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TEWKESBURY. Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th July. 2024. £495.00pp

Tewkesbury – The Historic Town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire where time stood still for 150 years ensuring the preservation of its medieval character.

Includes a day trip to The Malvern Hills to Sir Edward Elgar’s House and Museum in Worcester. Also includes a visit to Showborough House Sculpture Garden.

Tewkesbury is now a thriving town and at the same time is a living museum of architecture and social history spanning over 500 years. The town has such a perfectly preserved medieval character.  The surrounding rivers and flood plain have prevented the old town from expanding so that its long thin profile has hardly altered since the Middle Ages. Tewkesbury presents one of the best medieval townscapes in England with its fine half-timbered Tudor buildings, overhanging upper storeys and ornately carved doorways.  Tewkesbury is renowned as having one of the best medieval black and white townscapes in the country and has much to delight the visitor. Discover the hidden charms along narrow alleyways where the eaves of crooked timber buildings nearly touch or take a leisurely cruise along the river.

Tewkesbury is dominated by the 12th-century Abbey. Known to some as the ‘Westminster Abbey’ of the feudal barony, this beautiful building has the highest Norman tower in England as well as rich architecture and artistic heritage. Also here are the fascinating John Moore Countryside Museum, the Town Museum and the Old Baptist Chapel.

 Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar

The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is most definitely home to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Set in sight of his beloved Malvern Hills, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius. Perhaps by wandering around the garden over the cottage threshold a spark of inspiration may alight in our welcomed guests.

Eat, shop, and stay: Brand new Tea-room with outdoor area within the Visitor Centre (near car park). Elgar memorabilia and music for sale within the Tea-room. Picnic spaces around the Visitor Centre.  Things to see and do: The Elgar Experience Exhibition, The Birthplace Cottage, Cottage garden

Staying in The Royal Hop Pole with breakfast. Situated in Tewkesbury, The Royal Hop Pole Wetherspoon features a garden, terrace and free WiFi. Featuring a restaurant, the property also has a bar.

At the hotel, All singles rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. At The Royal Hop Pole Wetherspoon each room has bed linen and towels.