Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the northern Cotswold Hills near the boundary between Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire counties. Its name is derived from an Old English word meaning Sheep-wash-town, referencing its early role as an important sheep market. The town is located relatively close to Chipping Campden, Broadway and Moreton-in-Marsh. After the decline of the wool market in later years, many Cotswold towns suffered economically, but Shipston was spared by the opening of a horse-powered tramway line, which later became the site for a railway in 1889. This town served as a coaching stage during this era; many of the inns from that time still stand in High Street.
Today you can enjoy an eclectic collection of shops, pubs and restaurants in Shipston-on-Stour. There are also many inns which are open to visitors. Nearby are other attractions like Warwick Castle (less than a half hour’s drive) and the gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manor. Shipston plays host to a couple of annual events including the Shipston Proms in June and July and the Wool Fair in the spring. The Shipston Proms are a two week live music event featuring local musicians. Just as Shipston was a great coaching stage for journeys in the 19th century, it is a great stop for you on your Cotswold journey today.