Cotswold Visitor Guide
The market town of Stow on the Wold is situated on the Roman Fosse Way in the heart of the Cotswolds. An Iron Age fort was established in 700BC where the Jurassic Way and Salt Way met is now the location of the eastern edge of The Square. There is evidence of an earlier settlement and Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area.
Today Stow on the Wold is a busy tourist town with many excellent shops, cafes, restaurants and antique dealers. A farmer’s market is held on the second Thursday of each month in the main square. Also worth a visit is the famous Model Village at the Old New Inn in nearby Bourton-on-the-Water.
- Busy commercial town
- Scotts of Stow/Tesco
- Chastleton House
Morton in Marsh, Cotswolds
Morton-in-Marsh is situated on the Roman Fosse Way and is one of the principal market towns in the Cotswolds. It grew from the 13th century as a market town and there is still a busy Tuesday market with over 200 stalls. The High Street has many elegant 18th century inns and houses that are a testament to its importance as a ‘traveller’s town’ and coaching station.
Today the town offers an interesting variety of restaurants and shops for the visitor. Nearby attractions include Sezincote House and Gardens, Batsford Arboretum and Wild Garden, Snowshill Lavander Farm and Snowshill Manor, home of the Charles Wade Collection.
- Bustling Market Town (popular Tuesday market)
- Snowshill Manor
- Batsford Arboretum and Wild Garden
- Sezincote Gardens
Chipping Camden, Cotswolds
The historic town of Chipping Campden is a must for anyone interested in the heritage of the Middle Ages. A walk along the High Street is like stepping back in time with its 17th century open Market Hall, 16th century coaching inns and houses that date back to the 14th and 15th century.
The famous Wool Market epitomises the Cotswolds and its historical association to the wool trade. The gardens of Kiftsgate Court and Hidcote Manor are also close by and well worth a visit. Located on the public bridle path, ‘The Cotswold Way’, Chipping Campden also offers good opportunities for local walking.
- An exceptionally beautiful town
- The Old Silk Mill
- Hidcote Manor Gardens
- A wealth of places to eat
Regarded as the gateway to the Cotswolds, Burford was at the centre of the wool trade between the 14th and 17th centuries.
The distinctive High street is long and steep and contains houses, shops and inns some of which date from 1400. The crooked, lichen encrusted roofs and leaning walls of the hotels, shops, tea rooms and ancient inns mean that you won’t find two buildings the same. The town also has a splendid church, part of which is Norman and was used in the English Civil War as a prison by Oliver Cromwell.
Open to the public since 1970, two miles south of Burford is the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House, The Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world.
- The Gateway to the Cotswolds
- Unique High Street
- Rich with history and historic buildings
- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Broadway is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ because of its sheer beauty. The ‘broad-way’ runs from the foot of the western Cotswolds escarpment with a wide grass fringed street lined with limestone buildings dating from the 16th century.
Broadway was a busy staging post for coaches travelling the route between Worcester and London, at one time having as many as thirty-three coaching inns.
Today Broadway is known for its many fine art galleries. For the energetic there is the steep climb up Fish Hill to Broadway Tower with the reward of splendid views over several counties.
- The Centre for exclusive Cotswolds shopping
- Art Galleries, Antiques, Restaurants
- Broadway Tower and Country Park
- Evesham Abbey and Almonry Museum
It is know that even before the Norman Conquest, Woodstock was the site where English Kings had hunting lodges, King Alfred was said to have stayed at Woodstock in 890. By 1279 King Henry II had established a market and by the 13th century it had the status of a Borough. Glove-making was Woodstock’s main industry from the 17th century. Today it is a pretty market town whose buildings reflect its long heritage. It also benefits from tourists who visit Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens a the magnificent lake. The beautiful interiors house, among other things, an amazing collection of porcelain, tapestries and paintings. The Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.
- Blenheim Palace, park and gardens
- Thriving town full of character
- Antiques/Art Galleries/shopping
- Good choice of places to eat