Ten best things to do in Stow-on-the-Wold

  1. Follow the Stow Town Trail to discover the story behind many of the oldest buildings in the town, exploring the many narrow stone alleyways or chures which would have been used for herding and counting sheep on their way to the market place.
     
  2. For a really in-depth guide to Stow's history, rent an ipod from Go-Stow, Stow's new independently owned and run tourist information centre and listen to the story of Stow and it's role in the English Civil War.
     
  3. Stow is a famous centre for antiques and art so take the opportunity to explore the many antique shops and art galleries to be found in the town.
     
  4. Use Stow as a base for exploring the North Cotswold area – Bourton on the Water, The Slaughters, Burford, Broadway and Chipping Campden are all a short drive away from the town. 
     
  5. Take a walk from Stow, past the historic Wells and down to the lovely village of Broadwell, where the welcoming Fox Inn (dog friendly!) overlooking the village green makes a pleasant lunch stop. The walk continues to the village of Donnington and just outside the village there is a monument commemorating the last battle of the Civil War.
     
  6. The town's heart is the fine Market Square, complete with its Market Cross – a reminder to traders to trade fairly under the sight of God. In the southeast corner, Digbeth Street leads towards the Royalist Hotel, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as England's oldest Inn (947 AD).
     
  7. Enjoy a traditional Cotswold cream tea in one of the town's many cafes or buy locally produced cheese and meat from one of the two fine delicatessens on Digbeth Street or the excellent butchers shop, Lambournes. Alternatively visit the Farmers Market (held monthly on Thursday) in the square to stock up on local specialities including Donnington Trout.
     
  8.  Visit Chastleton House www.nationaltrust.org.uk just a few miles from Stow, one of the finest and most complete Jacobean houses in England, originally built for a rich wool merchant.
     
  9. Visit one of the bi-annual gypsy horse fairs held at Stow on the nearest Thursdays to 12th May and 21th October 2010. The fairs were chartered in 1476 by King Edward IV and are held in fields between Stow and Maugersbury. The May fair is the larger of the two.
     
  10. Stow's hilltop location led to the eighteenth century joke that Stow had no earth, fire or water, but plenty of air – and the couplet “Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold” which is etched on St Edward's Hall in the centre of town. However this means that it is pleasantly cool in the summer months. Today Stow is a much photographed and happy blend of shops, hotels and pubs so take time to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the combination of architecture and ambience that makes Stow the town it is today.

 

GO-STOW - Stow on the Wold
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