Brimming with independent shops, cafés and galleries and home to one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the country, there are plenty of things to do in Stroud, described by Jasper Conran as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’.
In Stroud, you will find an eclectic mix of shops selling everything from fossils to fairies and vintage to vinyl, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the beautiful Five Valleys, just 90 minutes by train from London.
Stroud is well-known for its industrial heritage and visitors can spot the former textile mills along the valleys. Attractions in Stroud include former working mills open for guided tours at certain times of year. Wimbledon tennis ball cloth and championship snooker baize are still made here today.
A number of interesting landmark buildings contribute to the town’s creative spirit. Discover the heritage of Stroud through the Museum in the Park and the Heritage Board Map Trail, available from Stroud TIC.
The Stroudwater Canal is currently being restored to its former glory. Enjoy a walk along the tow path, stopping at a traditional pub or café on the way. Visit the Canal Visitor Centre at Wallbridge Lock to find out more.
Stroud is known as a centre for contemporary arts. Many writers, artists and craftspeople live in the five sweeping valleys encircling the town, made famous by Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”.
An exciting programme of events and festivals in Stroud include the Select Festival (textiles) and month-long SITE Art Festival, where open-studio tours allow a glimpse into artists’ homes and studios. Stroud Fringe brings the town alive in August with an array of free music events.
There are plenty of activities in Stroud. The Cotswold Way runs through Stroud, popular with walkers. Rodborough, Minchinhampton and Selsley Commons overlook the town and are enjoyed by a mix of walkers, horse-riders, paragliders, and those looking for a locally-made Winstones ice-cream.
There is a wide range of accommodation in Stroud and the nearby villages including Brimscombe, Chalford, Nailsworth and Painswick.
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Come inside, rest your head in our stylish bedrooms and fall asleep in Cotswold comfort. High ceilings and exposed beams are a key feature of these spacious en-suite luxurious rooms.
PricePrices £75.00 to £170.00 Per room (room only)
The Cotswold stone house is surrounded by National Trust common land, with far reaching views across valleys to Stroud. The House is a scheduled bus stop. Convenience store, fish & chip shop & public house all within walking distance.
PricePrices £50.00 to £65.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Freehouse offering real ales, home cooked food and modern purpose built en suite accommodation.Families and dogs welcome.
PricePrices £75.00 to £120.00 Per room (breakfast included)
A newly refurbished hostel 1/2 mile from the world famous WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
PricePrices £20.00 Per person per night to £85.00 Per room (room only)
The Yew Tree is central to the hamlet called Walls Quarry and is surrounded by National Trust common land. The twin-bedded room has far reaching views across valleys to Stroud.
PricePrices £260.00 to £410.00 Per unit per week
Woodchester Park surrounds Woodchester Mansion (not NT) in a hidden, quiet valley. Secret and closed to the public for many years it is now owned by the National Trust and can offer several miles of walking.
Perched high on the historic hilltop town of the same name, The Painswick offers outstanding, straight-forward food, an easy-going and affordable splash of luxury with cosy, comfortable bedrooms that are reasonably priced.
PricePrices £119.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Mulberry Cottages has almost 600 holiday properties in England including over 60 in the Cotswolds, everything from large family homes, romantic love-nests for two, to dog friendly holiday cottages.
This unique garden restoration, situated in a hidden valley, dates from a period when 18th century gentle folk were creating flamboyant pleasure grounds in which to entertain their guests.
PricePrices £3.30 to £18.00 Per Ticket
A Cotswold gem bordering the 'Cotswold Way'. Set in an ivy-covered country house with lawned gardens, only 4 miles from Gloucester City Centre and offers wonderful views of the Severn Vale.
PricePrices £60.00 to £170.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Bird and Deer Park is situated in a beautiful Cotswold valley offering wonderful views,
Whitminster House Self-Catering Cottages are open all year round for groups of famly and/or friends to relax together or celebrate a special occasion in a lovely countryside setting.
PricePrices £409.00 to £1,229.00 Per unit per week
Nestling in the Cotswold village of Frampton Mansell lies the Crown Inn. A seventeenth century 'cider house' that is steeped in history and is quite simply, a perfect village pub.
PricePrices £69.50 Per person (breakfast included) to £160.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Grade II listed luxury accommodation, with period features, located in area of outstanding natural beauty and sitting on the edge of a village with glorious views over the Golden Valley.
PricePrices £85.00 to £100.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Guild at 51 is a new shop and gallery space for members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen to sell their work and showcase new pieces direct to the public.
Five traditional Cotswold stone self-catering cottages with flagstone floors and real log fires are scattered over 75 acres of ancient woodland and wildflower meadows.
PricePrices £420.00 to £540.00 Per unit per week
Yew Tree Cottage in the Cotswolds Hamlet of Sudgrove is half a mile from Miserden. Relax in the garden or by a log fire, walk local footpaths or explore the scenic Cotswold countryside, towns and villages by car.
PricePrices £510.00 Per unit per week
Discover the story of this never-to-be completed Victorian Gothic Mansion, see our colonies of Horseshoe bats, learn about Victorian building techniques and about the Leigh Family for whom it was built.
Stroudwater Navigation from Saul Junction to Stroud. Thames and Severn Canal from Stroud to Lechlade. Canals under restoration, with canal path walks and boat trips.