Take a stroll through Wotton’s bustling town centre and enjoy browsing in our diverse range of independent shops and art galleries. You can find everything from antiques and books to toys and clothes. And there’s fantastic food and drink, too, whether you’re shopping for a special dinner party or just your weekly groceries. Wherever you wander and whatever you buy, you’ll find it served with a friendly Gloucestershire welcome.
Market Street in the 1900s and now
Wotton-Under-Edge Heritage Centre
The town’s Heritage Centre is a must. It offers a wealth of information for visitors and features regular displays in its museum. The centre is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. It’s also open every Sunday from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October from 2.30pm to 5.00pm.
Wotton for walkers and cyclists
With the Cotswold Way running right through the centre of the town, Wotton is a magnet for walkers throughout the year. Leaflets for town and countryside walks are available from the Heritage Centre. A short climb takes you to Wotton Hill (look out for the landmark Jubilee Pines), with spectacular views across the Severn and into Wales. A mile or so more through Westridge Woods and you come to the Tyndale Monument, a hilltop tower built to commemorate local hero William Tyndale, the martyred 16th century Bible translator. See Walks around Wotton and www.cotswolds.com
Wotton means business
Wotton is a great place to do business. The town’s thriving business scene spans enterprises of every type and size, from Renishaw, a hi-tech engineering firm, and the well-known Wotton Auction Rooms (with monthly two-day sales) to small shops, individual contractors and freelancers working from home. See the Wotton-under-Edge Chamber of Trade site www.wotton.biz
Exploring the surrounding area
Wotton is an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds. See the following links for more information about the beautiful countryside and many attractions that are easily accessible from Wotton:
Cotswolds Visitors Guide
Visit the Cotswolds website
Information about the Five Valleys and Severn Vale
Where to go
Shops, pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and takeaways offer snacks and meals for all budgets and occasions. Many are in historic premises that have been lovingly restored. Follow this link for more information to help you plan your visit.
Town Hall Teas – on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to November, 2.30pm to 5pm at the Town Hall. They are a much-prized Wotton tradition, with proceeds going to the local charities and groups that provide them.
Wotton’s Electric Picture House – one of the oldest cinemas in the country, yet boasts the most modern sound equipment and digital projection, including 3D.
Under the Edge Arts – a community project running classes, performances and workshops in areas including music, visual arts, crafts and literature. Each spring and summer, the town’s cultural life is enhanced by Wotton Arts Festival and the Arts and Crafts Trail.
Wotton Pool – open from May to September and features a retractable roof and heating. It offers safe family fun, as well as lane swimming for fitness.
Wotton Library provides lending and reference material, together with free internet access.
The National Trust’s Newark Park – a Tudor hunting lodge nearby with a beautiful garden and stunning views.
Wotton has several lively churches, which include St Mary’s Parish Church, Wotton Baptist Church, Wotton United Church (Methodist-URC), the Catholic Church of the Holy Cross and Oliver Memorial Chapel.
See Churches Together in Wotton
Fancy a round of golf? – Cotswold Edge Golf Club is situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment with fantastic views over Wotton-under-Edge and the Severn Vale.
Things to do in the Town
Our churches, almhouses and listed buildings can be found on our map.
Find out more about our community swimming pool here.
Places to eat
Our restaurants, cafés, and pubs can be found here.
Children’s Play Areas
The town has two play areas for children – see our page here.