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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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 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)
The Museum in the Park is set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park. Our collection tells the story of the Stroud Valleys and the wider district, giving you the chance to find out about the people who lived and worked here.
The Bird and Deer Park is situated in a beautiful Cotswold valley offering wonderful views,
Situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Sollom Voe is the ideal base for exploring The Cotswolds. Guests are accommodated in beautifully appointed double rooms each with modern en-suite.
PricePrices £50.00 to £75.00 Per room (breakfast included)
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
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.
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 £395.00 to £500.00 Per unit per week
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.
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
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
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)