Moreton in Marsh
Travel Guide of Moreton in Marsh
A small market town in the Evenlode Valley Moreton-in-Marsh is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This Cotswold market town stands at the crossroads of the Fosse Way Roman road & is served by the local railway station & a couple of local bus routes. Moreton is a great stop for those travelling by train, with many hotels located a short walk from the railway station, which links travellers South to Oxford & London Paddington or North to Worcester & Hereford. Moreton in Marsh, dates back 1000 years to the Saxon era. With elegant 17th and 18th Century buildings along the wide main street, one building of note, a former manor house is where King Charles I took refuge during the Civil War. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887 which is the town’s main public hall (pictured below) with its arches (now bricked up) that originally provided shelter for dairy farmers & vegetable growers selling their items at the market. There is a weekly market every Tuesday, selling a variety of handmade items, local produce & general market fare.
Tolkien Fans....the Bell Inn Public House, located along the main street in Moreton in Marsh will be a must if you’re a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings works. It’s believed that the Bell Inn was Tolkien's inspiration for the Prancing Pony Inn in the Fellowship of the Ring, where Gandalf was due to meet the Hobbits. Tolkien loved exploring the Cotswolds & would stop off in Moreton in Marsh on his way to visit his brother who owned a farm in Worcestershire.
Probably one of the most accessible Cotswolds market towns, with a train station that has regular services from London Paddington through to Hereford. This service is provided by Great Western Railways.
There are also good bus routes heading south the service is provided by Pulhams, the 801 bus will take travellers through Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water & on to Cheltenham. You can also head north, on Johnsons Coaches on Bus 1 or 2, this service goes via Chipping Campden and on to Stratford Upon Avon.
National Express have also set up a route from London Victoria to Moreton in Marsh, this would be a good option to compare against the train costs.
Beautiful places surrounding Moreton in Marsh
Tiny hamlet with a wonderful manor house, owned by the National Trust which is open throughout the summer months. If you want to visit we would advise catching a taxi from the railway station.
Places to stay in Moreton in Marsh
Moreton in Marsh has a great collection of places to stay, working in alphabetical order:
Acacia Bed & Breakfast, Moreton in Marsh is a cosy 18th Century three-storey Cotswold stone house. you have a single & double room (with shared facilities) or a twin ensuite room. Enjoy a full English breakfast before your day out exploring. Bell Inn public House, Moreton in Marsh, five recently refurbished spacious & airy rooms – each with ensuite shower rooms, complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV, hospitality trays, free WiFi. With connections to JRR Tolkien, who it is believed used the Bell Inn as the inspiration for the Prancing Pony Inn in his Lord of the Rings novels. Manor House Hotel, is an enchanting 16th Century Cotswold retreat where you can both indulge and relax in a homely atmosphere. 35 beautifully designed bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant & with views overlooking their stunning gardens. Martha's Coffee House, historic cottage right in the heart of Moreton in Marsh, cosy and tasteful accommodation for two people is situated just above the Cafe. The Redesdale Arms, with it's central location the award winning 34 bedroom 3* hotel offers a mixture of doubles, twins and junior suites with sofa beds. The rooms are spread between the original main building, dating back to 1650, and to the rear of the building in the original stable block or courtyard. The White Hart Royal Hotel, a former 16th century coaching inn and is as comfortable and elegant today as it was in its coaching heyday. Rooms vary is size & shape offering a selection of small doubles, deluxe & superior options. A historic hotel with a characterful and intriguing past, with on site bar & restaurant.
Please Note, Cotswolds Guided Tours is providing accommodation options as a guide only these are not recommendations but for information purposes, it is not an exhaustive list and we advise you seek out reviews before booking to ensure you are happy with your selection