The Cotswolds area has a fantastic collection of museums, each with their own charm and character. Whatever you look for in a day out, you can be sure to find it in Gloucestershire - from exciting events and interesting artefacts in museums large and small, to beautiful buildings and amazing galleries.
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Awarded visitor attraction of the year by the Heart of England tourist board, the museum has a wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere. It is the home of Brum, the much-loved children's television character.
Leave the 21st century behind you and discover the treasures of the Cotswolds as you explore its history at this award winning museum. Home to one of the largest collections of roman-british antiquities extensively from corinium, roman britain's second largest city.
Chedworth Roman Villa
The remains of a well preserved roman villa set in a peaceful wooded Cotswold combe. Thirty-two rooms including 2 complete bath suites. Visitor centre and museum. Fine 4thC mosaics. Lots of events throughout the year. Please check the National Trust website for more details. A chance to see roman britain at its grandest and imagine life in the 3rd and 4th century.
Cotswold Woollen Weavers
Unique working woollen mill and museum in beautiful 18th century buildings. Large mill shop for Cotswold-woven garments, knitwear, throws and accessories. Light refreshments available.
Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum celebrates the talented designers and craftspeople who have worked in Chipping Campden and the North Cotswolds since the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a story of the arts and crafts movement and its legacy, a story of how a small town in a beautiful setting became a gathering place for designers and craftspeople of national and international reputation.
Gordon Russell Museum
The Museum, located in the original grade 11 listed workshop, celebrates the work of the renowned 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell MC, and that of his company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire.
Built in the 13th century by the Duke of Cornwall, the beautiful ruins of the once wealthy Hailes Abbey are set amid delightful Cotswold countryside. The serene and peaceful atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for a picnic. Let the excellent audio tour and new interpretation panels bring the story of Hailes to life and discover how a phial, allegedly of Christ’s own blood, attracted pilgrims from far and wide. The on site museum houses displays of sculpture and other site finds. After visiting the abbey, pop into the adjacent parish church to see the fine medieval wall paintings.
The Old Mill
A watermill dating from 1880 with a working water wheel. Now contains a small mill museum, shop, ice-cream parlour and riverside tea room. In a picturesque village setting.
Wellington Aviation Museum
Aviation museum with permanent exhibitions. Sectioned Bristol Hercules, Armstrong Siddeley Radial Engine. Wellington MK:IA Tail Plane. Wellington, many related artefacts, pictorial history of RAF. Described as a collection of Royal Air Force 'Treasures'.