Best Things To Do In The Cotswolds For Couples


The Cotswolds is often considered to be one of the most romantic destinations in the UK, offering stunning scenery, cute little pubs and some of the country’s best hotels.

Stretching across Somerset, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wilshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds is the perfect destination for a couples weekend away. It’s only two hours from London but couldn’t be more different from the capital. There are endless activities and things to see in the area, with nearly 800 square miles of land to cover. We’ve narrowed them down to the best things to do in the Cotswolds for couples – read on for our top picks!

Best Things To Do In The Cotswolds For Couples

Enjoy the rolling hills

Broadway Tower

Set high on a hill, Broadway Tower is straight out of a fairy tale. Climb to the top for the best view across the Cotswolds hills and picturesque villages. This is a dreamy location to watch the sunset – bring a picnic and a bottle and relax after a long day of exploring the area. It’s a popular location for couples in the Cotswolds, and for a good reason – the view is stunning as it sets over the Malvern Hills.

Go on a film set tour

You may get a sense of deja vu as you travel through the Cotswolds, as the area has been used in so many films and TV shows. Do some research on filming locations for Harry Potter, Stardust, and Bridgerton, and create your own tour.

Explore the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds

The village of Bibury, Cotswolds, Arlington Row England

Driving through the Cotswolds, you won’t struggle to find a beautiful town or village that you want to explore. Tiny winding rivers, town squares, and cottages made from Cotswold stone are everywhere, and you could spend days just enjoying the ambiance and views. To see the best of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds in one day, start at Castle Combe, a tiny hamlet built in the 16th century. When you’re finished enjoying its charm, head to Lower Slaughter or Bourton-on-the-Water.

Get pampered at a 5 star spa

Bamford Wellness Spa, Cotswolds
Bamford Wellness Spa, Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is home to several world class spas. We would recommend Bamford Wellness Spa, a holistic retreat with a wellness pool, steam room and sauna. Choose between a restorative massage or a revalising facial using organic products.

Also on site is the most famous farm shop in Britain – Daylesford farm shop. Founded in 2002, they’re a 2350 acre sustainable farm selling meat, poultry, produce and homemade bread. They also host cooking classes that would be perfect for a quirky date night.

Pick your own fruit

Hayles Fruit Farm has been in family hands since the 1950s, growing apples, pears, plums, strawberries, gooseberries and more! Visit their pick your own field with a punnet and take your pick of produce to take home. After, enjoy a locally sources meal at their lovely cafe – we recommend their homemade apple juice and cider!

Enjoy a traditional English pub

Nothing is more British than a country pub, and the Cotswolds has them in droves. Whether you’re enjoying a cocktail in a beer garden or cosying up next to a fire in the Winter, there’s nowhere better than the Cotswolds.

We would recommend The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, a posh pub with an amazing food menu. It’s luxuriously decorated to be a home away from home, and all produce comes from the popular Daylesford farm.

Tour Costwold Lavender

Lavender field in the Cotswolds

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds for couples during the Summer months, head to Cotswold Lavender in Snowshill which opens its doors to visitors. Explore the fields of vibrant lavender that go on as far as you can see – a perfect romantic location in the Cotswolds.

Enjoy afternoon tea

Get into the British spirit and book a luxury afternoon tea. Huffkins is a quintessentially Cotswolds option, having been around since 1890 and hosting locations in Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Witney and Stratford-upon-Avon. We would really recommend the Stow-on-the-Wold branch, located in a 17th century building in a gorgeous location.

Make your own gin

Visit Brennan & Brown in Cheltenham, a Cotswolds gin distillery that offers tastings and gin-making sessions. You’ll get to choose from over 40 botanicals to flavour your gin.

If gin isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other distilleries in the area to explore. Cotswold Brew Co and Gloucester Brewery both offer tours and tasting sessions, or Cotswolds Distillery is famous for whisky.

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Best Things To Do In The Cotswolds For Couples FAQ

What are the best villages to visit in the Cotswolds?

As the Cotswolds stretches over 5 counties, there are so many beautiful towns and villages to explore. Most popular, and often considered the best villages in the Cotswolds to visit are Castle Combe, Bibury, Chipping Camden, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the Slaughters.

If you’re taking your dog with you, we’ve rounded up our favourite dog friendly pubs in the Cotswolds that you can relax or stay in.

How long is enough for a romantic getaway to the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds is perfect for a weekend away, but you won’t be bored if you decide to stay for longer – we would say 4 days would be perfect. You’ll have more time to visit different villages and explore local pubs and restaurants.

When is the best time to visit the Cotswolds?

The area is the most popular in the Summer, as it’s warm and sunny making country walks and pub gardens ever so appealing. But you won’t be disappointed visiting in Spring or Autumn which both have their own magical charm. If you choose to come in Winter, be warned it can get very cold and the days will be short.

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