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Tewkesbury
Description:
Small and attractive Cotswolds town
Region: South West Region
Pronounced: chewks-beree
Time to spend here: 2 hours - 1 day
Great for natureHistorical Town
Tewkesbury, Central England
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Tewkesbury is renowned for having one of the best medieval black and white townscapes in Britain. The crooked half-timbered houses make wandering the narrow streets of this town a fascinating experience.

The 12th-century Abbey with the highest Norman tower in England, dominates the town. Its fine stained glass windows and carefully sculptured tombs still remain. Other attractions include the award winning Out of the Hat visitor centre, the fascinating John Moore Countryside Museum, the Town Museum and the Old Baptist Chapel.

Local Activities
Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury
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Tewkesbury AbbeyTewkesbury Abbey is larger than many cathedrals. Features include the exquisitely sculptured tombs and chantry chapels and the 17th century Milton Organ.
Out of the Hat Visitor Centre
Out of the Hat Visitor Centre, Tewkesbury
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Out of the hatThe award winning Out of the Hat visitor centre residing in a lovingly restored 15th century building explores the towns interesting history using display panels and interactive games. 
John Moore Countryside Museum
John Moore Countryside Museum, Tewkesbury
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Out of the hatThe John Moore Countryside Museum is housed in a 15th century timber-framed building, and has natural history exhibits displaying British wetland and woodland wildlife.
The Roses Theatre
The Roses Theatrem Tewkesbury
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Out of the hatThe Roses Theatre is the main independent film theatre between Birmingham and Bristol, with a prestigious programme of British and International films. The live programme encompasses a wide range of touring music, drama, children’s theatre, dance, opera, ballet and comedy, culminating in the spectacular annual family pantomime.
The Tewkesbury Museum
The Tewkesbury Museum, Tewkesbury
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Out of the hatThe Tewkesbury Museum houses attractive displays in a 17thC half-timbered building. Highlights in the collection include a model of the battle of Tewkesbury, a Roman skeleton and large-scale fairground models. There are living history and archaeology events every school holiday.
What can I see in the area?
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral, Tewkesbury
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Out of the hatGloucester Cathedral built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century and lies at the heart of the city. Its fine craftsmanship with the peculiar fan-vaulted cloisters and beautiful wood, stone and glass was one of the locations in the movies ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.
Cheltenham Spa
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Out of the hatCheltenham Spa  a 'town within a park’ offers beautiful parks and gardens, tree-lined avenues and colourful floral displays, plus the Pittville Pump Room the grandest of the town’s many spa buildings. The town is also birthplace of the composer Gustav Holst who now has a museum dedicated to his life. 
The Cotswolds
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Out of the hatThe Cotswolds are in easy reach from Tewkesbury, with the closest Cotswold town being Winchcombe, home to St Peter’s church, famous for the 40 gargoyles outside, said to represent local town characters from the 1460’s. Further north and east Broadway’s narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years, while neighbouring Chipping Campden’s fine 17th century market hall with elaborate timber roof is worth a visit.  
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
Hudson Heritage Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Cheltenham, Cotswolds
Transport options in this area: Tewkesbury is quite small and can be walked around easily and reached by rail.,
Did you know:
Tewkesbury was once famous for it's unique mustard production and it even got a mention in one of Shakespeare's plays!
From the region:

Dick King Smith
(children's author)
George Whitefield (Revival Evangelist)
Malvern Cotswolds Cotswolds
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