Stow-on-the-wold is one of the prettiest and most charming villages in the Cotswolds. It is true that it does not have the beauty of Castle Combe or Bibury, where some of its streets look like something out of a picture postcard.
However, it does have a distinct appeal, and that is its welcoming atmosphere. Stow-on-the-wold makes you feel at home, it conquers you through its stomach and its beautiful facades.
📍How to get to Stow-on-the-wold
For the road trip around the English countryside we rented a car with Rentalcars, a comparison site that helps you get the best price. And the places we used to park – both times we went – were Market Square and Fossway.
If you decide to visit by public transport, the only bus to Stow-on-the-wold is the 801 (from Cheltenham, Bourton-on-the-water and Moreton-in-Marsh).
🗺 What to visit in Stow-on-the-wold
Stow-on-the-wold is, along with Bourton-on-the-water and Broadway, one of my favourite villages in the Cotswolds. The streets are beautiful, the people are so friendly and the place itself makes you dream of wanting to move there head first.
Here are the places you must see in Stow-on-the-wold 👇
This is the main street of Stow-on-the-wold. Here you will find two historic sites in the town: The Fountain and Post Office. You can also visit the Fosse Gallery.
Market Square is the most important area of Stow-on-the-wold. This is where most of the shops and cafes are concentrated. Organic Shop, Lucy’s Tea Room, Tara Antiques Centre, The King Arms or The Talbot are some of the shops you will find in Market Square.
St Edward Church
At first glance it may look like any other church in the Cotswolds. However, it guards one of the prettiest and best-known landmarks in the English countryside.
Its north door is flanked by trees, creating this beautiful scene 😍.
One of the longest streets in Stow-on-the-wold. Here you’ll find Brewery Yard, a small corner of little shops that ends at Our Lady & St Kenelm RC Church.
This is another of the most beautiful streets in the village. The Porch House, the best place for breakfast in Stow-on-the-wold, is situated on this street.
The Cotswolds cottages are concentrated in this area.
🍴Where to eat in Stow-on-the-wold
There are places that you should definitely visit in Stow-on-the-wold. One is Lucy’s Tearoom, an iconic tea shop in the English countryside, and the other is The Porch House. It is said to be one of the oldest pubs in England.
🛌 Where to stay in Stow-on-the-wold
If I were to return to the Cotswolds, one of the places I’d stay overnight would be Stow-on-the-wold. It has more choice of accommodation than most of the nearby towns, and all of them are highly rated.
Here’s a list of my favourites 👇