Tewkesbury is a medieval market town full of character and charm. Situated where the Rivers Severn and Avon meet, it is one of the few places you will find half-timbered, black and white, Tudor-style buildings in the Cotswolds.
Accessible via Ashchurch for Tewkesbury station, less than 20 minutes from Gloucester by train and a short bus ride from the station into town, this intriguing town is somewhat of a hidden gem amongst its neighbours. The history of Tewkesbury is felt as soon as you arrive with the network of medieval streets and alleys, formed by the crammed in Tudor architecture.
The Y-shape high street that mimics the shape of the joining rivers, provides everything a visitor could need from cafes and restaurants to the usual high street chains. But it’s the town’s independent businesses that are a must. Here are some of our faves
Café Au Chocolat - an award winning, family run chocolate shop and café
The Hide Coffee and Tea House - with no fixed menu, the owners champion seasonal ingredients and locally sourced coffee in an LGBTQ+ friendly environment
The Ice Cream Cottage - located on St Mary’s Lane towards the river serves award winning ice cream
Away from the hustle and bustle, you will find serenity along the banks of the river with Abbey Mill taking pride of place (and providing a great photo opportunity) just above the weir. The Severn Way bridge next to the old mill also provides an access point to the Severn Ham, a 70 acre biological site of Special Scientific Interest and a glorious walking spot for responsible humans and well behaved dogs.
Another area of tranquillity to be found just a stone’s throw from the town centre is Victoria Gardens, a garden which serves the local community and visitors alike providing a beautiful resting spot and area for events and community collaborations. Maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Friends of Victoria Gardens, the gardens are well worth a visit.
Across the main road from Victoria Gardens is Tewkesbury Abbey also known as the Abbey Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. The medieval building was built in the early 12th century. The internal structure of the abbey and its stained glass windows are particularly spectacular.
Other things to see and do across the town include
The Roses Theatre
The Tewkesbury Marina
Tewkesbury Nature Reserve
John Moore Countryside Museum
Tewkesbury also has an annual medieval fayre, organised walks to explore more the area’s history, a fine food and craft market and much much more!
Check out Visit Tewkesbury’s website for more information and to find out what’s on when https://www.visittewkesbury.info/whats-on/
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