The heart of Minchinhampton is almost unaltered with its narrow streets and cottages built in mellow Cotswold stone. Many of the buildings date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when it flourished as a market centre for the surrounding farmland and the medieval wool trade.
Minchinhampton is surrounded by some of the most beautiful common land in the country where horses and cattle roam freely - a tradition of farms in the area that have medieval rights to graze cattle. The commons are host to a diverse range of fauna and flora, some unique to this limestone upland, including wild orchids and the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Evidence of pre-Roman settlement can also be seen. The common offers a breath taking panoramic view of the Stroud Valleys and is the perfect place for picnics, kite flying, walking and horse riding. Minchinhampton Common is also home to one of the earliest golf clubs in the West of England.
The town itself is a foodie's paradise, with award winning cafés and restaurants, complimented by one of the area’s finest family butchers. Additionally an organic dairy, farm shop and other independent shops add to a wide range of niche facilities.