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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Rated amongst the top attractions on TripAdvisor for ‘Things to Do in the Cotswolds’, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. All-year-round activities and events.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Castle
“The current structure was built in 15th Century. It is also noted for its gardens that are maintained to a high standard. During November and December they have a show called Spectacle of Light (see the events section for dates).”
  • 29 locals recommend
Book Store
“Emporium is the ideal place to pick up that perfect gift for somebody or even treat yourself, with a wide range of gifts, home and kitchen ware, books, jewellery and cards – there really is something for everybody. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
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“Fresh British food, local ales and country comforts. At The Lion Inn, Winchcombe they make every effort to make you feel at home in their pub and restaurant, where they also happily welcome four-legged friends. With a restaurant, bar, garden and snug to choose from, they have a dining space to suit every occasion (dogs are welcome in the snug, bar and garden). Their ever-changing menus use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to bring you an array of delicious and innovative dishes, and it’s this commitment to exquisite British cuisine that has earnt them an AA Rosette. So whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine in the comfort of their snug, grabbing a bite for lunch or settling in for dinner, they have the menu to match.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“If you are a fan of archaeology and history this should interest you. A nice walk up to the site - park on the road in the lay-by where the English Heritage sign is. The walk benefits from some wonderful views. The site itself is fabulous- not loads to see but a really interesting place to visit non-the-less. A chambered tomb dating from about 3800 BC. Thirty one skeletons were discovered in the tomb, and these and other artifacts can be seen in the village folk museum in Winchcombe. Belas Knap is an outstanding example of a Neolithic long barrow. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
History Museum
“Founded in 1246 by the Earl of Cornwall, Hailes Abbey is set amid delightful Cotswold countryside. Once the centre of monastic life, the tranquil ruins are now the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic in a unique historic setting. Visit the new museum to discover the treasures of Hailes, uncovering stories of the monks who lived and worshipped at the abbey for nearly three centuries.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Route
“The Cotswold Way offers just over 100 miles of magical walking, with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and past famous ancient sites.  ”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“A local bakery with breads and cakes baked on the premises. Freshly made up bacon/sausage butties for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch with hot take away soup. Tends to sell out by mid-afternoon.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Boasting a garden, The White Hart Inn is located in Winchcombe, 900 metres from Sudeley Castle. With free WiFi, and a terrace and bar. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wesley House is a 15th century Merchant’s House in the historic Anglo Saxon town of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. Their restaurant has developed a reputation for excellent food, elegant surroundings and exemplary service. They take pride in delivering great food, using local suppliers and organic produce wherever possible. Wesley House is available to hire for private parties and is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.The Wesley House Events team bring over 25 years of experience creating magical and memorable events for clients around Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and South West.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An old pub with rooms on Abbey Terrace. There is a garden at the rear. No chef and hence no food on Mondays and Tuesday. Gas fire.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Local Government Office
Street Address
“Gus and Kate run Restaurant 5 North Street with pride. An integral part of Winchcombe’s tight-knit community, they provide memorable dining in an uncluttered 26-cover dining room. Gus’s dedication to gastronomy was evident from day one. A man with a redoubtable work ethic, he completed his training under Michel Roux Snr at the three-star Waterside Inn, at Bray-on-Thames. Monsieur Roux was so impressed by his youthful protégé that he once flew him out to the Kremlin, where he’d been asked to cook for then-President Boris Yeltsin. He met his wife, Kate, while working at The Waterside, though they’d actually been friends during their college years, before their careers took them along different”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Fresh British food, local ales and country comforts. At The Lion Inn, Winchcombe they make every effort to make you feel at home in their pub and restaurant, where they also happily welcome four-legged friends. With a restaurant, bar, garden and snug to choose from, they have a dining space to suit every occasion (dogs are welcome in the snug, bar and garden). Their ever-changing menus use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to bring you an array of delicious and innovative dishes, and it’s this commitment to exquisite British cuisine that has earnt them an AA Rosette. So whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine in the comfort of their snug, grabbing a bite for lunch or settling in for dinner, they have the menu to match.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wesley House is a 15th century Merchant’s House in the historic Anglo Saxon town of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. Their restaurant has developed a reputation for excellent food, elegant surroundings and exemplary service. They take pride in delivering great food, using local suppliers and organic produce wherever possible. Wesley House is available to hire for private parties and is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.The Wesley House Events team bring over 25 years of experience creating magical and memorable events for clients around Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and South West.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“An old pub with rooms on Abbey Terrace. There is a garden at the rear. No chef and hence no food on Mondays and Tuesday. Gas fire.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and drinks and walking distance from the cottage. If you want to pre-book as for a table in the conservatory for a great view.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A traditional pub which was originally a farmhouse in the 16th century. There are some quirky things - look for the bust of Disraeli above the front porch, the flagstone commemorating a local having slipped there in the 1960s and listen out for the ghost if it's quiet upstairs!!!! Jason runs a friendly local pub with a large dining area serving wholesome, large portions. There is a large, flagged garden with pretty flowers to enjoy during the summer - also a car park out back. For me it has the best traditional Sunday lunch in town.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We are spoilt for choice in our village - there's plenty of places - The Hart, The Lion, Plasterers Arms, Corner Cupboard, Food Fanatics”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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