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Gloucestershire near Cotswolds Offers & Links

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.

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Accommodation near Stroud and the Cotswolds

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Stroud map

The Museum in the Park ¾ mile

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.

Westonbirt Arboretum by bus

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.

National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Painswick Rococo Garden by bus then ½ mile

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.

Painswick map
Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways

Woodchester Park NT by bus then ½ mile

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.

Woodchester Mansion by bus then 1¼ miles

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).

Nympsfield Long Barrow EH by bus then ¾ mile

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.

Nympsfield map
Ultimate Travel Club
Ultimate Travel Club