Travel Guide

Stow on the Wold

 Stow is the highest market town in the Cotswolds, at nearly 800ft above sea level. Stow on the Wold was an ideal base with 8 roads converging on the outskirts of the town, it is located on the Roman Fosse Way and became an important trading centre. Stow on the Wold played an important part in the English Civil War, the last battle of the Civil War (on Cotswolds soil) was fought close by in Donnington back in 1646. At that time, St Edward’s Church, was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops, some of the damage sustained at this time can still be seen today & you can admire the outstanding stained glass within the Church, which post-dates the English Civil War, as the soldiers smashed the glass in a bid to escape their imprisonment.

 The Market Square is surrounded by town houses, cosy cafes, an extraordinary number of inns, cute independent shops  art galleries & antique centres. The market square in Stow on the Wold is by far the hub of the community, with the imposing St Edwards Hall dominating the centre along with the medieval market stocks at one end & the ancient market cross at the other. In its heyday, some of the largest sheep fairs in the Cotswolds region took place in the town with up to 20,000 sheep for sale in one day. There is still a monthly Farmers' Market, on the first Thursday of the month, which is very popular with locals & visitors. Guests on our Famous Cotswolds Tour love their time in Stow on the Wold over the lunch break. If you plan to stay in Stow on the Wold, we would recommend taking our Cotswold Highlights Tour.

places to stay in stow on the wold

The Bell Inn, a country style pub, with boutique rooms & seasonal menu, located on Park Street a short walk from the market square. The rooms at the Kings Arms are all stylishly decorated in contemporary Cotswold country style with modern ensuite bathrooms. Each has a TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The main building accommodates seven ensuite bedrooms, some with a steep climb up the original staircase which is rewarded with a view out across Market Square. The three split-level ‘stable’ rooms are in the courtyard on the site of the original coaching inn stables. These have a sitting room, TV, hot drink making facilities and ensuite bathroom downstairs, and a bedroom upstairs. Across the market square you will find the small but mighty Lucy's Tearooms, with two charming & comfortable B&B rooms, a delicious breakfast & onsite tearooms. Opposite you have the village green & the medieval stocks, here you will find the aptly named Old Stocks Inn, this recently refurbished the 17th-century coaching inn offers boutique luxury in a stunning location. With a selection of rooms, onsite restaurant & coffee shop it is easy to relax & soak up the charm of the Cotswolds. The Stag is also located in the heart of Stow on the Wold, with 22 rooms, a bar & restaurant they have a walled garden & courtyard, ideal to relax with a glass of wine after a day exploring the region. Stow Lodge, a 17th century manor house has been owned by the Hartley family for over sixty years. It retains plenty of old world charm and character, with traditional décor and furnishings throughout. Tastefully furnished ensuite bedrooms are situated in the main hotel or coach house, the property is set back from the market square in beautiful gardens.

Cotswolds Guided Tours offers a free collection & return service for tour guests from Stow on the Wold. (This service must be pre-booked)

The Old Stocks

Stow on the Wold

Boutique Hotel in the heart of this famous market town, with stunning rooms & delicious food.


kings arms

stow on the wold

Contemporary Cotswold pub with comfortable rooms & modern ensuite bathrooms.

stow lodge

stow on the wold

18th Century family owned & run hotel in the centre of this historic market town.

The BELL & Stuart House

Stow on the Wold

Fabulous pub, delicious food & additional boutique accommodation at Stuart House in Digbeth Street

Please Note, Cotswolds Guided Tours is providing accommodation options as a guide only these are not recommendations but for information purposes, it is not an exhaustive list and we advise you seek out reviews before booking to ensure you are happy with your selection

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