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The White Hart Royal Hotel and Eatery – High St, Moreton in Marsh, GL560BA 01608 650731

Out & About in Moreton-in-Marsh

A traveller’s guide to Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh evolved around the Fosse Way, the old Roman Road which runs through the wide main street. The town is on the route of the old London to Worcester coaching road and was a popular stopping place for stagecoaches.Prior to the Norman Conquest, Moreton-in-Marsh was the property of the Earls of Mercia. It is shown in the Doomsday Book to have been the property of Westminster Abbey. The name ‘Moreton’ means Moorland settlement. The ‘in Marsh’ was thought to be originally ‘Henmarsh’ – marshy land where wild birds were found. ‘In Marsh’ could, however, be a corruption of the word march, meaning boundary. Until changes in county boundaries last century, Moreton was the meeting place for four county boundaries: Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.Moreton-in-Marsh was first granted market charters in 1227 and 1267. In 1638 Charles 1 granted the town a new royal charter and a large street market continues to be held each Tuesday. Centrally situated in the High Street is the Redesdale Market Hall, which is named after the Redesdale family of Batsford House who were town benefactors.The Church, which is dedicated to St. David, was re-built in 1859 and replaces a smaller church from the 13th century. Moreton-in-Marsh has one of the earliest railway stations in the country: the Moreton tramway first opened in 1826, and the London-Oxford-Worcester main line followed in 1853.Whether its a picturesque walk or a day out with the family, within only a few miles of the White Hart Royal Hotel you can explore many wonderful places.

Did you know Moreton in Marsh is in the centre of the North Cotswolds and therefore within striking distance of all tourist destinations including Stow on the Wold, Burton on the Water and many more? Moreover, we are only 16 miles by road (including bus from the railway station) to Stratford Upon Avon.

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum

Home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country, Batsford Arboretum offers visitors year round interest - from lush, spring colour provided by the beautiful Japanese flowering cherries to autumn’s spectacular natural fireworks display.

Opening details
Open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
The Arboretum and Garden Centre are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and Sundays 10am to 5pm.

Adults £7.95
Concessions £6.95
Children (4-15) £3.50
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £19.95

Bourton House Garden

Bourton House Garden

2015 Season

April to end October
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Easter)
10am to 5pm
Admission £6 (under 16’s free)

Group Visits

April to end October
Monday to Friday (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays)
Admission £6 per person (tour leader/coach driver free)
Please ring 01386 700754 or e-mail to make a booking


Our Tea room and Gift Shop in the Tithe Barn will be open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from May to end September 2015.  Teas for groups on other days by special arrangement.   Cream teas are available for groups if booked in advance.

Seven Cotswold Wonder Walks

Seven Cotswold Wonder Walks

In 2012 Cotswold Conservation Board ran a campaign to find the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds.  Thanks to a huge number of nominations sent in by the public and a vote, the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds were chosen and are shown below (in no particular order).  

Cotswold Way National Trail - DOWNLOAD WALK

Rollright Stones - DOWNLOAD WALK

Woodchester Park & Mansion - DOWNLOAD WALK

Cotswold Stone - DOWNLOAD WALK

The National Arboretum, Westonbirt - DOWNLOAD WALK

Stroud Farmers' Market - DOWNLOAD WALK

Cleeve Hill & Common - DOWNLOAD WALK

Thank you to Escape to the Cotswold for providing the walks.

Rollright Stones

Rollright Stones

The Rollright Stones is a ancient site located on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border in England. The complex consists of three main elements, The Kings Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights.

The name “Rollright” is believed to derive from “Hrolla-landriht”, the land of Hrolla.

Opening Times & Prices

Open between sunrise and sunset all year round

Adults - £1.00

Children - £0.50

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Closer to Wildlife! Stroll around the Park discovering over 260 different animal species in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and stunning gardens. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, walk with Lemurs in our Madagascar exhibit and watch Zebras and Rhinos graze in front of the Gothic listed Manor House, with only a ha-ha in between you. Take a ride on Bella the Train around the Park or let the kids explore the adventure playground. Have lunch in our restaurant or picnic on our spacious lawns. Pet the goats in the Farmyard or watch the Penguins being fed (daily at 11am & 3pm). If your're brave take a peek in our Reptile house with Crocodiles, venomous snakes and lizards or watch the bats flying around in the Bat house or see the creepy crawlies in the Insect House. Stroll around our Walled Garden with Meerkats, Otters, Prairie Dogs, Penguins and Tropical House with free-roaming Sloths, bats and birds. Along with beautiful exotic plants, cactus beds (in the warmer months) and spectacular bedding, all of which make a beautiful backdrop to the animals.

Opening Times

10am - 6pm April to October (British Summertime)
Last Admission 3:30pm

10am - 5pm November to March (GMT)
Last Admission 4:30pm


Adult      £15 (gate)   £14 (e-ticket)
Child      £10 (gate)   £9.50 (e-ticket)
Infant         Free                  Free
Seniors  £10 (gate)   £9.50 (e-ticket)



Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.

Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.

Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.

Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.

The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the Trust and rented out.

Go on a virtual tour of the garden

Websites - or 

Gift Aid

Whole property

Adult: £11.50
Child: £5.75
Family: £28.75
Group adult: n/a
Group child: n/a


Whole property

Adult: £10.45
Child: £5.22
Family: £26.12
Group adult: £9.00
Group child: £4.50

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Open Every day from Mid February Until Mid November, You will see Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and other Birds of Prey in all over 150 Birds can be seen either in the Breeding Aviaries or on the Flying Displays which are held daily at 11.30am,13.30,15.00 and 16.30 in the summertime. You may wish to pre book one of our popular experiences for that special day out.Cotswold Falconry Centre "More than a Flying Visit"

Chastleton House

Chastleton House

A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.

Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.

Opening Times & Prices

Open Wed-Sun, 13:00 - 17:00 until October 31st 2015

Garden only

  • Adult: £3.50
  • Child: £2.00
  • Family: £9.00
  • Group adult: n/a
  • Group child: n/a

House and garden

  • Adult: £9.50
  • Child: £5.00
  • Family: £24.00
  • Group adult: n/a
  • Group child: n/a


Wellington Aviation Museum

Wellington Aviation Museum

Some years ago Gerry Tyack opened his small museum dedicated to all those who served or who passed through RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, on one of the many training courses for RAF bomber command. Though the airfield is now a fire training station Gerry keeps the memory of the base alive in the museum with his vast range of artifacts from the war years and beyond. Gerry was also successful in getting the memorial plaque errected outside the old entrance a few years ago.

Opening Times & Price

Open every Sunday from 10am-4pm

Entrance is £2.50

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