Stow on the Wold is a traditional English market town set on top of a hill in the heart of the Cotswolds. With its beautiful stone architecture, traditional shops, including many selling antiques, and of course the surrounding hills for walking, the many Stow on the Wold Hotels are the perfect place from which to experience a slice of authentic old England. This guide tells you what to do, where to stay and when to visit Stow on the Wold:
Stow on the Wold Hotels and Accommodation
There are many excellent Stow on the Wold hotels, most with the traditional English feel such as the popular Fosse Manor Hotel set in 5 acres of private grounds (from £60/night).
If you want something a bit cosier then stay right in the centre of town at the 17th century Grapevine Hotel (from £105/night) with its excellent restaurant, or the more moderately priced The Unicorn Hotel also on the Sheep Street in the town centre (from £75/night).
Things to do in Stow on the Wold
The best way to experience Stow on the Wold is to just spend some time exploring the shops around the market square and wonder down the narrow streets between the traditional stone buildings. Park outside the town for free at the Tesco Supermarket and stroll into the town centre where you’ll find the ancient town stocks underneath an Elm tree.
When you get tired of walking around, take a break to enjoy tea and cake in one of the tea rooms, or sit down for a hearty pub lunch.
Of course the greatest attraction for people coming to Stow in the Wold is the stunning Cotswold landscape, for which the town is perfectly positioned as the starting point for country walks. Put your walking boots on, buy a map and enjoy.
Where to Eat
There are many good restaurants in Stow on the Wold, mainly serving traditional English food, though you’ll struggle to find any cheap deals. However, if quality is what you’re after, then head over to the 947AD, a restaurant set up by David Sargent and Marco Pierre White in what is reputed to be the oldest pub in Britain. If you don’t fancy British food then The Conservatory on Sheep Street is an excellent French Restaurant. Most of the hotels also have decent restaurants, and prices are significantly lower on lunch times.
When to Go
As a beautiful town in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, Stow on the Wold is busy all year round. It’s exposed position makes it particular cold in winter and so the best times to visit are in spring, with the new leaves and flowers, or in autumn when the trees are turning. That way you get the best combination of beautiful scenery, a good chance of decent weather, and avoiding the enormous crowds during the peak summer holiday season.
If you’re heading that way, why not also make a visit to Shipston on Stour or the world famous Stratford-upon Avon just a few miles away.
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