Stroud

Stroud High Street

Stroud is at the heart of the Five Valleys in the Cotswolds. It is in Gloucestershire, England.

For the town in Oklahoma Frontier Country see Stroud (Oklahoma).

Understand

There's many fine, beautiful and interesting things to see but it's not "pretty" in the way that similar sized towns in the Cotswolds or Gloucestershire are. It's a fairly "alternative" place with organic/biodynamic food and a long history of campaigning to save local facilities and landmarks. For many years, local people opposed letting McDonald’s build a restaurant.

Get in

By train

Stroud has a train station very close to the centre of the town, and so is accessible from all over the country. The trains usually arrive and depart once every thirty minutes on weekdays.

By bus

Stroud is the crossroads of the cotswolds for buses, and stagecoach buses go further afield. Buses connect to Cheltenham and Gloucester.

By car

The Cotswolds are pretty hopeless in terms of public transport, so a car might be a good idea. To reach Stroud from the M5, turn off at junction 13 Eastwards. Follow the A419 through Stonehouse. The route is sign posted.

A large multi-storey carpark is just outside the town centre.

Get around

The town is small, and much of the shopping district has been pleasantly pedestrianised. (mind the steep hills!)

See

Learn

Stroud is home to the Stroud part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, which has further campuses in the Bristol area.

Do

Next to the Stroud College of Art and Design is the Leisure Centre, with several Tennis/Squash and badminton courts as well as a swimming pool and various 'different' activities from Trampolining to Akido.

Buy

Loads of shops along the pedestrian high street. Many non-chain shops too!

Eat

There are various fast food outlets in Stroud (including Subway, McDonald's and Burger Star) despite opposition from locals. Other cafés:

Drink

There are various cafés and coffee shops in Stroud, including Mother nature, Woodruff's and Mill's mentioned above, which serve freshly-baked cakes and tarts. A Costa Coffee recently opened and is situated at the top of the high street.

The main club in town is the Warehouse, only open on Saturday nights and costing £6 to get in (£3 before 11:30). A newer, less popular club, Junction 13, is at the top of town. It's open both Friday and Saturday nights and costs £4 to get in (before 11:00 it's free). These clubs aren't great, though, and Stroud can get quite nasty at night. Nearby Cheltenham is much better for evening entertainment.

Sleep

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