About The Wheatstone Inn, Gloucester and the Cotswolds
The Wheatstone Inn in Barnwood, built in 2001, is named after the English physicist and inventor, Sir Charles Wheatstone, who was born at Barnwood Manor in 1802. A self-taught son of a London-based musical instrument maker, Charles Wheatstone conducted early experiments into acoustics and the transmission of sound, eventually becoming Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King’s College, London. Among the many achievements of this remarkable Victorian scientist were the stereoscope and the Wheatstone Bridge, used for measuring electrical resistance.
Nearby Barnwood Arboretum is an attractive woodland, providing various natural habitats including grassland and wetlands, set amongst a collection of mature native and exotic specimen trees. Barnwood itself is an affluent suburb of the cathedral city of Gloucester, founded by the Romans as a vital crossing for the River Severn. The spectacular cathedral is Norman with Gothic additions, but its origins date back to the founding of an abbey on the site in 678. Many medieval and Tudor buildings still survive in the centre of this historic city, surrounded by the Forest of Dean to the west and the Malvern Hills rising to the north.
The beautiful Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just 30 minutes west of The Wheatstone Inn. This delightful part of the world offers everything from rambles through ancient woodlands and stunning riverside walks to historic villages and important nature reserves.
The Cotswolds, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), are on the doorstep of The Wheatstone Inn. Popular the world over, the beautiful gentle hillsides and sleepy English villages of honey-coloured limestone are breathtaking and the lovely towns – hill-top Stow-on-the-Wold, Roman Cirencester and medieval Tewkesbury among them – each have a unique character. Nearby Witcombe, on the ancient Roman Ermin Way linking Gloucester with Cirencester, is the ideal gateway to the Cotswolds, overlooked by the remains of a once luxurious 3rd century Roman villa at Great Witcombe, now managed by English Heritage.
The 102-mile long Cotswold Way, a National Trail from Chipping Camden to Bath with spectacular views along the Cotswold escarpment, passes just five miles from The Wheatstone Inn. The nearest part of the trail, the Painswick to Leckhampton stretch, also takes in the infamous Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth, setting for the annual cheese-rolling competition, where reckless participants roll traditional Double Gloucester cheeses down this steep hill at breakneck speeds. Cooper’s Hill can be found just five miles from The Wheatstone Inn.
After a day exploring the magnificent countryside of the Cotswolds or the history and sights of Gloucester, Cheltenham or Cirencester, The Wheatstone Inn is the perfect place to pause and relax with a delicious pub meal. Enjoy traditional pub food, sumptuous Sunday lunches or a tasty seasonal special, served with a glass of fine wine or cask ale.
You can find the Wheatstone Inn at Centre Severn, off the A417 at Barnwood, just one mile from the M5 at Junction 11A. Just key GL4 3HR into your satnav.