Hailes Abbey

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Hailes Abbey


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Ruins of a Cistercian abbey, dating back to 1246. It is once a popular site of pilgrimage, due to it allegedly being the custodian of a phial of Christ's blood. An audio tour and information panels tell the story of the abbey and the monks and lay brothers who once lived there. Sculptures, stonework and other finds from the site are in the museum. No café, but refreshments are available in the shop. Picnics welcome in grounds. Don't forget to visit the adjacent parish church, which has medieval wall paintings. Seasonal opening times. English Heritage property.

Hailes Abbey - Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Kelmscott Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Kelmscott Manor


A grade 1 Listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, built in 1570 from local limestone. The summer home of William Morris and contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. William Morris, his wife Jame and children Jenny and May are buried in the grounds of St George's church, Kelmcott. Seasonal opening.

Kelmscott Manor - Lechlade, Gloucestershire

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate


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John 'Crump' Dutton built this 17th-century grandstand, fuelled by his passion for deer coursing, gambling, banqueting and entertaining. The Lodge has seasonal opening times. Sherborne is a working estate and has an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes. Ewe Pen Barn is the starting point for Lodge Park's three main walking routes: Short Woodland Stroll; Family Fun Walk and Historic Farmland Hike.

Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Newark Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Newark Park


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A former Tudor hunting lodge which was converted into a fashionable Georgian home. Perched on a 40ft cliff, with outstanding panoramic views and beautiful gardens. See website for seasonal opening times.

Newark Park - Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Owlpen Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Owlpen Manor


A Tudor manor house set in its own remote and picturesque wooded valley. Formal gardens, Grist Mill, Church and historic cottages. Restaurant. Open from May to September, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays only.

Owlpen Manor - Uley, Gloucestershire

Rodmarton Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Rodmarton Manor


A unique example of the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts, built in the old traditional style, handmade by local craftsmen using local stone and timber. The house contains beautiful furniture, pottery, ironwork and needle work. The garden was designed to be an extension of the house. Seasonal opening times, including garden opening in February for snowdrop displays.

Rodmarton Manor - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Snowshill Manor


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Traditional golden-yellow Cotswold manor house filled with the lifetime collection of Charles Paget Wade, including armour and toys. Arts and Crafts-style garden. Restaurant. See National Trust's website for details of opening times.

Snowshill Manor - Broadway, Gloucestershire

Stanway House and Fountain

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Stanway House and Fountain


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A charming Jacobean manor house built in Cotswold stone. A beautifully restored 18th century watergarden home to a single-jet fountain, at 300 feet the highest fountain in Britain and the highest gravity fountain in the world. Open June, July and August. See website for times.

Stanway House and Fountain - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Stanway Watermill

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Stanway Watermill


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The Mill is a fully restored working flour mill. Its massive 24-foot overshot waterwheel, the 8th largest in England, was made in Tewkesbury, drives traditional cast-iron machinery and heavy French burr-quartz millstones, to produce stoneground Cotswold flour. Visitors may, during seasonal opening times, see the mill working, view the millpond and buy flour. Website gives fascinating history of the Watermill.

Stanway Watermill - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Sudeley Castle


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Fascinating exhibitions which explore the story of Sudeley’s history and the prominent characters, including Henry VIII, who have visited or lived at the Castle. Visit St Mary’s Church where Katherine Parr lies buried. The award-winning gardens are surrounded by stunning views of the Cotswold hills. Also a pheasantry, medieval ruins and adventure playground. Holiday accommodation. Civil wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Sudeley Castle - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury Abbey

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Tewkesbury Abbey


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The Abbey is over 900 years old and is one of the largest parish churches in England, and larger than many cathedrals. The impressive tower is the largest Norman tower in existence (until 1559 had a wooden spire on top as well). Tower tours available on some Sundays in summer. Guided tours often available on weekdays. See website for details of services. Free admission, although donations are welcome.

Tewkesbury Abbey - Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

The National Trust

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - The National Trust

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Details of other National Trust sites throughout Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. Find which sites are holding special event days.

The National Trust - , Gloucestershire

Warwick Castle

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Warwick Castle


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Over a thousand years of history to explore. Tour the great hall and state rooms, dungeon and torture chamber, ramparts and ghost tower. Don't forget to visit the Mill and engine house, Victorian rose garden, Conservatory and peacock garden. School visits welcome. Open every day (except Christmas Day) see website for times and details of special events, including jousting, throughout the year..

Warwick Castle - Warwick, Gloucestershire

Woodchester Mansion

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Woodchester Mansion


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An architectural Victorian masterpiece abandoned by its builders before it could be completed. Virtually untouched by time since the mid-1870s, it offers a unique opportunity to explore a Gothic building in mid-assembly. Hidden in a secluded 400 acre landscape park. Woodland walks snake around its five man-made lakes. The Mansion and its park (park owned by National Trust) are reputed to be haunted. Tea shop. School visits welcome. See website for opening times.

Woodchester Mansion - Gloucesteshire, Gloucestershire


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