In 'the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds', 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.

Encircled by five sweeping valleys opening out to the River Severn and made famous by Laurie Lee’s novel “Cider with Rosie”, the scenery is dramatic around Stroud.  It is a great meeting place, with direct links to London. Jasper Conran once described the town as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds'.

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

At a time when the prevalence of chain stores has turned many of Britain’s High Streets into soulless copies of each other, Stroud is a welcome relief. With a bohemian vibe and an enviable array of independent shops, Stroud offers a unique shopping experience unrivalled by any town or city in the locality. 

The award-winning Farmers' Market is weekly (Saturday) and is one of the best in the country. 

Throughout the summer months, street performers will entertain you every Saturday morning. There is a full programme of music and theatre throughout the year – a true hub of cultural events.

Stroud is most often characterised as grittier than its Cotswold neighbours with an inimitable mix of landscape and industrial heritage. The mills strung along the valleys and the town’s landmark buildings, inform the creative spirit of the town. Nearby Stratford Park offers a range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a lakeside walk and the Museum in the Park.

The town has a state of the art cinema and the Subscription Rooms hosts a variety of live events in a handsome late Regency building in the heart of the town.

Discover the heritage of Stroud through our heritage board map trail. Pop in to the Stroud Tourist Information Centre in the Subscription Rooms to pick up a copy.

Find out what there is to do in the Five Valleys & Severn Vale

The Five Valleys & Severn Vale Itinerary



Other useful links

For more information about the area contact our visitor centres.

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