Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre & Cafe

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Slightly out of Stroud is the Tetbury Goods Shed arts centre. It’s easily walked to from Tetbury town centre if you don’t mind a short steep hill.

Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre

While primarily an arts centre that hosts talks, shows films and work from local artists there’s also a great cafe called The Whistle Stop Cafe that has a fabulous range of cakes and drinks.

On Saturdays there’s a small fruit and veg market outside the building.

There’s plenty of outdoor seating, some under cover. Since the weathers started getting colder (November) there’s now seating in the actual goods shed at weekends. You can also sit in the old Finish 5ft gauge railway carriage. Just remember to buy a ticket..

Tetbury Whistle Stop Cafe Railway Carriage

Tetbury Whistle Stop Cafe Railway Carriage

The goods shed as its name implies is the old railway goods shed from the days when Tetbury had a railway linking Tetbury to Kemble.

Slightly nearer the town was the railway platform which is long gone. A recent acquisition is the original signal box that found its way back to the site after spending many years in a railway enthusiasts garden somewhere in Cornwall (I think).

This is being put back together as of November 2021.

The railway line thats since been discontinued interestingly had a halt that served the Trouble House pub, probably the only pub with its own dedicated railway station. The tracks are no longer, but the route forms part of a number of good circular walks of different lengths with sign boards suggesting where to go.

Typically you can walk the old track bed (the Tetbury Trail) and make your way back along Herd Lane, which passes a large number of allotments. It’s 1.5 miles and takes about 30 minutes. If it’s wet wear you wellies as Herd Lane takes you to a track across fields.

Take your dog if you have one, you can then talk to other dog walkers about its age and other such dog stuff that dog owners talk about. Personally I find taking my pet giraffe is a great conversation starter, especially when I tell people it’s ‘a rescue’.

Anyway, back to the walk there’s some old anti tank defenses along the old line and on a nearby road is an old pill box.

Anti tank defenses in Tetbury

At start of the walk there are a number of timber exercise stations with instructions on how to use them without making a fool of yourself in front of other walkers. The goods shed is a five minute walk from Tetbury town centre where you can experience the joys of a small supermarket, hotels and antique shops. At the far end of the town is a great little shop that a violin maker works from.

The Goods Centre has a free car park and bicycle stands that you can lock your bike to.