Stroud is a market town with an industrial history. Textile mills used the fast flowing water in the local valleys. The Thames & Severn Way passes along the Stroudwater Canal.
TI George Street. Tel. 01453 760960.
Set in the beautiful Stratford Park, the Museum is housed in a 17th century wool merchant's mansion
and tells the story of the Stroud valleys and wider district. Exhibitions and events programme. Refreshments.
Open Jan-Nov, TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1630.
The 600 acre arboretum contains an extensive collection of specimen trees from around the world,
many of them rare and exotic. Restaurant and Café.
Open Daily 0900-1700.
Bus 69 from Merrywalks Bus Station (¼ mile from Rail Station) to entrance, 50 minutes journey, M-S infrequent. Operated by Stagecoach.
Planted as a flamboyant pleasure garden in the 1740s this is the only surviving garden in the
English Rococo style, with long vistas, geometric patterns and architectural features. Restaurant.
Open Mar-Sep, WThFSSu 1000-1700, see website for Oct-Feb.
Bus 66 from Merrywalks Bus Station (¼ mile from Rail Station) to Painswick Church (or the next stop) then ½ mile walk. 7-10 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Cheltenham.
The Cotswold Way National Trail passes through Painswick.
A wooded valley with the remains of a landscape park and a chain of five lakes.
Waymarked trails through the picturesque scenery. Woodland play trail. Admission free.
The unfinished mansion (¾ mile from entrance) is not NT, see below.
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
Bus 65 from Merrywalks Bus Station (¼ mile from Rail Station) to Nympsfield, Rose & Crown, then ½ mile walk to entrance. 17-27 minutes journey, M-F only, 2-hourly. Some journeys pass through Woodchester village but do NOT alight there, remain on the bus to Nympsfield. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Cam & Dursley.
A Victorian Gothic mansion mysteriously abandoned before construction was complete.
Fine carvings. Guided tours available (see website for times). Refreshments.
Admission discount for NT and EH members.
Open Apr-Oct, FSSu & BH 1100-1700. Occasional closures for private events, please check website.
Bus see Woodchester Park above, 1¼ miles walk to Mansion (half through Woodchester Park).
A large Neolithic burial mound with spectacular views over the Severn Valley. Its burial chambers
are uncovered for viewing. From Nympsfield Long Barrow you can walk 1 mile south along the Cotswold Way to the similar
Uley Long Barrow EH (also known as Hetty Pegler's Tump). Admission free.
Open Daily dawn-dusk.
Bus see Woodchester Park above, ¾ mile walk.