The historic wool town of Painswick, known as ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’, is one of the finest and best-preserved Cotswolds settlements, nestling quietly in the hills and surrounded by some of Gloucestershire’s most delightful countryside.
Painswick is at the mid-point of the Cotswold Way and surrounded by marvellous walking country. The world famous Rococo Gardens, Painswick Beacon and the picturesque villages of Sheepscombe, Edge and Slad are all within a mile or so of the centre. Beautiful buildings line the town’s narrow streets. New Street contains the oldest building in England to house a Post Office, the country’s oldest bowling green and the famous parish church of St. Mary sitting amongst 99 yew trees - one of the most memorable churchyards in the country. Award winning hotels and inns and some specialist craft and antique shops are all situated in the centre of the village. This town has become well-known for its summer Arts Festival and the newly established Wearable Arts competition.
Explore the countryside surrounding Painswick by following a Gateway Towns walking or cycling route. Created by the Cotswolds National Landscape and local communities you’ll discover hidden corners, epic views, historic sites, and a rich diversity of wildlife.