Famous for the 900 year old abbey that takes its name, the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury is teeming with history and interest and ranks as one of the most beautiful towns in England. Dating originally from the 7th century when it is believed a hermitage was created on the site, Tewkesbury is a town with many different faces, and one that will appeal to the casual visitor or the serious historian alike.
Standing at the confluence of two of the country’s greatest rivers – the Severn and the Avon – Tewkesbury is a town that has become familiar pictured from the air with the famous abbey surrounded by floodwaters.
In addition to the abbey there are also a number of very fine Tudor buildings in the town, and access by road is easy from the nearby M5 and A38. For pub lovers the Black Bear is one among many, and is recorded as the oldest public house in the county as it dates from 1308, while both the modern and old towns offer much in the way of shops, cafes and accommodation for the visitor.
Croome Park, near High Green, Worcester WR8 9DW (01905) 371006
A little over seven miles from Tewkesbury, Croome Park is set in a landscape sculptured by an artist.
Designed by the Edwardian landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the grounds at Croome Park were his first major work and widely considered to be his “first and favourite child”.
Given over to the National Trust in 1996, the grounds also include eye-catching buildings such as Panorama Tower, Pirton Castle and Dunstall Castle.