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.

Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, the town’s many beautiful buildings can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets.

Painswick and its surrounding villages provide a great base from which to explore the undiscovered south Cotswolds, as well as for day trips to Bristol, Bath, Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester. 

New Street, constructed around 1428, contains the oldest building in England to house a Post Office, the country’s oldest bowling green and houses with magnificent Georgian frontages.

The famous parish church of St. Mary can be found sitting amongst 99 yew trees in one of the most memorable churchyards in the country.

Award winning hotels, inns, pubs and tea rooms, with specialist craft shops and those selling unusual goods from around the globe, antiques and collectables are all situated in the centre of the village.

The world famous Rococo Gardens and the picturesque villages of Sheepscombe, Edge and Slad are all within a mile or so of the centre, and this fascinating and beautiful area offers marvellous walking country for those wishing to discover the Cotswolds on a more personal level.

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