Visit Painswick

Discover breathtaking tapestries of farmland and ancient woodlands while walking in and around Painswick, known as ‘the Queen of the Cotswolds’. This charming village offers visitors a glimpse into traditional English life, with its historic architecture, beautiful gardens, scenic walks, and delicious local food and drink. 




Painswick has a long and fascinating history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic era. The village played a role in the English Civil War, and was also a center for the wool trade in the Middle Ages.

St. Mary’s Church in Painswick is steeped in history and legend, with stories ranging from the devil’s failed attempt to uproot the yew trees, to the unique clock with only one hand. 

 St. Mary’s Churchyard is the final resting place of several notable figures, including the poet and playwright J.B. Priestley, who lived in the village during the 20th century. The churchyard is also home to several unique tombstones, including the “Horned Effigy,” which depicts a man with horns on his head.

St. Mary’s Church, is a Grade I listed building and is considered one of the finest examples of English Gothic architecture. Other notable buildings in the village include the Court House and the Falcon Inn.


Rococo Gardens

Painswick is a vibrant community with a strong cultural scene, including music, art, and literature. The village is home to several festivals and events throughout the year, including the Painswick Rococo Garden Festival and the Painswick Music Society Concert Series.

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, Painswick Rococo Gardens are a beautiful and unique attraction and are a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.  Spring is particularly good to visit with many of the flowers in the gardens beginning to bloom, creating a riot of color and fragrance throughout the grounds. The gardens are home to a wide variety of spring flowers, including daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops, and hyacinths.

The Walled Garden is one of the highlights of the Rococo Gardens. Visitors can explore the garden’s intricate paths and discover its hidden corners, or simply sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

The Rococo Gardens are situated on a hillside overlooking the surrounding countryside, and offer breathtaking views of the Cotswold Hills. Enjoy the spectacle of budding trees and hedgerows begin to bud and the countryside is starting to come to life.  Rococo Gardens are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors may be lucky enough to spot rabbits, squirrels, or even a red kite or buzzard soaring overhead.

Don’t miss a visit to the Painswick Rococo Gardens this spring for the riot of colorful blooms, beautiful views, and active wildlife. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a peaceful and relaxing day out, the gardens are a must-see attraction in the Cotswolds.

don't miss!

Dragon Easter Egg Hunt 

Rococo Gardens this Easter, between 1 – 16 April

The dragons may have laid their eggs in the maze or in one of our unusual follies. 

Last entry for egg hunting is 4pm, you can arrive any time after 10am. 

The trail (with a chocolate prize*) costs £2.50 per child in addition to standard admission and can be purchased online or at the Welcome Desk on arrival.

*Alternative prizes will be available to suit dietary requirements.


What's On this Spring

The Cotswolds is the perfect choice for independent shops, museums and picturesque walks.
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Where to Eat & Drink

A country pub, with flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, and log fires.


 A perfect cup of tea, roasted coffee, and delicious home-baked cakes.

A leisurely lunch or relaxed evening meal of locally sourced ingredients.

Author: kate