If you’re eager to visit a museum in the Cotswolds, your mind will immediately go to the best-known and biggest of them. Think of the Cotswold Motoring Museum, for example, or the Corinium Museum. Chedworth Roman Villa may be different from the type of museum you’re used to, but this outdoor-based site is still big compared to some of the other ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-them’ museums on offer.
Don’t miss the small museum at the Old Mill in Lower Slaughter
There are numerous reasons to visit Lower Slaughter – its beauty being the most desirable of them. The Old Mill is a famous sight in the village, offering a superb gift shop and the chance to enjoy a treat from the tea room. When the weather’s good, grab a chair outside on the terrace to get the full experience.
However, don’t miss out on the small museum that’s also on-site. Discover the history of the mill and the families who have owned it. Much of the original milling machinery is still in place. Some of the floorboards in the milling room were taken away, giving you the chance to look up and see where part of the action took place.
Discover the Charlbury Museum in the market town of the same name
A small museum it may be, and run by volunteers from the local area, but this museum is a delight. If you want to learn more about the history of the ancient town, this is the place to do it. It’s only open from April onwards until September, but it’s well worth a trip during this time.
Look into the local history of Chipping Norton
We often hear about the ‘Chipping Norton set’ on the news, but if it’s the past you’re more interested in, this delightful museum is well worth stopping off at. Head for the Co-op Society Meeting Hall and make your way up to the first floor to find it.
You’ll see finds from as long ago as prehistoric times, not to mention a replica of a kitchen from between the first and second World Wars. If you’re local, or were at some stage, you can also delve into their reference section to unearth your family history.
Where will your feet take you?
Most towns and villages in the Cotswolds have their own museum or two to look for. Wherever you happen to be staying during your time in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have a look for the local museum to see what it has to share.