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Local Attractions

For more information on what there is to see and do in the area visit our Local Events page, Visit Bristol or Visit Bath.

If you are planning to be out and about for the day, don't forget, we will be happy to arrange a packed lunch for you, just ask at reception!

Local Walks

There are many beautiful walks available around the hotel, more details of two of our favourites are shown below.

Wotton-Under-Edge & Tyndale Monument (4 miles)

Wotton-Under-Edge to Coalley Peak (10 miles)

For more information on other Gloucestershire walks please click on the links below.

Cycling Routes

The itineraries below feature some of our favourite cycling routes:

Eastwood Park (18 miles)

For more cycling routes please visit:

Filming for Wolf Hall, the six part BBC drama adapted from Hilary Mantel’s award winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, took place at many historic locations in Gloucestershire and Avon, within easy reach of our hotel. For more information on the Wolf Hall movie trail visit

Berkeley House: Distance from The Gables: 4 miles

Chavenage House: Distance from The Gables: 15 miles

Bristol Cathedral: Distance from The Gables: 17 miles

Gloucester Cathedral: Distance from The Gables: 20 miles

Stanway House & Fountain: Distance from The Gables: 40 miles

Walking and rambling in the Cotswolds

There is a huge choice of walks in the local area and the hotel is very near to the 102 mile picturesque Cotswold Way which runs from Chipping Campden to Bath. 

Our reception team will be happy to supply you with information and maps for local walks, in the meantime you may like to visit South Gloucestershire Council's website for more information.


Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture in the country. Where other Castles were romanticised or "modernised" by the Georgians or the Victorians, Berkeley quietly survived as what it is: a Norman fortress with an enclosing curtain wall, built and enlarged through the mediaeval period and beyond into a secure, comfortable, substantial home with courtyards, towers and battlements to explore.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 3.6 miles

Come rain or shine, there's plenty for families to do at Cattle Country. Two huge barns house giant slides and loads of soft play equipment. Outdoor activities include Britain's biggest jumping pillow, a 14m climbing net, a giant castle, trampolines, a willow maze, mini golf and a boating lake, plus much more.

The mini train takes visitors through the park to the Animal Encounters area where you can see a wide range of animals including wallabies, Gloucester Old Spot pigs, ducks and deers to name a few!

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 4.3 miles

Visit this beautiful 18th century rural house and find out about Dr Jenner's life, his hopes and how his pioneering vaccination against smallpox changed the world.

Distance from Best Western the Gables: approx 4.5 miles

With an astounding array of wildlife from water voles to waders, hares to dragonflies, Slimbridge is home to the world's largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks. It is also the only place in the world where you can see all six species of Flamingo.

Guests at The Gables qualify for reduced price entry tickets to Slimbridge, please ask for details at Reception when you check in.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 9 miles.

Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley to the Mendips beyond. This remote corner of south Gloucestershire is a secret and unspoilt place, with barely a sign of modern life visible in any direction. A place of architectural intrigue, quaint gardens and sprawling parkland there is much to see and do at Newark.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 9.1 miles

Launched in July 2013, and located just off junction 17 of the M5 motorway, the Wild Place is a fun, family attraction that provides adventure, play and learning in an open space of natural beauty, whilst protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

The project is home to an array of endangered animals from Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo, including zebras, elands and lemurs, and you’ll find beautiful gardens to explore and a variety of different outdoor learning activities.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 11.6 miles


The Mall, situated off junction 17 of the M5, has 135 top name stores, restaurants and cafes with 7,000 free parking spaces.  It's a great place to shop, meet frineds and relax.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 12.4 miles

At AirHop Bristol you will have the chance to experience the exhilaration of flying through the air. AirHop Bristol is the world’s largest trampoline park with over 135 interconnected trampolines that go across the floor and up the walls.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 12.4 miles

The new Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol is around 20 minutes away from The Gables by car. There are over 120 stores including Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, so it’s perfect for a dose of true retail therapy!

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 16 miles

Located in the famous Bristol harbour, the new Bristol Aquarium is a must see attraction for nature lovers. Go and admire the tropical sharks, the beautiful seahorses, and sit down and be amazed in their undersea tunnel.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 17.5 miles

Abandoned in mid-construction towards the end of the nineteenth century, Victorian Gothic Woodchester Mansion provides a fascinating insight into the skills of Victorian craftsman. With fireplaces suspended high on walls, and doors leading nowhere, this is an experience not to be missed.

Open: 1 April to 31 October, Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm with last tickets 4.00pm.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 17.5 miles

At-Bristol Science Centre is one of the UK's most stimulating interactive attractions, offering an incredible world of hands-on discovery. With hundreds of exhibits and live shows, At-Bristol is a must-see for all ages and takes you on an incredible journey exploring the inner workings of the world around us.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 17.7 miles

A visit to Bristol Zoo is your passport for a day trip to an amazing world of animals, all within the safety of an award winning 12 acre gardens. Meet over 450 species of exotic, endangered and just plain cute animals from the four corners of the globe. As well as being a fun place to visit, Bristol Zoo Gardens is dedicated to conservation and is involved in international breeding programmes.

Reduced price tickets are available to hotel guests - for more details please contact a member of our Reception team.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 18 miles.

The Cathedral boasts Norman pillars and vaulted cloisters where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 19 miles

Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design, when gardens were almost theatrical sets used as a backdrop to decadent garden parties. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 20.1 miles

The Avon Valley Railway has steam trains and scenic boat tours operating throughout the summer. They also run events such as "A Day Out with Thomas" for children and the "The Real Ale" festival for grown ups. The AVR now offers a six mile return train ride along the former Mangotsfield to Bath Green Park branch of the old Midland Railway, and the chance to see the River Avon valley from an aspect that cars cannot reach. Based at Bitton Station, midway between Bristol and Bath, this former Midland Railway station has been painstakingly restored from a derelict state to provide visitors with refreshment and toilet facilities, a railway shop, a pleasant garden, and outdoor seating.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 20.4 miles

This grand house was built between 1691 and 1702 and is set in 272 acres of garden, including a deer park. The house is now a National Trust property and contains some lavish collections of 17th and 18th century art.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 22 miles

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world with an historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 16 miles

The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 25.4 miles

An area of 140 lakes set in 40 square miles of countryside, the Cotswold Water Park has country parks, angling lakes, sailing clubs, picturesque villages, campsites and country inns so there is plenty for everyone to explore!

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 34 miles

There are over 17 Farmers' Markets in Gloucestershire, including well - established ones at Stroud, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cirencester.

Horse Racing

The Gables is perfectly situated for visiting Cheltenham Race Course (28 miles away) for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March and The Badminton Horse Trials in May.

Since its opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed over 1.3 Million visitors per year. With the first retractable roof in the UK, the Stadium is a multi-purpose, all round venue for sporting events, concerts and exhibitions. If you are visiting the Millennium Stadium and are looking for a place to stay overnight, there are some great value rates on offer at The Gables!

Click here to see what’s on at the Millennium Stadium.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 44 miles

For a fun packed family day, visit Brean Leisure Park in Somerset, which is approximately an hour's drive away. There are 40 rides, from thrilling roller coasters to children's river boat rides, plus a large swimming pool complex.

Distance from Best Western The Gables: approx 44 miles.

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