Moreton-in-Marsh is a gorgeous little town in the northern Cotswolds. Once a thriving 13th century market town, you can still stock up on local produce and handmade goods at the weekly Tuesday market whose 200 stalls attract locals and visitors alike.
Markets aside, there is plenty to see in Moreton-in-Marsh. The High Street is lined with elegant 18th century inns and houses, while the town’s oldest building, the 15th century Curfew Tower is also worth a tour. A short walk from the centre of town leads you to a local Caravan Club and the Wellington Aviation Museum where you can discover the history of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
JRR Tolkien fans will especially love Moreton-in-Marsh – it’s said that the town was one of the inspirations for many scenes in Lord of the Rings. The Prancing Pony in Tolkien’s town of Bree is believed to be based on the local Bell Inn, and indeed the similarities are undeniable. The area is also home to the Four Shire Stone, a 9-foot high pillar made from Cotswold stone. It’s said that this stone was the inspiration for Tolkien’s Three-Farthing Stone as featured in the Shire. Hobbits or no hobbits, Moreton-in-Marsh is a great place to be!