This ancient small Cotswold town nestles in a sheltered valley in the Cotswold Countryside some 8 miles North of Cheltenham. An important walled City in Saxon times when it was the capital of Mercia, the town later became prosperous as a result of the wool trade and in the 17th Century its wealth grew as tobacco was grown in the area.
This delightful town has a ‘village’ atmosphere with interesting rows of mellow stone houses and period cottages lining the streets. More modern development has been relatively small-scale enabling the town to grow gradually yet retain its character and village community. Sudeley Castle is intertwined with Winchcombe’s history and was once home to Katherine Parr when Lord Seymour, High Admiral of England married her following Henry VIII’s death.
Whilst tourism plays a part in Winchcombe’s prosperity today, it remains principally a small working town with attractive buildings and a wide range of local businesses, everyday shops and amenities and a thriving local community offering lots of activities. The beautiful surrounding Cotswold countryside is easily accessible on foot which has no doubt contributed to it becoming the walking capital of the Cotswolds and with "Walkers are Welcome" status Winchcombe sits at the intersection of the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, the Wardens Way, the Windrush Way and the new Winchcombe Way.