Arlington Row

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Arlington Row

Bibury

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The picturesque cottages at Arlington Row date from 1380 when they were used as a monastic wool store. They were converted into weaver's cottages in the 17th century. The weavers supplied cloth for the nearby Arlington Mill. The cottages are not open to the public. Probably one of the best known and most photographed places in the Cotswolds.

Arlington Row - Bibury, Gloucestershire

Berkeley Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Berkeley Castle

Berkeley

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Dating back to the 12th century, the castle is still inhabited by descendants of the original owner. Many significant historical events took place here, including the murder of Edward II. The Butterfly House is located within the old walled kitchen garden, adjacent to the picnic area. It may be visited separately to the Castle. Check website for seasonal opening days and times. Wedding receptions catered for and licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

Berkeley Castle - Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Blenheim Palace

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Blenheim Palace

Woodstock

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Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874. Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all.

Blenheim Palace - Woodstock, Gloucestershire

Broadway Tower

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Broadway Tower

Broadway

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The site of an ancient beacon, Broadway Tower was once home to the artist William Morris. On a clear day it is possible to see across the Severn Valley as far as the Welsh mountains and from the top of the tower it is possible to see as many as thirteen counties. The Tower is surrounded by 35 acres of parkland with animal enclosures, picnic/BBQ facilities, giant chessboard and adventure playground.

Broadway Tower - Broadway, Gloucestershire

Chastleton House

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Chastleton House

Moreton Marsh

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A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Robert Catesby, one of the leading figures in the Gunpowder Plot, once owned the Chastleton estate and had to sell the estate shortly before the plot in order to pay a huge fine for his part in the Essex Rebellion. Step back in time with a house that has barely changed. There is no shop or tearoom. A National Trust property.

Chastleton House - Moreton Marsh, Gloucestershire

Chavenage House

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Chavenage House

Tetbury

A Cotswold Elizabethan manor house, virtually unchanged for 400 years. Seasonal opening times. Choice of 5 rooms for wedding receptions, including medieval hall.

Chavenage House - Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Chedworth Roman Villa

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Chedworth Roman Villa

Cheltenham

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Remains of one of Britain's largest Romano-British villas and home to some of the richest people in the country during the 4th century. Discover surviving mosaics, hypocausts, bath-houses, latrines. Museum of site finds. Stunning scenery. Living History events during the year. Children's activities during the school holidays. Cafe. School visits welcomed. Managed by the National Trust.

Chedworth Roman Villa - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Cirencester Amphitheatre

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Cirencester Amphitheatre

Cirencester

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The earthwork remains of one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain, built in the early 2nd century. It served the Roman city of Corinium (now Cirencester), then second only in size and importance to London, and had a capacity of around 8,000 spectators. Later fortified against Saxon invaders. An English Heritage property. Free admission.

Cirencester Amphitheatre - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Dyrham Park, House and Garden

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Dyrham Park, House and Garden

Chippenham

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A late 17th century William and Mary mansion, formal garden, ancient deer park, woodland, and lakes. Victorian kitchen, dairy and bakehouse give an insight into life below stairs. See the National Trust's website for details of opening times.

Dyrham Park, House and Garden - Chippenham, Gloucestershire

Eastnor Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Eastnor Castle

Ledbury

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Looking like a fairytale castle, set in a 5000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills, this Gothic style castle is as fascinating inside as it looks from the outside. Lakeside and woodland walks, arboretum of rare trees. Special event days. Children's playground. Tearoom. Caravans, camping and large outdoor events in the Deer Park. Stunning wedding venue, for between 30 and 150 guests. Holiday cottages also available and camping site.

Eastnor Castle - Ledbury, Gloucestershire

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester

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Over 900 years old, this is an awe-inspiring, beautiful place to visit. Conducted tours are available for full or partial guided tours. Tower and crypt tours are available Apr-Oct - climb 269 steps and enjoy the view from the roof where you can see for miles on a clear day. Visit the Whispering Galley, the Treasury and see where Harry Potter was filmed. See website for details of tour times. Admission free, but donations are welcomed, some tours are charged for. Booked group/school visits welcomed.

Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Gloucester Civic Trust

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Gloucester Civic Trust

Gloucester

Gloucester has a remarkable history! Discover some fascination facts about the Roman occupation, the Siege of Gloucester, Beatrix Potter connection, the monks who founded the Priories, Robert Raikes - the founder of Sunday schools and much more besides. Guided historic tours of Gloucester City and Gloucester Docks (seasonal). Self guided walks - download an audio trail to discover Gloucester at your own pace. Website gives a history of St Michael's Tower and Gloucester.

Gloucester Civic Trust - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Gloucester Docks

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Gloucester Docks

Gloucester

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It is free to wander round, watch the leisure craft coming and going through the lock, see the ships in the dry dock. Boat trips along the canal run from Easter to October. Home to the National Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum (entrance charges to these Museums).

Gloucester Docks - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Gloucester Ghost Walks

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Gloucester Ghost Walks

Gloucester

Lyn Cinderey (author of Paranormal Gloucester) is your guide round the haunted premises of the city. Join her on a spooky journey through the dark narrow alleys of Gloucester and prepare to be terrified by the tales of the city's haunted past. Descend into the dark underground area called 'Deep Six'. Year round walks, booking necessary.

Gloucester Ghost Walks - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Goodrich Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Goodrich Castle

Ross on Wye

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Building of the castle began in the late 11th century, by the English landowner Godric, after whom it is named. It stands next to the River Wye near to the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. Goodrich still boasts one of the most complete sets of medieval domestic buildings surviving in any English castle. During the Civil War, Goodrich was held successively by both sides, the Royalists eventually surrendered in 1646 under threats of undermining and a deadly Parliamentarian mortar. The famous 'Roaring Meg', the only surviving Civil War mortar, has returned to the castle after 350 years. Free audio tour tells the story of the castle and the Civil War siege.

Goodrich Castle - Ross on Wye, Gloucestershire

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Great Witcombe Roman Villa

Gloucester

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The remains of a large and luxurious villa built around AD 250, with a bathhouse complex and possibly the shrine of a water spirit. An English Heritage property. Free admission to site.

Great Witcombe Roman Villa - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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