Moreton-in-Marsh: A Charming Cotswold Market Town (2023)

Moreton in Marsh, quaint, Cotswold charm, old-world restraint, history, beauty, paint


This charming Cotswold market town is renowned for its weekly open air street market held every Tuesday, a tradition dating back to the 13th century. Stalls offer fresh produce, crafts, and antiques.

Situated at the head of the stunning Evenlode Valley, Moreton-in-Marsh lies along Fosse Way – an ancient Roman road that dates back to the first and second centuries.

It’s here in the heart of the Cotswolds, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1966, that visitors can find a high street lined with 17th and 18th century honey-colored stone buildings lovingly restored to house specialist shops, antique emporiums and inviting tea rooms.

The high street features the Redesdale Hall (the Town Hall) was constructed in 1887 by Sir Algernon Bertram Freeman Mitford, 1st Baron of Redesdale and has a striking architectural marvel in the shape of an elongated, turret-topped roof.

Seemingly everywhere you turn in Moreton-in-Marsh there’s something historical. For example, The White Hart Royal is where King Charles I sought refuge during the Civil War. The Curfew Tower in Oxford Street was built around the 16th century with the clock built in 1648.

Global mega star Elton John launched his new record label at Redesdale Hall in 1972 and also purchased an L.S. Lowry painting of the venue in the 1940s (Source: Wikipedia).

Other places to visit include the cricket club ground, Queen Victoria Gardens (a small park with a children’s playground), St. David’s Church, the garden centre, and the croquet club to see if there are any games being played.

The Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial pays tribute to the fallen soldiers from both world wars. Diana Hope Rowden, a Special Operations Executive agent who served at RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, is also honored here.

Moreton-in-Marsh has its own railway station connected to London’s Paddington line and is a major transport hub for the area with public transport connections between both towns and surrounding villages.

Although having a car is useful in the Cotswolds since public transport is limited to (mainly) major towns and villages, there are also a few taxis available for hire. If you are driving from Heathrow Airport, the journey, by car, takes around 1.5 hours.

High Street is lined with an array of tea rooms, antique shops, local artisans, restaurants, traditional pubs and supermarkets. Moreton-in-Marsh is one of those rare Cotswolds towns to have a public toilet which can be found on the High Street opposite Oxford Street and next to The Redesdale Hall.

There is an Aldi supermarket and plenty of parking outside and within the town.

Broadway village

After you’ve finished exploring, there are some nearby attractions of interest includes Batsford Arboretum features a stunning collection of trees and shrubs from around the world.

Then there’s the Cotswold Falconry Centre where you can see birds of prey up close, including owls, hawks, and eagles and watch flying displays.

The iconic Broadway Tower is on a hilltop nearby and offers stunning, panoramic views or you can head over to the famous Bourton-on-the Water and enjoy the many shops and cafes or visit the Cotswolds Motoring Museum and Toy Collection.

Overall, there are plenty of nearby attractions to explore when visiting Moreton-in-Marsh, including beautiful gardens, historic houses, charming villages, and stunning natural scenery.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.


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