An Historic Riverside Town
Tewkesbury is an ancient settlement at the meeting of the Rivers Severn and Avon. Here you will see one of the best medieval townscapes in England with its fine half-timbered buildings, overhanging upper storeys and narrow alleyways.
The beautiful Norman Abbey, built in the early 12th century, dominates the town and in 1471 the fields to the south saw the penultimate and decisive battle in the Wars of the Roses leading the house of York to power. Today, the battle is re-enacted at the internationally renowned Medieval Festival in July. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Festival and so the whole town of Tewkesbury will be hosting special celebrations.
The fascinating history of Tewkesbury is displayed in its innovative Heritage Centre which is worth a visit as are the lovely rivers where you can enjoy a leisurely trip to take in the scenery.
In the past, mustard making (Shakespeare’s Falstaff has the line ‘Wit as thick as Tewkesbury Mustard’), brewing and malting, pin making and the framework knitting of stockings were at one time major industries.
Visitors today can enjoy medieval streets and a picturesque riverside setting. A stroll down charming Church Street can take you back to a bygone age when half-timbered houses were crammed into any available space and Tewkesbury’s famous alleyways came into existence. Around 30 delightful still remain open today and take you on a journey of discovery by linking the main streets to the river and beyond.
Tewkesbury has something to offer everyone from great local food dining in many of the cafes, bistros or pubs, excellent shopping at a range of independent shops, to accommodation at a variety of places to suit your needs. The rivers can be enjoyed by all, be it a leisurely stroll along the banks, a fish and chip lunch watching the wildlife, or a relaxing cruise watching the world go by.
Walking and cycling in Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury has a variety of wonderful countryside walks for you to enjoy. Walking packs and guided walk leaflets are available from the Tourist Information Centre (01684 855040), if you fancy a wander on your own, then the footpaths in the area are well marked and a stroll along the river is a great way to explore. Among the longer distance routes are:
The Cotswold Way National Trail – which passes nearby through Winchcombe and the picturesque village of Hailes, Stanton and Buckland on its 102 mile route from Bath to Chipping Campden.
The Gloucestershire Way – which stretches 100 miles from Chepstow to Tewkesbury taking in the heart of the north Cotswolds including Winchcombe.
The Severn Way – a 210 mile route which follows the route of the River Severn from source to sea.
Key Festivals and Events:
Tewkesbury Vintage Fair – April
Tewkesbury Food & Drink Festival - May
Medieval Festival – July
Musica Deo Sacra – July
Tewkesbury Heritage Open Days – September
Mop Fair – October
Tewkesbury’s Medieval Festival of Lights - November
Things to do & Attractions in Tewkesbury
Whether you're looking for something to do with the family, entertain the kids for the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely lunch, take an afternoon stroll or soak up some history and culture - you'll find it all here in Tewkesbury:
• Tewkesbury Heritage & Visitor Centre
• Visit the beautiful Norman Abbey
• Riverside walks along the Severn & Avon
• Boat trips & moorings at Tewkesbury Marina
• Tewkesbury Museum
• The John Moore Countryside Museum
• Discover Tewkesbury's traditional High Street
• Tewkesbury Markets & WI Country Market
• Tea rooms, cafes, bistros, pubs & takeaways
• Cascades Leisure Centre
• The Roses Theatre - shows, musicals, film & music
• Cycle routes, walking trails, nature reserves
• Golf courses, fishing, horse riding
Tewkesbury - a great touring base
In addition to everything Tewkesbury has to offer, it's also an ideal location for exploring the Heart Of England. Excellent access to road and rail networks make it a great touring base with plenty of attractions on the doorstep.
Find out more about Tewkesbury here