Tewkesbury ... a potted guide
Places worth visiting...
The Roses Theatre
Tewkesbury is an ancient settlement at the meeting of the River Severn and River Avon to the north-west of the Cotswolds.
Famous for its historic buildings, ancient alleyways and the Tewkesbury Floods of 2007, this lovely riverside town offers something for everyone to enjoy.
The town features many notable Tudor buildings, but its major claim to fame is Tewkesbury Abbey, a fine Norman Abbey, originally part of a monastery, which was saved from the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII after being bought by the townspeople for £453 to use as their parish church.
The Abbey is a parish church, still used for daily services, and is believed to be the second-largest parish church in England, after Beverley Minster.
Wander along Tewkesbury High Street and you'll find an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, tea rooms, pubs and bistros where you can sample the world famous Tewkesbury mustard.
Tewkesbury's famous network of alleyways and medieval old town are also worth seeing, as is Tewkesbury's Vintage & Antiques Trail along Church Street and Barton Street.
Tewkesbury claims Gloucestershire's oldest public house, the Black Bear, dating from 1308. Other notable buildings are the Royal Hop Pole Hotel in Church Street, mentioned in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers; the Bell Hotel, a large half-timbered structure opposite the Abbey gateway; and the House of the Nodding Gables in the High Street.
Apart from viewing its many notable buildings, visitors to Tewkesbury enjoy taking a riverside stroll along the River Severn or a boat trip along the Avon.
Tewkesbury's calendar of festivals includes the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in July - "Europe's largest battle re-enactment and fair" -the Water Festival also in July, and the annual mop fair in October.
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