Coombe Hill Nature Reserve
Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows is an SSSI and a place of vistas and endless skies, of floods and farming, an ancient landscape fringing the Severn. Equally appealing on a frost-bitten winter morning or a glorious summer day, Coombe Hill is an ideal place to revel in the peaceful serenity of the countryside; bring binoculars to bird watch, or simple enjoy the wildlife and scenery on offer.
You can’t go very far in Tewkesbury without seeing the Abbey; indeed, the Norman tower is visible from miles away. The present church was originally used as the church for the Benedictine Monastery which was founded here in the 10th Century. After the dissolution of the monasteries, it became the parish church for the town. In addition to some very fine Norman architecture there don’t miss the 15th century stained glass and unique roof bosses to be seen.
A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and the burial place of royalty.
Trace 1000 years of architectural styles from Norman through Perpendicular to the present day where our team of stonemasons are still carving and casting. The extraordinary fan-faulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country.
A glorious sacred space with a superb musical tradition and daily worship, the cathedral is open each day from 8am until Evensong.
Fifteen Victorian warehouses stand as proud guardians to Britain’s most inland port. The former dock estate has become a popular destination where visitors can enjoy interesting views and a range of modern facilities while wandering around a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port. Views include many fine late Victorian era warehouses, a working dry dock, a Mariners Chapel and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses.
Where ships once discharged their cargoes, there is now an ever-changing miscellany of visiting narrow boats, smart motor cruisers and the occasional yacht or tall ship. Home to Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet, Gloucester Waterways Museum, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre. You will also find a range of waterfront bars, restaurants and coffee shops located within the Quays.
Cheltenham Pump Rooms
The jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture, the Pump Room is the grandest survival of the town’s many spa buildings. Overlooking the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park it is the perfect place to step back in time: imagine the swirling dancers in the ballroom, hear the music playing in the bandstand and remember, when you taste the waters, that this was the reason for it all – an unpleasant tasting liquid that supposedly had the power to cure all ills! In the grounds there is a children’s menagerie and also a café which serves light refreshments during summer months