Cotswolds streets, Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold: A Beautiful Cotswold Market Town (2023)

Amidst rolling hills, Stow-on-the-Wold stands so bold, a town steeped in old


This is one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, Stow-on-the-Wold is at the top of a hill and the focal point is the beautiful big square in the centre featuring many quaint shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants.

There is a lot to do just in Stow-on-the-Wold (sometimes shortened to just ‘Stow’) and the town is brimming with old English charm.

Stow On The Wold
Stow On The Wold, market square

From its attractive stone buildings, to its range of traditional English tea rooms and pubs, there’s plenty of other places to explore too.

The Market square is an absolute must to visit when exploring this historic district.

Hopping around its narrow alleyways known as ‘tures’ that funnel sheep into the square and taking note of its Market Cross which serves as a reminder to merchants to trade fairly are two must-sees during your trip.

Stow is home to several historic pubs where you can enjoy traditional pub fare and local ales while warming up next to a roaring fire.

The Porch House, Britain’s oldest pub, with wooden beams carbon-dated at over 1,000 years and features an 16th-century stone fireplace carved with ‘witch’s marks’ designed to ward off evil spirits.

St Edward’s Church, named for the town’s patron Saint Edward, boasts traditional architecture and an otherworldly tree-framed entrance which may have inspired JRR Tolkien to create Doors of Durin in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

We parked in the main square and it’s meter-free; there’s plenty of parking here and nearby. Free parking doesn’t mean park for the whole day; normally there are signposts explaining the length of time allowed.

Stow on the Wold shops
Stow on the Wold shops

There are so many cool shops in old buildings around Stow-on-the-Wold that it’s quite an experience walking inside and seeing ancient wooden beams or the famous Cotswold honey-coloured stonework in contrast to brand new clothes or a digital cash register!

We had a couple of drinks in The Talbot pub next to the market square and sat in the picturesque courtyard filled with independent jewelry, flower and furniture shops. This is a big pub on two floors and is family (and dog) friendly.

The Talbot Pub, Stow on the Wold
The Talbot Pub, Stow on the Wold
Blackboard Menu
Blackboard Menu
Drinks Outside
Drinks Outside

Once you’ve had time to stroll around, there are many nearby villages to Stow-on-the-Wold and its surrounding countryside offer ample opportunity for walking.

There are several easy routes that lead to nearby villages like Bourton-on-the-Water or Maugersbury, the Gloucestershire Way, North Cotswold Diamond Way or Macmillan Way.

Stow on the Wold is a picturesque market town and perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the beauty of the English countryside.

With its historic buildings, quaint streets, and stunning natural scenery, and whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Stow-on-the-Wold is the ideal destination.

We drove there and got hopelessly lost just trying to find the main town square; plug into your GPS or look out for Market Square off Digbeth Street, Church Street or High Street. Sheep Street (A436), Fosse Way and the B4068 intersect and bypass Stow on the Wold so it’s likely there will be traffic.

Public Toilets

Stow-on-the-Wold has two public toilets and each are accessible and have baby changing facilities. Handily, one is in the Maugersbury Road car park (scroll down for details).

LocationPostcodePriceSummer Opening HoursWinter
Opening Hours
AccessibilityBaby Changing Facilities
Stow-on-the-Wold, Market SquareGL54 1AB40p8am – 8pm8am – 6pmYesYes
Stow-on-the-Wold, Maugersbury Road Car ParkGL54 1HH40p8am – 8pm8am – 6pmYesYes
July 2023. For a full list of public toilets in the Cotswolds, see

Car Parking

If the free parking in the market square is taken, more Stow-on-the-Wold car parking is located in Maugersbury Road. Map and details below:

Location: Maugersbury Road, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1HH (Google Map)

Cashless PaymentUse the Pay by Phone app, website, credit or debit card at the machine, or by calling a number on your mobile.
Location Number for Cashless or Phone Payments804762
SpacesStandard Bays: 68
Disabled Bays: 2
Motorcycle Bay: Yes
No Electrical Vehicle Bays, Free Bays or Cycle Racks
Opening Hours24/7
Charges8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am and 4pm on Sunday.
PricesHalf an hour: 80p
One hour: £1.70
Two hours: £3.00
Three hours: £3.90
Five hours: £5.30
Ten hours: £7.90
No. of Pay and Display Machines1
Motorhome ParkingNo overnight camping is permitted. Parking charges apply in these bays. Motorhomes are not permitted to occupy more than one space and not obstruct adjacent spaces.
Source: Cotswolds Council
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 website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

If you’re looking for other places to visit apart from Stow-on-the-Wold, have a look at our quick guides: Poole Keynes, Rendcomb, Weston-sub-Edge, Wotton-under-Edge, Witney, and many more on the main page.


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