Tewkesbury Travel Guide

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Tewkesbury Highlights

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    thefolly4 says…

     near the m5 motorway, plenty of work around here if you don't mind working 

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    Pod says…

     Not that much to do. 

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    KittyLou says…

     A terrific place to spend a day. 

Tewkesbury Things to Do

  • Look out for the Alleyways

    The Alleyways in Tewkesbury began to appear in the 17th Century. They were created due to a increased demand in housing. They were built at right angles to the street and as the original plots were very narrow, the lack of floor space was compensated for in height. The alleyways acted as drains and rubbish dumps and were the only source of air for...

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  • Go for a walk on the Severn Ham

    The Severn Ham is a really lovely place to walk. The watermeadow is surrounded by the River Severn and The Mill Avon. The name derives from the Saxon word Ham or Hamm meaning 'meadow in the bend of a river' 'water meadow' or 'flood plain'. The Ham was once owned by the Abbey, then for many centuries by the local landed and political elite. It is...

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  • Old Baptist Chapel

    The Old Baptist Chapel originated as a family dwelling. The building was adapted into a place of worship in the belief that religion should be centred on the family and home as opposed to the monumental churches. This chapedl is believed to be one of the first small Baptist Chapels in Southern England and was in use as a chapel until 1805. The...

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  • The Abbey Mill

    The foundations of the Mill are believed to date to the late 12th Century when the River Avon was diverted into the town to power the corn mill of the Benedictine Monastery. The present building is late 18th Century and was in use as a Mill until 1933.

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  • Abbey Lawn Cottages & John Moore Museum

    This row of houses was buildt in the late 15th century for the Benedictine Monastery as a commercial ventureand consisted of shops which were opened to the street by lowering their shutters to act as counters. The John Moore Museum and the Merchant's House are situated within this row. John Moore was a local author of books on the area ('portrait...

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  • The Royal Hop Pole

    The Royal Hop Pole was once a great coaching inn. Today it is owned by JD Wetherspoon and provides great value food, drink and accomodation. The reception area was once a large double gated coach driveway giving access to the yard and stables. The Royal Arms are shown on top of the portico as Queen Mary stayed here in 1930. Another claim to fame is...

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  • Out of the Hat

    This quirky listed building has been restored to its' former glory. From the outside you can see the beadles had, an example of an early 19th Century trade sign, used in the times before most people could read. Today, Out of the Hat is the home of the Tourist Information, here you can buy a great town trail, gifts and maps of the area.

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  • Climb the Abbey Tower

    During my visit to the Abbey, they were offering tours of the bell tower and roof top. The climb to the top was a bit strenuous but we did stop on the way for an interesting talk on the Abbey bells. The views from the top of the tower were stunning, we could see for miles around.Contact the Abbey for more information about the roof top tours.

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  • Visit the Abbey

    Tewkesbury Abbey was founded in 1087 and consecrated in 1121. Inside you will find some massive Norman Pillars; the central Norman tower is said to be the finest in the World. The Abbey has many interesting tombs and chantries of the medievan banonage, some of whom were great benefactors of the Abbey. There are also some great lattice work ceilings...

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  • Visit the old Abbey

    A rare old, old Norman Abbey that was untouched by the destruction carried out by King Henry VIII's men. Lovely reddish stone We were lucky the day we visited. A wonderful choral group was staging a week long festival (MUSICA DEO SACRA) and we stayed to hear a Mass. The service reflected the Anglo-Catholic style of devotion, the current persuasion...

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  • Visit the Abbey

    It is a truly lovely (and impressive) building.Dating from 1121, the Abbey was originally the church for a Benedictine monastery. Henry Vlll dissolved the monastery but, luckily, the townspeople bought the abbey church from him (for 453GBP) and so it still remains.Inside, you'll find exquisite Medieval architectural twiddles, chantry chapels,...

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  • Tewkesbury Abbey

    Robert FitzHamon founded this abbey in 1087. The church was consecrated in 1102. During the 15th century War of the Roses, a group of defeated Lancastrian soldiers took refuge here, only to be massacred by the Yorkists. The monastery was dissolved in 1540. This is one of the finest examples of Norman church architecture. It's the second-largest...

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  • Beckford Silk

    This is a silk printing workshop, which has been running for over 30 years and is open to the public. You can walk through the print shop, dye room and past the sewing area, watching the craftspeople, including printers, dyers and colourists, at work on each stage of the production process, creating beautiful hand printed silk scarves, shirts, ties...

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  • Historic Buildings

    Just wandering around the town is interesting; there are so many beautiful historic buildings, most of which are extremely well maintained. The website listed suggests an itinerary called "Tewkesbury Heritage Trail", which provides background information on the buildings you'll see and a useful map, if you want to do this in a more formal way.

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  • A Cruise Through The Countryside

    Kingfisher Ferries runs a Summer service from Tewkesbury to Twyning Fleet Inn, daily from Easter to the end of September. The staff on the boat will point out any sights of historical interest, as you pass them whilst in town, but for most of the trip you will be travelling through the lovely countryside for which Gloucestershire is so well known....

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Tewkesbury Restaurants

  • Very nice food...

    The Great Wall Chinese restaurant was a very good choice indeed. Comfy, cosy surroundings and great service in this family run establishment. We ordered a set menu which included a great selection of starters & main courses on the menu. It was all delicious and to add a nice touch we were given a bowl of fruit salad to end the meal, oh and quality...

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  • Homestyle food, cozy space

    Typical English tea spot. Little room but with a cozy feel. Simple homestyle food, friendly service. Relaxing. Tuna MeltJacket Potato with lots of cheeseAll lunches come with a generous salad garnish.

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Tewkesbury Transportation

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    by KittyLou Written Aug 16, 2005

    Take a train to Ashchurch and pick up the bus to Tewkesbury -- just a few footsteps from train station to bus stop.

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Tewkesbury Shopping

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    by KittyLou Written Aug 16, 2005

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    The sign caught my attention so we looked around inside. Nothing I needed but a lot of little gifty items. A few with the cat theme but much more without. Lots of greeting cards.

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Tewkesbury Off The Beaten Path

  • Consecration crosses.

    I had never heard of these before and it was only by chance that I verheard one of the church ladies talking about them to another visitor.I now know that in Medieval times 12 crosses were either etched or painted at various points around a church when it was first consecrated, and anointed with holy oil during the ceremony. There were 12 crosses...

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  • Mason's marks

    Medieval masons all had their own way of marking the stones they worked.It's not unusual to see them in our ancient cathedrals and religious buildings, but you have to know what to look for.From the Norman (1066 >) period onwards masons chose any mark they fancied to identify their work, and these marks were often passed down through the...

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  • Look closely

    Although the fascinatng architecture in Tewkesbury is pretty obvious to any visitor, close inspection will often show up detals otherwise overlooked.It's worth having a good look, and taking the time to wander the backstreets a little. For example, directly opposite the Abbey main entrance a street leads down to an old mill and some lovely old...

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Tewkesbury Favorites

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    by Pod Written Nov 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The tourist infomation shop is well worth a visit. it is also a museum.

    Fondest memory: whilst i was there they let me know of a battle recreation and a steam fair.

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