The meeting point of five valleys, the historic town of Stroud is a well-known centre for arts and crafts as well as its weekly Farmers Market; recently voted the best in the country. An annual textile festival is held in the town as well as various exhibitions at the Subscription Rooms and at The Museum In The Park.
Stroud has two state Grammar Schools, for boys and girls, and Archway School, a mixed Comprehensive Secondary School. Nearby are several Independent Schools such as Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton, Wycliffe College in Stonehouse and the prestigious Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College are approximately 30 minutes away. Stroud has good transport links with London Paddington only 90 minutes (approx.) by train and Bath and Bristol 45 minutes by car