One of the best known and best preserved towns in the area, Stow-on-the-Wold is the jewel of the Northern Cotswolds, and a great location to use as a hub for your holiday exploring this beautiful area.
Stow-on-the-Wold’s history is long and rich and can be seen everywhere when you wander around the town, from the narrow lanes that used to be used to count sheep in single file for the livestock markets, to the town stocks that still stand in the market square.
The historical centre is populated with elegant town houses and old cottages, all in the classic honey coloured Cotswold stone. When exploring the cobbled streets you will find plenty of antiques shops populated with curios, art galleries with a variety of work by local painters, delis stocking the best in high quality Cotswold fayre and plenty of pubs and restaurants, including the UK’s oldest inn!
The town is also a great starting spot for a variety of walks that explore the surrounding rolling hills of the gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside. Stow-on-the-Wold is also close to a variety of tourist attractions and beautiful gardens to have a day out, including Hidcote Manor, Snowshill Manor and Batford Arboretum.
One of the most popular spots in Stow-on-the-Wold is the cricket museum, which contains an extensive collection of memorabilia from Britain’s favourite pastime and a tea shop where you can have homemade scones and finger sandwiches for the true cricket experience.
The town’s livestock market past is reignited twice a year with one of the oldest horse fairs in the country, which has been held in Stow-one-the-Wold every May and October since 1476. The event attracts hundreds of visitors who watch as horses are traded and displayed in an ancient Romany custom.
Stow-on-the-Wold is just a short drive away from other Costwolds towns and villages, such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton, all undiscovered gems on the Cotswolds map.
With a range of accommodation including boutique hotels, comfortable bed and breakfasts and self catering cottages, Stow-on-the-Wold is the perfect location for your Cotswolds adventure.