Places of Interest in & around Nailsworth
Ruskin Mill - Arts and Crafts centre where local specialists also train young people from all parts of the Country.
Woodchester Mansion - An unfinished Gothic masterpiece, abandoned in 1868 after 16 years of building. Carefully preserved - but will never be finished. Tours arranged by the Mansion Trust. The park has lovely woodland walks, lakes and ponds.
Nailsworth Ladder - An exceptionally steep rough road out of the town to Minchinhampton Common.
Owlpen Manor - Very beautiful Tudor manor with church, barn and mill. Terraced gardens in wonderful wooded position.
Pencil Sketch of Owlpen Manor at Uley near Nailsworth by Richard Grassi
Coaley Peak Picnic Site - Includes the Frocester Hill viewpoint and the Nympsfield long barrow. Coaley Peak Picnic Site is about 4 miles south west of Stroud and has 12 acres of grassland with panoramic views over the Severn Vale. On a clear day you can see over the River Severn with a backdrop of the Forest of Dean and the Welsh hills beyond. It is a good spot to have a picnic or take a leisurely stroll through the adjacent Woodland Trust escarpment edge beech wood. There is designated parking for people with disabilities and the picnic tables include one suitable for wheelchair users.
Location just off B4066 twixt Stroud and Uley.
Frocester Tithe Barn - 16th century tithe barn and also gate and court houses from same period. Located 2 miles South West of Stonehouse. Post Code - GL10 3TN .
One of the most important barns in England & best preserved. Late 13th century tithe barn, 186 ft x 30 ft with 13 bays & 2 projecting porches. Roof timbers date from 1525. You can also view the exterior of the nearby 16th century gatehouse & courthouse.
Tel. 01453 823250. Open all year, daily, at reasonable daylight hours.
Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons - extensive open Common land, the second largest in the Cotswolds,
lies around the attractive village of Minchinhampton with its typical cottages and 17th century wool market house supported on stone pillars.
The Commons are sandwiched between A46 (Stroud-Nailsworth-Bath) and A419 (Stroud-Cirencester-Swindon). Quiet lanes lead uphill from these roads. 6 miles from junction 13 on the M5
Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump) - English Heritage site of superb chambered long barrow. A partly reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound, 37 metres (120 ft) long, atmospherically sited overlooking the Severn Valley. 'Hetty Pegler' was its 17th century landowner. Located 3.5 miles North East of Dursley, on B4066. OPENING TIMES - Any reasonable time in daylight hours.
The Bulwarks - The Minchinhampton Bulwarks is a large defensive earthworks stretching across the common for nearly a mile and was probably a settlement for the Belgic Dobunni tribe. There are various round and long barrows and the odd standing stones.
Westonbirt Arboretum - England's National Arboretum.
Westonbirt attracts over 350,000 visits per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azaelea and magnolia displays. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits.
The 16,000 trees (2,500 different specimens) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates.
Address: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS.