Dyrham Park is a treasure to enjoy; set in a dramatic deer park on the edge of the stunning Cotswold escarpment, near the World Heritage Site City of Bath. Discover the beautiful late 17th-century home of William Blathwayt, a hard-working civil servant who thrived during the political upheaval of three monarchs. Explore how fashions changed over the centuries, from the original 17th-century Dutch-inspired interiors and formal gardens, to the very different style of Victorian country squire Colonel Blathwayt. The elegant garden is a more recent restoration, recreating the spirit of what had been lost.
A trip to the West of England isn't complete without visiting the World Heritage City of Bath. Explore the Jane Austen Centre, discover the Roman Baths and take a walk along Georgian streets that you may recognise from the silver screen. Bath has great shops and restaurants, as well as the Thermae Bath Spa - the perfect way to end a busy day. For more information, see the VisitBath website.
South Gloucestershire borders the city of Bristol, a diverse city that cleverly mixes the old with the new. A day in Bristol can be spent shopping in Cabot Circus, enjoying a visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium, lunch on the waterfront next to the SS Great Britain and an afternoon spent in the old town, not forgetting the bustling nightlife. For more information on Bristol, see the VisitBristol website
If idyllic countryside and quaint English villages are more your thing, then the South Cotwolds and Vale of Severn are definitely worth a visit. The towns of Nailsworth and Tetbury offer a selection of unusual shops, restaurants, cafes and Gothic Architecture as well as cycle ways and rural footpaths.