Market Square, Minchinhampton
The town's shops are clustered in and around the High Street. Here is a goodly range of local shops; a general store two hairdressers, a pharmacy, boutique, a butcher's, dairy, two restaurants, a café, a Post Office, and miscellaneous shops for local folk and visitors commensurate with Michampstead’s status as a town, with The Crown Inn standing among them.
There is also a doctors' surgery, library, dentist, school, youth club and sports facilities.
The main square has a War Memorial and an early Market House, where a market is held every Thursday. The 17th-century Market House was given to the town in 1919 by the Lord of the Manor Lt. Col. H. G. Ricardo. It was restored in 1944.
There are just two churches in Minchinhampton:
- Church of England:
- Holy Trinity: The parish church of Minchinhampton, it has a rather unusual "coronet" tower. The spire of the church was pulled down for safety reasons in 1863 and now the stub has been completed with a "coronet" structure.
- Baptist: Minchampstead Baptist Church
- Main article: Minchinhampton Common
Near the town is Minchinhampton Common, a recreation area for walkers and golfers, 580 acres of which are managed by the National Trust. The Common is also used as grazing land for the cows of local farmers in the summer. On the Common are long parallel ditches and mounds which formed part of a large Iron Age fort. There are good views from the Common, west over the Severn estuary into Monmouthshire, and east to the Golden Valley and further into the Cotswolds.
Minchinhampton Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
- Main article: Aston Down
Minchinhampton is close to the former Ministry of Defence airfield, Aston Down, formerly a large employer in the area, now closed down and used for gliding.
In 2005, following a Freedom of Information request, the local newspaper revealed that Aston Down is contaminated with arsenic, hydrocarbons and radium. Since the site is located above a vulnerable aquifer, local residents have formed a pressure group, the Aston Down Action Group, in an effort to persuade local government and central government agencies to implement more stringent safety regulations.
The Gatcombe Estate is the home of the Princess Royal. The park hosts the Gatcombe Horse Trials in late summer each year. There is a twice-yearly craft fair at Gatcombe, and a summer visit by Gifford's Circus every other year.
- Minchinhampton Parish Council
- Minchinhampton Market House
- Holy Trinity Church
- Minchinhampton Baptist Church
- "Minchinhampton Country Market". http://www.minchinhamptoncountrymarket.co.uk/. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
- Natural England SSSI information on the citation, map and units of assessment
- Toxic threat to water supply Stroud News and Journal. 17 August 2005
- "Gifford's Circus - Dates". http://www.giffordscircus.com/dates.html. Retrieved 2008-03-07.