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


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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

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

Hatherley Park

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Hatherley Park


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An recreational park with ornamental lake, wildlife pond and mature trees providing a colourful display in the autumn. There are two children's play areas and football pitch. Feeding the ducks on the lake is a popular past time. Visitors are asked to bring birdseed to feed the ducks as it is less likely to foul the water and it is healthier for the ducks!

Hatherley Park - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow

A partly reconstructed Neolithic chambered mound, 37 metres (120ft) long, atmospherically sited overlooking the Severn Valley. 'Hetty Pegler' was its 17th-century landowner. An English Heritage site, it is free to visit all year round.

Hetty Pegler's Tump: Uley Long Barrow - , Gloucestershire

Hidcote Manor Garden

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden

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Exquisite garden rooms, each with its own unique character. Discover rare shrubs, trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from around the world. The garden changes in harmony with the seasons, from vibrant spring bulbs to autumn's spectacular Red Border. Stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Opens end March to end Oct. Restaurant and plant sales. Managed by National Trust

Hidcote Manor Garden - Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Highnam Court Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Highnam Court Gardens


Highnam Court was built in 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War. The accomplished artist, musician and art collecter Thomas Gambier Parry bought the estate in 1838 and designed the garden. When completed it rivalled any in the country. (He was also responsible for the magnificent frescoes in Highnam Church.) The gardens were sadly neglected after the turn of the last century, but since 1994 they have been restored to their former glory.

Highnam Court Gardens - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Holst Victorian House

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Holst Victorian House


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The childhood home of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets. The museum is also a fine period house showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery. School visits welcome. Seasonal opening. Free admission for children under 5.

Holst Victorian House - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Hopewell Colliery Mining Museum

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Hopewell Colliery Mining Museum


A Forest of Dean Freemine dating from the 1820′s. The museum tells the story of how mining has been carried out in the Forest of Dean since Roman times and features a display of old mine working tools. Regular guided underground tours allowing visitors to walk through the mine workings. Disabled visitors by prior arrangement. Refreshments available. Check seasonal openings.

Hopewell Colliery Mining Museum - Coleford, Gloucestershire

International Centre for Birds of Prey

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Farm Parks, Zoos - International Centre for Birds of Prey


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The oldest dedicated bird of prey centre in the world and one of the friendliest. Daily flying demonstrations. Also offers falconry courses, photography days, owl evenings and birthday parties for children and adults.

International Centre for Birds of Prey - Newent, Gloucestershire

Jet Age Museum

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - Jet Age Museum


We celebrate Gloucestershire’s rich aviation heritage from the early days of flight, through the birth of the Jet Age to the present day. Jet Age Museum is staffed only by volunteers, some of whom flew in aircraft we have on display. Come and visit, ask questions and learn about the history of aviation in Gloucestershire and beyond. We aim to preserve the past and inspire the future.

Jet Age Museum - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

John Moore Museum and Merchant's House

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Museums & Heritage Centres - John Moore Museum and Merchant's House


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Home to an extensive Natural History collection featuring specimens of our native mammals and birds. A few doors away is The Merchant's House, a two storey building which has been beautifully restored and furnished to show the construction of a 15th century shop and dwelling. Special event days. Outreach service. Seasonal openings. School visits welcome. Not suitable for wheelchairs.

John Moore Museum and Merchant's House - Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Kelmscott Manor

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Kelmscott Manor


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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

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Gardens & Aboretums - Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Chipping Campden

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Set on the edge of the Cotswold escarpments this is a delightful garden to explore with wonderful views to enjoy. Home to the famous Kiftsgate rose. Light lunches and teas. Plant sales. Some parts of the garden are set on very steep banks. House not open to visitors. For seasonal opening times see website.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens - Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Outdoor - Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney


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The hill lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for walks, wildlife, picnics and views over Cheltenham. Look out for The Devil's Chimney, a limestone outcrop which stands above the disused quarry. Legend has it that it is the chimney to the devil's house which is deep below ground!

Leckhampton Hill and The Devil's Chimney - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Llanthony Secunda Priory

Gloucestershire Places to Visit Historic - Llanthony Secunda Priory


Experience quiet open spaces within a bustling city. Come to one of our regular events or use our beautiful spaces as your wedding venue or function. Within our grounds you can discover medieval ruins and some of the earliest medieval and Tudor brickwork in the county.

Llanthony Secunda Priory - Gloucester, Gloucestershire


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