Cotswold Towns and Villages


Minchinhampton is a small, attractive town in Gloucestershire just northeast of Nailsworth.  It sits atop a hill between the Golden Valley and Nailsworth Valley.  There are a number of sites here of to fascinate a visitor.

The town’s church, Holy Trinity, is an example of distinctive local architecture.  It has a typical cruciform appearance but its spire is distinguishing in that it is truncated.  The reason for the spire’s strange shape is that part of it had to be destroyed in the 16th century owing to the arches below being unable to support the spire’s weight.  The oldest parts of the building date back to the 14th century.

What other spots can you visit in Minchinhampton?  Ruskin Mill is a well known arts and crafts centre attended by youths from all over England.  Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished but well preserved 19th century Gothic manor.  The Mansion is set on a beautifully landscaped 400 acre park.  The Mansion includes a tea room and a gift shop.  Owlpen Manor is a handsome Tudor manor which includes a church, barn and mill.  The Manor also has a beautiful terraced garden.

There is a lot more to see and do around Minchinhampton; this is a wonderful little town that can provide plenty of pleasurable diversion for a day!



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