Outdoor things to do in Cirencester

View across the abbey grounds across the lake to the church in Cirencester

Outdoor things to do in Cirencester

At Stratton House Hotel, we understand the allure of nature and the outdoors. Our Cotswold location provides a gateway to a world of adventure and natural beauty. From peaceful woodland trails to awe-inspiring peaks, and from serene lakes to cycling routes, there is something for every nature lover to enjoy. So, pack your bags, book your stay at Stratton House Hotel, and prepare to create memories that will last a lifetime amidst the breathtaking natural wonders that surround us.

View from a wooden pier across a blue lake on a sunny day

The Cotswold Water Park offers a unique blend of aquatic fun and the charm of the Cotswold countryside. Nestled amidst the picturesque Cotswold landscape, this water park combines the tranquility of the region with an array of exciting water attractions. As you enter the park, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of the surrounding natural scenery, with lush greenery and rolling hills providing a stunning backdrop.


Nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of the Cotswolds, Cirencester Golf Club invites you to experience golfing at its finest, combined with the undeniable charm of this enchanting region. The club’s idyllic setting provides a backdrop that is truly unmatched, offering golf enthusiasts an opportunity to indulge in their passion while immersing themselves in the timeless elegance and rustic allure that defines the Cotswolds.

Cerney Gardens transports visitors to a world of timeless beauty and quintessential English charm. As you step through the gate, you are greeted by manicured lawns, vibrant flowerbeds, and a sense of tranquility that is synonymous with the Cotswolds. 

Stroll along the winding pathways, framed by stone walls and ancient trees, and discover hidden nooks and crannies that beckon you to pause and soak in the beauty that surrounds you. Whether you are a gardening enthusiast or simply seeking a serene escape, Cerney Gardens offers a truly authentic Cotswold experience.

The National Arboretum, at Westonbirt encompasses 240 hectares of land and was established during an era of plant hunting, introducing trees and shrubs from around the world to Britain. The arboretum stands out with its aesthetic landscape design, making it one of the most stunning tree gardens worldwide. Upon arrival, visitors can explore the Welcome Building, which provides valuable information about the arboretum’s trees and their care, along with seasonal trail leaflets highlighting remarkable tree specimens. One of the highlights is the STIHL Treetop Walkway, a 300-meter-long pathway that gradually ascends to a height of 13 meters, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Families can enjoy the play trail, a captivating adventure for children set in the arboretum’s magnificent setting. Westonbirt Arboretum provides an enchanting experience for visitors of all ages.

Step back in time at Sudeley Castle, where the echoes of history’s illustrious figures can still be felt. Embrace the vibrant spirit of the Cotswolds as you immerse yourself in our lively calendar of captivating events, each one brimming with excitement and charm. 

Uncover the myriad treasures that lie within the castle’s walls through our enthralling exhibition, where history comes alive before your very eyes. Nestled amidst the enchanting Cotswolds countryside, Sudeley Castle promises an unforgettable journey through time.


Tucked away behind the bustling Market Place and the Parish Church, lies the serene Cirencester Abbey Grounds. This hidden gem holds within its embrace the remnants of St Mary’s Abbey, a sacred place consecrated in the presence of Henry II. The grounds also house a section of an ancient Roman Wall, adding to its historical significance. Families with children will appreciate the enclosed play area, featuring a spacious sandpit and an adventurous ‘spiders web’ rope climbing frame and a looped path encircling the grounds provides an ideal route for scooters and bikes, offering picturesque views of the lake and river, where ducks can be fed and graceful swans observed.


Take a leap into in the world of thrilling equestrian sport and refined luxury at the Cirencester Park Polo Club.

Located close to our hotel, this prestigious club offers an unforgettable experience for visitors. Witness skilled players and powerful horses showcase their prowess on the field from the sidelines or indulge in the VIP hospitality offerings for an enhanced experience. 

Cirencester Park Polo Club is an extraordinary day filled with excitement, elegance, and the timeless thrill of polo.

The Bathurst Estate and Cirencester Park offer a diverse range of activities, ensuring that both locals and visitors can revel in the splendor of this historic venue. 

Ideal for a dog friendly Cotswold walk set against the backdrop of one of the greatest privately-owned parks of the 18th century and the finest forest landscape in England. The estate provides various refreshment spots scattered throughout the grounds. 

As you explore the estate and its surroundings, you’ll discover a myriad of experiences waiting to be savored, creating memories that will endure in this enchanting setting.


The Thames Path, Get your walking boots on for a thrilling Cotswold hike on the exhilarating 20km point-to-point trail near Cirencester Abbey. From stunning vistas to hidden gems along the way, every step brings a new thrill. With fewer crowds to encounter, you’ll have the trail almost all to yourself, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. 

Whether you embark on this journey in the warm embrace of summer or the crisp air of winter, the trail promises a fantastic time filled with fun and adventure. So, gather your adventurous spirit, gather your friends, and set out on an unforgettable escapade that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

The Cotswold Range is a haven for outdoor adventurers. This premier shooting facility offers a wide range of thrilling activities and experiences, catering to both beginners and seasoned shooters. 

Whether you’re looking to test your aim with an air rifle or try your hand at archery, The Cotswold Range provides top-notch facilities and expert guidance to ensure a memorable and safe experience. 

With its stunning natural surroundings and professional staff, this destination captures the essence of the Cotswolds while offering an exciting and adrenaline-pumping adventure for all.

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