
Visit the ruins of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country. Set in a wooded Cotswold valley, the site was originally excavated in 1864. Over a mile of walls survives and there are several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water shrine and latrine. Get close to the mosaics, some of which were excavated in 2013, on state-of-the-art walkways.
Open: March – November
Tel: 01242 890256
Park St, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2BX
Where Roman Britain comes alive.
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2 – 4pm
Tel: 01285 655611
Cotswold Farm Park
Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5UG
A rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, touch barn, fun barn, maze and bouncing pillow. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen.
Open: March – September
Tel: 01451 850307
Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection
The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
Award-winning museum for all ages, overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. Home to Brum from BBC TV, meet him and see where the show is filmed.
Open: February – November
Tel: 01451 821255
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK. Also picnic areas, cafeteria, adventure playground and narrow gauge railway.
Open: all year
Tel: 01993 823006
Escape to the Cotswolds
The Old Prison, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
Accessed through the Old Prison (hence “Escape”…) the visitor centre houses an interpretive display of the story of the Cotswolds, where you can find out more about this beautiful landscape and how people have helped shape it over thousands of years. The building is also home to the Cotswold Conservation Board, the Lloyd Baker Rural Life Collection of agricultural implements, and the Cotswold Lion Cafe.
The visitor centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays, although it isn’t staffed during the winter period. The cafe is open daily.
Tel: 01451 862000
Far Peak Climbing Centre
The Hayloft, Far Peak Business Park, Northleach, Glocestershire GL54 3JL
Far Peak Climbing Centre is a superb indoor climbing facility, offering climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities.
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate
Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 3PP
Lodge Park is a unique example of a 17th century deer course and park. The grandstand, an ornate stone building dating from 1634, has been extensively restored. It provides fine views of the course and surrounding parkland. Family walks on the Sherborne Park Estate with sculptures.
Lodge Park open: March – October
Tel: 01451 844130
Keith Harding’s World of Mechanical Music
High St, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3ET
The museum houses a fascinating collection of self-playing instruments in the old school room, plus a selection of musical automata. Regular guided tours include demonstrations of barrel pianos, musical boxes and polyphons and reproducing pianos to name a few. The museum also offers a restoration service, and visitors can browse the well-stocked gift shop.
Open every day except Christmas Day, 10am – 6pm.
Tel: 01451 860181
Shipton Golf Course
Nr Frogmill, Shipton, Cheltenham GL54 4HT
Nine hole pay-and-play course – affordable golf for all.
Tel: 01242 890237
Yanworth, Cheltenham GL54 3LE
The Stowell Park Estate is a private estate near Northleach that has been owned by the Vestey family since 1921. It extends over 5,500 acres of grassland, arable and woodland with good inter-connecting public rights of way. Stowell Park Gardens open twice a year as part of the National Gardens Scheme. The beautiful lawned terraces have fine views over the Coln Valley, and two large walled gardens contain fruit, vegetables and a long rose pergola.
The Yellow Hat Tribe
Brookfield Ostrich Farm, Church Westcote, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 6SL
Art Gallery with a difference.
Open daily 10 – 5pm. Free admission.
Tel: 01993 832042