A guide to Painswick and its Rococo gardens

Painswick is one of those forgotten villages that few dare to discover on a trip to the Cotswolds. Lack of time – and information – means that a visit to Painswick is often overlooked.

But if you are travelling in summer, and you have a couple of hours to enjoy this beautiful village, I highly recommend it.

📍How to get to Painswick

The easiest way to get to Painswick is by car. It is necessary for any route through the Cotswolds.

There is a free car park near Painswick Church. Here is the exact location 👇

If you decide to visit Painswick by public transport, the 66 Stroud-Cheltenham bus passes through.

🗺 What to see in Painswick

If Painswick is one of the first villages you visit, you’ll probably find it very pretty. The same thing that happened to me with Northleach.

In my case, Painswick was one of the last villages I saw. After 8 days touring the Cotswolds it was difficult for a village to impress me a bit. But Painswick did 👇

Painswick village

Painswick is a tiny village, which is easy to walk around. Its main – and prettiest – street is New St. Mary’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in the Cotswolds.

The church garden is protected by 99 trees. Legend has it that the devil won’t let a hundredth tree grow.

In this part is the Tourist Office, which is only open from March to October. And some accommodation and pubs. The rest of the streets are predominantly residential, with the occasional neighbourhood shop.

Rococo Gardens

We could have walked past Painswick, or just strolled along its main streets. Perhaps even seen it on any other day of the route while staying in Gloucester.

But I had discovered a hidden gem in the Cotswolds and I needed to go there. I love visiting places that few people know about.

The gardens are open most of the year – with the exception of December – and cost £9. They are perfect for a couple of hours on a summer’s day. In winter, I wouldn’t recommend it as much. Mostly because it tends to rain, and you’re likely to find yourself with mud all over the place.

The visit lasts two hours, although you can spend as long as you want. They are open from 10.30am to 5pm, so if you want to see the gardens you’ll have to fit Painswick in between those hours of the day.

🍴Where to eat in Painswick

The Painswick Pooch Coffee House,  The Bistro at Cardynham House o St Michael’s Restaurant are the best options for eating in Painswick

🛌 Where to stay in Painswick

Falcon InnCourt House Manor Hotel Luxury B&BCroft House Guest Suite Painswick or The Painswick are the accommodations I would choose if staying overnight in Painswick. Good value, high rating and in the centre of town.


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