Tewkesbury a town in the north of Gloucestershire just off the M5 motorway. It stands where the River Severn and the River Avon join and is an area prone to flooding.
The town features many notable Medieval, Tudor buildings, but its most popular attraction is Tewkesbury Abbey, an abbey church dating back to Norman times.
Things To See & Do in Tewkesbury
Some of the highlights to a visit to the town.
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 as well as attend events like food fayres in its grounds.
The abbey is considered 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 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 od 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 located in the centre of Tewkesbury. Its main auditorium seats up to 375 people. It shows live performances as well as 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 flower beds including many roses. There are great views of the Ham as well as the Malvern Hills from the garden, particularly in the winter months. Victoria Pleasure Gardens were created to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. They have evolved lots and improved over the 100+ years.