The Cotswolds has some beautiful attractions to visit on a rainy day, from grand palaces to ancient Cathedrals. There are also numerous pretty tea shops to take shelter in, in picture-perfect villages, or if all else fails there is always soft play!
Are you ready to explore our selection of the Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in The Cotswolds?
1. Burford Garden Company
First of all, this popular garden centre is so much more than somewhere to buy your plants. And it’s gained a loyal following amongst local parents as one of the best wet weather activities for children. Explore the beautiful gift shop, located in one of the nursery’s original glasshouses which sells chic home interiors, high quality kids clothes and local farm produce.
Then there’s the art gallery, food hall and acclaimed cafe to discover. Last but not least, don’t miss ‘Little Burford’ – a children’s emporium selling an amazing array of handmade toys, gifts clothes and accessories.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm. Sunday 11am – 5pm.
2. Far Peak Climbing Centre
Visiting an indoor climbing centre is a great indoor activity for all ages, and Far Peak even has an area suitable for little ones as young as three. Specifically centred to test your kids agility, strength and nerves.
They also offer lots of additional activities during the holidays such as abseiling, archery and bow and arrow making.
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary, check the website for up to date information
3. Gloucester Cathedral
The city of Gloucester lies on the edge of the Cotswolds and its famous Cathedral is one of the UK’s most impressive. Originating from around 678 AD, it has been remodelled and restored throughout the centuries. Now visitors can see some amazing examples of varying architecture. Its Romanesque Great Nave and fan vaulted Cloisters are particularly impressive and important.
In addition, the huge site will take at least an hour or two to explore. And there are several child friendly activities such as an Interactive Exhibition, a Family Trail, as well as seasonal events throughout the year.
Opening Hours: Recommended visitor times vary, check the website for more information
4. Corinium Museum
Trace the history of the Cotswolds through locally-found Roman remains at this fascinating museum. Corinium (the old name for Cirencester) was the second largest city in Roman Britain, so you can expect to find a fair few treasures here! Kids will love the hands-on exhibits including tombstones and sculpture, and learning all about the daily life of Romans.
There are indeed loads of family focused events on too, including ‘Revolting Romans’ ‘Mini Mosaics’ and ‘Dinosaur Paint and Collage’.
Address: Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Sundays 2pm – 5pm
5. Rugrats & Halfpints
Providing sensory and soft play for babies, toddlers and pre-teens, Rugrats & Halfpints is the perfect rainy day activity for little ones. There are now two sites to visit, one in Banbury and one in Cirencester, both are very popular with local families. On one hand, the older kids can also enjoy ball pits, log ramps and slides. On the other hand, young ones will love the less boisterous baby and toddler area and imaginative story corner.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30 am – 6 pm
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