Visit Moreton in Marsh:
Moreton in Marsh, a historic North Cotswold market town. With it's weekly market & railway station it is a great base for visiting the Cotswolds. A small market town in the Evenlode Valley Moreton-in-Marsh is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This Cotswold market town stands at the crossroads of the Fosse Way Roman road & is served by the local railway station & a couple of local bus routes. Moreton is a great stop for those travelling by train, with many hotels located a short walk from the railway station, which links travellers South to Oxford & London Paddington or North to Worcester & Hereford. Moreton in Marsh, dates back 1000 years to the Saxon era. With elegant 17th and 18th Century buildings along the wide main street, one building of note, a former manor house is where King Charles I took refuge during the Civil War. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887 which is the town’s main public hall (pictured below) with its arches (now bricked up) that originally provided shelter for dairy farmers & vegetable growers selling their items at the market. There is a weekly market every Tuesday, selling a variety of handmade items, local produce & general market fare.
Tolkien Fans....the Bell Inn Public House, located along the main street in Moreton in Marsh will be a must if you’re a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings works. It’s believed that the Bell Inn was Tolkien's inspiration for the Prancing Pony Inn in the Fellowship of the Ring, where Gandalf was due to meet the Hobbits. Tolkien loved exploring the Cotswolds & would stop off in Moreton in Marsh on his way to visit his brother who owned a farm in Worcestershire.
Places to Stay in Moreton in Marsh:
If you are planning a trip up to the Cotswolds you may wish to stay overnight in Moreton in Marsh, you have some good options.
The Manor House Hotel, have taken their magnificent 16th century manor house & created 35 beautifully designed bedrooms, they have a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and bar to tantalise your taste buds with views overlooking our stunning gardens.
The White Hart Royal, is a former 16th century coaching inn and is as comfortable and elegant today as it was in its coaching heyday. It was so well loved historically that it’s where King Charles I chose to visit back in 1645, the day before the famous battle of Naseby.
The Redesdale Arms, The award winning 34 bedroom Redesdale Arms Hotel sits at the gateway to the Cotswolds, on the High Street of the historic town of Moreton-in-Marsh. Steeped in history and dating back to around 1650.
The Bell, Considered by many to be JRR Tolkien’s inspiration for the ‘Prancing Pony’, Middle Earth’s most famous pub in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, The Bell Inn is a fine example of a traditional coaching inn providing quality food, drink and accommodation in welcoming surroundings.
Martha's Coffee House. Martha's Coffee House is situated right in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Market Town of Moreton in Marsh. It is a friendly, family run café which prides itself on providing freshly made food, coffee and scones. Your cosy and tasteful accommodation for two people is situated just above the Café
Go Cotswolds exploring from Moreton in Marsh:
Once in Moreton in Marsh you will probably want to go Cotswolds exploring, you can walk to Batsford Arboretum through the fields, visit the falconry & have tea in the little café. On certain days of the week you can also visit Bourton House, a small but perfectly formed garden. Of course you also have the weekly market, every Tuesday along the main high street. Which is worth a wander. But what about visiting other local villages & market towns, is there public transport????? Well yes there are a few local buses, but unfortunately the service is rather limited. If you want to maximise your time in Moreton in Marsh then the best way would be to take a tour! Lucy & Richard from Cotswolds Guided Tours are local residents, living just a few miles away in a tiny village of Evenlode, just outside Moreton in Marsh. They established their Cotswold tour company back in 2017, having both extensively travelled they understand what guests want. A small group tour, with plenty of free time to explore & fun, interesting commentary that brings the region to life! Forget the large tour buses, where you arrive a a beautiful location only to be surrounded by hordes of other travellers. Lucy & Richard visit all the very best locations, but keep the group sizes small, really its a micro tour, with only space for 7 passengers. We currently have a special offer running making us the most affordable tour company in the Cotswold! Our 6 hour small group Cotswolds tours are priced at £45 per person & start at Moreton in Marsh Railway station. Perfect for guests staying in Moreton in Marsh or catching the train from London, Oxford, Reading or Worcester. Head to our website & book your tickets for a wonderful day out exploring the Cotswolds. We also have private tours available starting at £275 for 4 guests with collection & return from your North Cotswolds accommodation
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