Brimming with historic half-timbered buildings, narrow alleyways and nestled in a pretty spot alongside the Rivers Severn and Avon lies the medieval market town of Tewkesbury.
The Gloucestershire town, built on an ancient settlement, played an important and crucial role in the penultimate crusade in the War of the Roses in 1471 and every July the battle is re-enacted during the popular Tewkesbury Medieval Festival.
Today, visitors to Tewkesbury will discover a charming spot to soak up the culture and heritage of this corner of Gloucestershire which has bounced back since the devastating floods of 2007.
From the town centre brimming with quirky shops and tasty restaurants, to a riverside setting that’s perfect for lazy weekend strolls and summer picnics; the fascinating selection of museums to the diverse line-up of entertaining events at Roses Theatre, there really is something for everyone, whether you’re a first-time visitor or local resident.
With various accommodation options in and around Tewkesbury, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets, from mid-range hotels and holiday cottages, cosy B&Bs and self-catering boltholes, to camping and caravan sites, and budget inns.
A visit to the medieval town isn’t complete without soaking up the magnificent sight of Tewkesbury’s Norman Abbey, and if you want to learn more about its history then you can take a guided tour and might even get to go up the tower which occasionally opens to group visits.
Tewkesbury is also home to Roses Theatre, a thriving entertainment venue showcasing dance, drama, stand-up comedy and live music, and offers an eclectic line-up throughout the year.
When it comes to dining in Tewkesbury there are a decent choice of options, spanning British restaurants, cafés and tea rooms, and traditional pub grub.
For fine dining, head to My Great Grandfather's Restaurant, a family-run eatery situated in the heart of Tewkesbury serving up delicious seasonal dishes along with offering an affordable set menu option. Another popular spot for family gatherings or celebrations is Balharries Restaurant located in Hilton Puckrup Hall which benefits from views of the golf course.
If it’s classic pub fare you’re after then visit The Gardener's Arms, situated in the village of Alderton near Tewkesbury, where you’ll find tasty home cooked dishes and real ale aplenty.
Tewkesbury town centre combines High Street brands with independent boutiques to offer locals and visitors alike the chance to stock up on everyday essentials as well as gifts, tasty treats and more.
Literary lovers are well catered for with Alison’s Bookshop and Cornell Books, while Cards & Gifts is ideal for picking up token presents. If it’s second hand treasures you’re after then pay a visit to Tewkesbury Antiques Centre, situated close to the Abbey, or for appetising meats and cheeses check out 1471 Delicatessen.
Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Craft Market takes place in Abbey Lawns car park on the second Saturday of every month and sells delicious produce from local farmers and growers, moreish homemade goodies, and a host of crafts from talented artists. See our Gloucestershire farmers' market guide for more information.
Whether you’re planning a one-night-stay or longer visit to Tewkesbury, discover something to make your trip all the more memorable with SoGlos’s annual calendar highlights throughout the region:
Tewkesbury Food and Drink Festival in June
Miniature Steam Rally in June
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in July
Musica Deo Sacra in July and August
Lakefest in August
Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival in August
Tewkesbury Mop Fair in October
The countryside surrounding Tewkesbury is a walkers’ paradise, with miles of beautiful scenery waiting to be discovered on foot or by bike, while its riverside setting is ideal for leisurely strolls.
Tewkesbury also benefits from a leisure centre, that’s ideal for sporty types, adrenaline junkies and families to enjoy.
Some of the town’s most popular attractions include Croft Farm Waterpark, Bredon Lawn Tennis Club, Arctic Quest – as featured on BBC's Dragons' Den, Tewkesbury Cruising & Sailing Club and Tewkesbury RFC.
The centre of Tewkesbury is small enough to explore on foot and it’s perfect for taking on by bike, whether you just want to get from A to B or venture further afield.
If you’re travelling by car then the town centre offers on-street parking along with several car parks, while Ashchurch railway station, which serves north Gloucestershire and south Worcestershire, is situated a short bus ride from town.
See SoGlos’s Google-powered Gloucestershire Interactive Map to explore Tewkesbury in incredible detail – featuring accommodation, restaurants, attractions and much more.
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