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A visitor’s guide to Moreton-in-Marsh

About Moreton-in-Marsh

Sitting at the head of the pretty Evenlode Valley, Moreton-in-Marsh has been a thriving Cotswold market town since the 13th century and still hosts a bustling open-air street market every Tuesday. Straddling the Fosse Way, a Roman road built during the first and second centuries, Moreton-in-Marsh has long been a honeypot for travellers and was an important staging post before the opening of the railway in 1853. The charming high street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings which now house art galleries, antique emporiums and welcoming tea rooms and provide a graceful backdrop to the daily hustle and bustle.

The White Hart Royal is a former manor house that gave shelter to King Charles I during the Civil War, whilst just outside of town is the Four Shire Stone, the former old meeting point of four counties, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The stone is believed to be the inspiration behind the ‘Three-Farthing Stone’ in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the Bell Inn, his blueprint for Middle Earth’s ‘Prancing Pony’ pub.

Excellent transport links, including a direct rail link to London and Oxford, make Moreton-in-Marsh an easily accessible and charming part of the Cotswolds to explore.  

  1. Batsford Arboretum
  2. Bourton House Garden
  3. Cotswold Falconry Centre
  4. Cotswold Farm Park
  5. Daylesford Organic Farm Shop
  6. Mill Dene Garden
  7. Rollright Stones
  8. Sezincote House and Garden
  9. The Moreton Gallery
  10. Wellington Aviation Museum
  1. Cotswold Distillery
  2. Chastleton House
  3. Daylesford Organic Farm Shop
  4. Gordon Russell Design Museum
  5. The Moreton Gallery
  6. Spa on the Square
  7. Snowshill Manor & Gardens
  8. Wellington Aviation Museum

Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
19-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This hidden gem is a community museum that works in conjunction with Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and features permanent exhibitions about the history of Broadway, including a colony of American artists and writers who worked here in the late 19th century, plus also hosts a number of visiting collections throughout the year.  

Fosse Gallery for Contemporary British Art
14-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Founded in 1980, the Fosse Gallery regularly showcases some of the most contemporary British art and is often referred to as one of the most import art galleries in the UK. The owner is well-known throughout the art world for her keen eye and commitment to her artists.

Gordon Russell Design Museum
19-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Celebrating the life and work of Gordon Russell the museum is in his original workshop and showcases a unique collection of furniture encompassing many styles from the Arts and Crafts period through to the luxury post modernism of the 1980’s. The collection is complemented by an extensive archive of original drawings, notebooks, and catalogues.

Snowshill Manor and Garden
16-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Managed by the National Trust, Snowshill is the eclectic home of Charles Wade. He was an architect and artist with a passion for the unusual. His collections are quirky and avant-garde and as you wander through the atmospheric rooms, you’ll find thousands of objects from the tiniest of toys to genuine Samurai armour.

The Moreton Gallery
Moreton-in-Marsh

Established in 2010 the Moreton Gallery aims to introduce new and developing artists to the public. The work showcased is diverse, appealing, and affordable. The gallery is Arts Council approved and is part of the Own Art scheme.

The Moreton Gallery

Broadway Arts Festival
June

The Broadway Arts Festival is a biennial event that celebrates the unique artistic heritage of the village, forged by the famous colony of American writers and artists who found inspiration here during the late 19th century. Encompassing different locations throughout the village, you’ll find workshops, outdoor theatre, exhibitions, talks, live music and garden tours

Chipping Campden Music Festival
May

Widely recognised as one of Great Britain’s leading music festivals, the appeal is far reaching, attracting visitors and musicians from across the globe. Performances take place in the glorious setting of St. James’ Church and showcase a programme of superb breadth and diversity and hosts a line up featuring some of the world’s most exciting artists.  

Moreton-in-Marsh Show
September

Enjoy Cotswold life at its best with a fun-filled day out for the whole family at the Moreton Show. The showground is packed with things to see, do, and buy with everything from wellington boots to combine harvesters! See livestock displays and show jumping along with ‘best in’ flower, vegetable, and flower displays.

The Big Feastival
August

This fabulous three-day festival just outside Kingham brings together Michelin star chefs, award-winning food producers with street food, supper clubs and unique pop ups, plus fabulous family activities and some of the biggest music artists in the UK. Set on Alex James’ farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, enjoy the best food and music against a memorable backdrop. 

The Cotswold Olimpicks
June

The Cotswold Olimpick Games on Dover’s Hill are a celebration of early rural sporting events for amateurs. Events include King of the Hill, Championship of the Hill and the crowd favourite, Shin Kicking. The sound of the band and the glow of the flaming torch procession will linger in your mind long after the last shin has been kicked.  

Cotswold Olimpicks

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
19-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

All Things Wild
21-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities there is plenty to keep your little ones entertained. Meet the farm animals, go bug hunting, and ride the Dino Land Train, back to a land that time forgot where you can see Diplodocus, Triceratops, T-Rex, Stegosaurus and more in the Dino Field.

Batsford Arboretum
6-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This stunning Arboretum is a wonderful spot to let off steam. Follow the woodland trails (there’s a trail especially for children with a prize at the end), through the beautiful estate surrounded by clouds of wildflowers, trees, and plants. Batsford is always beautiful, but it really comes into its own during the spectacular Autumn months.

Bourton-on-the-Water
20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This picture-postcard village lies offers a wealth of attractions including Birdland Park and Gardens, the Model Village, Dragonfly Maze, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Wander alongside the riverside walk, the River Windrush flows through the centre of the village, before refuelling with a cream tea in one of the lovely independent cafes.

Cotswold Falconry Centre
6-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Next door to Batsford you’ll find the Cotswold Falconry Centre. Home to over 130 birds of 60 different species including vultures, falcons, eagles, and owls, it’s also common to see the native birds in flight and there is always something different to see. There are daily flying displays and aviaries to explore.

Fairytale Farm
19-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Fairytale Farm is a mix of classic fairy tales, animals, and adventure play. It is perfect for families and has also been designed as a space where children with disabilities come first. There are six main zones with different experiences to explore including Huff and Puff for adventure play and Alfie and Friends, where you’ll find pigs, rabbits, billy goats and miniature ponies.

Blockley Village Shop and Cafe
10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: breakfast, lunch

Blockley Village Shop and Café is in the centre of Blockley, just a short drive from Moreton-in-Marsh. The café is fully licensed offering great coffee, breakfast, lunch, and some truly delectable cakes. On a Friday and Saturday evening the cafe is also open for evening meals.

Daylesford Organic Farm
14-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Daylesford Organic Farm is a destination in its own right with a fabulous farm shop and spa. There are also some excellent dining options. The Trough Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the main dining room with high ceilings and an open kitchen. The Old Spot is open for breakfast and lunch. Menus are filled with home-grown, organically sourced produce. The Legbar is a relaxed and convivial space for drinks, nibbles and small plates and is open into the evening.

Otis & Belle Bakery
Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: bakery goods, lunch

An artisan sourdough bakery and patisserie, with goods baked fresh every day by Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef and owner Will Alexander. Everything is baked with love and care and the shop is named after his two children. 

Restaurant Henne
Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: dinner

Henne is a small, intimate dining space for just 14 guests at any one time. The experience features multiple savoury courses, desserts, and petit fours with a focus on high quality local produce. Expect modern seasonal British cuisine.

The Churchill Arms, Paxford
12-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

A 17th century inn with an inglenook fireplace, flagstone floors and owned by a talented chef who trained under legendary chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey.  Classic meals with a creative twist use quality, local produce, and there’s a carefully considered wine list plus local beers, ales, and spirits.

The Cotswold Food Store & Cafe
10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea

The Cotswold Food Store & Café is a delightful destination experience with a farm shop and café. The menu features an abundance of local produce including free-range eggs, salad and homemade quiche and sandwiches.

The Cotswold Tearoom
Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: tea & coffee, lunch, afternoon tea

This delightful tearoom has been on the high street for more than 40 years and serves up homemade treats using old family recipes. Their coffee is a unique medium roast blend of Brazil and Guatemalan beans and there’s also a wide variety of teas including fruit and herbal.

The Fox Inn, Broadwell
8-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch and dinner

The Fox Inn is a welcoming, dog-friendly country pub on the green in the village of Broadwell. The pub serves real ale, good pub food and has a large outdoor beer garden with outdoor dining as well.

The Kingham Plough
15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

The Kingham Plough is a delightful Cotswold stone pub in the heart of the Evenlode Valley. The pub is renowned for championing local produce and suppliers and the daily changing menu features fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The Wild Rabbit
16-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Wild Rabbit is a modern British inn, and is part of the renowned Daylesford Estate. The contemporary dining room is a vibrant light space with an open kitchen adding the theatre and experience. The food is modern British with a few nods to classic pub dishes all inspired by the best seasonal produce available. 

White Hart Hotel
Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

This 17th century coaching inn offers seasonal menus using locally sourced ingredients. You can dine in the atmospheric bar, warmed by a roaring log fire during the winter months or the charming restaurant, ideal for family and friends. There’s also a breezy courtyard for warm summer evenings.

Yellow Brick Bistro
Moreton-in-Marsh
Perfect for: lunch

Fresh, funky food made with local, seasonal ingredients. They offer a range of light bites and snacks, but the biggest draw is their artisan gelato. They serve 18 flavours of homemade, Italian gelato, using the finest Cotswold milk. 

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
18-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Batsford Arboretum
6-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This stunning Arboretum is a wonderful spot to let off steam. Follow the woodland trails through the beautiful estate surrounded by clouds of wildflowers, trees, and plants. Batsford is always beautiful, but it really comes into its own during the spectacular Autumn months.

Bourton House Garden
5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Bourton House Garden has been a labour of love since 1983 when the then owners of Bourton House set about transforming a neglected wilderness into the stunning garden you see today. Over the years the garden has evolved, and visitors can now enjoy rare, unusual, and exotic plants, inspired planting and vivid combinations of texture and colour.

Stow-on-the-Wold
16-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Stow-on-the-Wold sits on one of the highest points in the Cotswolds and is located on the Roman Fosse Way. The large market square is surrounded by Cotswold stone house, independent shops, and antique emporiums. The Porch House pub is reputed to be one of the oldest in England, with parts of the building dating back to the year 947.

The Rollright Stones
12-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This ancient site lies on the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire border and consists of three Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments. Traditionally a monarch and his courtiers turned to stone by a witch, the Rollright Stones consist of three groups. The Kings Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and the single Kings Stone.

The Rollright Stones

Cotswold Grey
Moreton-in-Marsh

Take a little piece of the Cotswolds (or elsewhere in the world) home with you from Cotswold Grey, an independent and eclectic homeware store. Stunning objects are bought directly from the artists and designers, and some are one-of-a-kind. Browse through furniture, soft furnishings, and home accessories as well as artwork, tableware, and pieces for the garden.

Daylesford Organic Farm
15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds is where the Daylesford empire started. Alongside the highly regarded farm shop featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, a butchery and fresh fish counter, artisan bread and award-winning cheese, you’ll also find home and garden treasures to buy as well as a café, restaurant, and bar.

Fosseway Garden Centre
Moreton-in-Marsh

The Fosseway Garden Centre is a large, family run garden centre on the outskirts of Moreton-in-Marsh. Alongside the wonderful selection of plants, you’ll find garden equipment and furniture, ceramics. Kitchenware and a lovely array of gifts and home décor.

The Cotswold Cheese Co
Moreton-in-Marsh

For lovers of all things cheese, a visit to the Cotswold Cheese Co is a must. Inside you’ll find a mouth-watering array of over 120 different farmhouse and artisan cheeses with a focus on those from local Cotswold producers as well as traditional British classics and favourites from further afield. 

Todenham Manor Farm Shop
10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Food-lovers should pay a visit to Todenham Manor Farm Butchery and Farm Shop. You’ll see first-hand where their cattle and pigs live and chat to the knowledgeable butchers on the butcher’s counter. The farm also works with a select range of local artisan food produces to offer the best quality fruit, vegetables, dairy, and larder items. The excellent bakery produce, including the truly scrumptious sourdough, comes from Mark’s Cotswold Bakery.

Todenham Manor Farm Shop

With its location in the northern Cotswolds, Moreton-in-Marsh offers a variety of walks to suit all fitness levels and abilities. In addition to the Cotswold Way, the town also sits on the Monarch’s Way, which is based on the route taken by King Charles II during his escape after defeat by Cromwell. There are also some wonderful walks nearby taking in formal gardens and breath-taking views.

For more information about walking and cycling, take a look at our Walking and Cycling Guides online.

Bamford Wellness Spa
14-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

The ultra-luxurious but perhaps lesser-known elegant Bamford Wellness Spa, is the holistic wellness arm to the Daylesford group which offers a nourishing space of self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. In addition to treatments and consultations there is a programme of yoga, Pilates, meditation classes and workshops hosted by visiting experts.

Dormy House Spa
12-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Winning awards since day one this blissful, ultra-luxurious spa boasts a spectacular setting in the North Cotswolds. Treat yourself to some serious pampering with a spa day taking in an impressive menu of treatments before indulging in the Scandi-style thermal suite, terrace hot tub and heavenly pool.

Spa on the Square
Moreton-in-Marsh

This elegant spa sits in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh. Alongside a wide range of traditional beauty salon treatments, which are based on the natural skincare philosophy of Camela Rosbottom, Spa on the Square also offers a range of wellbeing and beauty packages in a serene and tranquil environment.

The Spa at Cotswold House
15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Spa at Cotswold Housel. Using Decleor holistic treatments the team of therapists create a truly personalised spa experience for every guest. Each treatment starts with a unique diagnostic massage, sending you into a state of sheer relaxation and allowing your therapist a wonderful insight into your state of wellbeing. 

Wyck Hill House Spa
14-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Set on a glorious 50-acre estate the spa at the Wyck Hill House Hotel offers six treatment rooms, sauna, spa, and steam room. The menu of treatments uses products including ELEMIS and VOYA and you can book specific treatments or indulge in a pampering spa day.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
18-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Batsford Arboretum
6-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This stunning Arboretum is a wonderful spot to let off steam. Follow the woodland trails through the beautiful estate surrounded by clouds of wildflowers, trees, and plants. Batsford is always beautiful, but it really comes into its own during the spectacular autumn months.

Bourton House Garden
5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

Bourton House Garden has been a labour of love since 1983 when the then owners of Bourton House set about transforming a neglected wilderness into the stunning garden you see today. Over the years the garden has evolved, and visitors can now enjoy rare, unusual, and exotic plants, inspired planting and vivid combinations of texture and colour.

Hidcote
21-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh

This Arts and Craft-inspired garden, part of the National Trust, is full of surprises. There is plenty for both young and old to explore with a maze of narrow pathways, secret gardens, and wilderness areas. There are some tranquil spots too and you might spot woodpeckers and buzzards soaring high overhead.

Upton Wold Garden
Moreton-in-Marsh

Upton Wold is a real hidden garden in an outstanding Cotswold landscape. Filled with trees, shrubs, and plants as well as woodland, herbaceous borders, and roses.

Upton Wold Garden
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