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A visitor’s guide to Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold

About Stow-on-the-Wold

Sitting high on a hill on the Roman Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold is a natural and historic meeting point and is the epitome of a Cotswold town. At its centre, the ancient market square, which still hosts a monthly farmers market, is surrounded by mellow, golden stone buildings. Tradition says that the town name originates from Saxon times and a local missionary named Edward who lived as a hermit. The first known name of the town was St. Edward Stowe and wold is the Cotswold word for hill, so it literally translates as ‘Holy Place on the Hill’.  

Stow-on-the-Wold is filled with history and charm. The old town buildings now house independent shops and antique emporiums. There are superb places to dine, ancient coaching inns including The Porch House reputed to be the oldest pub in England, an Iron Age Fort and a door at St Edwards Church that is straight from the pages of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

  1. Fosse Gallery
  2. St Edwards Church
  3. Daylesford Organic Farm Shop
  4. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
  5. The Slaughters
  6. Bourton-on-the-Water
  7. Cotswold Wildlife Park
  8. Birdland Park & Gardens
  9. Foxholes Nature Reserve
  10. Peter Martin Gallery
  1. Peter Martin Gallery
  2. Fosse Gallery
  3. Daylesford Organic Farm Shop
  4. Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection
  5. Tara Antiques Centre
  6. National Trust – Chastleton House
  7. Sudeley Castle

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Take a nostalgic journey back in time with a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. With over 40 cars, vintage caravans, and classic motorcycles on display as well as motoring paraphernalia from a bygone era and a fabulous toy collection, this is a fun day out for petrol heads of all ages.

Fosse Gallery for Contemporary British Art
Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Peter Martin Gallery
Stow-on-the-Wold

Canadian born Peter Martin is one of Canada’s most respected photojournalists and became a professional photographer at the tender age of 16. His Stow-on-the-Wold gallery showcases his diverse portfolio of work and is also a base for seminars and lectures with invited speakers.

The Old Mill Lower Slaughter
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

There has been a mill on this site in Lower Slaughter since 1086 and it re-opened its doors to the public in 1995. This delightful little museum will walk you through the history of breadmaking as well as the internal workings of a mill. Afterwards, browse the gift and craft shop, which is filled with an eclectic mix of items, sample the handmade organic ice cream, or enjoy a cream tea on the riverside terrace.  

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

Cornbury Music Festival
July

This most English of music festivals is charming, fun and a honeypot of good music, good food and entertainment. This is where the Cotswold elite, rockers, urbanites, farmers, and country loving folk all share an open air party in the most beautiful of settings.

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.

Lechlade Festival
May

Set over three days the award-winning, family-friendly Lechlade Festival offers a jam-packed line up of music plus a programme of free workshops for children and adults alike. Learn music and dance, brush up on your circus skills, refuel at the huge selection of food stalls and browse shopping village for all manner of tempting goods.

The Big Feastival
August

This fabulous three-day festival 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. 

things to do in the cotswolds this summer

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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
13-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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
9-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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 Wildlife Park and Gardens
28-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscape parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Crocodiles of the World
23-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Dedicated to the conservation of these much-maligned creatures, you’ll be able to see 17 of the 24 species currently found in the world including fresh and saltwater crocodiles, caiman, and alligators. For those who want to get even closer there are wild keeper experiences for children and grownups alike.

Crocodiles of the World

Alexiou’s
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: dinner

This family run Mediterranean restaurant and bar offers a little taste of Greece and Cyprus in the heart of the Cotswolds. With a menu of classic Greek dishes this brother and sister team have created the ambiance of a traditional taverna in a super-stylish and elegant setting.

Atrium at Lords of the Manor
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: dinner

For a special occasion or celebration, the Atrium at the Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter is an exceptional fine dining restaurant. The tasting menu is a fusion of classic French and Cotswold influences and with just 14 covers this is an intimate and romantic experience.

Daylesford Organic Farm
9-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
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.

Restaurant Henne
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the Wold
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.

Sheep on Sheep Street
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

The elegant restaurant is contemporary and colourful offering plenty of space and light. The varied menu encompasses sharing platters, hot sandwiches, classic pub dishes plus wood-fired pizzas. If the weather is being kind enjoy a drink in the garden, which also has an open fireplace for cooler evenings.  

The Feathered Nest Country Inn
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

The Feathered Nest Inn started out more than 350 years ago as a malt house before morphing into a country inn. Today it remains the heart of the village and a lovely spot for a cool pint after a long walk or a delicious meal by the fire. The menu changes regularly and a number of specials are usually available.  

The Fox Inn, Broadwell
4-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: lunch, 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 Hive
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, lunch

The Hive is a popular breakfast/brunch place with a menu of local produce and freshly baked pastries. The eatery is also licensed if you fancy a Bloody Mary to add a little spice to your brunch or just want to relax with a glass of wine over lunch.

The Kingham Plough
13-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
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 Kings Arms
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: dinner

Displaying all the character and atmosphere you would expect from a Cotswolds country pub, the Kings Arms offers a classic pub menu for lunch, afternoon tea and hearty evening meals. During the cooler months the fires are lit, and the ambience is warm and cosy.

The Old Bakery Tearoom
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: lunch, afternoon tea

This lovely tearoom has been in the same capable hands since 2005 and offers a warm and unhurried welcome. Enjoy homemade, freshly prepared meals including salads, jacket potatoes and quiches as well as snacks and cakes and their excellent afternoon cream tea. 

The Old Butchers
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: dinner

Housed in an old butcher’s shop this popular, family run restaurant offers a menu that is designed to ensure minimal wastage through their nose to tail ethos. Whilst its name might indicate a very meat focused menu, they feature an abundance of seafood.

The Old Stocks Inn
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for dinner, Sunday lunch

The restaurant at the 17th century Old Stocks Inn serves up seasonal British dishes using the best local suppliers and the menu changes regularly depending on what’s in season. Enjoy dining outside on the terrace or head to the cocktail lounge where you can sip on a creative confection whilst watching the world go by.

The Porch House
Stow-on-the-Wold
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

If walls could talk the Porch House would have plenty to say as there has been an inn on this site since 947. The menu changes regularly and features local, seasonal produce. The restaurant is full of character with exposed beams, stone walls and a huge fireplace, alternatively soak up the sunshine in the courtyard garden.

The Wild Rabbit
13-minute drive from Stow-on-the Wold
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. 

Yellow Brick Bistro
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold
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
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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
13-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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
9-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Burford Golf Club
23-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

This beautiful golf club lies in the heart of the Cotswolds and offers beautifully manicured fairways that weave through mature woodlands. The course is easy walking with few hills and thanks to good drainage is usually playable all year round.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscape parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Grey
10-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Cutter Brooks
Stow-on-the-Wold

This fabulous shop is owned by Amanda Brooks, author of Farm from Home, Always Pack and Party Dress and I Love Your Style. Along with clothing and accessories, scent and stationery and vintage and antiques, you’ll also find beautiful homewares and textiles.

Daylesford Organic Farm
12-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Jaffe and Neale Bookshop & Cafe
23-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Combining delicious Aga-baked cakes, fabulous coffee and books, Jaffe and Neale is a real treat. It’s an independent bookshop and cosy café rolled into one and sits on the market square in Chipping Norton.

Tara Antiques Centre
Stow-on-the-Wold

Located in a Grade II listed building and set over 3 floors you can browse to your hearts content. With around thirty antique dealers selling everything from vintage clothes to jewellery, furniture, and paintings this a real treasure trove to explore.

Daylesford Shop

Chastleton House
15-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Thought to date back to 1607, Chastleton is a Jacobean country house and a time capsule of the last 400 years. The house remained within the same family for much of its existence and with little intrusion from the modern era. You truly feel like you are walking back through time. 

Sezincote House & Garden
16-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

This traditional, family run estate sits in 3,500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside but at its heart you’ll find a 200-year-old Mogul-inspired Indian palace topped with a Verdigris-hued onion dome. Romantic gardens are filled with temples, waterfalls, and grottos, evocative of a Moghul paradise garden.


Snowshill Manor and Garden
18-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

St Edward’s Church
Stow-on-the-Wold

This medieval church was built between the 11th and 15th centuries, it’s an interesting church in its own right however has become known for it north porch door. Flanked by ancient yew trees the door looks as though it has stepped from the pages of Tolkien’s ‘middle earth’.

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Stow-on-the-Wold with walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.  

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

Bamford Wellness Spa
12-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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
24-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Lygon Arms Spa
19 minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Set within the historic Lygon Arms Hotel on the main street, the tranquil spa here enables you to organise specific treatments and therapies or treat yourself to a pampering spa day. The twilight spa evenings are particular popular and include a light supper in the Spa Kitchen & Bar.

Spa on the Square
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Wyck Hill House
6-minute drive Stow-on-the-Wold

Enjoy a little pampering at the Wyck Hill House Spa, which sits in 50 glorious acres. Alongside a range of treatments and therapies there is a sauna and steam room and spa day package are available.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
12-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

Bourton House Garden
11-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

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.


Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
27-minute drive from Stow-on-the-Wold

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscape parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Sezincote House & Garden
17-minute drive Stow-on-the-Wold

This traditional, family run estate sits in 3,500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside but at its heart you’ll find a 200-year-old Mogul-inspired Indian palace topped with a Verdigris-hued onion dome. Romantic gardens are filled with temples, waterfalls, and grottos, evocative of a Moghul paradise garden.

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