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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Hatton Court is a luxury hotel 3 miles from Gloucester. This fabulous hotel is a perfect base to explore all the history and heritage that the Cotswolds has to offer.
PricePrices £50.00 to £210.00 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)
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 £3.00 to £17.00 Per Ticket
Award-winning visitor centre, home to a variety of wildfowl and wetland creatures that will captivate people of all ages. Plenty to do inside and out with events, activities, walks and talks throughout the year.
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)
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
A 350 year-old converted Barn with views over Stroud and the Severn valley. Open log fire. Sleeps six in three bedrooms. Cot and high chair available. Pet friendly. Private garden.
PricePrices £395.00 to £625.00 Per unit per week
Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic Masterpiece located near Nympsfield. The property is a mysteriously abandoned mid-construction from 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world.
Victorian timber merchant's property. Peaceful village setting near Cotswold Way. Attractive gardens, parking, spacious comfortable rooms. TV lounge / dining room. Meals cooked by qualified chef using our own produce / eggs.
PricePrices £75.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Historic Town House set in a charming small market town within easy reach of shops and cafes. The perfect place for a short break in the Cotswolds.
PricePrices £85.00 to £95.00 Per room (breakfast included)
A 15th century wool merchants house with themed rooms located in the beautiful Cotswold Village of Painswick. This is a romantic and quirky location.
PricePrices £80.00 to £240.00 Per room (breakfast included)
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.
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 £340.00 to £1,026.00 Per unit per week
Idyllic cottage apartment in peaceful woodland setting. Luxury first floor apartment with quality facilities, including own roof terrace with superb southerly views. See website for further details
PricePrices £289.00 to £490.00 Per unit per week
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.
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
Stonehouse Court is a 36-bedroom, 17th century Manor House hotel set in six acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and rolling hills of the Stroud Valley.
PricePrices £50.00 to £150.00 Per room (breakfast included)
Children love a day on this 103 acre farm where our family have farmed for six generations. Said to be the most authentic working farm open to the public. Feed the animals, watch the milking. Discount for schools and playgroups.