Tewkesbury Abbey has been at the centre of the town's history for centuries and continues to play an important spiritual and secular role today.Read more
Situated right at the heart of the town, the Heritage & Visitor Centre is the perfect place to start your stay in Tewkesbury. As well as a journey through the town’s history in the beautifully-restored 17th century building, the Visitor Centre team is on hand to help you with every element of your trip.
A self-guided tour around the Heritage Centre will take you through the history of Tewkesbury’s earliest settlers, give an insight into the Wars of the Roses and the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, reveal the town’s links to the Civil War, show how the industrial revolution affected the commercial prosperity of the community before bringing you back to the present day.
State-of-the-the art portable media players guide you around and feature the story of Bartholomew Read, one of the previous owners of the building. For children, there are medieval costumes to try on and plenty of games and activities to have a go at including battle top trumps and embossing machines.
The Heritage Centre also runs a fantastic series of events throughout the year including willow workshops, kite building and mosaics and marbling. See the Events Schedule for up-to-date information.
In the Visitor Centre there are full details of all Tewkesbury’s other attractions, a host of guides, maps and leaflets as well as a selection of gifts to buy. The team can help with all the advice you need to make the most of your stay along with help in booking accommodation, reserving rail and coach tickets and other places to visit close by.
100 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 5AB
Winter Opening: 1st November – 31st March: Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat 10am – 4pm
Christmas & New Year Opening hours - Closed 1pm on Christmas Eve to Thursday 3rd January 2019
Summer Opening: 1st April - 31st October: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Tel: 01684 855040
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