In Stroud, you will find an eclectic mix of galleries, cafes and shops – selling everything from fossils to fairies and vintage to vinyl - and one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the country. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Five Valleys, the town is easily reachable by train, bus or car.
Stroud thrived on its woollen mills in the Industrial Revolution, some of which now open to visitors to enjoy guided tours. The town itself features some interesting landmark buildings and you can learn more on the Heritage Board Map Trail, in the historic Subscription Rooms. Nearby, beautiful Stratford Park offers a leisure centre, lakeside walk and the fascinating Museum in the Park.
Stroud is now a centre for the creative industries with writers, artists and craftspeople taking up residence in the five sweeping valleys encircling the town, made famous by Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”. Throughout the year, the town is home to a varied programme of festivals including the International Textiles Festival and month-long Site art festival where open-studio tours allow a glimpse into artists’ homes and studios.
The Cotswold Way runs close by and Rodborough, Minchinhampton and Selsley Commons overlook the town. On the commons, you will find a mix of roaming cattle, walkers, horse-riders, paragliders, golfers, kite-flyers, picnicking families, orchids and rare butterflies.
A huge project is currently underway to restore the Stroudwater canal back to its former glory. Take the opportunity to walk or cycle along the tow path (Thames and Severn Way) stopping at a traditional pub or café on the way. To find out more, drop in to the Cotswold Canals Centre located at Wallbridge Lock in Stroud.
Parking & Transport
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- Coach Parking
Towns & Villages
- Farmers market
- Public toilets
- Train station