Town focus: Moreton in Marsh

  • Moreton in Marsh
  • Moreton in Marsh in the snow
  • Manor House Hotel, Moreton in Marsh
  • Batsford Arboretum

London and Oxford links make Moreton the best-connected Cotswold town

Moreton in Marsh has been a prosperous market town for hundreds of years - and the commercial spirit survives today, with weekly Tuesday markets and a thriving high street that provides residents with a wide range of amenities, including an array of pubs and restaurants.

Moreton’s train station offers fast, easy access to London Paddington and Oxford. A yearly agricultural show - the Moreton Show - attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Transport Links

Moreton in Marsh enjoys excellent public transport links including a direct rail link to London Paddington (via Oxford). There is also a bus service (21/22 Johnsons) which runs to Stratford upon Avon hourly (via Chipping Campden). The A44 leads West to Broadway and Evesham while East provides an easy route to Oxford. Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Northleach are short distances down the A429, while northward travel takes you to Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa.

What’s there to see and do?

Moreton Show is held every year on the first Saturday of September. Hosts of stalls and tents provide visitors with a varied shopping experience, while livestock contests and ring entertainment pile on the spectacle. It’s an occassion that much of the Cotswolds turns out for.

Moreton in Marsh Fire Service College is found along the London Road just outside the town and hosts a number of leisure facilities, including a gymnasium and a swimming pool that is open to the public.

Moreton neighbours three very worthwhile attractions - Batsford Arboretum (home to one of England’s finest botanical collections), the Falconry Centre (hosting regular displays with a variety of birds) and Sezincote House and Gardens (not always open to public, but its striking and highly distinctive India-inspired architecture makes well worth a visit). Moreton’s proximity to Stratford upon Avon means that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatrical offerings are within easy reach. Moreton is also an excellent hub for accessing the rest of the North Cotswolds.

Amenities

Moreton has a large supermarket, Budgens, and smaller food stores from the Co-operative and Tesco Express.  A new Aldi store has also recently opened on the edge of town near the hospital. There’s also a healthy variety of tearooms, cafes, antique shops, takeways and pubs, as well as a bookshop.

On the southern outskirts of Moreton you’ll find the North Cotswold Hospital. A one-stop Cotswold District Council Area Centre is found in the middle of town, where a Visitor’s Centre is also located. The stately Redesdale Hall - also found in the centre of town - often hosts craft fairs and other community gatherings. St David’s Church provides a place for worship and plans and co-ordinates many clubs and activity groups.

Schools

Moreton in Marsh has two primary schools in the town; St David’s Church of England and Dormer House (a private prep school). Moreton is also local to Blockley Church of England primary (4.2 miles) and Longborough Church of England Primary school (3.3 miles from Moreton)

Moreton is within the catchment area for both Chipping Campden Academy School and The Cotswold School in Bourton on the Water, both secondary schools. There is also a public bus (the 801 from Pulhams) which stops right outside The Cotswold School - and with the bus going to Cheltenham, there’s always the option to attend secondary schools outside of the two above.  

Don't Miss

The Moreton in Marsh Show

One of the country’s biggest one-day agricultural shows which has something for everyone to see, do, taste and buy. Held on the first Saturday of September.

Moreton Christmas Market

Moreton’s festive market and Christmas lights ‘switch on’ takes place on the last Saturday in November.