With a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty for everyone to discover in Tewkesbury.

You can take in the stunning scenery by taking a stroll beside the River Severn, or a boat trip along the Avon.

Then head to Tewkesbury Abbey; an imposing feature of the town’s landscape for nearly 900 years. Renowned the world over for its fine Norman tower, ornate 12th Century ceiling and stunning stained glass windows, the Abbey is one of Gloucestershire’s most popular tourist attractions, second only to Gloucester Cathedral.

The Abbey is just the start of your insight into Tewkesbury's history which you can explore further through the town's museums, Heritage Centre, walking trails and other attractions.

Throughout the year Tewkesbury has a full calendar of events, celebrations and festivals to enjoy including the world-famous Medieval Festival, popular Food & Drink Festival and Mop Fair.


Shopping in Tewkesbury combines an eclectic mix of independent retailers nestled between well-known high street names.

The town is renowned for its selection of specialist destination shops run by experts who are always keen to give visitors a helping hand to make sure they get exactly what they’re looking for.


Tewkesbury has a rich heritage spanning more than 1000 years. The town’s architecture reflects the many periods of prosperity in the town.

Alongside half-timbered medieval houses there are Tudor buildings, Georgian properties and Victorian homes sitting side by side.

Once the town was linked by a network of 90 alleyways weaving in and out of the narrow streets. There are still 30 that exist today named after the prominent citizens of the area as well as the local trades that went on there.

Dominating the town’s skyline is Tewkesbury Abbey, with a Norman Tower credited by many as one of the finest in the world.

The Abbey played a part in the Battle of Tewkesbury and other sites across the town including Bloody Meadow and The Arrivall statues mark the events that proved decisive in the War of the Roses in 1471.