Tewkesbury a town in the north of Gloucestershire, just off the M5 motorway. It stands where the River Severn and the River Avon join, however it is an area prone to flooding. The town features many notable Medieval Tudor buildings. Its most popular attraction is Tewkesbury Abbey, an abbey church dating back to Norman times.
Things To See & Do in Tewkesbury
Some highlights to a visit to the town from shopping, dining out or exploring historical sites.
Visit The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin
The centrepiece of the town is its famous abbey, The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin. Tewkesbury Abbey is a former benedictine monastery and is great to have a look around and attend events like food fayres in its grounds.
They consider the abbey one of the best examples of Norman architecture in the country. It also has a Romanesque crossing tower that is the largest in Europe. The church is home to three organs with the Milton Organ, which dates back to the 17th century.
The Two Rivers
The town is the location where 2 rivers converge, The River Severn and Avon. this is pretty, as is The Severn Ham, a 70-hectare nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. The town is prone to flooding and many will be familiar with the floods that often engulf the town centre and surrounding countryside.
The Roses Theatre is the premier arts centre in the town of Tewkesbury. Its main auditorium seats up to 375 people. It shows live performances and 35mm film / digital projection.
Victoria Pleasure Gardens
Also known as Victoria Gardens, the pleasure garden is a tranquil place to visit. The gardens have a stunning display of flowerbeds, including many roses. There are magnificent views of the Ham and the Malvern Hills from the garden, particularly in the winter months. They created Victoria Pleasure Gardens to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. They have grown lots since then and improved over the 100+ years.
Peruse The Historic Buildings
There are lots of historic buildings to see while exploring the streets of Tewkesbury, many of which are timber-framed. This includes some private dwellings and pubs like The Bell. The Bell is a hotel and bar with a restaurant near to the abbey.
Visit The John Moore Countryside Museum
They house the John Moore Countryside Museum in a row of timber-framed buildings. This museum has exhibits about John Moore & natural history. The museum has been in Tewkesbury since 1980, they created it as a memorial of the writer & naturalist, John Moore. Nowadays the museum houses an extensive Natural History collection with specimens of the mammals and birds of Britain.