Stroud has a train station, and so is accessible from all over the country. The trains usually arrive and depart once every thirty minutes on weekdays.
Stroud is the crossroads of the cotswolds for buses, and stagecoach buses go further afield. Need more info
The cotswolds are pretty hopeless in terms of public transport, so a car might be a good idea. To reach Stroud from the M5, turn off at junction 13 Eastwards. Follow the A419 through Stonehouse. The route is sign posted.
A large multi-storey carpark is outside the town centre.
Taxi is an easy and affordable way to get around Stroud. You can either book a cab or you will find them immediately next to Stroud train station.
The town is small, and much of the shopping district has been pleasantly pedestrianised. (mind the steep hills!)
Next to the Stroud College of Art and Design is the Leisure Centre, with several Tennis/Squash and badminton courts as well as a swimming pool and various 'different' activities from Trampolining to Akido.
Stroud Daisybank is a popular park for many visitors and offers stunning views overlooking the Cotswald countryside
Loads of shops along the pedestrian high street. Many non-chain shops too!
There are various fast food outlets in Stroud (including Subway, McDonald's and Burger Star) despite opposition from locals. Other cafés:
There are various cafés and coffee shops in Stroud, including Mother nature, Woodruff's and Mill's mentioned above, which serve freshly-baked cakes and tarts. A Costa Coffee recently opened and is situated at the top of the high street.
The main club in town is the Warehouse, only open on Saturday nights and costing £6 to get in (£3 before 11:30). A newer, less popular club, Junction 13, is at the top of town. It's open both Friday and Saturday nights and costs £4 to get in (before 11:00 it's free). These clubs aren't great, though, and Stroud can get quite nasty at night. Nearby Cheltenham is much better for evening entertainment.