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One of the best ways to find out anything about a particular place, is to head for the nearest museum and the Cotswolds is home to some amazing museums that reveal plenty about different aspects of life.
Probably the most famous museum in the Cotswolds is one that is great for the whole family to enjoy. This is the Cotswold Motoring Museum, located in Bourton on the Water and packing in a real trip down Memory Lane. Not only does it have cars and motorbikes, you can also take a look inside caravans from the Twenties through to the Seventies. With a great toy collection included as well, not to mention the famous Brum from the TV series, the kids will be fascinated along with the adults. It’ll keep you all busy before returning to your Cotswolds holiday cottage.
BOOK YOUR STAY at No 3 Church Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water.
There are many reasons to visit Cirencester but the Corinium Museum has to be top of the list. Find out about the Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum and see exhibits from Victorian times too. Roman mosaic floors dating from the 2nd century can also be found here.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Clover House in Kemble near Cirencester.
Another great Cotswold museum is the Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum. Grab some activity sheets for the kids and find out how folk would have lived in Winchcombe in this ancient town. There are many displays from the 1800s onwards. You can also see an impressive range of police uniforms and paraphernalia from the area and other parts of the world too.
Finally you could set an hour or two aside to visit the Mechanical Music Museum in Northleach. Your Cotswolds holiday cottage could be nearer to it than you might think. Everyone will be spellbound by the musical instruments in the museum, especially as they are all self-playing! Book onto a tour and get the history of the instruments as well as hearing them being played right in front of you.
BOOK YOUR STAY in Brooklands in Chedworth, only a few minutes from Northleach.
This is but a small slice of the many museums in the Cotswolds area. Wherever you choose to stay you are sure to be close to several of the very best museums on offer.