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An overpowering Abbey within a Tudor town

UK | South West | Cotswolds | Tewkesbury
River view

With Tewkesbury Abbey rising from the centre, it’s not hard to see why people flock to this elegant northern Cotswold town. Magnificent buildings line the streets, from traditional pubs to ancient houses. Independent shops, tea rooms and restaurants now occupy the old buildings, blending in with the town’s old charm.

Set at the meeting point of the River Severn and River Avon, many streets have views over the peaceful water. Simply wandering through the town makes for a perfect afternoon outing. If you’d like to explore the local art scene, pay a visit to Showborough House Sculpture Garden . The garden is opened every spring and showcases beautiful work from local sculptors in a majestic setting. To take in one of Tewkesbury’s architectural marvels, head to Tewkesbury Abbey. As one of the finest Norman buildings in England, the abbey is well worth a visit.

Tewkesbury Abbey

As you walk through the town centre, past ornate doorways and overhanging upper storeys, you’ll discover Tewkesbury’s eclectic shops and boutiques. The town is renowned for its antique and vintage shops, so be sure to pop in to browse quirky treasure and collectables. If you’d like to delve deeper into Tewkesbury’s history, be sure to visit the town museum or John Moore Museum.

Another way to explore this charming town is by boat. Enjoy a cruise along the River Severn to marvel at the town’s idyllic scenery. If you’d rather explore the region on foot, take to The Gloucestershire Way. This 100-mile footpath crosses almost the full width of Gloucestershire and is perfect for ramblers.

“Half-timbered Tudor buildings, medieval architecture and an idyllic setting make Tewkesbury a must-see in Gloucestershire.”

When it comes to dining out in the town, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a light bite and a delicious homemade cake, check out The Abbey Tea Rooms. If you’re feeling indulgent, opt for the house special with an array of sandwiches and a cream tea. Another popular eatery is My Great Grandfather’s Fine Restaurant. Tuck into gourmet dishes such as hand dived scallops with Japanese pickled white radish chili Yuzu and wasabi cream or crispy marinated pork with twice baked soufflé and mini toffee apples in sherry sauce. If you’re looking for mouth-watering British classics with a twist, you’re in for a treat at The Boathouse pub . Try the pan fried seabass fillet with saffron, smoked salmon and marscapone risotto or the minted lamb burger with cheddar cheese and homemade coleslaw. Wash it down with a pint at popular local pub, The Gardeners Arms.

Tewkesbury is close to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Ledbury.

While you’re there

Showborough House Sculpture Garden

Beautiful gardens opened every spring to showcase work from local sculptors.

The Gloucestershire Way

A 100-mile footpath passing through Gloucestershire's stunning landscape,

The Boathouse pub

An outstanding restaurant serving British classics with a twist.

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