There are lots of beautiful places to visit in Gloucestershire, and one of the most popular places to visit is Stroud. In the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, this is a town that has many exciting things to explore, and really is a mix of everything – from the many local products available at the popular farmers market, to the modern local companies like this Stroud business coach www.randall-payne.co.uk/services/business-advisory/business-coaching – if you are looking for a place to visit that has a bit of everything, a thriving arts and crafts scene and an alternative and bohemian feel to it and is completely unique, then Stroud is the place for you. Here are some of the things to look out for…
Market Day – On a Saturday, Stroud is a great place to be – this is market day, and from 9am – 2pm you can purchase a wide selection of locally produced items from the market, from mushrooms to wine to pies and pasties – there is a huge selection on offer, as well as popular street foods too, if you want something warm to tuck into whilst on your way around the market. This is one of the most popular farmers markets in the United Kingdom in fact, so you are sure to find plenty to take your fancy here on market day!
History – There is plenty of history in the local area – Minchinhampton market house is a popular place to visit, it was originally built in the 17th Century due to the local wool trade, but as the years have gone on it is used for all sorts of local events, from concerts to private parties.
Woodchester mansion is another famous local building. Grand and imposing is a popular place with many visitors and is also said to be home to a few permanent residents – yes, it is reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in the area. This grade 1 listed building has always remained unfinished and is also home to its own colony of bats – both Greater and Lesser Horseshoe.
Countryside – The countryside that surrounds Stroud and all the villages is a huge attraction to walkers, who can explore the Cotswold way, as well as the other beautiful places in the area. Head to Coaley Peak for stunning views out over Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, as well as a neolithic burial site, Minchinhampton Common and Rodborough common, which provide the perfect wide open spaces to enjoy the countryside, or into the many local woodlands that surround the area.
For woodland walks there is the beautiful woodland area of Standish woods, which is lovely to enjoy all year round, and you can also access Haresfield beacon from here, which is another lovely place to sit and take in the glorious views of the surrounding countryside.