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The Cotswolds Distillery is an exceptional example of a new distillery making spirits south of the Scottish border, with both gin and Whisky being produced on site.  The distillery is located close to the town of Shipton-on-Stour and is open daily for guided tours which include a visit to the mash tuns, pot still and bonded warehouse, where 100's of barrels of whisky are slowly maturing on large, steel racks that stretch up to the ceiling.

All tours include a tasting session in a very cool bar / lounge area, and for those designed with the task of driving home, samples are provided to take with you.

On site there is a superb shop where you can buy the core collection as well as some limited edition bottles that are much harder to get hold of.  There is also a very cosy cafe inside, as well as a beautiful patio for when the British weather decides to be kind...

 

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Open hours today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • June 23, 2024 5:50 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

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Tours run throughout the day and for further information regarding opening times, please visit our website.

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    • Monty's Guide
      December 31, 2022 at 10:33 am
      Cotswolds Distillery Visitor Centre
      4.9
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      Juri VahalaJuri Vahala

      10:50 17 Jun 24

      Pedro AlmeidaPedro Almeida

      18:15 04 Jun 24
      I had a lovely afternoon at this gorgeous distillery. John, my tour guide, was fantastic. Informative, knowledgeable and very friendly and he made the time spent on the tour fly by. The tasting at the end was great and managed to try some great expressions of Cotswolds whisky. I'm not a gin fan, but there was one to try and I have to say, it was very nice. We also tried the whisky liqueur and I may need to get one for Christmas. After the tour, I joined my family in the cafe for coffee and cake. The service was great and the cake was delicious. All in all, a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.

      Glenn PollardGlenn Pollard

      14:00 31 May 24
      Had a great visit to the distillery. The lady who served us, Sarah, was outstanding, very knowledgeable with the tastings, and couldn't do enough to help us. She listened to what I like in a whiskey in order to provide further suggestions. I left with two bottles, a signature and bourbon cask. If you like you whiskey or gin it is certainly a place to try! A couple of walking guides for short walks from the distillery were given to us, 5 and 8k, which were very easy to follow and led to a visit to the cafeteria for coffee and cake afterwards too!Thank you for the suggestions Sarah...they are fantastic!

      diane douglasdiane douglas

      14:30 28 May 24
      We had a brilliant tour and tasting experience here. The distilling process was beautifully explained by John and was so interesting. The tasting lounge has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere where you can taste the many whisky and gins available. We were made very welcome and the staff are very helpful. Delicious food in the café too which completed a very enjoyable day. Thank you.

      Wendy HowellsWendy Howells

      11:30 26 May 24

      Daniel ProctorDaniel Proctor

      14:41 15 May 24
      As a whisky lover, this was a fantastic experience. Great tour guides, lovely little café/restaurant! Great service! Great for whiskey and gin lovers, but also those looking for something to do in the Cotswolds!

      Laura BoggelnLaura Boggeln

      15:00 14 May 24
      I had the most amazing time learning about Gin blending, the history and what you do at the distillery. The two hosts were engaging and fun and very helpful. I was there by my own and so needed a bit of reassurance that I was doing the right thing and nothing was too much bother. I made my own recipe and we enjoyed it the following day sat in the sunshine. Thanks so much.

      Art ZeeArt Zee

      11:05 11 May 24
      Excellent customer service, great gin and local beers. Look forward to going back for some food as it looked and smelt amazing.

      Ruth OatesRuth Oates

      16:04 06 May 24
      Really enjoyed the tour and tasting, lots of info and a good variety to sample. Great value.

      Stephen HughesStephen Hughes

      17:42 05 May 24

      Lisa FLisa F

      20:16 29 Apr 24

      Emma GEmma G

      17:47 26 Apr 24
      Absolutely fantastic place! The tour&tasting were really interesting and fun! Our tour guide, Kevin, was super friendly and knowledgable and made the whole experience great! The tasting allowed you to try any of the whiskies or gins you wanted, and the drivers got to take away six minis of their choice. Highly recommend!!

      Lesley CresswellLesley Cresswell

      15:32 22 Apr 24
      What a brilliant afternoon! We are totally impressed with the Cotswold Distillery tour. We got there a bit early so had a drink and perused the menu which looked amazing (unfortunately we were not hungry) For the tour, £25 buys you, 90 mins that includes, a tour of the facilities (with Tom who was brilliant and faultless), a taste of the 65% pre-cask whisky 😲, 25 mins of gin and whisky tasting in a fabulous lounge, and for the driver a doggy bag of 6 gin or whisky's of your choice. I can think of a few people that would enjoy this and would highly recommend going!

      AnnaAnna

      11:02 18 Apr 24
      Very informative tour, which included not only whiskey but also gin making process. Cozy tasting room and of course - high quality drinks to taste.

      boardgame landboardgame land

      18:38 07 Apr 24
      Really nice place with a fantastic whisky range.

      AbhijeetAbhijeet

      13:14 06 Apr 24

      Christopher CutajarChristopher Cutajar

      16:21 03 Apr 24

      b mb m

      23:30 21 Mar 24
      Great informative tour with an excellent tasting session afterward. Hattie was our tour guide, she was funny and brilliant

      T BT B

      19:52 10 Mar 24
      Whiskey and the signature Dry gin and more. The display and tasting area are well set out. The coffee shop is comfortable and provides a wide range of products.

      LexiLexi

      13:02 01 Mar 24
      My husband and I had a great time at the Cotswold Distillery - we started with the tour and tasting, which was really interesting and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made it a great experience! We could try multiple samples of their gin and whisky so it was really good value for money, and drivers could take away a bag with a number of samples of their choice too to try at home which was a really nice touch. Afterwards we also had lunch in their cafe which was delicious, had a great atmosphere, and a wide range of options to suit everyone. We will be going back and would thoroughly recommend!

      Jeni BrunoJeni Bruno

      15:43 25 Feb 24
      Dog friendly, lovely atmosphere, good service and selection

      chris lewischris lewis

      21:55 24 Feb 24
      We did the whisky blending course for my birthday. Was a brilliant day learnt so much. Im definitely a novice whisky drinker but this course fuelled my love of whisky. The guides were very good and was able to explain to people that were at lots of different levels of experience. Tried lots of different whiskys and now sat drinking my own blend made on this course. Will definitely be back again.

      Excellent tour, staff, food, clean toilets.

      Belle MontgomeryukBelle Montgomeryuk

      17:20 18 Feb 24
      Delish food and cake as always.

      FobbyFobby

      14:21 17 Feb 24
      Visited for a group evening gin making class and demonstration. Awesome fun and a great night out. Only downside was I forgot what was learned by drinking far took much of what was made 🤪 🍷

      Howard LittleHoward Little

      17:24 16 Feb 24
      Excellent. Not only for the Gins/Whisky testers. Very good, very informative and funny.

      William PurefoyWilliam Purefoy

      15:32 15 Feb 24
      Absolutely fabulous! Kevin gave us a fantastic tour, highly entertaining and extremely interesting, and then plied us with delicious alcohol to sample! The goody bag for the poor, sainted driver was an excellent touch and we came away with a couple of yummy bottles, one gin and one whisky, all made with as much locally sourced stuff as possible. A great visit, thank you. We shall be plugging the Cotswolds Distillery's wares big time (commission enthusiastically and unrealistically anticipated)

      Alfie TompkinsAlfie Tompkins

      16:07 11 Feb 24
      Great experience, well worth the money.Had Darren as a tour guide he was very knowledgeable and funny!

      Efe TuncEfe Tunc

      13:20 28 Jan 24

      Martin BrimacombeMartin Brimacombe

      22:28 18 Jan 24

      Martin RushforthMartin Rushforth

      20:06 01 Jan 24
      Excellent, A very friendly team and a great tour.Informative tasting session at the end. I attended several distillery tours and this is the best by a country mile. Great whiskey as well.

      Thiago J. GonçalvesThiago J. Gonçalves

      15:17 30 Dec 23
      Wonderful experience

      Gemma StainsburyGemma Stainsbury

      15:30 29 Dec 23
      What a fantastic experience. We went on the distillery tour and it was great . Also considered the designated drivers as well with a bag of goodies to take away . Also had a bite at the on-site cafe. Food was great and catered well for dietary's

      Caitlin SpoonerCaitlin Spooner

      21:02 18 Dec 23
      We had a fantastic tour of the distillery with a tasting of gin and whiskey at the end. Our guide, Susie, was very friendly and patient throughout our tour. She really made us feel welcome! Would 100% recommend. Thank you.

      Bart LinnertBart Linnert

      14:53 02 Dec 23
      One of the best days out ever. We arrived too early for our guided tour and had time to have some food from on-site restaurant. Shakshouka and pizza were delicious, accompanied by coffee and shots of outstanding whisky liquers Amaro no1 and no2. The tour was very interesting with a blend of humour and information followed by tasking of Cotswolds whisky that is made with heart and passion expressed in its taste. I highly recommend this place to everyone.

      Andrea WoodAndrea Wood

      09:37 02 Dec 23
      Delicious smoked salmon puccia, well worth trying.Just had the most fabulous experience of a lifetime. We were the lucky winners of their Golden Ticket for July which, was a personal guided tour of the distillery with the Global Brand Ambassador Rob @thecotswoldsrob an absolutely fabulous day. If you visit the distillery or shops and are given a Golden Ticket make sure you enter the competition, you never know.The food is as excellent as ever and the shop looks divine.

      Mark JamesMark James

      18:06 30 Nov 23
      Really nice place to visit & informative of the distillery process with friendly staff.

      Gareth PickettGareth Pickett

      17:06 26 Nov 23
      Went on a tour and tastings this weekend with Hattie she made everyone feel well and had great knowledge about the Whisky and gin and then lead a fantastic tasting with there amazing line of whisky and gins too.

      Phil WillmettPhil Willmett

      18:11 24 Nov 23
      Not a good out come with themTried to rearrange visit date due illnessUnfortunately unable to get visit date changed due to communication difficulties

      Charlie HarryCharlie Harry

      17:22 20 Nov 23
      We travelled up to the Cotswolds specially for a cocktail masterclass with our friends last weekend. Upon arriving we were told there was an issue getting hold of the person running our session. After waiting for 10 minutes we were told the issue was actually with their computer system and our masterclass would not be going ahead. The manager of the centre was clearly embarrassed by the situation and told the entire group of around 14 people that they would cover all our expenses for the weekend including any taxis and accommodation. We thought this was very fair and left disappointed but pleased that we could at least rebook the entire weekend for the future without being out of pocket. What a great way to resolve a bad situation we all thought. Cue Monday morning and a delightfully blanket email from Cotswold's Visitor Centre completely renegading on their offer and instead attempting to placate us with a gift voucher and 20cl of cream liquor. No thank you Cotswolds Distillery. Try standing by your customers, employees and promises. EDIT - after much back and forth, the founder of the business made the call to stand by their original offer. Kudos to a privately owned company for standing by their promises. Rating updated to reflect.

      Ashley CaddleAshley Caddle

      14:15 11 Nov 23
      Delicious food, lovely decor, great experience all round

      KennyKenny

      13:27 08 Nov 23
      Customer service was excellent, the staff were knowledgeable and informative without being pushy salesman. There's so much to sample you don't have to be a whiskey fan to enjoy the your and have a lot ot sample. There's also gin and soon to be a rum.Worth a visit just for the cafe alone, if you're not into the tour or whiskey, there's great pizza, cakes and coffee in the cafe.

      Andrew CloughAndrew Clough

      18:53 31 Oct 23
      We did the tour on Monday and found this to be very informative, our guide, Charlotte was very knowledgeable and left no question unanswered. We learned a lot from the tour and really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend booking on this, I have yet to taste the samples in the 'Goody Bag' as I was the driver but I am certainly looking forward to them!

      Sally HillSally Hill

      13:41 24 Oct 23

      Daniel ZhuDaniel Zhu

      18:22 22 Oct 23
      Susie's tour was such a fun and delightful experience. We had many laughs and she's so knowledgeable about the whiskey-making process.

      lottie dalbylottie dalby

      18:26 15 Oct 23
      Lovely tour and tasting for my hen do. Really informative tour from Charlotte. Tasting confirmed a dislike of whiskey but confirmed my love of this great local gin. Hugely recommend.

      David EllisDavid Ellis

      17:46 14 Oct 23
      I have bought whisky and gin from here before but never visited, came for the “tour and tasting” event and had a great time. Seeing the distillery with a knowledgeable and fun guide followed by a few drinks in the tasting room was a great experience.

      Simon LakinSimon Lakin

      10:35 09 Oct 23
      Fabulous afternoon at the Cotswolds Distillery for a special tour. Sun shone, had lots of nice whiskys and gin. Friendly and helpful staff. Cafe and shop are fantastic. Highly recommended.New eco friendly wetlands area that has just been started looks fabulous and will be a great environmentally friendly addition to the production of a fabulous range of gins and whiskys.EDIT: back on Monday morning to buy some whisky and also had a lovely cappuccino and Caramel Latte cake 🍰

      Ignacio CabezaIgnacio Cabeza

      19:03 06 Oct 23
      Amazing place! Must stop

      Doug ForbesDoug Forbes

      19:28 03 Oct 23

      DavidDavid

      15:41 29 Sep 23
      Kitchen was closed! Outrageous! New floor being put in. Had to have sandwiches with our gin. 😆

      Joseph EatonJoseph Eaton

      14:13 29 Sep 23
      Great distillery tour, knowledgeable and friendly staff and not stingey with the tastings at the end. Only reason I wouldn't give 5 stars is because we were planning on having food prior to the tour but the kitchen was being renovated, unfortunately this wasn't mentioned online at the time.

      Nicholas GaleNicholas Gale

      14:53 26 Sep 23
      Good as always

      Billy HodgkinsBilly Hodgkins

      06:46 24 Sep 23

      Tracey SwiftTracey Swift

      07:57 22 Sep 23
      Great informative tour. After the tour, you get to taste as many gins or whiskeys as you would like, and for the drivers in the group, they get takeaway sample selection.

      Mark SMark S

      15:30 20 Sep 23
      Birthday present visit and tasting. Large car park, brilliant cafe before and after if required. Tasting was very informative and interesting. Found a new favorite whiskey, and local 👍, so bonus. Wanted to try the Caribbean cask, but not available....so will have to revisit 🍻😁....oh ..also distilled local Gin !!

      Mac MoullMac Moull

      15:05 17 Sep 23
      Cool destination for a tour, drink, eat or just chill.

      ian trombleyian trombley

      14:43 16 Sep 23
      Well worth a visit, and a great learning experience if you enjoy your whiskey

      George DunnGeorge Dunn

      12:03 15 Sep 23
      Excellent. Coffee and cake, what's not to like. Great place to sit inside or out. Friendly staff.

      Martin CollinsMartin Collins

      11:49 13 Sep 23

      Pierre RipetPierre Ripet

      20:54 11 Sep 23
      Really nice place, excellent visit and tasting. I highly recommend it, and the pizza's after the tasting were very good too.

      Alessandro VittadelloAlessandro Vittadello

      13:35 09 Sep 23
      Good company with excellent spirits.

      Rob de Raad (Tio Rob)Rob de Raad (Tio Rob)

      20:34 07 Sep 23
      Perfect tour and tasting. Tasted all the whiskies. I'll be back...:)

      Ryan SmithRyan Smith

      06:29 03 Sep 23
      We visited for a tour which was great, Lots of information and plenty of tasting. The cafe was also excellent, the pizza and garlic bread were fresh and tested great. Lots of variety of gin and whisky in the shop too. The staff were all very welcoming, everyone went above and beyond to make sure you had a good time. The tour guide was amazing, Charlotte, she made the tour with a good balance of humour and information.

      Jitendra PawarJitendra Pawar

      02:45 23 Aug 23
      Very nice n wonderful experience when visited in Dec 2022 while our Visit to meet Son staying in London. Even purchase miniatures of Whisky n gin.... Owsome taste of it not the one we use to have in Mumbai.... Keep It up

      Tony PufferTony Puffer

      11:41 22 Aug 23
      We searched for somewhere cool to ride out to for lunch and we were absolutely delighted that we found the cafe attached to the distillery. Such beautiful surroundings to enjoy a lovely lunch at reasonable prices. We shall definitely be back.

      Mark CaronMark Caron

      15:11 21 Aug 23
      Very interesting and enjoyable tour. Jo who looked after our tasting session was informative, very friendly and helpful

      Drewie 77Drewie 77

      14:12 19 Aug 23

      LeiDen NombredaLeiDen Nombreda

      12:44 09 Jul 23
      Came to visit today with my disabled child in a campervan obviously we need to park our van in a disabled bay. As we are new to the place both my wife came down to have a look if the area would be accessible for the wheelchair. We are then approached by one of the staff and told to remove our car as campervan are not aloud without asking if we have a disabled badge. I can't believe how they treat tourist that come to visit the place. In fairness the staff did apologise but my point is that without asking first if we got a disabled badge they instantly told us to leave and remove our van. To make the matter worst as I approached the till the staff never apologise but instead discourage us by telling us that they don't accept card only cash, which he was surprised that we had cash. As the guy said that "before you come in we don't accept card at the moment" he is more concerned about payment rather than making the customer welcomed. So with all that we decided not to come in. My son was that distraught that he doesn't want to come in. If I were you to think twice before visiting this place....Or is it because we are asian.

      Harry THarry T

      21:21 04 Jul 23
      The tour was so so good. Great to see the distillery in action. Tasting was ace. Hattie was a brilliant guide - thank you

      Sonia HamiltonSonia Hamilton

      18:59 15 May 23
      One of the best distillery tours we've done. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about both the whiskey and gins that are produced at the distillery. The venue is very pretty and in the beautiful settings of the countryside of the Cotswolds.The staff were so friendly and happy to help or answer questions, the tasting afterwards was amazing as we got to try as many whiskeys/gins as we wanted.The food served at the cafe was delicious and much needed after all the tasting we did and of course a few bottles were bought from the gift shop before heading home. If travelling to the Cotswolds for a break/long weekend I would highly recommend a visit to the Distillery...

      Debbie WilliamsDebbie Williams

      06:37 28 Apr 23
      Such a wonderful tour, especially on a rainy afternoon. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable and the tasting afterwards was very generous. We stayed for a delicious bite in the cafe and went away with beautiful Gin!

      Alex ReidyAlex Reidy

      11:31 26 Mar 23
      Amazing place to visit. The guided tour and tasting was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging and showed us all the buildings and how they produced whiskey and gin. Well worth the visit.

      Sascha KSascha K

      16:21 02 Feb 23
      Absolutely fantastic place to visit regardless if just going for some food and drink or the full tour and tasting experience.Ambiance and hospitality of the employees was fantastic. You could tell they truly enjoyed their workplace and what they were doing.Doesn't hurt that their Gin and Whiskey collection is yummy as well.

      Kaushik KrishnanKaushik Krishnan

      17:30 28 Jan 23
      We showed up on a lark, with no prior bookings. They graciously accommodated us on a tour, which was expertly conducted by Nicola. The food at the cafe was excellent, and the gins and whiskey tasting was very fun! We left with some new bottles and fond memories.

      I've been to a few distilleries and tours. By far, this was the best experience.Allison was very pleasant and knowledgeable throughout the tour and also in running the tasting afterwards.The overall story, and the ambiance of the Cotswolds Distillery is very inviting and engaging.This is also one of the few tours that lets you try the new make whiskey, which I would like to say is some of the most drinkable new make I have ever had.Higher proof whiskeys, so the nose tends to not be as complex, but the flavor is supreme.Coming to the Gins, these are also a beautifully balanced taste and the unfiltered cloudiness and the flavours that come through from that, are better than any gin I have had to date.Highly recommend giving this place a visit.

      Louise BarnbyLouise Barnby

      17:57 01 Nov 22
      Brilliant visit, great tour, Nicola was friendly, knowledgeable and funny, she made the whole visit amazing. We can not speak highly of her, from start to finish, whilst sampling she made the whole group feel included, those who were and were not drinking.Nicola is a massive personality within your team. Thank you Nicola for making our visit the best gin tour we have been on and we have been on several 😀The only down side was we bought a pen and realised when we got home it was not put in the bigger bag from bottle bag, should of contact them but life took over. Still an amazing time 😊One last thing, visit the cafe, food is lovely 😍

      Peter WilcoxPeter Wilcox

      14:49 14 Aug 22
      Absolutely brilliant, can't recommend it enough, very knowledgeable and friendly staff and the whisky speaks for itself, Melissa our tour guide was very very good and susy on the counter was very pleasent, would definitely go again, 👍

      Robert BrogliaRobert Broglia

      07:01 06 Jun 22
      The Cotswold Distillery is a fantastic place for Whisky and Gin drinkers alike. I would highly recommend the distillery tour. It's an interesting tour to go on but you get to taste all the Whisky and Gin they supply so if you've not tried one before, here's your chance. Suzy, our tour guide was friendly, funny, and informative. All the staff are friendly. They offer a selection of nice food for snacks and lunch, including stone baked pizza and some excellent cakes

      Sarah BarrattSarah Barratt

      18:21 27 May 22
      Myself and my other half (as lovers of gin and whisky respectively!) decided to visit for a tour and tasting on our way back home from a trip away. We're both already fans of the produce but wanted a chance to try some different ones and learn a bit more about how it's made. Hattie was a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable and kept everyone laughing too! Lovely afternoon with a bonus of some really nice food from the cafe. Would definitely recommend a visit and we look forward to returning after the upcoming expansion!

      David HollanderDavid Hollander

      16:18 26 Mar 22
      Great little distillery in the middle of nowhere. Don’t be worried if your sat nav takes you down some very narrow single track roads, you will get there eventually. Book your tour well in advance as they were fully booked when we turned up on the off chance but they still made us very welcome and we had a short video presentation and then sampled the various whisky’s and gins available before deciding which to take home. Add to that a great little tea or coffee shop, very clean toilets and the best (and biggest) carrot cake we’ve in a long time what more could you want. Highly recommended

      Emma MarshallEmma Marshall

      09:19 05 Feb 22
      We visited yesterday for the Gin Masterclass Experience. We had the most fabulous, fun filled 3 hours and Brian, our host, was simply wonderful! Very knowledgeable and kept us laughing throughout. We enjoyed learning the history behind the gin and loved sampling ALl the different flavours before deciding how to blend our own gin (There was a lot to try!). Great we could mix it up our experiment with a tonic and garnish to get a real sense of the taste before we committed to the final product! Mine just needed a dash of grapefruit added to it so great I could go back and tweak the recipe, as many of us did. Of course you get a tad drunk but that's all part of the fun! The drinks weren't in short supply! We really enjoyed sampling the other gins at the end with Brian and a few other couples. We were curious about the 1616 and the wildflower gins so of course it led us to buying a bottle or two before heading back. Alison your a star! Thank you for sorting out a taxi for us! Yours and Brians banter certainly had us laughing. Everyone was warm, friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed our time there. Would highly recommend as lots to do as part of the experience and good value for money we thought. Definitely the better of the two gin experiences we have done. THANK YOU!

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