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Where in the world: Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cotswolds  /  Tewkesbury

Top 15 things to do in Tewkesbury

1. Tewkesbury Abbey

A former Benedictine monastery with the largest Romanesque crossing tower in all of Europe, Tewkesbury Abbey is the second largest parish church in the country. Of the church’s three spectacular organs, the most notable is the Milton Organ installed in the 18th century, while the most practical is the Elliot chamber organ of 1812, mounted on a movable platform. Attend a morning service to listen to the acoustics and enjoy a parish breakfast following the ceremony. Photography is restricted in the abbey.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Arctic Quest Sled Dog Adventures

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

With royal connections dating back over 1,000 years, Sudeley Castle stands as one of the few British castles left still in residence. The remains of Katherine Parr--the last of King Henry VIII's wives--lie buried within the 15th-century church. The castle contains numerous treasures from multiple eras, ranging from ancient Roman times to the present. Numerous award-winning gardens are settled among the ancient ruins, their meticulous restoration and upkeep complementing the castle. Tours inside the house occur only on particular days, so check in advance to avoid disappointment.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $715 › Learn more about Sudeley Castle

4. Tour of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh or Stratford-on-Avon

FROM $82
Award-winning guided small-group minibus tours of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh or Stratford-upon-Avon. Experience the Cotswolds with a local guide in a small and friendly group size of up to 16 people. We'll explore picture-postcard Cotswold towns and villages including Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water, as well as the stunning Dover's Hill viewpoint and our "secret" off-the-beaten-track village, which many customers agree is a highlight of the tour! Stratford-upon-Avon pick up is from Shakespeare's Birthplace Coach Terminal - please arrive at 08.50 for 09.00 departure. If you're travelling by train from Birmingham, then Stratford-upon-Avon train station is just a 5-10 minute walk from our pick up spot. We then travel to Moreton-in-Marsh rail station to collect our final passengers. If you select pick up from Moreton-in-Marsh, please arrive at 09.30. There are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh from London, Reading, Oxford or Worcester.
Suggested duration: 7h 15min
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5. Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden

A quaint arts and crafts garden, Hidcote Manor Garden contains different themed outdoor "rooms." Explore the maze of narrow pathways leading to the each room, take a moment to reflect on one of the many ornate benches throughout the property, or find a place of seclusion among the taller trees. The gardens are home to a vast number of exotic plant species from all over the world. After your visit, follow the Monarch's Way path to the quaint hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim and its traditionally thatched "chocolate box" stone cottages.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $1,899 › Learn more about Hidcote Manor Garden

6. Broadway Tower, Broadway

A genuine folly loaded with history, Broadway Tower was designed by architect James Wyatt in 1794. Follies were structures usually built for decorative rather than practical purposes, and this tower was no exception. Wyatt designed it for Lady Coventry, who wondered if a light on the second highest hill in the area, where beacons were customarily lit on special occasions, could be seen from her house in Worcester. The lady’s house was approximately 35 km (22 mi) away and, as it turned out, the beacon could be seen clearly. Today, the tower is an ideal lookout spot and the center of a country park with various exhibits open to the public. Visit the site on a sunny day, and don’t forget to bring your camera.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. The Severn Ham

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Classic Cotswolds Private Tour

FROM $633
This private tour of the Cotswolds takes in the best of the North Cotswolds stopping at many of the places you would wish to see if you only have one day in the area. Leave all the planning to us and tour the area with a local driver-guide in and executive vehicle. We use quiet country lanes and pass through stunning countryside and off-the-beaten track Cotswold villages. On a typical tour you will visit towns such as Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water as well as less touristed spots such as Snowshill and Upper and Lower Slaughter. There is the option to visit one of the many gardens or manor houses in the area and to take a lunch in a traditional pub or afternoon tea in a tearoom. All tours are private and full bespoke so we are happy to tailor the day to suit your individual needs or preferences. Beat the crowds and enjoy the beauty of the Cotswolds on a private tour.
Suggested duration: 7h
Tours from $633 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh

Cotswold Falconry Centre shelters a huge collection of some of the world’s most photogenic birds, including falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures. The center provides bird lovers with a rare insight into the secret world of a number of species, many of which fly freely inside this protected habitat. You can take a relaxing walk around the center on your own, or join the site’s staff for one of many informative and entertaining presentations. Follow a woodland path to explore a natural setting where birds are allowed to breed just as they would in their native environment. Daily special events include guided tours and interactive talks, during which visitors are allowed to handle a variety of owls.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh

Wander through this one-of-a-kind tree and shrub collection, inspired by landscapers of old. Batsford Arboretum, a 220,000 sq m (55 acre) arboretum and botanical garden, is home to about 2,900 trees. Look for the national collection of Japanese Flowering Cherry. The Garden Shop and Plant Centre team can offer gardening advice. Check the website in advance to check for special events. Grab coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea at the Garden Terrace Cafe on the wooden deck overlooking the center.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $1,899 › Learn more about Batsford Arboretum

11. John Moore Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Private Cotswold Village Tour (for your group only)

FROM $184
THIS TOUR IS EXCLUSIVE TO YOUR GROUP ONLY Having lived in the Cotswolds for over 50 years we know where the hidden gems are, we have also worked in the hospitality industry for many years. This EXCLUSIVE tour is for your group ONLY from 2-11 passengers. Why not come up from London Paddington or Oxford on the train and we can meet you at Moreton in Marsh train station. We have pick up points in Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Broadway and Moreton in Marsh (if you can't reach those points please contact us to see if we can help) Our beautiful Cotswold tour takes you on a stunning journey through many villages and towns, all in the comfort of our luxury vehicles. The tour does a loop from Winchcombe to Stanway - Stanton - Broadway (we stop here for 30 minutes) - Broadway Tower - Chipping Campden - Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold - The Slaughters - Bourton on the Water (we stop here for 30 minutes) - Guiting Power - Winchcombe We can stop at any of these villages for you take a photos
Suggested duration: 4h 30min
Tours from $184 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Old Baptist Chapel

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Cotswolds Distillery, Stourton

Visit distillery producing whisky, gin, and other spirits to find out about the process itself at Cotswolds Distillery. The only full-scale working craft distillery in the Cotswolds offers guided tours, allowing you to taste the spirits and learn how to best serve them. The friendly, informative staff will gladly answer all of your questions. Shop for a variety of beverages, including whisky, absinthe, and martini mixture after the tour and tasting session, which each last about an hour.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $1,228 › Learn more about Cotswolds Distillery

15. Cotswold Discovery Trail Self-Guided Tour

FROM $41
The COTSWOLD DISCOVERY TRAIL is a self guided private tour enabled by our beautifully designed maps and Trail Pack. There are 2 day long Trails to do. Avoid expensive tour guides, the map is your guide. Explore things on your own, at your own pace with the confidence you know where you are going. The centrepiece of the Trail Pack is a fold out map. There is a Trail on each side, one for the North & South Cotswolds. The Trails are circular to complete in a car, structured around many stops where you explore on foot. There are many start points, so you finish where you start, which is the most convenient place for you. The maps offer comprehensive directions, are packed full of interesting information and loaded with questions and clues to answer which illuminate further on your surroundings. If you have a limited time in the Cotswolds this is the best way to see a lot of it.
Tours from $41 › More about this tour at viator.com ›