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Stow-on-the-Wold is a charming market town in the Cotswolds, with a large and lively market square and a fine reputation for some of Britain’s best antique shops.

It’s also home to some delightful Cotswold pubs so it really does have something to offer everybody.

Whether you want to relax in one of the local tearooms or explore famous filming locations, Stow-on-the-Wold has something for everyone.

For ideas on what to get up to during your stay, here are 8 things to do in Stow-on-the-Wold and surrounding areas…


1. Visit the Market Square

Market Square Stow on the Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold has a vast Market Square, certainly one to be proud of.

Go and soak up the atmosphere on a lively Saturday afternoon and see the ancient cross that stands at one end and the medieval town stocks which stand at the other.

2. See St. Edward’s Church

Wooden Door at St Edwards Square

This church is famed for its tree-framed doorway; it’s a beautiful architectural gem and a great place for those who take an interest in history or stained glass designs.

3. Explore the Local Tea Rooms

Tearooms in Stow on the Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is a fantastic place to eat out, especially if you are looking for a light bite during the late afternoon.

Tea rooms are abundant in this market town and some of the finest tea rooms include Lucy’s Tearoom, Huffkins and Cotswold Garden Tearoom.

And you mustn’t forget to visit The Old Bakery for some of the best cream scones around.

4. Visit the Cotswold Cricket Museum

Cricket fans will love the Cotswold Cricket Museum located on Sheep Street.

It houses a large collection of artefacts from around the world which tell the story of the sport’s most successful cricket personalities.

5. Enjoy a Day Out at Famous Gardens

Gardens infront of Manor House

There are several famous gardens which are worth visiting, all less than half an hour away from Stow-on-the-Wold centre.

Hidcote Manor, Bourton House and Snowshill Manor all make the perfect afternoon out for those who enjoy strolling through garden grounds.

6. Take a Film Location Tour

Gloucester Cathedral

The areas surrounding Stow-on-the-Wold have played host to some of the most spectacular TV and film locations of our time.

Less than 50 minutes away is Gloucester Cathedral (location for Harry Potter).

Just 16 minutes up the road is Snowshill (the location for Bridget Jones’ Diary).

Or, just half an hour’s drive away is Cheltenham Town Hall (location for Pride and Prejudice).

7. Have a Round of Golf at Naunton Downs

Naunton Downs offers a fantastic 18 hole 71 par golf course, which is open to visitors as well as members.

Located in the stunning countryside between Stow-on-the-Wold and Burton-on-the-Water, Naunton Downs Golf Club will be a scenic retreat for avid golfers.

Weekly passes are available for visitors.

8. Explore Moreton in Marsh

Stocks at Moreton in Marsh

Moreton in Marsh is just 15 minutes away and along with Stow-on-the-Wold, it’s one of the Cotswold’s most popular market towns.

It offers charming shops and cafes and has some great tourist attractions such as Batsford House, St. David’s Church and The Curfew Tower.


There are so many things to do in Stow-on-the-Wold. Start planning your visit with one of these fantastic Stow-on-the-Wold activities above.

Make the most of your visit by staying in one of these Stow-on-the-Wold cottages.


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