the Frogmill at dusk outide area

5 Reasons to visit Gloucestershire


Gloucestershire in the South West of England offers the perfect place for a countryside escape. From history and culture to countryside exploration, you will find a wide array of things to do in Gloucestershire.

The county has a selection of amazing little towns and villages, which are teeming with award-winning countryside pubs, restaurants and hotels.


Spectacular Countryside

Gloucestershire is best known for its abundance of spectacular English countryside. During a trip to Gloucestershire, visitors can explore the ancient Forest of Dean, the breath-taking Wye Valley and of course, the famous Cotswolds.

There are winding rivers, magical woodlands and rolling hills just waiting to be explored. And you are never too far away from a cosy pub that will welcome you, your family and even your dog, with a warm smile and some delicious grub.


Charming Market Towns

Whether you are looking for Cotswold charm, cosy tea rooms, tranquil village greens, local history, fascinating culture or just a spot of shopping – Gloucestershire has a town for you.

Some of the most popular towns in Gloucestershire include Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Chipping Campden.

If you’re looking for the perfect base to explore Gloucestershire, then we recommend the ideally situated town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Stow is a picturesque market town bursting with iconic Cotswold charm.

Its location makes it a great hub for exploring the many walking and hiking routes in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. The monthly farmers market is a popular event for locals and visitors alike and the independent stores and art gallery aren’t to be missed!

Stow-on-the-Wold is also home to two amazing countryside pubs; The Porch House and The Sheep on Sheep Street. Both of these spectacular dog-friendly establishments offer a home away from home with their stunning boutique hotel rooms and fantastic restaurants.



Dog-Friendly Facilities

Gloucestershire offers the perfect getaway for the whole family, and by the whole family, we mean the dog too! Alongside the county’s amazing walking trails, Gloucestershire also boasts an array of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, pubs and attractions. So, you don’t have to leave your pooch at home.


Home To The Official ‘Best Pub In The UK’


The Frogmill in Cheltenham is officially the best pub in the UK, after being awarded the prestigious title at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022! The 16th-century inn, which also has a restaurant and hotel, was praised for its “flawless operation, attention to detail and genuine hospitality”.

Although it is centuries old, this stunning countryside establishment boasts showstopping interiors thanks to its 2018 refurbishment. Its bountiful bar offers tantalising tipples from around the globe, and the talented chefs whip up delightfully British dishes that are sure to knock your socks off.

The Frogmill is the perfect place for a relaxing pint around the roaring fire, a delicious meal with the whole family or even a jolly-good knees-up.



Frogmill fire pit party

Abundance Of Things To Do In Gloucestershire

Aside from the stunning countryside walks and idyllic towns and villages, Gloucestershire has a wide range of attractions to do during your trip. If you’re looking for things to do in Gloucestershire for the whole family, why not try Puzzlewood or Dean Forest Railway?

Other notable things to do in Gloucestershire include Symonds Yat Rock, Hidcote Manor Garden, Dyrham Park and Hopewell Colliery.