Moreton-in-Marsh is a bustling market town and a gateway to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town has been welcoming travellers since the 13th century and is filled with centuries-old buildings and churches. Shop at the famous weekly market, dine at farm-to-table restaurants and sip ale at famous Britain pubs.
Things to do in Moreton-in-Marsh
The town’s atmospheric high street is lined with centuries-old inns and townhouses built from locally quarried Cotswolds stone. Many are reimagined as shops, cafes and pubs, while others house cosy guesthouses and B&Bs. Redesdale Market Hall is a local landmark designed by famed British architect Sir Ernest George.
The weekly Moreton-in-Marsh market attracts vendors from across Gloucestershire. Browse more than 200 stalls selling fresh produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and more. You’ll also find great antique stores and galleries along the high street.
Moreton-in-Marsh is an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area stretches across six counties and features rolling hills, ancient woodlands and bluebell-strewn forests. Wander around medieval villages filled and visit magnificent stately manors like Upton House. The long-distance Cotswold Way hiking trails takes you through some of the most beautiful sections of the AONB.
Moreton-in-Marsh has hosted a string of famous guests over the centuries, including J. R. R. Tolkien. The atmospheric pub The Bell Inn is said to be the inspiration for The Prancing Pony featured in “The Lord of the Rings”. Dine at the White Hart Hotel and you’ll be retracing the footsteps of King Charles I, who took refuge in the pub during the English Civil War.
Getting around Moreton-in-Marsh
Moreton-in-Marsh is located in the Evenlode Valley in Gloucestershire, a 2.5-hour drive from London. The town is compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Trains run between Moreton-in-Marsh railway station on the Cotswold Line and London Paddington in under two hours.