Tour and Explore Top Local Tourist Attractions

There are so many attractions in the region. Here are some....

Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre

Slimbridge is open 7 days a week 364 days a year.  It was founded in 1946 by Sir Peter Scott and has grown to be a huge and popular Gloucestershire attraction. Situated alongside the estuary of the River Severn, it's ideally placed for the very large collection of endangered birds, ducks, geese and semi-aquatic mammals. It also gets a lot of visiting wildlife. On site is a visitor centre, restaurant and shop. Talks, walks and a range of activities are on offer throughout the day.

 

Bewick swans arriving at Slimbridge


Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

The model village is built of Cotswold stone and is a one-ninth scale replica of the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It contains all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford.  It took local craftsmen 5 years to build and was officially opened in 1937. It is continually being updated as shops change.


 

A model of a Cotswold stone house


Bourton-on-the-Water Birdland Park and Gardens

Birdland has a collection of over 500 birds including pelicans, flamingos, cranes, storks and Toucans


 

Penguins at Birdland


Bourton-on-the-Water Perfumery

The well-known perfumery has been blending perfume for the last 40 years.  Many of the fragrances they produce are privately commissioned by Royalty and Celebrities wanting something personal to them. Visitors can buy a range of products in the shop and factory tours can be pre-booked.  They take about 45 minutes.


 

The Perfumery


Cotswold Farm Park

A fun place for the whole family.  Visitors interested in our farming heritage can see the type of animals our ancestors bred. Children can visit the touch barn to see and handle small animals, they can watch farming demonstrations such as lambing, sheep shearing, milking etc (depending on the season). 

Various attractions at Cotswold Farm Park


Heritage Steam Railways include:


The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway

This heritage railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway's mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham.  The main centre is at Toddington and on regular steam and diesel days trains run through Winchcombe to the Cheltenham Racecourse.  The track is being extended north so very soon steam trains will be travelling towards the attractive Cotswold village of Broadway


 

Steam train arriving at Winchcombe


The Severn Valley Railway

The 16 mile route takes us on a journey between Bridgenorth and Kidderminster through the beautiful Severn Valley Country Park the the Wyre Forest passing the West Midland Safari Park and Trimpley Reservoir and water treatment works. A stop at Highley to visit the Engine works is fascinating.

The engine house, Severn Valley Railway


Boat Trips include
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The Sharpness Canal

There are various different journeys to be made between Sharpness and Gloucester depending on how much time we have available.


The Wye Valley

What better way to view the River Wye than taking a passenger boat from the picturesque Symmonds Yat passing the 13th century Church of Saint Dubricous and enjoying the breathtaking view of the rapids.


The River Severn

Cruising on the historic River Severn from the prestigious city of Worcester or the historic canal town of Stourport or Ironbridge - A World Heritage site where the world’s first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn in 1779.

 

 


Sharpness Canal near Slimbridge



Boat trip from Gloucester Waterways Museum

 


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