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A market town overlooking the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Lucy's Tearoom

Stow-on-the-Wold is located in Gloucestershire, on top of the 800-foot high Stow Hill, making it the highest of all the Cotswolds’ towns. In the 19th century, during the heyday of the wool industry, the town was renowned for its huge fairs, where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold. Today, the huge Market Square is a reminder of Stow-on-the-Wold’s rich heritage. As you explore the town centre, you’ll discover elegant town houses, art galleries and a variety of shops selling antiques, gifts and crafts. On the second Thursday of each month, an excellent farmers’ market is held in The Square, where you can pick up cheese, meat and vegetables from some of the area’s best producers.

Twice a year, the famous Gypsy Horse Fair attracts visitors to Stow-on-the-Wold, where hundreds of horses are paraded around a field and sold. This lively event draws travellers from all over the UK, and is a unique spectacle to watch.

One of Stow-on-the-Wold’s most intriguing attractions is Cotswold Cricket Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of artefacts, including blazers, caps, bats and plenty more.

Stow on the Wold town

Stow-on-the-Wold is home to some outstanding places to eat and drink, from ancient coaching inns to contemporary fine dining restaurants. The Bell at Stow is a lovely country pub, which serves delicious food, made from fresh, locally sourced produce and a fine selection of traditional cask ales. Another nice pub is The Queen’s Head, which is popular among locals who while away evenings by the old-fashioned, dimly lit bar.

For tea and a slice of homemade cake, try Lucy’s Tearoom, on The Square, which serves all-day breakfasts, homemade scones and cakes, and the ever-popular Stow Special Afternoon Tea, which can be enjoyed in the pretty courtyard garden. Another good option is Huffkin’s, a renowned bakery and modern café which is hard to beat for savoury snacks and cakes. Alternatively, try The Coffee House, where you’ll find leather armchairs, sofas, newspapers and the smell of freshly ground coffee.

“With enchanting woodlands, rolling hills and opulent manors on its doorstep, it’s unsurprising that Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the Cotswolds’ most popular places to visit.”

Stow-on-the-Wold is ideally located for visitors who are planning to explore the Cotswolds, a beautiful area dominated by rolling hills, meadows and river valleys, criss-crossed by countless long-distance walking paths. This is a great area for walking, cycling and a variety of other outdoor pursuits. The Cotswolds is scattered with picturesque market towns and villages, where many of the historical houses and cottages have been built using local honey-coloured limestone.

We have some lovely cottages in Alcester. Why not browse our collection of Stow-on-the-Wold cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Stone House Garden

Visit this colourful cottage garden, designed to complement the pretty Stone House.

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Admire birds of prey as they soar into the sky during a number of impressive demonstrations.

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